Papillon Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

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Written by Alyssa Shea

Published: January 8, 2024

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You might know them solely based on their big, fluffy ears, but these little dogs have plenty to offer. The papillon breed is popular both in the US and across the pond! “Papillion” is French for butterfly, a term that directly refers to the breed’s impressibly large and erect ears. These loving little pups are known for their intelligence, joyfulness, and incredible intelligence. It’s no wonder many people want to add these furry friends to their homes. Though they’re small, they’re mighty where it counts. This toy breed is usually at the top when it comes to obedience training and competitions. Check out this guide of papillon prices in 2024 if you want to purchase your own pup.

regal shot of a Papillon in the grass

Papillons were initially bred as companions for noblewomen.

How Much Does a Papillon Puppy Cost?

Papillon puppies with wooden background

Because of their size, Papillons usually only give birth to one puppy per litter.

The cost of a papillon puppy will differ depending on location and popularity. The more popular a dog breed is, the more pricey they become. The rarity of the breed in the area is a factor as well. Some states might not have many papillon puppies for sale, so that can definitely affect the price, too. Let’s look at what you might expect to spend based on your geographic location.

RegionStates IncludedCost
WestAlaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming$1,200-$3,200
SouthwestArizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah$1,000-$2,700
MidwestIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin$900-$2,500
NortheastConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont$1,200-$3,000
SoutheastAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia$1,000-$2,800

Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of a Papillon

Lineage is an essential factor when it comes to prices for papillon dogs. Dogs bred from lines of champions will cost several hundred dollars more than the baselines presented above. Keep in mind that the papillon breed is relatively rare, so you might have to open your search radius a little wider than expected.

The coat color is another factor that influences the overall price of a papillon in 2024. Their long coats don’t have an undercoat, which creates beautiful, silky hair that tends to be pretty easy to maintain. Their coat colors are as follows:

  • White and lemon
  • White and black
  • White and sable
  • White and red
  • White, black, and tan

Of these combinations, white and lemon would have to be the rarest. You can expect to pay significantly more if you want a papillon puppy with this coloring.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for a Papillon

Close up of adorable healthy papillon dog looking to the camera, vet doctor writing prescription on the background

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All dog breeds will require the same vaccines from your veterinarian. Vet prices differ based on the dog’s size and your area. You can expect to spend anywhere between $20 to $60 per shot. The rabies vaccine will be given at four months old and requires booster shots. The other core vaccine every dog needs is the DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza). So, what else can you expect regarding the health of your pup? Here is a list of some common health or genetic issues that the papillon breed can face.

  • Luxating patella
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthe Disease
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Elbow and hip dysplasia
  • Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Disease( NAD )
  • Thyroid issues

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Papillon?

After exploring different options, here is a short list of commonly used pet insurance companies and what they might charge for a papillon in the western area of the United States.

  • Pets Best: $28 per month
  • Embrace: $24 per month
  • Healthy Paws: $45 per month
  • ManyPets: $25 per month
  • Progressive: $38 per month
  • Spot: $22 per month
  • Pumpkin: $46 per month

According to Embrace, healthcare for a 1-year-old papillon might cost more than a mixed breed because purebred dogs are more likely to experience hereditary conditions. This means that they might require more care and more money to treat.

How Much Does It Cost to Train a Papillon?

Socializing and obedience training are crucial to having a well-rounded and thriving puppy. Many owners opt into one-on-one sessions with a private dog trainer, though this can cost more money. If you decide this route would work best for you, you can expect to spend anywhere between $50 to $200 per session. Group training is also available, though less personal. You’ll likely spend about $35 to $150 for each session, so you might save some money! It’s best to contact your local dog trainers to get a more realistic price point for your specific needs.


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I'm a 36-year-old mother of 2 and military wife. I have 2 dogs and a cat that I'm thoroughly obsessed with. When I'm not writing for work, I'm writing as a hobby. You can find me knee deep in a pile of books or way too invested in a video game.

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