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Breed Standard for the Papillon

 

 

General Appearance:

The extraordinary long-fringed, butterfly-like ears are the reason behind the breed’s name, papillon being French for butterfly.

 

 

Head:

Round eyes; small rounded head with fine muzzle; ears erect or dropped

 

 

Tail:

Long tail carried arched over body and covered with a long plume

 

 

Coat:

Its abundant coat is long, silky, straight, and flowing.

 

 

Color:

White; patches of any color but tan

 

 

Size:        

Height is 8 – 11 inches; Weight is 9 – 10 pounds.

 

 

Temperament:

Showing no aggression, always alert, lively, intelligent, and friendly, this breed makes a fascinating and charming companion, and the abundant coat is reasonably easy to keep in good order.


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