On the right here, you see our girl Snickers.
Snickers, at 9.5 " , 5.5 LBS, she is considered to be a small, dainty girl.
On the right here is girl Anelli, at 7 months most likely full grown.
Anelli weighs 2.3/4 LBS and is 8" tall.
WARNING!! HEADS-UP TO ALL DOG OWNERS/LOVERS!!: It was on Fox news earlier that 70 dogs have died as a result of eating chicken jerky treats made from chicken meat from China. "Kingdom Pets" brand from Costco is one of the toxic brands. Also, certain Blue Buffalo brand pet foods have a recall for the same issue.
Hi Antje, I wanted to let you know about my Papillon I got from you
three years ago. Gilligan was in your E litter, a black and white boy. He has
been our best little buddy for the past three years. He had a terrible accident
last Thursday and got away from me and was kicked in the head by a horse. We
rushed him to our vet, who sent him to an ICU in Portland called Dovelewis. He
spent two nights there in ICU and is now back home. He is doing amazingly
well. Even though he had some small skull fractures he did not have bleeding in
the brain and is a little weak on one side but is still the same great dog. It
is a miracle he survived. I am warning everyone I know about how accurately a
horse can kick and how dangerous it is to be around horses with dogs.
Please remember us in your thoughts, and I wanted to let you know that
even though this was nearly a tragedy our little dog is going to make it
Thanks for your concern. Gilligan is doing better every day. He is not very
photogenic right now since he is on seizure medicine just in case and the
medicine makes him sleepy. But here is a picture of him resting.
The most common allergic skin disorder in your Papillon, or any canine, is flea allergy.
Dogs that have flea allergy dermatitis are hypersensitive to the saliva a flea
passes into the dog’s skin when it bites.
If your dog is flea allergic, he always will be, and the severity of this allergy typically worsens as he ages.
The problem can only be resolved by ridding the fleas, but there are medications available, that will alleviate the itching and
discomfort until you have completed to get rid of the fleas . Symptoms of a flea allergy dermatitis are:
Scratching, itching, chewing and biting of the tail, rump, back legs and occasionally front legs
Loss of hair, reddish dyed, thickened, broken hair
Crusts and erosions of the skin, pimples, bumps
Hot spots sometimes can be seen along the dog’s back and tail base, hips, or groin area, with usually circular, red, oozing, and very painful sores , often requiring
Fleas, or just flea feces
Your dog with a flea allergy may have very few fleas – because they are so itchy,he grooms himself excessively, eliminating any evidence of fleas. However, a couple of flea bites every two weeks are sufficient to make him itch all the time.
In continuation of Dukes Leg Fracture surgery, a frequent question comes up:
When will the growth plates close in a young Papillon, Phalene, Dog?
The leg bones grow from areas located near their ends. These soft areas of
immature bone are called growth plates. Calcium and minerals harden the soft area, and when the process of hardening is complete, growth stops. This will happen in most dogs around 12 -16 month.
Papillon dogs are to the most part full grown at around 8 months, after that they will "fill in "gain muscle, gain on weight.
Before the growth plates close, they can be injured or fractured more easily
than mature bone. An injury to the growth plate can cause the bone to stop
growing or to grow incorrectly.
We are very lucky, that Dukes growth plates where not injured.
It is best not to expose your young Papillon to High Impact Exercises, such as:
Jogging (especially over hard ground, such as concrete)
Frisbee playing (Leaping after flying disks or over jumps)
If you have a Papillon, Phalene, Toy Dog , (weigh less than 25 LBS) you can begin playing and exercising those mentioned activities at around 9 months, since your youngster has stopped growing. All other dogs have to wait at least 'till they are about 15- 18months old, pending on their size, and weight.