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Our Papillon

Our Papillon

Our Papillon named Pierre (pictured), is a cuddly “Toy” sized dog. In total he weighs only 9 or 10 pounds with a height of between 8 and 11 inches.

The Pierre’s coat is long, flowing, and silky in texture.  As will most Papillons his coat will fluff at the chest area, and is fringed at the ears which should be given a daily light brushing.

Originating in the 13th century, Papillons were a popular breed loved by nobles and aristocracy in Europe. They are quite often considered to be a dainty breed, but in reality are well balanced and lively.  They are a sturdy and hardy breed.

Papillons are very easy to house train. We have a desk top ‘school bell’ sitting beside our door. When our little darling has to go outside he simply rings the bell!

The Papillon loves outdoor exercise and enjoys a daily walk.  Yards must be securely fenced, as this breed will use their problem solving skills to escape if left unsupervised. The Papillon is an active indoor breed and some of their exercise needs can be fulfilled with play sessions.

Papillons are not ‘yappers,’ however, they must be trained at a very early age the appropriate time to bark. They do very well living in apartments.

Papillons are great travelers! Ours know when we are going somewhere! We travel a lot and take our Papillon with us wherever we go. How excited he gets when we jingle the car keys and ask him if he wants to go on a trip!  He loves his Travel Kennel.  He knows his leash is something that belongs with his Travel Kennel, along with his “babies” and his chew bones.

We are true animal lovers!  Over the years we have had several breeds of dogs, each one of them were members of our family.  We loved each one dearly and they remained, as part of our family, long past their normal years of living. The loss of our last 16 year old dog was so painful we thought we’d never get another.  However, we decided to grant our pride and joy the desire of his heart: his very own puppy, specifically, a Papillon.

Today, a almost 9 years later, without a doubt, it was the best decision we ever made! Not only has our Papillon been the best therapy for all of us, he is the greatest bundle of JOY that we could have ever hoped to receive.

Ice Water and Dogs

Ice Water and Dogs

I give my dog (cats too) ice water during the summers here in FL. My Papillon, Pierre, enjoys it and I have never had any problems. One thing you should keep and eye out for is that Papillons drink their water too fast. While, there has never been any medical emergencies with Pierre he will often start coughing from drinking his water too fast. Remember Papillons tend to be high energy dogs and after he has been playing he will run to his water and gulp it down. If the coughing continues, I will massage his throat for a little bit.

Note: In this video, which confirms that giving cold water to dogs will in no way harm them, the medical issue of Bloat is mentioned. While anything is possible bloat is EXTREMELY rare in a Papillon or any other small dog for that matter. Larger dogs are the ones more likely to develop Bloat.

Source: YouTube (HLN)

Image: ThreeDog

Papillon Riding a Skateboard

Papillon Riding a Skateboard

Papillon never cease to amaze me in what they can do. They are so willing to please they are game for anything you may wish to teach them. This has to be one of the cutest videos I have seen. Notice how quick witted they are to responding to learned commands.

Source: Youtube (ponypapillion’s channel)

Image: Youtube (ponypapillion’s channel)

Music and Dogs

Why Dogs Don’t Enjoy Music

Human neurons are extraordinarily sensitive to changes in pitch

Anyone with normal hearing can distinguish between the musical tones in a scale: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. We take this ability for granted, but among most mammals the feat is unparalleled.

This finding is one of many insights into the remarkable acuity of human hearing garnered by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, reported in January in the journal Nature.


Source: ScientificAmerican

Image: Steinway

Winter Dog Coats

Winter Dog Coats

QUICK PERSONAL NOTE: My dog Pierre can become very possessive over over anything that is places on him such as harnesses, coats, shoes, etc. We could have avoided this with better training when he was younger however, we  rarely needed to placed coats on him or put-on/removed his harness so we did not pay as much attention to the issue until it was really too late. When you dog is young make sure you get them use to being “dressed” and “undressed” so that they will be less likely to become aggressive over the removal of “their” stuff. Also, some dogs fear Velcro, ours does, be mindful of this possibility.





If you are one of the millions of dog owners around the world maybe you should be thinking about getting a winter coat for your pet. Winter dog coats are essential to keep your doggy warm during the cold winter months. Just because your dogs have fur, it doesn’t mean they won’t get cold!

