Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)

Other names : Papillon, Phalene

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Life expectancy

The Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel) has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 10 and 12 in
Male Between 10 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 2 and 11 lb
Male Between 2 and 9 lb
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Purchase price

The Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel) costs between £510 and £690

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More details about the Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)

Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel): Origins and history

The Papillon is an ancient dog represented on many paintings of the Renaissance, next to the great ladies of the time. It is therefore believed that his origin is European (Western Europe). His most recent history is recorded in France and Belgium where, in the last century, the Continental Toy Spaniel was divided into the two current varieties, depending on the shape of their ears (butterfly or moth). The official recognition of the breed is fairly recent since the CFI approved the standard in 1937.

FCI classification of the Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)

  • Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs

  • Section 9 : Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy

Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel): Varieties

  • The Papillon (with straight ears)
  • the Phalène (with floppy ears)

Training a Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)

The Continental Toy Spaniel is very easy to educate because he cooperates with his master if the latter has a consistent and gentle attitude. Brutality is not suitable for this dog as he tends to be quite sensitive.

Since he is keen, he quickly understands what is expected of him and so he learns enthusiastically if the relationship with his master is based on trust and respect.

Pay attention all the same because his beautiful natural abilities should not imply a relaxed education. It must be started as soon as the Papillon puppy arrives at home so that he does not learn any bad habits.

Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel): Purchase price

The price of a Papillon varies according to his origins, age and gender. An average of £690 is asked for a dog registered with the Kennel Club. 

Around £20 /month will be necessary to support a dog of this size.

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