Breed Guide: Papillon

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A PapillionDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Papillon

Height (to base of neck): 8-11″

Weight: 9-10lbs

Color: White is the dominant color and patches can include any color.

Origin: Spain

Coat: Single-layered, flat abundant, long and silky.

Life Expectancy: 13-15years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low

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Is a Papillon the Right Dog Breed for You?

Papillons are primarily bred as companion animals and thus make excellent family pets. They are sweet, playful, friendly and are noted for their steady and stable temperament.  They have a low tendency to bark.  They are intelligent and easily trained.  They can tolerate urban or rural environments and are actually fairly hardy despite their size.  They have low grooming needs and shed moderately.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Papillon

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $153 $526
Periodnontal Disease $268 $654
Skin Allergies $523 $2,659
Diarrhea $376 $1,151
Gastritis $166 $466


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