The Papillon is an active dog breed that takes pleasure in both play and exercise. Belying its small stature, this toy spaniel is not a lapdog. It is entirely capable of long-distance walks and is apparently not aware of its size, not backing down from fights with larger dogs. Highly confident and calm, Papillons are outgoing dogs. They are affectionate and friendly but will not think twice to bark an alarm to their owners when strangers are nearby. They are excellent watchdogs but poor guard dogs because of their small size.
Papillons are eager to please, so they are a suitable choice for first-time owners. Because they are people-pleasing and intelligent dogs, training is really easy, but they still need to understand their place in the "pack" with you, the owner as the alpha figure. Nevertheless, the Papillon is known to be among the most obedient and responsive toy dogs.
Supervision is required when it comes to interaction with both the children and the Papillon. Although it is a gentle and playful dog, they can easily get hurt during rough play with boisterous or overly active children. It is also friendly with other dogs especially when socialised from a young age. However, it may not get on well with small pets such as mice, guinea pigs, even cats. Papillons were once bred as ratters, so chasing small animals are instinctively wired to their personality.