9-15 lbs
United States
Bichon Frise
Papillon Frise
A rare designer or hybrid breed, the Papichon is well worth the search to find one. They are a sweet dog that make for great family pets, as these dogs love people. Responding well to training, they enjoy pleasing their owners by learning tricks and performing agility stunts. Be forewarned, the Papichon loves people, they need the company, they adore being part of your life. Leave the Papichon at home alone at your peril; what you find when you get home may not impress you as to their home decorating skills. They get bored when on their own, and will go looking for things to do. Their small size is not indication of their personality, which is usually twice as big as their height. The Papichon loves to help, they like to be part of the team, and they expect to be included in outings and adventures. They adapt well to apartments or a home with a yard, wherever you are that is fine by them. Their appealing appearance, fluffy coat and beguiling personality more than make up for their clingy nature.
Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
Papillon, Bichon

Papichon Health

Average Size
Male Papichon size stats
Height: 11-12 inches Weight: 10-16 lbs
Female Papichon size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Bladder Stones and Infections
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypoglycemia
  • May be sensitive to certain drugs
Occasional Tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Skin Scraping Test for Allergies
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electroretinogram
  • ACTH Test

Papichon Breed History

The Papichon is not a common breed, and as such, there is limited data about his past. But we can explore the history of the parent dogs (the Bichon Frise and Papillon) to learn more. The Bichon Frise dates back to the 14th Century and originated in the Mediterranean. French sailors brought the dogs home from Tenerife (Canary Islands). This curly coated dog was quite the traveller in those days, joining traders on the Phoenician trade route, and also the Spanish seamen on their travels. It was inevitable that this little dog ended up in Europe and became a favourite of the nobility. They graced the royal courts and were treasured companions. Interest remained strong in this royal pooch until the late 1800s when it fell out of favor because it had become a 'common' dog. After the first World War, French breeders took a new interest in the Bichon Frise and invested their time to save the breed. The Bichon arrived in the United States in 1956, and in 1975, they were recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club. The Bichon Frise remains a popular dog known for its sweet nature. Not to be outdone, the Papillon is found portrayed in paintings dating back to the 16th Century. They were seen with their doted mistresses and became the favourite little spaniel of the court ladies in Europe. While the early dogs had the floppy spaniel ears,  during the 17th Century in the court of Louis XIV, a small spaniel with upright ears was developed and given the name of Papillon as their ears resembled a butterfly. The only other change to the Papillon was to do with color. Originally a solid color, today they have a white base with patches of color. When this little dog arrived in America is not recorded, but it ranks 35th amongst the 155 breeds registered by the American Kennel Club. Popular and attractive, the Papillon still is doted upon by loyal owners. Legend states that once you gaze into the beautiful eyes of this dog, you will lose your heart to them forever! 

Papichon Breed Appearance

This small dog has the most appealing appearance with a coat that is soft and full with feathering on the legs and tail. Speaking of the tail, it is often carried proudly curling up and over the back with long fan hairs bushing out - much like a flag to herald the Papichon's entrance. Small in size but beautifully proportioned, the body is often longer than it is high. Slender legs and tiny paws tend to make you think this dog is fragile, but they have surprising energy  and an attitude that is three times its size. The face is dainty and sweet in appearance, with a fine pointed muzzle. The head is slightly rounded with the ears wide apart. The ears can vary from floppy like the Bichon or held erect and upright with feathering on the edges like the Papillon parent. Soft luxurious coats give them that 'soft toy' appearance which makes them so endearing. Bright black eyes that will follow your every move, and a glossy black nose completes this small but vibrant little dog.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papichon eyes
amber Papichon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papichon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Papichon coat
brown Papichon coat
sable Papichon coat
red Papichon coat
black Papichon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Papichon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Papichon Breed Maintenance

While puppies can vary within a litter, the coat of the Papichon is normally soft, mid length and can curl like the Bichon. The coat needs brushing at least twice a week to keep its beauty and to prevent tangles. If your Papichon has the Bichon coat, then it will require professional clipping every two to three months just to keep it tidy. Bathing need only be required when they get dirty, using a mild dog shampoo to prevent allergies and retain the natural oil in the skin. While you are brushing the coat, check to see if there are any sores or cuts that may need attention. These little dogs can get into anything without a thought of the consequences, so keep alert for any injuries. Brushing the teeth twice a week will promote good oral health, and gently clip the nails down to a manageable length. Then all that needs checking is the ears or the eyes, just to ensure good health. These areas are very delicate so be gently wiping around them.
Brushes for Papichon
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Papichon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papichon Temperament

The Papichon is a small dog with a big personality and a happy outlook on life. They are not a dog that can be left alone - they crave human company and will bond closely to you and the family. They suit families where there is always someone around who can shower them with love and attention. The Papichon will happily escort you on outings, and once it gains its confidence with strangers, it will meet and greet them enthusiastically. Their cute appearance and lovely nature (and their bright shining eyes and wide smile) will endear them to everyone. While they are puppies they are really small so you have to be aware that they can get hurt easily, and be careful to teach children how dainty these dogs are. Once they are matured, they can bounce off most things, but when little you need to watch where you walk. They love a mental challenge and will happily learn new tricks, embrace agility training, and can learn obedience skills quickly but bear in mind they can have a sensitive nature so if you scold them they may sulk. Kind positive language with hugs and praise will have this little fluff ball ready to do anything you want. The Papichon can adapt well to an apartment but they can be a dog who is opinionated and yap a lot although this can be overcome at an early stage with good training. As a companion dog they are ideal. Just remember to be a strong leader and you will earn their respect and avoid the development of bad behavior.

Papichon Activity Requirements

The Papichon is active for its size, it loves to explore, check out the family and will generally stick his nose into your business whenever he can. They enjoy a walk where they can greet and meet other dogs and people, this is an ideal way to get them over a slightly wary attitude that these dogs can get if they are not socialised well when young. They will walk, run and play games as much as you want, and love a challenge such as having to find a treat, fetch a ball or learn a new trick. The Papichon likes the mental stimulation that satisfies their curious nature. These little dogs are ideal in apartments as long as they get enough outdoor exercise. If your home has a  yard, they will take it upon themselves to ensure the grounds are secure. This little busybody is a cuddle bug as well, and will love all your attention and becoming a devoted friend.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Papichon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$26.00 - $28.00

Papichon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papichon size stats at six months
Height: 3 inches Weight: 2 lbs
Female Papichon size stats at six months
Height: 3 inches Weight: 2 lbs
12 Months
Male Papichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Papichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Papichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Papichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs

Papichon Owner Experiences

10 Years
6 People
House & Yard
She is the best dog I could have asked for.
6 days, 21 hours ago
9 Years
1 People
The sweetest little dog.
3 months ago
1 Year
5 People
House & Yard
Look out the window
Amazing, A very loving, yet small energetic dog. Alpha of our two dogs.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
One Year
2 People
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10 months, 3 weeks ago
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