One of the oldest toy breeds.
Intelligent, athletic, playful, and energetic dogs that seem to be quick learners.
Their tendency to bark makes them good watchdogs.
Enjoy reward-based training and as such enjoy dog sports such as agility, tracking, herding, musical canine freestyle, rally and competitive obedience.
They can be wary or shy around strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.
Did You Know?
One of the oldest toy breeds, these happy, energetic friends have a history that’s thought to go back almost 700 years. The tale goes that when Marco Polo opened up a trading route between Asia and Europe, the breed was transported from China to Italy.
Italians then introduced them to France and Spain, where the nobility became enamoured with their friendliness, trainability and light weight. They were most popular in French courts, where they were named Papillon (French for ‘butterfly’).
Until 1923, the Papillon mostly had ‘drop-ears’ but crossbreeding with the Pomeranian resulted in their ears becoming erect – and their popularity skyrocketing. We hear it’s not likely to change any time soon.
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