Papillon


(Toy Group)

".. a small, friendly, elegant toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action.. Temperament: Happy, alert and friendly" (ACK Standard).

"Papillons are extremely obedient, one of the easiest Toys to train. They become very loyal, one-person pets, but can also do very well in families with older, more considerate children. They require little exercise, making them wonderful apartment pets. In addition, they make excellent watchdogs. They are bright, and get along well with strangers and other pets. Because of their responsiveness to obedience training, these dogs make fine pets for novice owners.

"The Papillon is considered a healthy and long-lived breed by most experts.

"The Papillon can be a difficult breed to housebreak, and may snap if startled. Make sure to educate children about how to play carefully with small dogs. These dogs are often curious and active as pups, and will find ways to squeeze between fence posts or sneak out an open gate. Because of their small size, Paps seem to get spoiled easily. The Papillon actually does better under conditions were it knows its limits and does not get away with anything it wants to. This does not mean one should not have fun with their Pap, but just do not spoil it" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=133).

"Potential Problems: pushy, barking, housebreaking may be hard; potential injuries due to their daintiness, susceptible to cold temperatures-may need a sweater" (Digital Dog).

"...demonstrates leadership qualities that appear humanlike... Papillons don't want to be shown what to do... They are quite capable of thinking on their own, and then coming up with a solution...

"..the breed.. is descended from spaniels, which explains the "big dog in a little body" demeanor and the ability to think independently...

"In many Western European nations, Papillons with drop ears -- known as the Phalene ("night moth") -- are considered a separate breed. In the United States, the Phalene is seen as a variety of Papillon, and both erect-eared and drop-eared dogs are shown together...

"He was a favorite of aristocrats throughout the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods, and was owned by Marie Antoinette, Louis the XIV, and Madame de Pompadour...

"Having a Papillon is like having the brightest of 2-year olds in your home. They remain very puppylike until quite advanced in age...

"Papillons have a zest for life... friendly and outgoing even with strangers... need to be with their owners constantly...

"Is there anything this little dog can't do? The butterfly dog shines at everything from obedience to agility, tracking, flyball, and freestyle obedience...

"Papillons are great at manipulating people...

"Papillons need to be with their owners constantly... Due to their need for constant companionship, Keating prefers to place the breed with people who work from home or are retired...

"There is only one thing better than a Papillon -- two Papillons... it is better than any programs on television for entertainment value...

"...bossy with both larger breeds and human companions. You should obedience train a Papillon... The very best way.. is with clicker training...

"People who hate hair (Papillons shed), don't have patience with housetraining (the breed is stubborn), or who want a silent dog need to think twice about Papillons.l..known to be escape artists...

"They are not sedentary dogs so exercise is a must...

"Grooming... several times a week and bathing frequently... Dental problems.. are common.. it is vital that you regularly brush your Papillon's teeth and take him for frequent dental checkups and cleanings. Papillons are sensitive to anesthesia so be sure your veterinarian uses a newer, safer anesthesia such as isoflurane.." (Dog World, July 2003).


"Papillons make such fabulous companions. They are at the head of the game when it comes to trainability as far as the Toy Breeds go" (Papillon-L)


Links:

Papillon Club of America
Papillon Rescue
Papillon Club (UK)
Papillon Rescue
Papillon Phalene
Papillon Phalene info
Papillon Phalene History
Papillon Phalenes


Colby Glass, MLIS