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Breed origin: France and Belgium
Original purpose: Lap pet and ratter.

AKC recognized: 1915
AKC group: Toy

Size: Weight: 3 to 9 lbs
Size: Height: 8 to 11 inches
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Color: White with patches of any color(s).

General characteristics/temperament: The Papillon is happy, alert, elegant, agile, and friendly. They are adaptable and do well in apartments as well as out in the country. They love to play outdoors, but because of their small size, their exercise requirements can easily be met indoors.

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Good with children? Yes, but must be protected from rough handling by children.

Good watchdog? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: agility, obedience, therapy, tracking, herding

Grooming requirement: The coat does not have an undercoat, and is relatively easy to groom. Brushing and bathing frequently will help to keep the coat beautiful and free of mats.

Known health problems: Patellar luxation, open fontanels, progressive retinal atrophy, sensitivity to anesthetics.

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Recommended books for further reading:

A New Owner's Guide to Papillons
By Deborah Wood
Published in 2003
160 pages

Papillions (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Jacklyn E., Dr. Hungerland
Published in 2003
80 pages

Papillons (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By F. Michael Truex
Published in 2004
160 pages

The Complete Papillon
By Carolyn and David Roe
Published in 2000
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Papillon Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Papillon Club of America Rescue Trust

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