Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Phalène; Continental Toy Spaniel; Epagneul Nain Continental; Butterfly Dog; Squirrel Dog
The Papillon is an adorable toy breed highly regarded not just for its beauty but for its intelligence. The word "papillon" is French for "butterfly," thanks to unmistakable sweep of the beautiful ears. But this tiny sprite is more than a portable pet that looks good in a designer handbag. Developed in Europe from Spaniel stock and an early version of the Bichon Frise, this active breed is fast, alert, and capable of giving chase to small animals or birds if you let it slip off the leash. This dog knows that it can use its good looks to charm its human, but with loving guidance, it can become a great companion.
A properly trained Papillon is not a stand-offish diva. The dog doesn't know its own size and is often described as "friendly." It can be a good choice for exhibitors who want a beautiful, alert show animal in a petite package.
Appearance / health:
The Papillon is elegant, fine-boned, dainty and vivacious. Her body is somewhat longer than her tail; her head is small and she has a fine, tapering muzzle that is about 1/3 the length of her skull. Her eyes are bright, watchful and intelligent; her ears are fringed with hair, set wide and are erect, giving the appearance of butterfly wings (except on the version of the breed which is drop-eared, known as the “Phalene” or “Moth” Papillon). Her topline is level; her chest is somewhat deep; the legs are slender and she has dainty, elongated feet; her tail is long. She carries her plumed tail curved over her back.
Your Papillon will need his coat brushed at least weekly; somewhat more frequently is never a bad idea, in order to keep their long, fine hair from matting and tangling, as well as to keep it free of yard debris. Trim the hair between the pads of their feet to give them a more firm grip and to prevent their feet splaying. Papillons do not require frequent bathing; minimal is better. Their nails should be trimmed, and their teeth cleaned, on a regular basis.
Papillons are consistent, year-round shedders; however, because they are single-coated dogs, shedding can be easily controlled with the regular brushing mentioned. They do not have an undercoat that “blows."
Exercise is an important part of the day for the naturally energetic Papillon. They are small enough to zoom around indoors (and frequently do so), but nothing will take the place of fresh air and sunshine. Sufficient exercise, including long walks and off-leash play in a safe area such as an enclosed dog park or backyard will do much to wear off their natural energy and prevent behavioral problems.
The Papillon is actually one of the healthier breeds; however, some of the issues that can potentially affect the breed are (in no particular order):
Always ask the breeder of any Papillon puppy you are considering if the parent dogs have been certified to be free of patellar luxation and genetic eye disorders and ask to see their certifications. Check the head of any puppy you are considering purchasing to determine if the fontanel has closed; if it has not, insist that there be a clause in your purchasing contract that allows you a window of time in which to have the puppy checked by a Veterinarian of your choice to determine if it is likely the fontanel will close and the opportunity for you to return the puppy for replacement or full refund in the event your Veterinarian determines that it is not likely to close.
Behavior / temperament:
Though quite dainty in appearance, the adult Papillon is much hardier than they appear. They are very devoted to their people and love to go wherever their owner(s) go, even if it’s just to the store around the corner, a long trip, or relaxing around the house.
Due to their love of their owner(s), the Papillon can easily become possessive of them; therefore, early, consistent, and extensive socialization to other people outside the family is very important to the Papillon to ensure that he becomes a happy little dog, eager to meet others.
Properly socialized during puppyhood, the Papillon is a friendly, cheerful little dog. He is quite adaptable and his nature is one of confidence and an outgoing personality.
The Papillon is rated high in learning; very high in obedience; and, high in problem solving. Combined with their natural eagerness to please their owner, this lends to a very easily trainable dog for the experienced trainer/handler. In fact, the Papillon is rated number one in obedience of all Toy Dogs. For the inexperienced dog owner, this combination can easily lead to a Papillon that trains his/her owner!
Papillons are one of the rare breeds that learn not only from their trainer/handler, but also from situations and experiences. Therefore, it is important that everyone around them be consistent in their expectations and careful of their own behaviors.
Papillons respond best with positive reinforcements and will not do well at all with forced training.
Although the Papillon is not typically possessed of the high-pitched yapping often found in other small breed dogs, the truth is that she loves to bark. She will enthusiastically announce visitors, forcefully alert you to perceived danger, and does not possess the ability to distinguish between causes worthy of investigation and ordinary, day-to-day noises.
happiest personality, little clown, affectionate companion, wonderful attitude, wonderful family pets
small children, extremely shrill bark, congestive heart failure, separation anxiety
Butterfly Papillions, Old Masters, dropeared version
Owning a Papillon (Butteryfly Spaniel)
We got Bandit, our little Papillon - aka - Butterfly Spaniel, when he was about a year old. He was badly neglected, malnourished and full of parasites. He literally picked us, as he jumped into our open car to escape a cat! He was about a year old.
He bonded with us immediately, and after leaving our name in case someone came looking for him, we took him home an right away took him to the vet. He needed medicine, plus he had several very bad teeth that needed to be removed. After we got him clean up and combed out, he was a gorgeous little dog, and we absolutely loved him. He was very easy to look after, and went everywhere with us, including our many wilderness canoe trips. He even chased a moose out of our camp one morning!
Our Papillon was easy to care for, after the initial trips to the vet due to the neglect he suffered. He was simply gorgeous, highly intelligent, and very loyal.
Sadly, Bandit had a bad start and died too young at about nine years. The vet thought it was probably a stroke caused by the early tooth problems.
We would definitely get another one if the opportunity to rescue one arose. (We have determined only to adopt rescue dogs.).
From klagoosh Sep 8 2015 6:48PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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