First to say:
A Papillon is a low- maintenance dog. No need to bring him to a groomer. Papillons are one of the natural cleanest dogs.When observing , you will see him cleaning himself just like a cat. You can even see him here and there clean his ears, and then clean his paw.
But your Papi will love the interaction with you, when you help out by regular brushing, trimming of some hair around his lower legs, feet, and nails, and giving him every so often a nice bath. So, grooming is also a "bonding" experience.
All in all, your Papillon needs little grooming, and with little effort he will look just as shiny and flashy as a Papillon in a dog show.
Use a natural bristle brush, or a brush with rather soft bristles, not to pull, or break his hair.
Pay special attention to his coat on his belly, his culottes (hair on his hind quarters), and hair around, under his ears. These are the places, where he will get most tangled, and knotted hair.
Teach him early in life, no matter if he needs it or not. This applies also to giving him a bath.
Unfortunately get to I see many images of Papillons with paws looking like those in the pic below:
Please, do your dog a favor and trim his paws; especially between his toes, as well his pads (underneath). Your Pap will have better traction, bring less dirt into your home. Moisture on his paws will dissipate more quickly.
U ask: how to trim the paws of my Papillon/Phalene.
First, let me mention, that I am not a professional groomer.
I will show you here my :"make do" style. I do brush and take care of my Papi's feet often, but I am not a perfectionist, and not a groomer.
But they always look neat and clean to the most part, and I have gotten a lot of compliments on their clean looks.
I am not going here into nail clipping either. The best is for you to have that shown at a vets office, or groom place.
You can buy the utensils in any pet shop, or even Walmart. Some times I use just the shears, and sometimes I use the clippers + shears. So, if you just have a nice, sharp set of shears, it will do. But be careful not to cut into the paw pads!!
Trim all hair around the paw, in an oval shape, just like the paw's shape is. Some people prefer to leave some of the hair above the tows a little longer, to show the "spaniel breed" in the dogs. I prefer to round it off all the way.
The hair between the paw pads should be trimmed. It will also drag less dirt into your house.
A paw done in a hurry. But it works!!
To have your Papillon's dainty small legs, and paws show their best appearance, you should incorporate the "hock trimming".
Article and pics coming later.....