The Papitese: A Complete Guide

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The Papitese is a combination of the Maltese and the Papillion. Both are considered to be toy dogs and have been around for quite some time.

Papitese dogs are very friendly and sociable little dogs and will get along with your entire family and any other pets that you may have roaming around your house.

The Maltese are a small dog that comes from the Republic of Malta, which is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea.

It is an old dog that was mostly kept for companionship and as a small guard dog. They have a very distinctive bark which is sure to wake anybody in the house.

Over the centuries, Roman traders brought the dog back to Italy where it became known as the “Roman Ladies Dog.” They are friendly and love the attention of their owners at all times.

In most of the United States that has come to be known by their nickname, the Cokie.

The Papillion is a toy version of the Spaniel. Spaniels were traditionally hunting dogs, but eventually, one smart breeder decided that it would be a good idea to make a toy version of this dog for small children.

The Papillion, which means “butterfly” in French, is so-named for its wide wispy ears which give its face the appearance of a butterfly.

These dogs are very friendly, need a lot of attention, and are great with children.

When you combine these two dogs into the hybrid Papitese, you get a small, energetic dog that thrives in large families and social environments.

They are incredibly affectionate and their favorite place to be in the evening is curled up in their owner’s lap.

Don’t let this fool you, however, as their next favorite activity is chasing balls and running around the dog park. These are bound to be some of the happiest, most fun little dogs that you’ll ever own.

Papitese Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Papitese laying on a blanket
The Papitese dogs are fun-loving and loyal.

Although these dogs may seem like a sedentary lap dog at first glance, they are anything but that.

Papitese are great family dogs, but they will need to be given plenty of exercise and playtime if you want them to remain happy.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions asked by first time owners.

What Price are Papitese Puppies?

Despite their small size, these dogs can cost you a decent amount.

You can usually expect to pay at least $800 for a Papitese puppy, but be prepared to hear a price that’s closer to $1,000.

This is due mainly to the price of their parenting breeds.

High-end breeders will often charge up to $1,500 for a Papillion, and Maltese puppies usually go for around $800 to $1,200.

They also have fairly small litters, which also drives up the price of the Papitese.

How to Find Reputable Papitese Breeders?

The Papitese can quite easily be mistaken for other small Terrier or Poodle crosses, especially during their puppyhood.

It’s important to find a reputable breeder who isn’t going to try to pass off one dog as another.

Your best bet is to try and find a small-scale breeder who can provide the Papillions and Maltese parents with a sociable and healthy life.

As a general rule, if the parents are treated well and have a healthy diet and life, then the puppies will also be in good condition.

3 Little-known facts about Papitese puppies

  1. Although the Papitese may look like a small lap dog, they are very active and need lots of exercise.
  2. Papitese puppies need to be trained and socialized from puppyhood, or else they can develop aggressive and antisocial behaviors.
  3. Papitese puppies love being around children and are very playful animals. They have a very laid back personality and can take a lot of the roughhousing that children often dole out.

Physical Traits of the Papitese

A fluffy Papitese dog looking at you
The Papitese need a lot of exercise.

The Papitese is often confused for a small Poodle cross.

Their mannerisms are quite similar, and so are their facial features. The main distinguishing feature of these dogs is their fur.

Their fur is almost always white and brindle and sometimes white and black. This comes from their Spaniel heritage who is almost exclusively brown and white.

The Papitese has medium-length thick hair over most of its body.

However, the facial hair can be quite thin and wispy which is a trait that they inherit from the Papillion who are known for their long soft tufts of fur around their face which give them the appearance of a butterfly.

Their fur is very easy to groom, and if you can get them to sit still for a few minutes while they are watching TV with you or eating a treat, then you can fully groom them within minutes.

These dogs have very expressive facial features. They almost always have a curious and intent look on their faces.

Their eyes are always deep, dark brown, and their noses are always black. They have a medium-length muzzle and an even bite.

Their most prominent feature is their ears. They are large, triangular and stick up from the top of their heads like satellite dishes.

