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The Papillon Essential Dog Breed Advice And Info

Jul 3, 2008
The Papillon loves to exercise outdoors but an apartment will do just fine as long as she can get regular walks. She is a dainty, fine boned dog that loves to be pampered. She learns fast and loves to travel with her master. She may not get along with other dogs and should be socialized early for other pets. She gets along fine with older children but younger children may hurt her by accident. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Papillon is 8 to 11 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 8 to 10 pounds. The female ranges from 8 to 11 inches to the withers and 7 to 9 pounds.

Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Papillon is no exception. Although considered a very healthy breed, be on the look out for Slipped Patella, low blood sugar, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming

The Papillon has a silky, long, fine, flowing coat without an undercoat. They shed average and need to be combed and brushed daily. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

Life Span

The Papillon can live between 13 and 16 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History

The Papillon comes from France where they were developed into a specific breed. They are an old breed that goes back as far as 700 years. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1915.
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