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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Papillon Hair Growth

Papillons will start to grow their adult hair coat at about 7-8 months of age.
At about 15 months they will make another slight change to get their final look.
It takes quite some time to grow all their beautiful hair coat, especially those ear fringes.So, be patient and don't assume your dog is not getting that nice desired long coat!

The length of the Papillons hair is developed mostly depending on his genes, but  also on his food, health,  environment, grooming.
If you live in a warm climate, your Papillon will have a little less of a hair coat, than if you live in a cold climate.

Look at his pedigree to evaluate the length of hair coat his parents, grandparents have.
Genes do not "blend" or mingle.  If mom is short coated, dad is long coated, then  your puppy may get the short coat from mom. (or long coat from dad).

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Myths about Small Dogs vs Large Dogs

There are some myths about small dogs.
Here are a few points about these myths and the reality.

  • Small dogs live longer.

No myth here.
The life expectancy of  small dogs is 11-18 years, where their big buddies only live 7-12 years.

  • Small dog - small housing, or apartment.

Partial myth.
You have to look at the energy level of the particular breed.
 Example:  a Bull Mastiff is a very calm breed, lays around most of the day and sleeps.
Terriers, a small breed is of high energy, not very suitable for an apartment.
You even have to look into the background of your desired Papillon, or Phalene (puppy) . There are family lines of some of them, which where bred mostly for agility sports, and come with a load of energy. Others are mostly bred to be just lap dogs, and house dogs.

  • Small dogs bark more than big dogs.

Partial myth.
Here again, you have to look at the breed .
All watch dog breeds (not to be mistaken for a guard dog breed) are vocal. That is what they where meant to do, and, yes, it includes Papillons.
Papillons, Phalenes where  bred to be a lap dog and watch dog.
They make great mobile door bells!!

  • Larger dogs are more aggressive than their tiny counter partners.

Myths here.
Aggressiveness can be found in all breeds, and it is strictly related to poor breeding programs,  under- socialization, and  purposely misguided training.
It's just that the bigger the dog, with more powerful aggression, the more damage it does.

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Papillon/Phalene Mental Development :Birth to 12 Months

8-12 Weeks:
Your Papillon puppy will still want to sleep a lot. so, keep play time short, and bring him in his little crate, or quiet corner, where he can find sleep.
Do not follow your desire to show him off hour after hour, or let your children play with him, as he is like a new toy.
12-16 Weeks:
This is the time where your Babe gets imprinted the most. It is the time where you make or break a loving, positive relationship with him. The more fun things you do at this time, the closer he will be to you. A life-long friend!!
4-6 Months:
"Fear Time". this is the time where your Papillon show lots of anxieties. He will be reluctant to do things.
Do not push him too hard. Do not expose him to very loud bangs, or noises. Let him explore in a calm manner a new situation.
6.9 Months
"Terrible Teens". This is a good time for schooling, in a positive, loving way. Take him to obedience school. teach him something. It's the perfect time.
9-12 Months.
This is the time where even small Papillons may challenge you for leadership. In different ways.
Be calm, but positive with him. This is part of their natural development, but you have to show them, that you are the leader (boss).
Siblings, 6 weeks old.
Such an adorable age.

Above and below boy Zorro, the smallest one.

Above and below boy Panda

Above and below girl Panini

(All 3 puppies are reserved)

Mom Picante

Dad Robby

Today's photos of little Yolanda, 8 weeks old.
Yolanda is still available.
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Adios Yalena, you found a wonderful family!