Many people think that winter dog coats aren’t necessary as canines have fur to keep them warm. This is partly true but what you have to remember is that much of the time your doggy will be inside your home during the cold weather, possibly curled up in front of the fire.

Dogs can get pretty hot in the home but then when you take them outside into the cold weather they will really feel the cold as their own fur coat will offer them little protection. It’s the same as you wearing a warm coat inside your house. When you go outside you will find that it doesn’t really keep you warm due the temperature change.


Source: EzineArticles


History of the Papillon

History of the Papillon


The word Papillon is the French word for butterfly. A Butterfly is what the face and ears of the non-Phalenes versions of Papillon dog should resemble.

At one time the Papillon was known as the Squirrel Spaniel because it carries its’ tail over its back in the same way a squirrel does. Even today in Europe In Europe the Papillon is sometimes called the Epagneul Nain or the Continental Toy Spaniel.


The Papillon has its’ roots in the dwarf spaniels, a particularly popular breed with nobility, throughout Europe from as far back as the 16th century. As time went on, Spain and Italy became the centers of dwarf-spaniel breeding and trading.

These early dogs had drooping ears called Phalenes which is French for moth, but through some unknown event, some dogs now have erect ears. Some say they bred them with the Chihuahua.

The court of King Louis XIV of France and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette was particularly fond of Papillons and imported many of them. It is legend that Marie Antoinette is the one who gave the dogs the name “Papillon.”

Now days both dropped eared Phalenes and erect eared Papillons can be found in the same litter. Both ear types are equally correct however, the erect-eared dog (Papillon) is much more popular in America.

By the early 1900’s the Papillon was well represented at French dog shows. The Papillon was being shown in England and America around the 1920’s. These earlier exhibits tended to be larger than those seen today and featured mostly solid-colored dogs, usually in some shade of red.

Selective breeding has resulted in a smaller dog that is distinguished by its striking colors broken by patches of white. A symmetrically marked face with white blaze adds to the butterfly appearance.

The Papillon has become one of the more popular toy dogs. They function equally well as a loving and caring dog, making great pets, as well as for shows and as service dogs.



A Video About Papillons!

A Video About Papillons!

Check-out this great info video about the amazing Papillon! See why so many over the centuries, from royals to commoners, have fallen in LOVE with this breed of dog!



Source: Animal Planet (Youtube Channel)

Image: Animal Planet (Youtube Channel)

Training A Toy Sized Service Dog

Training A Toy Sized Service Dog

Please train your [Service Dog] to stay under you or out the ways. Just because you have a small [Service Dog] doesn’t mean they don’t get in the way. They are a tripping hazard. Not only does Brownie stay under, he is also trained to keep his face on my foot when laying down. I don’t like his face on the dirty floor.

Source: Small Service Dog Awareness

Image: Small Service Dog Awareness


Toy Dog Breeds Advantages and Papillons

Toy Dog Breeds Advantages and Papillons

Breeds of toy dogs that tend to get along well with older children that are less likely to make loud noises, suddenly run or jump around or do something completely unexpected are more numerous. These dogs typically respond well to children, especially if they have been raised in a household with calm, respectful and responsible kids.

Each of the types of toy dog breeds require different types and amounts of care, training, food, and exercise. They have different “personalities” and drive, so if you want to own one, do take care to research their good points and the less liked points of behavior and health which apply to each toy dog breed.

Take care to gain your information from kennel club web sites, because depending on reading only the descriptions on the breeders sites may not alert you to some of the aspects the toy dog breeder may shall we say fail to see due to their familiarity and tendency to wear what we might call “rose tinted glasses” when thinking of their own sweet toy dogs dogs.

Nursing homes and adult care facilities have found toy dog breeds to be soothing for their patients. Contrary to common perception, there is no law preventing animals from living in nursing homes. Very many of these facilities have found the toy dog breeds to be very soothing for their patients, and with careful breed selection to match the care home residents physical exercise capabilities are not demanding on their ability or staff time to exercise them.

We are great fans of the toy Papillons, which unlike many other toy dogs, are not just a lap dog. Owners claim that this toy dog breed is truly well rounded in its personality and is a big dog in a small package.

