The Papillon is a lively French breed. Originally, they had large, drooping ears and were known as dwarf spaniels by the 16th and 17th French and Spanish noblewomen. Today, they are known for their erect, pointy ears; in fact, that is how they got their name. Papillon, in French, translates to “butterfly,” which their ears resemble. However, even today, some litters can contain both dogs with erect ears (Papillon) and drop ears (Phalenes).
Papillons are dainty yet tough. They are highly adaptable and can be happy in the posh city life or roaming the farm in the country. They make wonderful dogs for families with children. They require little exercise, but their longer coats require regular brushing to prevent tangles.
While they are tougher than they may look, Papillons are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Papillons are prone to includes skin conditions such as black hair follicular dysplasia; eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy; heart conditions such as mitral valve disease; and knee issues such as patellar luxation.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of your pet as standard. Which means if your Papillon has the misfortune of inheriting or his dad’s hair loss or his mom’s leaky heart, you’re covered.