The American Kennel Club’s (AKC‘s) acceptable size standards for a Papillon is between 8-11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 4-9 pounds. The males and females of the breed are generally the same size when it comes to height, but the males tend to weigh about a pound more than their female counterparts and have even been known to get up to ten pounds. Though they are small, they are mighty. The Papillon has attitude and personality for days and they have a long lifespan, living well into their teens.
They typically live between 14-16 years of age, although health conditions or the absence of them can impact this expectancy either way. So, if you get a Papillon, make sure that you understand that you are getting a long term companion dog who will keep you on your toes, even if you prevent them from walking on their because you love to carry them.
The papillon is a small, dainty-looking dog with ears that flare from its head like the wings of a butterfly. The coat is long and silky, and the tail is a waving plume. Unlike other longhaired breeds, the “pap” has no undercoat or bi-annual shed, and its long tresses do not mat easily. The coat is generally white with patches of black, red, orange tan, or sable. The average shoulder height of both male and female papillons ranges from eight to 12 inches. Weight ranges from three to 10 pounds (1 to 5 kilograms).
Papillon Breed Appearance
The Papillon can be white with patches of any colors. Some of these color combinations include white and black; white and lemon; white and red; white and sable; hound tri-color; black, brown, white, and lemon; black, red, and white; brown and white; fawn and white; red, white, and sable; red; sable; white; white and liver; and white and silver. Markings can be black; black mask; red; sable; and tan. Since they have a single coat of hair with no undercoat, they do not do well in cold temperatures but they can handle very warm climates. They are elegant with a slight build, dainty and lively, with a curious and intelligent expression. Their eyes are round, dark, and medium sized with black eye rims. The ears are large (their important feature) with rounded tips, and they can be dropped (Phalene) or erect. They have a short muzzle that is one third the size of its head, a small, round, black nose, scissors bite, and black lips. They are only about 10 inches tall and about eight pounds so they are a toy breed with short legs, a long, plumed tail, and a feisty attitude.
How Big Do Papillon Get?
Luckily, you can take your Papillon almost anywhere, since he stands a diminutive eight-to-eleven inches tall and weighs somewhere between three and ten pounds
How Big Are Papillons When They Are Full Grown?
Male Papillons will typically weigh 8-10 pounds and stand 10-11 inches tall. Female Papillons will usually weigh between 5-7 pounds and be 8-9 inches tall. Paps can live between 14 and 16 years.
What Kind Of Health Problems Does A Papillon Have?
However, they love having access to a yard to run around in. Papillons are typically healthy dogs, although the breed is prone to certain health issues. Some of the most common and concerning include dental issues, tracheal collapse, and patellar luxation
How Long Does It Take For A Papillon Puppy To Grow?
Papillons’ puppy development from birth to full maturity normally spans 12-14 months. Physically, these puppies grow rapidly in height and length for the first six months or so, then that growth slows somewhat while the adolescent puppy “fills out”; Papillons usually reach their full adult size by approximately 12 months of age.
Lifespan Of A Papillon Dogs
A 2002 Papillon Club of America survey found that the Papillons of their members lived an average of 11.45 years. Papillons can live up to 17 years
Exercise Of Papillon Dogs
Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs; however, as with all breeds, play is not sufficient for all exercise. Daily walks or runs are an excellent way to exercise a Papillon. They also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off leash, such as a large, fenced yard. Papillons are a very active breed of dog and enjoy having a job to perform. Papillon breeders recommend dog agility, rally obedience, or obedience training for Papillons because of their intelligence and energy level
Feeding Of Papillon Dogs
Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Note: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don’t all need the same amount of food. It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. The quality of dog food you buy also makes a difference — the better the dog food, the further it will go toward nourishing your dog and the less of it you’ll need to shake into your dog’s bowl.
It’s easy to overfeed a Papillon, but he has delicate knees and shouldn’t be allowed to get fat. Keep your Papillon in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time. If you’re unsure whether he’s overweight, give him the hands-on test. Place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without having to press hard. If you can’t, he needs less food and more exercise.
Grooming Of Papillon Dogs
For a breed with long, silky hair, Papillons needs surprisingly little grooming, mostly because they do not have an undercoat. Grooming every month or so is fine. Between full grooming sessions, you might want to spend a few minutes running a comb or soft slicker brush through the hair inside the hind legs, behind the ears, and on the “culottes,” or thigh hair, as mats tend to form there. A Papillon will need a bath every few months, or when he or she gets especially muddy or dirty. The Papillon’s nails grow quickly and should be trimmed regularly’¿especially the dewclaw, which can curl around and pierce the leg. Finally, regular tooth brushing is vital for dental health.
Training Of Papillon Dogs
Papillons are intelligent and eager to please the humans they have bonded with. Generally speaking, some small breeds can take a little longer to housetrain than large breeds do, but Papillons make the process easier. Early socializationis very important, and obedience classes are a good idea’¿your Papillon will learn to do what you tell him to, and you will learn not to overindulge your adorable companion. And remember that the Papillon is a companion dog at heart; they may be unhappy and develop undesirable behaviors if left left alone for long periods of time. Fortunately, a Papillon can bond with other pets as well as humans.