The Papillon, also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a kind of spaniel breed of dog. It gets its name from its characteristic butterfly-like look of the long and fringed hair on the ears. The Papillon has long hair with a plumed tail curling over the body. The basic colour is white, with markings of brown, tan and black. They easily adapt to apartment living.
Papillons are good-natured and friendly and good with children, but are generally reserved around strangers. The temperament of Papillons is generally happy, friendly and adventurous. They are not shy or aggressive. Papillons make excellent family dogs, but should be watched around little children, as should any dog. Being small, they are easily managed, but like any dog they need to run around and get exercise in order to grow strong. They can also be socialised to get along well with other pets.
Papillons are intelligent and self-assured. They are playful and affectionate, and are good companion dogs for the elderly. They have enough energy to keep up with an active family, playful with kids but can also be calm enough to be a good companion dog.
Papillons are excellent watchdogs, as they will alert their owner to any change in their environment, like intruders.
They can withstand heat conditions, but are more sensitive to cold temperatures because of their single-coated fur, and should not be left outside unattended in cold weather. Papillons have long shiny hair, which can easily be kept clean.
Papillons can live up to 17 years.