So you’re looking to adopt an Papillon, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “A tiny dog, measuring 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder, you can still spot a Papillon a block away thanks to the large, wing-shaped ears that give the breed its name (“papillon” is French for “butterfly”). Some Paps have erect ears; in others, known as the Phalene type, the ears are down. Paps are dainty and elegant, with a plumed tail, and a long, silky coat of several color combinations, the base color being white. More robust than they look, Paps are little dogs for all seasons and reasons. They thrive in warm or cool climates, in town or country, and are eager to join family fun. They are excellent agility dogs and are consistent winners at the sport’s highest levels; less ambitious owners can train them to do all kinds of tricks. The quick, curious Papillon is a toy dog of singular beauty and upbeat athleticism. Despite his refined appearance, the Pap is truly a “doggy dog” blessed with a hardy constitution. Papillon fanciers describe their breed as happy, alert, and friendly.”
An Papillon typically ranges from 20.32cm to 27.94cm in height, and weighs from 2.2679618500000003kg to 4.535923700000001kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Papillon breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Papillon insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.