The white blaze that runs up the center of his forehead helps
further the illusion. Bred to be an amusing and loving companion, the
Papillon still fills this role admirably today.
The Papillon stands no more than 11 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a
long, silky white coat that is marked with any colour patches. He may also
be tri-colour (black and white with tan markings). Regular brushing is necessary.
The Papillon's ears are fringed and his plumed tail is carried high and
arched over the back.
A light, dainty, and finely-boned
animal, the Papillon is nevertheless alert, animated, lively, and
friendly. He is very devoted and protective, and makes a good watchdog. His
small size suits him to any accommodation. He is a good traveller, and is
hardy and long-lived. Although the Papillon is an indoor animal who loves
to be with his family, he loves a good romp in the outdoors. An excellent
companion for the stay-at-home, he requires minimal exercise.
With an eager to please nature, the
Papillon is easily
trained. He gets along well with cats and other small dogs, but his hearty
spirit may encourage him to challenge much larger dogs! Although he has a
playful and willing spirit, it must be remembered that he is still small
enough to be easily injured if mishandled by very young children.