Courtney B: Papillon???
I am thinking about getting a papillon. I've heard they are good dogs but i wanted to double check with owners or past owners of a papillon. Anything about papillons, like how much they shed?
how active are they?
do they get along with dogs,cat,kids?
or any other helpful information that maybe good for me to know.
Thank you very much :)
And any breeders in Mid Missouri. (not a horrible puppy mill though!)
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Answer by JG loves HOOCHIE (BSL stinks!)
If you want to buy from a breeder, at least find a reputable one. Here is a list: http://www.papillonclub.org/indexHowToFind.htm
From what I know of paps, they're incredibly intelligent dogs, pros at agility and perfectly capable of surprising long walks.
They're the one toy breed I'd seriously consider having.
Answer by Nnifer
I had 3 mixed (halfbreed mutts) Papillons (though I still think I may be of help).
They are very Intelligent, affectionate and expressive. We had a multitude of pets throughout their life-span. Up to and including mice, rats, guinea pigs, fish and cats. Aside from wanting to catch any escaped rodent, they were very good with other animals given a little time to adjust. In fact, our eldest pooch kept taking a batch of newly birthed kittens to her bed to cuddle with and clean!
Our eldest lived to 16, and the second to 15 and one still going strong at 12.
They were average shedders (so I take). Mostly shedding the coat in spring and fall. Our male had very thick fur so he required more brushing, but otherwise no extra fuss!
Properly socialized with other pets, kids and dogs they are just great.
Answer by jess
-Fairly active, more so then a Pug or Chihuahua.
A daily 30 minute walk should be fine.
-Excellent with dogs,cats, & children *who know how to treat a dog* but any dog that hasn't been properly socialize will be aggressive towards dogs/cats/children or people in general.
-They are a very intelligent breed excelling in obedience trials + often named one of the top smartest breeds of dog & agility.
-There are two types of Papillon, one with erect ears and the Phalene which is the less common Papillon with dropped ears.
-The Papillon like many small breeds of dog are often difficult to house train and are very fragile & won't tolerate ears pulling by young ones.
Answer by Angel
Wow, that's alot of questions marks...
Anyways, From what I heard Papillons are mild shedders, they do not shed overly much but they do shed. However Papillons will require some grooming such as the bottoms of their feet are hairy which makes it difficult for them to walk properly. They will require a trim there, from a Professional groomer I suggest if you do not know what you are doing.
For how active they are, they apparently have a high energy level and will need a daily walk.
Papillons can be lovely with older children. As for younger ones, as all small breeds it is not wise to have a Papillon around small children as they do not know how to handle them.
I believe they are okay with other animal, how ever other dogs is different. They don't usually like larger dogs and can be aggressive with them if not socialized properly. Same with dogs of the same sex.
Just to warn you, although Paps are the most obedient of the toy breeds, they can sometimes apparently be difficult to house break.
Answer by Dreamer
I have 3, the oldest is now 7 years.
-They shed lightly to moderately, mostly depending on diet and grooming. If you feed a quality diet (premium grain-free kibble or raw) and keep up with regular grooming, they shed very little. If you feed low-quality food (Purina, Pedigree, Iams, etc) and/or do not keep up with brushing and bathing, they will shed considerably more. They are single-coated, so they do not shed out big fluffy clumps like you would see on dogs like German Shepherds, Labs, Huskies, etc.
-They are VERY high energy dogs. These are NOT lap dogs. Think 8 pound Border Collies. They love to run, fetch, chase, they excel at agility. They need a lot of exercise. They don't do well staying home all day.
-They do get along with other dogs, but you have to be careful mixing them with large, energetic breeds as they are a fairly delicate dog and can easily be injured by rough play. They LOVE cats, for some reason. Mine wrestle and play with the cats more than with each other, and every Pap owner I've met says the same of theirs. Kids? Not so much. Paps don't like loud noises and sudden movements, which is pretty much the definition of a child. They can deal with polite older children, but young children usually make them extremely nervous, which can lead to fear-biting and other behavioral issues, and there is a big risk of injury to both the dog and the child. I would not put a Papillon in a house with any child under about 12 years.
Other useful information:
-They are very people oriented. This is not a good breed for people who work 8 hours a day and then go out at night. They often suffer from anxiety when left alone too much.
-They are intelligent and manipulative. They can learn to open cupboards, use teamwork to steal things when you're not looking, etc. They will fake pain and illness to get attention. They will without doubt keep you on your toes at all times.
-I'd be very careful purchasing one in Missouri, as there are a LOT of puppy mills out there. Find someone who breeds ONLY Papillons and make sure their dogs have been shown, and you should be doing pretty good. Champion "bloodlines" are NOT the same as good breeding- the "champion" could be 5 generations back!
Answer by BYBs Care For Money Not Dogs
I have 3 little Pap girls right now and they are delightful dogs! Very intelligent and easy to train... tho not so easy to housebreak, unfortunately. They are lovable little clowns and LOVE to make their people laugh.
They shed moderately, but it can be kept under control by regular brushing, which they love.
They get along well with other animals, both dogs and cats. I don't have kids, but whenever mine are around kids, they love them.
As far as I'm concerned you can't go wrong with a Pap!
Answer by bob ©
i love my papillon! they are great dogs but they are not for everyone. they are moderate to high shedders, they are very active, not really lap dogs (although mine is), mine tolerates other dogs (he plays with our pom but hates our big dog), he doesnt like the cats due to being attacked by one, but he doesnt bother them, they are NOT good with kids.
actually kids are not good with papillons. they are very fragile despite their big dog personality and you would be hard pressed to find a breeder or rescue that will adopt to a family with children.
there are reputable breeders out there and the akc website would be a good place to start, although not every breeder listed on there is reputable.
rescue groups are also a good option.
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