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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

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 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

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


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.