Miniature Papillon

Miniature PapillonOf all of the many small-dog breed types, the Miniature Papillon is certainly one to consider. Known for its butterfly-like ears and dainty body structure, this dog easily passes the cuteness test. There are, however, many things to take into consideration before purchasing or adopting any dog.



The Miniature Papillon is not typically considered a lap dog, at least not as a puppy. Inquisitive and always on the go, this toy breed would much prefer to be running and playing as opposed to quietly sitting on someone’s lap. Extremely intelligent and occasionally manipulative, these dogs respond well to training as long as the training is done correctly. They do, however, have a tendency towards sulking and manipulation if they do not wish to obey. Having a good relationship with this breed is very important in order to effectively train them. As is the case with most small breeds, the dog barks a lot and will need training to help correct that. This breed is also potentially aggressive towards other dogs which can seriously injure them if not kept in check.


Pros and Cons of Owning a Miniature Papillon

This dog, also known as the Continental Toy Spaniel, is perhaps the best of the toy breeds. They are lively and intelligent, agile and inquisitive. They have lightning quick reflexes and the ability to entertain themselves for hours. If you are looking for a dog that is easily carried with you wherever you go, this breed is a great choice. As shedders, these dogs are generally considered low to moderate but you will need to pay close attention to their ears and underarm areas as the hair is long and has a tendency towards knotting up. The area around their private parts will also need regular trimming. Although this breed appears delicate with the butterfly ears and tiny feet, they are surprisingly sturdy like most of the spaniel heritage. However, like most toy breeds this dog is also typically fragile. A simple jump from your arms to the floor can cause bones to break. They are also not typically considered good around small children and should be in an adults-only household. They love to go for walks or to the dog park, but care should be taken to keep them on-leash as their natural curiosity will have them streaking off like lightning after whatever moves, be it squirrel or larger dog, with no concern for their own safety.


Health Considerations and Longevity

The Continental Toy Spaniel usually lives between 11-15 years. The adult dog generally weighs in at between seven and nine pounds with males being heavier than the females. Possible inherited diseases include deafness. If your Continental Toy Spaniel has a lot of white fur covering its head, chances are good that it has inherited deafness. Another disease that can affect the breed is a blood-clotting disease called von Willebrand’s, however, there is a simple DNA test that can be performed at any time to determine if your dog either has the disease or carries it. Miniature Papillons very often have sensitive stomachs and should be kept on a limited-ingredient diet. Some of the digestive diseases include colitis and pancreatitis. A limited-ingredient diet also helps to prevent skin allergies.

Perhaps the biggest potential problem with this breed is injury. Whether choking on a tiny object or breaking a bone from jumping, the potential for injury is very real with this breed. A gate carelessly left open is all the invitation the Papillon needs to take off and go looking for trouble. If the trouble they find happens to be a larger dog, a simple grab and shake is enough to snap the Papillon’s neck. Because of their small size, it doesn’t take much to overdose them on any medication. In general, as long as care is taken to keep her safe, you can expect to enjoy your Miniature Papillon for many years.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a small dog breed that is active, intelligent, and inquisitive, then this breed may be for you. If you live alone or with other adults and no children and are craving the companionship of a dog, then certainly consider this breed. With her winsome looks and small body, this dog is a great choice for a pet, always willing to travel at a moments notice as well as providing hours of stimulation.


Papillon Temperament

papillon temperamentThe Papillon is a toy breed with large ears, long hair, and a tiny little body. They derive their namesake – the “butterfly” – from their distinctly large, upright ears, though the name can also do justice to the typical lively and playful papillon temperament. Before I continue, it is important to note and for potential dog parents to understand that this is an overview of behavioral tendencies. Each dog will have their own unique personality and may not fit this template exactly. To address behavioral concerns, consider educating yourself on training methods or consider obedience school to give you and your furry friend a stable and safe relationship so that you can love and trust each other. Additionally, to ensure that this is the right breed for you, understand the temperament tendencies, diet restrictions, as well as common health/physical issues that are characteristic of the breed.


Overview of Papillon Temperament:

The Papillon is one of the most trainable of the toy dog breeds and can be quite lively and playful. The papillon temperament can bring a positive, playful energy into your home without the accidental destruction of some of the larger breeds. This means, however, that the papillon temperament does not lend itself well to humans simply looking for a cuddly companion. They are very active little dogs and are naturally inquisitive and curious.



Papillons are highly intelligent and instinctually have a strong desire to please their human. This means that they are easy to train and respond well to food and positive attention. This also means, however, that they do not respond well to yelling and physical punishments. Because of their intelligence, papillon owners may find themselves dealing with rebellious dogs. This sort of behavior can be “broken” by patience in training as well as an increase in other outlets for mental stimulation.

Some of the Papillon temperament can be derived from their spaniel lineage. Papillons are known to move very fast. They have very quick reflexes and love to run. It is, therefore, vital for papillon parents to leash train, have time for their furry friends to release some of that energy (either in a dog park or in a fenced-in yard), and watch to make sure their curious friends don’t gain entry to the outdoors when their humans aren’t watching.


Characteristics to watch out for:

Papillons easily and quickly attach themselves to their family, making them an easy addition from the beginning. However, because they love their people so much, one common trait among papillons is the tendency to experience higher than average separation anxiety. If left alone for long periods of time, they can stress themselves out and, like many other breeds, will ignore their house training when they become too anxious. Additionally, papillon owners may find themselves dealing with noise complaints from their neighbors as a result of anxious barking. Because of these issues, papillons best fit into families with flexible hours or families with the ability to provide a companion for their pooch.

Similar to the other smaller toy breeds, one of the biggest behavior problems that papillon owners face is the barking. Papillons can be quite vocal and will bark to let their people know that someone, somewhere is doing something worth noting. Someone may be at the door, someone may be walking by the door, someone across the street may be thinking about opening a door and is therefore worthy of barking to let you know. This particular trait makes them wonderful watchdogs but can be quite trying to the patience (and ears) of their human families. It is important to teach your pooch to stop barking (such as “quiet”) when they are young so that this does not become a problem later in their lives.

The quirks of papillon behavior are easily manageable and training can be done easily at home or through obedience programs. Papillons are a great choice for first-time dog owners, people living in apartments, or retirees looking for a furry companion. They are intelligent, they attach themselves easily to human friends, and do not need special considerations for their size. When looking for a papillon, be sure to do your research to ensure that your pup will be happy, healthy, and will be a stress-free addition to your home.