Papillon Mixes – Which One Is Right For You

Papillon Mixes – Which One Is Right For You?

The first thing to understand about papillon mix is that they are not dogs, but rather mixes between different breeds of dogs. They come from various sources such as bulldog, dachshund, pug, shih tzu and others. Most of them have been bred to look like their parent breed so they do resemble it quite well. However, there are some that look very much like other breeds.

Most of these mixes will usually be referred to as “puppies” or “dogs”. Some people prefer to call them “mixes”, which is fine too, since most of the time they are just mixed breeds. There are many different types of papillons out there. Each one has its own characteristics and traits.

The type you choose depends on your needs and preferences.

There are two main types of papillons: those that are purebred and those that were crossbreeds. Purebred papillons are the ones that have been bred only for their looks. These include the pups of certain breeds such as bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, shih tzus and others. These types are very popular as pets, although they do have some issues such as health problems and a lot of grooming.

Crossbreeds on the other hand are mixes between different types of breeds. They may look like one breed more than others, but they won’t be the exact same as that breed. Crossbreeds combine the best traits of their parent breeds and most of them don’t suffer from health problems and require less grooming.

Healthwise, which type is better?

There is no definite answer to that question. Both types have their pros and cons. If you get a purebred papillon, chances are it will be a very cute dog with fancy looks that resemble a painting. However, many of these breeds are prone to health problems. This includes breathing difficulties, eyesight issues, knee problems, skin irritation and more. If you want a purebred papillon, make sure you get it from a good and reliable breeder that is known to care for their dogs well.

On the other hand, crossbreeds are generally healthier than the purebred ones. This means there’s a lesser chance they’ll get sick or have some congenital condition. They are also less likely to develop arthritis or knee problems. Crossbreeds will also require less grooming as compared to their purebred parents.

However, they may not look exactly like papillons.

Now, there are two types of papillon mixes: One is the American type and the other is the Continental type. The difference between them is that the first one has a long and flat body while the second one has a shorter and more compact body. Most American types have docked tails and ears that stand up. Continental types, on the other hand, have long tails and ears that hang close to their head.

When choosing your papillon mix, you should first decide what type of dog you want. This will depend on your preferences and needs.

After that, you will have to decide whether you want a purebred or a crossbreed. As mentioned earlier, this decision should depend on your preferences and needs as well as the quality of papillon available.

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Below are some of the most common types of papillons and their individual descriptions as well as their pros and cons.

Bichon Frise

Bichons are one of the most popular papillon mixes today. This is because their shaggy white fur and cute looks make them perfect pets for the whole family. They have round faces, big dark eyes, short muzzles and curly tails. These dogs were bred to resemble snow-white fluffy clouds, which is why their ears are so big.

They can also be easily recognized by their brown noses and dark eyes.

Bichons are very playful and have loads of energy to keep them busy all day. They love human company and can’t get enough of being petted and played with. They are easy to train too, although they can be headstrong at times. Bichons are also very sensitive dogs that can get hurt easily so it is important not to shout at or hit them in any way.

The main health concern for bichons is obesity, so you need to make sure they get enough exercise and don’t eat too much. Allergies to things like fleas or food are also very common in these dogs. Their big floppy ears can get infected too if they get neglected.


The Bolognese, or also known as the Bolo, is a very old Italian breed. They were bred by Italian farmers to catch mice in the farmyards and to act as their companions. The Bolo’s parent breed is the Bichon Tucle which was brought over to Italy by sailors from Spain in the 14th century. The Bolognese’s parent breed were in turn brought to Italy by Spanish merchants in the 16th century, hence the name.

The Bolo is a small white dog with intelligent black eyes and a loving expression. They are very active dogs that need to be kept busy at all times. Bolognese are excellent dogs for the whole family, including children, but they do not respond well to harsh training. These dogs thrive on affection and love making them great for families.

The Bolo sheds very little and does not bark a lot. They have a strong hunting instinct so you should always keep them on a leash when outside. They can also be fussy eaters and can become overweight if not kept on a healthy diet.

Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear is native to the island of Madagascar, but it is believed that they originated from Turkey. These dogs have been kept by the royal families there since the 15th century. When the islands of Madagascar and Mauritius were colonized by the French and the British, the Coton de Tulear was introduced to these islands too.

The Coton de Tulear is a small white dog with a curly coat. They do not shed their fur too much and do not have an undercoat. They have dark eyes and a friendly expression. These dogs are intelligent and easy to train.

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They thrive on human contact and attention and cannot be left alone for extended periods of time.

Cotons do not like being left alone so you should only get one if you are home often. These dogs also need a lot of grooming, especially when they are molting. They can be aggressive with other dogs too, so early training is necessary.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel dog bred as a companion for royalty in the 17th century. They are affectionate and playful dogs that love human contact. They get along well with children and other dogs but they are not suited to living outdoors. Despite their small size, they tend to develop snoring issues due to their elongated noses.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is generally a healthy breed but they can suffer from a number of health issues. They are prone to conditions that affect the heart and brain. They also tend to develop spinal disorders, skin allergies and eye problems. Due to their love of human company, these dogs do not make good guard dogs.

Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel (or Gentle Giant) is a very old breed that originated in the English county of Nottinghamshire. They were bred to hunt birds and vermin but they are now excellent companion dogs. Clumbers are large dogs but they are calm, gentle and docile animals. They do not bark a lot but they do howl quite a bit.

Clumbers are docile and patient animals but they do not make good watchdogs. They are prone to obesity and hip dysplasia so a controlled diet is necessary. They shed a lot and tend to drool.

Canaan Dog

The Canaan Dog is an ancient breed that is thought to be the predecessor of the modern day German Shepherd Dog. These dogs are native to Israel and they were used by the Bedouins to guard their flocks. In fact, the breed is also known as the Bedouin Shepherd.

Canaan Dogs are very protective dogs which makes them excellent guard dogs. They can also become very attached to their owners so they make good family pets. These dogs need a lot of exercise and they benefit from training because they can be stubborn. They shed a lot so they are not the best choice if you are allergic to dogs or do not like dog hair everywhere.

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The Kooikerhondje is a small Dutch dog. It’s name means “little crying dog” in the local dialect and the name refers to its bark rather than its size because this dog is louder than it is large! Kooikers have several vocalizations, they will bark to warn you of an intruder but they will also make a shrill yapping sound when they are playing or when they are excited.

These dogs are intelligent and quick to learn but they do not like being left alone so you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time at home with them if you get one. These dogs are natural hunters so you really have to watch them around other pets. Their coat is easy to care for and they shed relatively little.


The Weimaraner is a large dog with yellow-golden brown colored fur. They are quick, energetic dogs with a longish muzzle and bright, dark eyes. The Weimaraner is an elegant looking dog that was originally bred to hunt deer, hence the name “Weimar” which means deer in German.

Weimaraners are affectionate dogs that bond closely with their owners. They love children and they generally get along well with other dogs but they need a lot of exercise so they are not suited to city living. Weimaraners are prone to a number of health issues including gastric torsion (a life-threatening condition), epilepsy, cysts and skin disorders.

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a small dog with a black, gray and white colored coat. These dogs have a bold temperament that belies their small size. The breed is highly intelligent, loving and independent. They can be somewhat protective of their owners and are generally aloof with strangers.

These dogs do not shed and they have very little sense of smell. They require a lot of grooming and their ears need to be cleaned regularly. Welsh Terriers are prone to several health issues including skin infections, cataracts, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, ear infections and skin allergies.

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