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Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin" Compare Papillon and Boston Terrier. Which is better: Papillon or Boston Terrier or Japanese Chin?
Name Papillon Boston Terrier Japanese Chin
OriginsSpain France Belgium United States Japan
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank5321108
Reviews101
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Other Names Butterfly Dog, Squirrel Dog, Phalène, Epagneul Nain, Phalène (Drop Ear Type), Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continental Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen Chin, Japanese Spaniel
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 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 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 Small Molossian type Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Japan Chin and Pekingese 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 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
Price $400-$600 $600-$800 $300-$500

General Appearance - Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 10-25 pounds (6-11kg) 4-15 pounds (2-7 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg) 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm), Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 15-17 inches (38-43 cm) 7-11 inches (18-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Female: 9.5 inches (24 cm) 16 inches (40.5 cm) 9 inches (23 cm)

Hair & Care - Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin

Coat Feathered Fine Feathered
Colors White Red Tan Lemon Sable Black White Brindle Seal Black White Sable Lemon Black
Grooming
Average: The Papillon requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Japanese Chin requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Papillons shed none to minimal.
Boston Terriers shed moderately.
Japanese Chins shed moderately.

Characteristics - Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin

Temperament Alert Friendly Energetic Happy Intelligent Affectionate Friendly Intelligent Playful Aggressive Gentle Lively Alert Independent Loving Playful Intelligent Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Papillon is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Papillons are easy to train.
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Japanese Chins are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Papillon is a highly playful breed.
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Japanese Chins, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Papillons have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Japanese Chins have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Papillons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boston Terriers 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.
Social Needs
Papillons need a lot of social interaction.
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Japanese Chins need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Papillon is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Low: The Japanese Chin barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Papillons are average watchdogs.
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Japanese Chins are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Papillons strongly protect their territory.
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Japanese Chins strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Papillon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Chin has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Papillons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boston Terriers have lower than 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Papillons are not the biggest explorers.
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Japanese Chins are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Papillons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
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.
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Papillons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Japanese Chins adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Boston Terriers 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.
Japanese Chins tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin

Stranger Friendly
Papillons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Papillons are kid-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Papillons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Papillons are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Papillon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Japanese Chin is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Papillons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Japanese Chins are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Papillons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Japanese Chins 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.
No
Boston Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Japanese Chins are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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
Boston Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Japanese Chin 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 Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin

Health Issues
The Papillon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boston Terrier 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.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Brain Tumors Cataracts Cherry Eye Deafness Heart Murmurs Megaesophagus Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing Cataracts Entropion Epilepsy Eye Problems Heart Disease Heart Murmurs Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 13-16 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Papillons have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Japanese Chins have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Papillons need a lot of exercises.
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
Japanese Chins exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Papillons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Japanese Chins 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. 0.5 to 1.5 cups 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. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Papillon has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Chin has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Papillon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Chin is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Papillon vs Boston Terrier vs Japanese Chin

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 3-5 puppies 1-3 puppies

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