Pair of side elevation drawings of the Papillon in standing and seated postures

Named for their unique, wing-shaped ears that resemble the silhouette of a butterfly, this spunky little dog is a member of the toy group.  Believed to be a native of France and Belgium, the Papillon can be found in works of Italian Renaissance art dating back to the 1500s and was a favored companion of noble families. Aside from their iconic, pointed ears that are further exaggerated by the long, wispy hair that grows around them, the Papillon is known for its distinct coat pattern and silky fur. Did you know that a Papillon with dropped ears is called a Phalène, which is the French word for moth?

Collection of elevation drawings of the Papillon dog breed in assorted front view postures and lying down

Papillons have a withers height between 8”-11” (20-28 cm) and a weight in the range of 5-10 lb (2.3-4.5 kg). The Papillon has an overall body length of roughly 12”-17” (30-43 cm), standing height of 12”-16.5” (30-42 cm), and a typical lifespan of 14-16 years.


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12”-16.5” | 30-42 cm
12”-17” | 30-43 cm
Withers Height:
8”-11” | 20-28 cm
5-10 lb | 2.3-4.5 kg

Coat Color: Parti-color or white with patches

Temperament: Happy, alert, friendly

Breed Size:
14-16 years


Drawings include:

Papillon side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), side (lying down)

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Dogs are domesticated mammals of the Carnivora order. Descendants of wolves, dogs are the first animals to have been domesticated by humans. Dogs are bred for particular physical and emotional characteristics and are often referred to as ‘man’s best friend’ referring to their high degree of loyalty.