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10-18 lbs
United States
The Papshund is a hybrid of the purebred Papillon and the Dachshund.  These endearing toy-sized dogs often maintain the butterfly ears of the Papillon and the elongated body of the Dachshund.  The Papshund is a rare mix but is recognized by five breed associations.  The hybrid makes for an excellent companion and lapdog, but the Papshund is also a high energy dog that needs plenty of exercise.  Papshunds are good for the town or country but they are not meant to be left alone outside, and they do not tolerate cold temperatures well.  The Papshund is also a sensitive dog that needs a lot of attention from its family and gentle treatment.
Date of Origin
Papillon and Dachshund

Papshund Health

Average Size
Male Papshund size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-18 lbs
Female Papshund size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deafness
  • Cushing’s Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Complete Physical Examination

Papshund Breed History

The Papshund is a designer hybrid and companion without a documented history.  Both the Papillon and the Dachshund are popular breeds, but the origins of intentional crossbreeding are unknown.  Hybrid dispositions and health traits are not standardized, but owners can review the respective histories of the parent breeds to understand potential traits of the Papshund better. The Papillon is and was always a popular companion dog with origins extending back to the 16th Century in Europe.  The Papillon developed in Spain from the Toy Spaniel lines and traveled to France on the backs of mules carrying trading goods.  The little dog, with is characteristically unique ears, caught the attention of the French court and was named Papillon after its butterfly ear trait.  During its time in France, a dropped-ear variation of the Papillon rose.  The dropped-ear variation was named Phalene, which is another French word referencing the dog's ears.  Phalene means moth and was given to the dropped-ear Papillon to indicate its ears looked like wings at rest like that of the moth.  Today, the Phalene is a rare variation and may be present in the same litter as Papillons.  The Papillon came to the United States in the 20th Century, and the American Kennel Club recognized the companion dog in 1915. The Dachshund first developed in Germany during the 15th Century.  The name translates as badger dog in German and the low to ground dog hunted prey of varying size including hare, deer, and wild boar.  The size and weight of Dachshunds have also varied over the years, and this breed comes in two sizes today, the Miniature and the Standard.  Today, the Dachshund is the only breed recognized as both an above ground and below ground hunter but is now bred more for companionship than for hunting.  However, many of the tenacious qualities that marked this breed are still present, and no squeaker toy is safe for long.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the Dachshund in 1885.   

Papshund Breed Appearance

The Papshund is a small hybrid that maintains traits from both parent breeds.  The Papshund's head is small with a long, tapered muzzle.  The nose is small and black and the eyes are dark and round, but the ears are large and resemble the Papillon's butterfly look.  The Papshund's chest is deep and its body is usually longer than it is tall, which resembles the Dachshund parent's body.  The legs are sturdy and short with longer hair adorning them.  The Papshund's tail has extensive plumage and curls over the back, like that of the Papillon.  The general appears of this hybrid has the coat and ears of the Papillon with the body of the Dachshund though not usually as stout as the Dachshund.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papshund eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papshund nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Papshund coat
cream Papshund coat
red Papshund coat
brown Papshund coat
black Papshund coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense

Papshund Breed Maintenance

The Papshund is not a hypoallergenic dog but is considered a moderate shedding dog.  The hair is long and soft over the body and requires weekly brushing to maintain a healthy coat.  It is important to check the Papshund's ears for any dirt or debris and remove build-up with a veterinarian approved solution or pet wipe to prevent ear infections or foul smells from developing.  The Papshund does not have doggy odor and is easy to keep clean through regular grooming practices.  This clean hybrid does not require regular bathing and a spray bottle, washcloth, or pet wipes can help remove excess dirt and debris while brushing.  

Brushes for Papshund
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Papshund requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papshund Temperament

The Papshund is an energetic dog that does well in both town and country.  They are affectionate with their families and require a lot of attention and gentle interactions.  The Papshund has a wider range of tolerance toward strangers and is an excellent watchdog.  Proper socialization with different people, places, other pets, and things will help the Papshund adjust and grow as a healthy dog.  The Papshund gets along with other dogs, but the prey-mind of the Dachshund parent may make the Papshund more aggressive and less tolerant.  The prey drive and potential for wanderlust in the Dachshund may also make your hybrid more difficult to train, but the Papillon's desire to please and be a part of the family helps soften the training challenges.

Papshund Activity Requirements

The Papshund, despite its size and low to the ground stature, is an active dog that enjoys running both inside and outside.  A small yard or inside space to move around is ideal for this hybrid.  However, the elongated body makes jumping a potential hazard, especially as the Papshund ages, so avoid high jumps and do not encourage standing on hind legs.  The Papshund does not tolerate cold climates well but adjusts to apartment living very easily.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Papshund Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Papshund Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papshund size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Papshund size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
12 Months
Male Papshund size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Papshund size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Papshund size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Papshund size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs

Papshund Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
Benny is a California dog, found on the means streets of Carmel. He was adopted from a shelter and grew up in the Bay for his first year, then moved to Boston where he spends his days lounging around the house, meeting up the neighborhood pups and visiting his dayecare a couple times a week where he hangs with his friends. He loves people, kids and almost all other dogs. He doesn’t know he’s a small pup and loves to run with the big dogs. He’s a curious little guy, but never mischievous. His favorite thing to do is cuddle with people on the couch or crack open a plush chew toy with his little razor teeth. But he never chews on anything other than his toys; he’s a smart one. He loves to go on walks and smell just about anything in his path. And given the opportunity, his Dacshund instincts kick in and loves to find spots to dig. He’s a handsome little guy, with a cute face and huge ears. And he’s got the personality to match which makes him the best friend we never knew we needed.
1 month ago
10 Months
2 People
Chews everything.very friendly with children and other dogs
2 months, 1 week ago
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