How to Groom a Papillon Dog

Papillon Characteristics and Grooming Needs

The Papillon, French for butterfly, is easily recognized by its butterfly wing-like ears. The small toy dog is generally low maintenance and easy to groom. Its fun and playful disposition, along with its long strands of hair, may cause it to get small tangles, but these are usually easy to comb out.


The typical Papillon is usually described by her owner as having a cheery disposition. And I would add to that description the word ‘robust’.

Owners usually find that their Papillon puppy is relatively easy to train. It should be mentioned, however, that their lively nature would be in contrast to the placid nature of many lap dog breeds. What else is similar or different?

How Does the Papillon Compare to Other Breeds

So how does the Papillon compare to other dog breeds?

Click on the graphic below to access a unique interactive app that can show you how the Papillon is related to other breeds.

Papillon Breed Comparison

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