meet thePapillon


Training &Temperament

Papillons are more robust than they look. They thrive in warm or cool climates, in the country or city, and are eager to join family fun. Papillons are athletic, fast, and versatile. They’re especially good in competitive agility trials, and are regular winners at the sport’s highest levels. For less ambitious owners, Papillons can be trained to do all kinds of tricks. Not particularly yappy for a small dog, requiring just routine grooming, and drop-dead adorable, Papillons are little dogs for all seasons and reasons.

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Did You Know?

The name Papillon means "butterfly" in French.

The Papillon was known previously as the "Dwarf Spaniel."

Marie Antoinette was an ardent admirer of Papillons.

They were not fully represented in the AKC by their own breed club (Papillon Club of America) until 1935.

In Europe, the drop-eared variety of Papillon is called Phalene, and it competes with equality in the ring against the erect-eared type.

Papillons rose to fame in Spain.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
White & Black 202
White & Lemon 211
White & Red 214
White & Sable 215
White Black & Tan 219
Black Brown & White 022
Black Red & White 027
Brown & White 063
Fawn & White 086
Red 140
Red White & Sable 158
Sable 164
White 199
White & Liver 212
White & Silver 216


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Black Mask 004
Red Markings 023
Sable 026
Tan Markings 012