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Papillon – Q&A

October 22, 2018


A highly energetic breed, Papillons can typically be found whizzing around the house and making up their own games to stay occupied. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about these inquisitive dogs:

Do Papillon dogs shed a lot?

No. Though their profuse coats might make you think otherwise, Papillons do not shed excessively. However, they do shed considerably more than light-shedding breeds. As such, Papillons are not considered hypoallergenic.

What health problems do Papillons have?

Fragility is probably the greatest health concern when it comes to these toy breed pups. They require close supervision to avoid accidents that could easily result in serious injury. Papillons are also susceptible to the following health problems:

  • Eye diseases such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy
  • Orthopedic problems such as luxating patella
  • Heart disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Dental disease
  • Collapsing trachea
  • Liver shunt

Are Papillon dogs smart?

Yes. In fact, Papillons are at the top of the toy breeds list when ranked by intelligence. They are also eager to please, which makes them highly trainable. As a result, they excel in dog sports, and also beat other toy breeds in obedience.


Do Papillon dogs bark a lot?

Yes, if they are not well-trained. Like most other toy breeds, Papillons are barkers. This can be aggravated by separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods of time. They are also, by nature, very alert and will sound the alarm at the sound of someone approaching the door, as well as other unfamiliar sounds or movements around the home.

Are Papillons aggressive?

If not properly socialized, Papillons can be possessive and even bossy around other dogs, particularly larger ones. This can be quite dangerous, as a Papillon’s neck can easily be broken by a larger dog.

What were Papillons bred for?

Papillons were originally bred as companion dogs for ladies and kings, as evidenced in many historic paintings. Back then, they were known as dwarf spaniels. The name Papillon came about in reference to their fringed upright ears that look a lot like the outstretched wings of a butterfly.


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