Papillons, although dainty and small they are quite capable of taking long walks with their humans and often excel at the energetic sport of dog agility. The Maltese are another example of very robust daintiness, and would also feature in my list of toy dogs to consider.

We think that Papillons are wonderful spirited toy dogs, and find that their devotion as a companion are second to none. Papillons from the best toy dog breeders have been carefully selected for their own special traits, personalities and conformation.

Just like any dog, early socialization and training of the puppy to curb excessive barking and leg lifting is required. We would like to stress that even though these dogs are very small, they still enjoy lots of playtime and long walks. We also recommend consistent obedience training for these dogs just like dogs of any size the owner should be able to control them when in any public location.

Finally, if you are considering a toy dog breed have you thought of buying an adult dog? Adopting a homeless dog is not just the epitome of kindness. In fact the investment is one in loyalty, devotion and companionship for a lifetime. Adopting a really sweet toy dog is like giving a lease on life on the animal and having lost one owner they seem to heap even more devotion on a second owner.

Visit the author’s blog at the Dog Breeds Blog, which is a great read. But the diamond in his crown is the Dog Breeds Compendium where he has an article on Top Toy Dog Breeds.

Source:  EzineArticles


Allergies in Papillons

Allergies in Papillons

The Papillons, also known as butterfly dogs get its distinct butterfly wing looking ears with fringed hair. They are delicate, quirky looking dogs with abundant, silky flowing coat. They do not have an undercoat and their hair is quite long. Although they are not as sensitive like other toy dogs, when it comes to allergies, Papillons can still suffer from it and even cause it to their owners. Owners should always be on the look out for any allergic symptoms their pets may exhibit.

Symptoms that your papillon is having an allergic reaction could include excessive scratching, itching and licking of the ears, muzzle, paws or other parts of the body. Other symptoms could also include hair loss, recurring ear infections as well as changes in bowel movements. A pap experiencing an allergic reaction could also salivate and start licking his body, orange or red tinged hair is a sure sign of allergies in dogs. Difficulty breathing is a symptom mostly experienced by humans rather than dogs.

Allergies do not always begin from birth some Papillons get them even well into maturity. Allergic reactions can come from food, parasites, insects, molds, pollen, changes in the weather, rage weed and fall seasons. Knowing what your dog is allergic to does not have to be a trial and error experience, just like with humans there is a test available to determine elements or food that dogs can be allergic to. Knowing is winning half the battle by helping papillons avoid such allergens. There are a few basic allergens that dogs can be susceptible to, these inlcude;
Flea and Bacterial Allergies – this is most common especially to hairy dogs. Dogs can suffer from extreme itching on the bite area, causing redness, hair loss and sometimes even sores. The flea is actually not as dangerous as its saliva which passes through your pet and causes the allergic reaction. Flea bites are harmful to both dogs and humans an can be addressed by proper grooming, cleaning and a medicated shampoo if necessary. Garlic added to the dogs food is known to repel fleas and other bugs. You can also spray vinegar water on the dogs’ outdoor living space to get rid of the bugs. Bacteria can also affect dogs, normally it would also cause severe itching and lesions, this could be a Staph infection; if this is the case immediate medical attention is needed for both dog and owner.

Inhalants – these are also called atopy or hypersensitivity allergens in the environment. Symptoms would include scratching, itching and salivating that cause orange or reddish fur, This would include those that can be inhaled, it may come as a surprise for new dog owners, but they can be allergic to pollen too. Other inhalants include cigarette smoke, molds, mildew, dust and dust mites. This is usually treated with antibiotics, shampoos and antihistamines. Hypersensitation or exposing your pet to the allergen little by little to get the papillons immune system going is often used as the last resort.

Food Allergies – this type of allergy is often easy to spot as it can have an immediate reaction. Food allergy can be differentiated from intolerance judging by the symptom. Intolerance often causes diarrhea or an upset stomach while allergies can show similar symptoms as atopy. Dogs can often be allergic to specific foods such as beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, lamb and fish.

With allergies, prevention is always better than the cure and it is important to know what your pap is allergic to. Although Papillons are generally healthy dogs, they are fragile and severe allergic reactions can be fatal to them.

Lea Mullins, discusses the different allergies that Papillons may have. Learn more about dogs from

Source: EzineArticles