This gives them an incredibly good hearing, and they will always be the first to know if you have any visitors coming over to the house.

How Big is a Full-Grown Papitese?

The Papitese is classified as a small toy dog. They rarely exceed 10 pounds. On the lower end of the spectrum, they may only reach 5 or 6 pounds.

Looking at their height, the Papitese only stand about 9 inches tall.

Don’t let their small size fool you, though. These dogs are anything but lapdogs. They far prefer to run and jump around than sleep all day long.

Their tiny frame does, however, make them good for small homes and apartments as they can get plenty of exercise just from running around the house.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Papitese?

The Papitese has an average life expectancy of around 15 years.

This is impressive for a small dog like this and comes mostly from the fact that both of the parent breeds lead very healthy lives and aren’t prone to many of the illnesses and bone problems that plague larger breeds.

If you want them to live even longer, then make sure that they are eating a clean diet.

If they regularly eat organic food, that is evenly balanced between protein, fats, and carbohydrates; then it will keep their heart and digestive system in good health for many years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Papitese

Papitese is a mix of Maltese and Papillion
The Papiteses have very expressive facial features.

In mannerisms, the Papitese tend to take after the Papillion.

They are very playful animals and love to run around and be active all day.

This makes them especially good companions for small children who will love the small size of the Papitese, and it’s willingness to join in on almost any activities.

These dogs have a very laid back temperament if they are well-trained. Speaking of this, it’s very important to make sure that you train your Papitese during puppyhood.

If you neglect this, then they can develop some strange social habits. They will develop aggressive behavior towards other dogs and will become untrusting of strange visitors.

It’s a good idea to send them to a trainer or teach them basic obedience during their first few months of life.

In general, the Papitese is a very intelligent little dog. They easily pick up and learn any tricks. This makes them very fun little companions.

They can roll over, play dead, and even do backflips if they are given the right amount of motivation.

The Papitese’s Diet

These small dogs don’t eat a whole lot of food. Most Papitese puppies will remain perfectly satisfied with 1 to 1-and-a-half cups of food per day.

If they are very active or still growing, then you can give them an extra half cup of food per day.

They are happiest when they are fed three times a day; once in the morning, one in the afternoon, and once at night before bed.

How Much Exercise Does a Papitese Need?

Despite their tiny stature and the fact that they look like lapdogs, the Papitese is a very active dog.

Due to their small size, they can usually get most of their daily exercise just from running around the house. Your small apartment will seem like a large mansion to them.

However, it’s still important that these dogs get at least 20 minutes of fresh air every day. It will help them to live longer and keep them in good shape.

Papitese Health and Conditions

Most Papitese puppies are very healthy little dogs. Some of them are born with a heart problem called Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PAD) and will not live past their first few years of life.

This issue is easily detected in their early lives by a reputable veterinarian, though.

Grooming Advice

These friendly little dogs have pretty distinctive and tufty coats of fur, and it’s often curled or thick and shaggy.

However, it also barely sheds a hair, despite seasonal changes, only adding to why the Papitese is such a low maintenance dog breed.

You’ll find that brushing your Papitese with a regular dog brush will become less of an exercise in staying on top of his or her grooming, and more of a way for the two of you to bond and relax once or twice per week.

The only real things you need to look out for here are this breed’s tendency to get things tangled in that long and curly fur.

This is especially true if you’re grooming your pet after a long day in the park or outside.

If your Papitese has been made nervous or agitated by something unexpected lately, as per the occasionally nervous disposition of this breed, brushing and grooming is also a superb way of calming your pet down.

By and large, there’s no real need for the Papitese to ever have to undergo any professional dog grooming or salon treatment.

But of course, if you want to treat your dog to such pampering, he or she would be unlikely to object!

Final Thoughts on the PapiteseA small Papitese licking its nose

If you are looking for a small, friendly dog that your entire family will love, then the Papitese is a great choice for you.

These dogs are fun-loving and loyal and will provide years of entertainment and companionship.

They also happen to get along very well with other house pets which is important to consider before you buy any new pet.

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