Though tiny in stature these adorable pint-sized pals are big in personality. Also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, the Papillon is a little dog with fine bones but big hairy ears. Their small head is slightly rounded and their muzzle is somewhat short and thin which tapers to the nose.
They have dark, medium sized, round eyes have black rims. And those super-sized ears can either be erect or dropped with rounded tips. Papillon with drop ears actually have their own name, called Phalene Papillon (Moth). The hair on the ears is long, and fringed, giving it a butterfly-like look. Their teeth meet in a scissors-like bite, and their long tail is set high carried over the body, and covered with long hair that bounces around as they walk. They have a straight, long, fine coat with extra frill on the chest, ears, back of the legs and the tail.
Papillons cost very little to feed as they are not big eaters, preferring to pick regularly rather than sit down to a set meal.
Daily combing and brushing of the long, silky, single coat is important to prevent matts and is fairly straightforward. Paps are like cats, in that they are usually clean and odorless, but you should certainly bathe them or even dry shampoo your Papillon when necessary. Keep the nails clipped and have the teeth cleaned regularly because they do tend to accumulate tartar.
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