The Papillon is a member of the toy group. They are a petite, elegant, fine-boned and delicate breed. The stand less than 30 cm tall, with their weight that is proportionate to its height. It moves swiftly and gracefully, with the ears spread out like the wings of a butterfly in movement. The tail is arched over the body with a large, full plume.
The Papillon come in different colours, mostly white with different colour markings. The soft, one layered coat is long and straight. However, they have shorter hair on the muzzle and skull, and ample on the ears, chest and legs.
The Papillon takes great enjoyment in play and exercise, and is highly energetic. They are capable of walking or running long distances without getting tired. They have no apparent self-awareness of size constraints. They will not back down from larger dogs and get themselves in trouble! They do not suffer from anxiety of shyness.
They are very responsive, obedient, playful and gentle. Generally a good fit for families with children or for the elderly, and can be socialised with other pets from an early age. They do well when introduced to strangers, although they can be a bit reserved at first.