How Much Do Papillon Puppies Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

The Papillon, also known as the continental toy spaniel, is considered as one of the oldest toy spaniels, which derives its name from its butterfly look of the long and fringed hair on the ears.  The ears are the main aspect that distinguishes this breed from other dogs.  Papillons are happy, friendly, adventurous and usually aren’t shy or aggressive.

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How much do Papillon puppies cost?

The cost of a papillon puppy will depend on its quality, age, the breeder, geographical location, its registration, and its history.  A papillon puppy, on average, can cost anywhere from $375 to more than $1,500.  If purchasing from a reputable breeder, who includes all of the necessary paperwork, then you should be prepared to spend $750 to as much as $2,000 or more.  Unplanned breeding or litters with a poor bloodline could cost closer to $500 to $1,100.  Rescue groups could cost less than $400 if the dog is older than two years old.

AKC registered dogs that are of a higher quality can often fetch prices as high as $2,000 or so.  Keep in mind that if you were getting into this price range, it will often be “show” material and will be available to those who often show their dogs at shows.  It may also include breeding rights, which offers you the opportunity to breed puppies in the future.  This will all, of course, vary on the breeder, so it’s always important to discuss the terms and fine print before signing on the dotted line. notes that breeders in the northwest may charge $500 to $800, while a breeder in the northeast could charge as much as $1,500.  The website notes the price could often reflect the local market value, not how great the breeder is.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Any reputable breeder will include a vet checkup, any necessary health paperwork, a health guarantee, up to date vaccinations and AKC registration papers if registered.  A travel crate should also be included if being shipped.

What are the extra costs?

A dog license, if your local city requires it, can be obtained for $8 to $40, depending on the county and city regulations.

Recurring costs will be necessary such as the food, toys, shelter and routine/surprise vet visits.  This breed can eat up to a half cup of food per day and it will all depend on the age, build, metabolism and activity level.

If traveling via an airline upon purchase, this can cost $150 to more than $350, depending on the distance being traveled and the airline.

Since these dogs are known to be stubborn and very hard to housebreak, many owners opt for obedience classes.  Depending on which company/trainer you choose, this can cost a few hundred dollars.

Known to be a heavy shedder, they must be brushed at least two times per week to prevent the coat from matting.  For those who can’t keep with the brushing, it’s highly recommended you consider a professional grooming service at least once per month.

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The dog can grow as tall as 11 inches and will weigh nine to 10 pounds on average.

Its coat will be a long flowing coat that’s silky in texture.  With no undercoat, the coat will be fluffier in the chest area and will be fringed near the ears.  On the coat will be patches of color, which are usually red or black.  The primary coat will be white.

These breeds are rather tiny and don’t do well with younger children.  The dogs tend to be the perfect companion for older adults.

These dogs get along great with other animals such as cats.

This is a very sociable breed that doesn’t like to be left alone.  In fact, they tend to follow you just about anywhere you go throughout the home.

Being naturally curious, these dogs love to play with any sort of toy and have lots of energy.

The Papillon 911 Rescue and Adoption Group notes these dogs are not lap dogs and would much rather jump and run instead of cuddling.

Its temperament is known to be highly energetic and athletic, but some personalities may be very calm.  Quick to alert its family of any stranger, it is known to bark at just about any sight and/or sound.

These dogs are known to have some health concerns, such as luxating patellas, so it’s always best to get your pup check out for PRA.

Some mixes are commonly found on the market such as a Shih Tzu Papillion mix, Papillion and chihuahua mix,  Yorkie Papillion mix and Maltese Papillion mix.

The dog is prone to patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, a collapsed trachea, progressive retinal atrophy and open fontanel. recommends avoiding dogs that seem to be high-strung and timid.  This dog is also among the breeds that are very sensitive to anesthesia.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting dogs rather than buying them as there are many adoption centers and rescue groups that offer low-cost adoptions.  If you can find this type of dog older than two years old, you may be able to get it for less than $300 or so.  Before adopting, however, try to see if the dog has any behavioral problems.  Most rescues will be able to offer you a behavioral analysis before you commit to the adoption.

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