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Named for their distinctive ears (resembling butterflies), Papillons are highly intelligent, vivacious and can be trained to a high degree of sophistication. This breed is a great choice for those living in smaller spaces.

4-10 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Papillons do not need a great deal of exercise, making them an excellent choice for apartment-dwellers. A few short walks every day should do the trick.
Mess Factor:
Papillons are not heavy shedders. Twice weekly brushing to remove loose hair will go a long way toward decreasing the need to pull out the vacuum.
Barking and Volume:
In keeping with their dignified character, Papillons are not excessively yappy.
Training Requirements:
Papillons are widely considered the most intelligent of all toy breeds. They can be trained to a high level of obedience and enjoy the mental stimulation. You should be fine laying down a few ground rules without the aid of formal training.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Papillons are generally a very healthy breed but they can be prone to progressive retinal atrophy as well as dislocated kneecaps. Also, be sure to take care of their teeth because they can build up tartar quite easily. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Sessions with a professional groomer (every six weeks) are recommended, to keep the Papillon’s long and silky coat under control.
Training: Home training or a puppy class will do.
Grooming Requirements:
Papillons will do well with twice-weekly brushing and regular trips (every six weeks) to the beauty parlor, a.k.a. grooming salon.
Kid Compatibility:
Papillons are generally very good with children as long as the little tykes treat the dog gently. Playtime should be supervised so that the pup does not get injured. Some Papillons can be timid so be sure to observe the dog’s signals.
12-15 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Papillons are generally friendly with other dogs, although some can be timid. It is important to supervise playtime to ensure that the small Papillon is not picked on.
Friendliness Towards People:
Papillons are very responsive and tend to become strongly attached to their parents. They enjoy attention and are generally friendly towards newcomers.
An expressive little dog that will be happy in smaller living quarters. You’ll need to protect your Papillon, because their inherent daintiness could become an issue around children and other animals.

Links and resources:
http://www.papillonclub.org/ (Papillon Club of America)
http://www.papilloncanada.org/ (Papillon Canada)
http://www.paphaven.org/ (Papillon Haven Rescue Inc.)

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