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Also referred to as Epagneul Nains, Phalenes and Continental Toy Spaniels

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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All About the Papillons

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Average Height & Weight

The Papillon is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 8 to 11 inches.

Weight: 4 to 9 pounds.

Females – Height: 8 to 11 inches.

Weight: 4 to 9 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Papillons are commonly white or parti-color. They may have markings of any color.





Papillons are a very friendly, happy breed. They are gentle, obedient and sometimes playful. They take great joy in pleasing their owners, and they show great confidence in themselves. They are alert but never aggressive.




Activity Level

Papillons are a high-energy breed but can get their required exercise with indoor games!

Though Papillons have a lot of energy, they are small enough to get their required exercise with indoor games. They do enjoy walks and need daily mental stimulation as well.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

Papillons are a very healthy breed. Their most common health concerns include progressive retinal atrophy and patellar luxation.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Papillons have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a low tolerance for cold climates. The breed cannot live outdoors.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Papillons are very good with children and make great family pets. They are very friendly toward other dogs and other household pets, and quite affectionate to strangers.




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