Papillons, the "butterfly breed", are a loving, gentle and happy breed. They are a member of AKC's Toy Group. Because they are a Toy breed, they are rather fragile and not recommended for small children. Also, because of their small size, they are easily prey for predators such as coyotes, hawks, horned owls, and more. Please do not ever leave Papillons unattended or too far from you when outside! Papillons can be hard to have reliably house-trained, especially if there are more than one.
Deborah Wood in her excellent new book on Papillons ("A New Owner's Guide to Papillons" by Deborah Wood) writes the following about Papillon personalities, and she describes them wonderfully:
In the same book she also writes,
Please buy Ms. Wood's book on Papillons for more great information. She is also the author of another excellent book for working with shy dogs, "Help for Your Shy Dog: Turning Your Terrified Dog into a Terrific Pet", also at Amazon.
Two new Papillon books are out that are THE best breed books I've ever read!! They are the first ones I've found that actually discuss personality and care, not just historical Champions and pedigrees.
Some of my articles:
To learn more about Papillons, check out these great sites:
Papillon Breeder friends links:
Papillon rescue links:
General Dog links:
Other dog breeds Breeder friends links: