You often hear Papillon and Phalene mentioned together. Although classified as two different breeds, they are almost identical. The only thing that separates them is the ears. The Phalene breed has its ears hanging down, while Papillon has standing ears.
In this article, what you read about Papillon in terms of personality and traits also applies to Phalene.
Fun fact: the name Papillon means "butterfly" in French and plays on the appearance of the breeds 'flappy' ears.
Super in obedience and agility The
Papillon is a companion dog that fits perfectly as a family dog. They are small dogs with big personalities. They love to learn and can be used for several purposes, such as obedience and agility.
Even though they are small, they are active and can be trained to withstand longer walks than the size would suggest. That said, they are not a breed that requires a lot of exercise to thrive. Many find that play and mental stimuli work well to keep a happy Papillon.
No lone wolf
They love to be with their owners and dislike being alone. If you are considering getting a Papillon, you should prepare to include the dog in most of your daily activities.
Also, be aware of Papillon's ability to make sounds! Combined with their vigilance, they function well as guard dogs - they report when discovering something suspicious. However, this should not be confused with hostility because most Papillons love humans and quickly accept new people.
Papillon gets along with other animals, but be aware.
The breed usually goes along well with other animals in the family, both dogs and cats. But there are advantages to introducing them from an early age. Pay attention to their fearlessness because it is not uncommon for a Papillon to be a dominant little bugger.
As a rule of thumb, Papillon dogs love kids but make sure the children handle them carefully.
Little "mountain goat."
This breed is suitable for apartments but appreciates a garden where they can wander about. The Papillon likes to run in circles and will often jump - even indoors. Some describe them as "mountain goats" precisely because of this characteristic.
As long as they get enough attention, activation, and a good upbringing, you will have a charming companion with a long life expectancy. They can live up to 15 years. Both Papillon and Phalene are healthy and wholesome breeds without common health issues.