Saturday, 16 October 2010

Dog Breed of the Week: Papillon

papillon dog breed photo

Full of life, the Papillon is a delightful little dog with a dainty appearance. This breed is sturdier than it looks, but should still be handled with care. The Papillon was named after the French word for butterfly because of it's signature erect ears, which resemble the wings of a butterfly. However, some Papillons actually have floppy ears.

If you know Papillons, then you know what a pleasure it can be to spend your time with them. Friendly and energetic, this breed is very interactive and affectionate. With proper training and care, it can be a wonderful addition to all kinds of households. Are you a fan? Tell us more about the lovable Papillon.

Photo ? Les Hackmeister

About the Photo: Cinn is a 7 1/2 year old Papillon. We adopted her from a breeder of show dogs. The only life she knew was kennel to 30 minutes of exercise to grooming table. It took us weeks to get her to come out of a kennel and stay out for any length of time. Now she hates going into the kennel but loves to lie in my closet. She knows what she wants when she wants it and has so much personality now it's hard to remember the shy dog she was 5 years ago when we got her. ? - Les

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