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Friday, November 27, 2009

Papillons and other Bigger Dogs.



Bigger Dogs can be a serious threat to Papillons.

Some of the bigger dogs are bred for hunting for instance, and see the Papillons as prey; a rabbit for example.

But also a sweet, laid back larger dog is not a good playmate for Papillons. It can take only their paw landing on their back, while interacting, to break, or injure the Papillons delicate spinal cord.

If you have a bigger dog at home, introduce your Papillon very carefully, with great observation, as far as dominance establishment, feeding time, favored resting spots, toys.

It is best not to leave your Papillon together with a bigger dog alone, when everyone is gone.

Nanu's Puppies


Nanu's Puppies are now 4 weeks old.
Nicolai, above, Naughty Nana, below, Mom (Nanu Nana von den Kolibris), last: Int. CH Tiger Man vom Cavalierchen. (Dad)

Both parents are imported from Germany.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Papillon Origin


Excerpts from "Brief History of the Papillon" by Rachel D. Kemmerer(as it appears in the 1963 Papillon Handbook.)
The origin of the Continental Toy Spaniel, of which the Papillon is the modern representative, can be traced through the paintings of the Old Masters of every country in Western Europe as far back as the earliest years of the 16th Century. Beginning about 1500, Vecellio, called Titian,painted a number of tiny spaniels, rather similar to the hunting spaniels of the day.  In this century and the next, dogs – so like the Titian spaniel that it is safe to assume this was a pure breed – made their appearance in Spain,France and the Low Countries.The continued popularity of the little spaniel in court circles gave the breeder's ready market for their dogs.  Evidently they conducted an intensive breeding program for its refinement.  Over the years it developed finer bone, more abundant coat and profuse feathering. The most characteristic change,however, was in the shape of the head.  Titian’s spaniels had relatively flat heads with little stop ; a type of toy spaniel painted shortly after by Veroneseand others had high-domed, sometimes bulging heads.By the time of Louis XIV, French and Belgian breeders had perfected the type they sought. Mignard, the official court painter, in his portraits of the child Marie de Bourbon, the Dauphin and His Family, and several paintings of Henrietta d’Orleans, shows us a little spaniel that could scarcely be improved upon today.From Titian through Mignard and his contemporaries, all of the Contintenal ToySpaniels had drooping ears.  The ears were set high, although far enough apart to show the curve of the skull.  They were of medium size, hanging, as one writer has expressed it "lightly".  There may, however, have been an occasional dog with leathers of sufficient strength for the ears to stand erect.  Two 18th Century paintings suggest this.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Papillon Hair Colors



Always parti-color or white with patches of any color(s). On the head, color(s) other than white must cover both ears, back and front, and extend without interruption from the ears over both eyes. A clearly defined white blaze and noseband are preferred to a solidly marked head. Symmetry of facial markings is desirable. The size, shape, placement, and presence or absence of patches of color on the body are without importance. Among the colors there is no preference, provided nose, eye rims and lips are well pigmented black.

Papillon Hair Trimming

Trimming feet and hocks is the only trim recommended for your Papillon
Trimming the feet and hocks will make your Papillon not only look better, but he will track less dirt into the house.

Trim around and under the feet and trim the long feathery hair on the back of his lower legs a little; up his leg to his hock (heel bone) . A trimmed hock will show off the dainty, elegant appearance of your Papillon.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Old Masters/ Gerard ter Borch

Gerard ter Borch, 1617-1681.
Ter Borch developed his own distinctive type of interior genre, in which he shows us, with grace, the atmosphere of well-to-do, middle-class life in 17th-century Holland.

(Click on the photos to enlarge)








Curiosity, ca1660
About 1668
This is the best known of his Small Dog Paintings: The Flea Catcher.
The Spinner, ca 1652-1653
The Suitor's Visit, ca 1658
Woman sealing her letter with her Maid.
Woman playing her Theorbo to two Men, ca 1667-1668


Note:
 Toward the end of the 19th century, breed fanciers bred a version of the spaniel whose ears stood up. This dog was said to have been nicknamed papillon based on the impressively large, erect ears that resembled the wings of a butterfly. The drop-eared variety of the breed came to be called the Phalène(which means "night moth"). Both types are still bred today and appear in the same litter. The Papillon variety is much more common, although recently the Phalène has undergone a resurgence in popularity.
(Wikipedia)







Papillons Hair Maintenance/ Coat Care

The Papillon has a soft, silky coat with no "under coat", that requires little grooming. The Papillons  long-haired coat, along with ear fringes look dramatic, but require less grooming than most long-haired coats, and they do not need professional grooming.


Brush/comb your dog a couple of times per week to keep mats out, improve blood circulation and bonding!!Pay attention to your Papillons culottes (the hair on back thighs), the hair under his belly, inner thighs and - most-around his ears. These spots are matted easily .
Spray a little mist on him to prevent his hair from breaking.
Start brushing him from the first day on to get him used to it; no matter how long his coat is.

Papillon Tail

The Papillon Tail is long, set high and carried well arched over the body.
The tail is covered with a long, flowing plume. The plume may hang to either side of the body.



Faults - Low-set tail; one not arched over the back, or too short.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Old Masters



Our Old Masters

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).



A November Day

Mimi @ 2.5 months, with Petit Praline von den Kolibris
We are enjoying the winter grass after all the Oregon  rain....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nanu's Puppies

Naughty Nana + Nicolai are now 2.5 weeks old
                                                                            

Matti's Babe


Matti's little girl on her 4th day...



Meet Road's End "Ore O's"

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Matti's Babe



Matti delivered us a sweet little Girl yesterday. Mom + babe are doing fine.....

Walzing Mathilda vom Cavalierchen
Silenzio's Brolle

Friday, November 6, 2009

Vroni's Puppies


Mimi is enjoying the last warm days before winter starts. She is now 9.5 weeks old.

Nanu's Puppies


Our Nanu Nana von den Kolibris with her 11 day old puppies. (Boy front, Girl back)



Int. Multi CH Tiger Man vom Cavalierchen is the dad.