4-9 lbs
United States
Toy Fox Terrier
Foxillon, Toy Foxillon, Toy Papiox
The Papiox is a crossbred designer hybrid of the purebred Toy Fox Terrier and the purebred Papillon.  Both parents are toy-sized, and the resulting mix is equally small.  As small dogs, owners can expect the Papiox to be an excellent companion that needs a lot of attention and affection.  However, the Terrier bloodlines add some independence and a lot of energy to the Papiox.  The Papiox is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.  Additionally, the Papiox may also be known as the Toy Foxillon or just the Foxillon.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Toy Fox Terrier and Papillon

Papiox Health

Average Size
Male Papiox size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 4-9 lbs
Female Papiox size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 4-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Portacaval Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Food Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Canine Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination

Papiox Breed History

The Papiox is a designer breed of two purebred dogs, the Toy Fox Terrier and the Papillon, and does not have a documented history, so it is unknown when the intentional breeding of these two dogs first took place.  Additionally, details on the character traits and the breed standards are not yet formed.  Owners wishing to understand their Papiox, or Foxillon better as some are called, can review the histories and dispositions of the parent breeds. The Toy Fox Terrier was bred in America and rose from the Smooth Fox Terrier of England.  The Toy Fox Terrier's first role followed its ancestors as a vermin control dog, but Americans wanted a smaller dog that could fit into tighter spaces in barns on the farms as well as a good companion for inside the home.  Several small breeds, possibly including the Papillon and the Chihuahua were crossbred with the Fox Terrier to achieve this end.  The resulting canine was part Toy, part Terrier and fit the dual role perfectly.  The American Kennel Club did not recognize the Toy Fox Terrier, sometimes referred to as TFT, until 2003. The Papillon is a much older dog with roots extending back into the 16th Century.  The little Spaniel was a favorite in Spanish courts and particularly in French courts where the dog gets its name.  Papillon is a reference to the butterfly and is a marked feature on the breeds whose ears resemble wings.  A dropped ear variation of the Papillon exists called the Phalene, but it is extremely rare.  The name Phalene is also a French reference to the breed's ears, which rest like that of a moth.  Today, the Papillon enjoys a high American Kennel Club ranking and was first recognized by the AKC in 1915.           

Papiox Breed Appearance

The Papiox may resemble either parent breed but will be a small dog, standing no taller than 11 inches and weighing no more than 10 pounds.  The head of the Papiox is in proportion to the body and has a thin snout and muzzle that tapers down and dark, round eyes about medium in size and set wide apart.  The ears are large for the Papiox's size and stand up in a triangular shape.  The coat may be short to medium in length with longer hair on the head, ears, legs, and tail.  The tail stands up and may curl over the back if the Papiox resembles the Papillon.  The Papiox's body is compact and appears delicately boned but is also well muscled under mostly white-colored hair with patches of color.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papiox eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papiox nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Papiox coat
brown Papiox coat
red Papiox coat
white Papiox coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Papiox straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Papiox Breed Maintenance

Maintaining the Papiox is easy, but this hybrid is not a hypoallergenic dog.  The Papiox is a moderate shedding dog, and weekly brushing will help remove any dead or loose hair.  The hair around the ears and head is usually longer and may catch dirt or become tangled.  Use caution while grooming the Papiox head and check your dog's ears for any dirt or debris that might be trapped in the ears.  The Papiox does not require frequent bathing, and a warm wet washcloth, pet wipe, or spray bottle helps clean the coat very well during grooming.  The Papiox is not known to drool and does not have a "doggy odor."  
Brushes for Papiox
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Papiox requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papiox Temperament

The Papiox is a cheerful, high energy hybrid that loves its family and is not fond of being left alone.  Their small size may make them vulnerable to accidents with young children, but otherwise, the Papiox is found of kids.  The Papiox does very well with older children both inside and outside and is cheerful around new people.  The Toy Fox Terrier parent may make the Papiox slightly standoffish with strangers, but the hybrid warms up to non-threatening people fast.  The Papiox has a high amount of energy and is a playful dog, but its size makes it easy to keep up with during exercise and playtime.  Despite their toy size, the Papiox are easy to housetrain, but the independent streaks of the Toy Fox Terrier may make other instructions more challenging.

Papiox Activity Requirements

The Papiox is a high energy hybrid in compact, toy-sized body.  The mix enjoys running and jumping and can jump relatively high off the ground from standing.  However, the Papiox's small size makes exercise easy and while the intensity is average, the length of time doesn't have to be great.  A few daily runs around the backyard or jumps inside are all this hybrid needs to expel its excess energy and meet its daily activity requirements.  The Papiox has a higher tolerance for warmer climates than it does for cold climates but this hybrid should not be left outside alone.  The Papiox also adapts well to apartment and urban living but is equally happy in the country.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Papiox Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Papiox Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papiox size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 5.0 lbs
Female Papiox size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 5.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Papiox size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Papiox size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Papiox size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Papiox size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs

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