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Papillon vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Papillon vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle" Compare Papillon and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Which is better: Papillon or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Poodle?
Name Papillon Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle
OriginsSpain France Belgium England Germany France
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank53197
Reviews137
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Other Names Butterfly Dog, Squirrel Dog, Phalène, Epagneul Nain, Phalène (Drop Ear Type), Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continental Cav, Cavalier, Cavie French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
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 1995 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & 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 English Toy Spaniels section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle 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
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $400-$600 $1200-$1500 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Papillon vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle

Size Small Small Medium
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) 14 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm), Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height Male: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Female: 9.5 inches (24 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Papillon vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle

Coat Feathered Feathered Curly
Colors White
Red
Tan
Lemon
Sable
Black
Tan
Blenheim
Tricolor
Ruby
Apricot
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Black
Grooming
Average: The Papillon requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Papillons shed none to minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Papillon vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle

Temperament Alert
Friendly
Energetic
Happy
Intelligent
Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Cheerful
Gentle
Social
Polite
Quiet
Active
Graceful
Fearless
Friendly
Nonaggressive
Sporty
No tendency towards nervousness
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Papillon is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Papillons are easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Papillon is a highly playful breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Papillons have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Papillons need a lot of social interaction.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Papillon is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Papillons are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Papillons strongly protect their territory.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Papillon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Papillons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Papillons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Papillons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Poodles 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.
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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Papillons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Papillons are kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Papillons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Papillons are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Papillon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Papillons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Papillons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Papillons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Poodles 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.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle breed usually likes 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle

Health Issues
The Papillon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Poodle 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)
Dry Eye
Episodic Falling Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Syringomyelia
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)
Cataracts
Cushing's Syndrome
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Patellar Luxation
Premature Graying
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Runny Eyes
Sebaceous Adenitis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 13-16 years 10-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Papillons have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Papillons need a lot of exercises.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Papillons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
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.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Papillon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Papillon vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Poodle

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 2-4 puppies

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