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Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon" Compare Papillon and Japanese Chin. Which is better: Papillon or Japanese Chin or Brussels Griffon?
Name Papillon Japanese Chin Brussels Griffon
OriginsSpain France Belgium Japan Belgium
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank5310894
Reviews110
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Other Names Butterfly Dog, Squirrel Dog, Phalène, Epagneul Nain, Phalène (Drop Ear Type), Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continental Chin, Japanese Spaniel Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Brussels Griffon, Petit Brabancon, Belgian Griffon, Griffon
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Japan Chin and Pekingese section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Belgian Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $400-$600 $300-$500 $600-$1200

General Appearance - Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 4-15 pounds (2-7 kg) 6-12 pounds (2.5-5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg) 9 pounds (4 kg)
Height Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm), Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 7-11 inches (18-28 cm) 7-8 inches (18-20 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Female: 9.5 inches (24 cm) 9 inches (23 cm) 7.5 inches (19 cm)

Hair & Care - Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon

Coat Feathered Feathered Rough Smooth
Colors White Red Tan Lemon Sable Black White Sable Lemon Black Belge Black Black & Tan Red
Grooming
Average: The Papillon requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Japanese Chin requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Papillons shed none to minimal.
Japanese Chins shed moderately.
Brussels Griffons shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon

Temperament Alert Friendly Energetic Happy Intelligent Alert Independent Loving Playful Intelligent Loyal Alert Inquisitive Sensitive Companionable Selfish Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Papillon is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Papillons are easy to train.
Japanese Chins are quite easy to train.
Brussels Griffons are hard to train.
Playfulness
The Papillon is a highly playful breed.
Japanese Chins, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Brussels Griffons, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Papillons have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Japanese Chins have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Papillons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Japanese Chins are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Brussels Griffons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Papillons need a lot of social interaction.
Japanese Chins need a lot of social interaction.
Brussels Griffons are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Papillon is a very vocal breed.
Low: The Japanese Chin barks none to minimal.
Average: The Brussels Griffon barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Papillons are average watchdogs.
Japanese Chins are average watchdogs.
Brussels Griffons are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Papillons strongly protect their territory.
Japanese Chins strongly protect their territory.
Brussels Griffons are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Papillon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Chin has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Brussels Griffon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Papillons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Japanese Chins have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Brussels Griffons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Papillons are not the biggest explorers.
Japanese Chins are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Brussels Griffon is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Papillons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Japanese Chins have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Brussels Griffons don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Papillons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Japanese Chins are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Brussels Griffons are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Papillons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Japanese Chins adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Brussels Griffons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Papillons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Japanese Chins tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Brussels Griffons do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon

Stranger Friendly
Papillons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very stranger friendly dogs.
Brussels Griffons are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Papillons are kid-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Brussels Griffons are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Papillons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very cat-friendly dogs.
Brussels Griffons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Papillons are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are average friendly towards other dogs.
Brussels Griffons are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Papillon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Japanese Chin is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Brussels Griffon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Papillons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Japanese Chins are not the best breed for elderly people.
Brussels Griffons are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Papillons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Japanese Chins are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Brussels Griffons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Papillons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Japanese Chins are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Brussels Griffons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Papillon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Japanese Chin breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Brussels Griffon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon

Health Issues
The Papillon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Japanese Chin is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Brussels Griffon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Entropion Epilepsy Eye Problems Heart Disease Heart Murmurs Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Allergies Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 13-16 years 10-12 years 13-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Papillons have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Japanese Chins have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Brussels Griffons have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Papillons need a lot of exercises.
Japanese Chins exercise need is very minimal.
Brussels Griffons exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Papillons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Japanese Chins like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Brussels Griffons like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Brussels Griffon can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Papillon has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Chin has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Brussels Griffon has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Papillon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Chin is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Brussels Griffon is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Papillon vs Japanese Chin vs Brussels Griffon

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 1-3 puppies 1-3 puppies

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