Long, silky, low-shedding coat requires routine brushing.
Papillons are a happy breed whether living in an apartment, out in the country or anywhere in between. They love to play outdoors, but they can be easily entertained and exercised indoors as well. Because they don't have an undercoat, they don't require a lot of grooming but should still be brushed regularly.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Papillon is a small breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
They should still be brushed regularly and given the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
They love to play outdoors, but they can be easily entertained and exercised indoors as well. They are very intelligence and easily trained, and of course, it helps that they like to please and be with those they love. The temperament of a Papillon should be happy, alert, and friendly. Given the choice, a Papillon would much rather be running around the house chasing a ball than sitting quietly.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease, patellar luxation and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Papillons are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Papillon can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.