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What do you need to know before you adopt a Papillon? We asked the experts!
Papillons have fragile bones. These dogs are on the smaller size and, due to their bone structure, can easily break a leg from a child's rough play (therefore, Papillons are not ideal for small children). Bones can break from falling off a bed or even jumping from a couch. Their small bones are not easily fixed and often times require surgery with special small screws. These surgeries are not inexpensive.
Papillons are very active and act like puppies until at least two to three years of age. Even though they may be small, they can walk or run for miles without stopping.
They are eager to please and often do silly things to make you smile.
They are not yappy. They just need to be trained to know what is and is not acceptable behavior.
They can live a long life of up to 20 years of age if cared for properly.
Papillons are known to be very adaptable.
More about Papillons:
The Papillon is sometimes referred to as the ‘Butterfly dog’ due to the size and shape of its ears. Those who share their homes with a Papillon or Papillon mix often describe them as charming, intelligent and friendly, patient, proud and amusing. These affectionate little pooches love to cuddle but also enjoy long walks or a good romp around a fenced in yard of park. While they are quite obedient and easily trained, they can develop ‘small dog syndrome’ and become quite bossy if the humans in the household do not assume they alpha role. The Papillon can thrive quite nicely in an apartment if provided with adequate exercise and stimulation and if trained not to bark at casual noises in the area.
Though the Papillon has a long silky coat they are only average shedders and the coat does not usually mat or tangle. Daily combing or brushing will help keep the coat soft and silky and reduce shedding. Your Papillon should only be bathed when necessary. Papillons require regular nail clipping and teeth cleaning to avoid excessive tartar build up. Regular play, even indoor games, will fulfill a Papillon’s exercise requirements. These dogs also possess a strong urge to walk and investigate their neighborhood.
Dogs that are not able to satisfy this urge are often inclined to developing behavior issues. Be sure to walk your Papillon at least once each day.
Papillons have a higher-than-average incidence of luxating patella, or floating kneecaps. Mild cases do not require medical attention but severe cases can be fixed with surgery. Fontanelle, or a soft spot in the skull has also been observed in this breed. This condition frequently corrects itself as the puppy matures but if not medical attention is required to protect the brain.