Papillon: reviews. “Papillon is a human dog”
The breed has several names: papillon, papillon and continental toy spaniel. The dwarf continental spaniel is the original name of the breed, and there are two varieties: papillon and falen. Papillon is a dog with erect ears, and a falen is with hanging ears. Dwarf continental spaniels were very popular among the Spanish and French nobility, including at the royal courts.
A remarkable feature of the breed is its huge ears resembling butterfly wings, and these ears are always in motion. Because of this feature, papillons are also called the “butterfly dog”.
My first papillon appeared in 2012, and I was conquered by the breed: these are amazing human dogs.
What is the character of the papillon?
Now papillons are becoming more and more popular due to lively temperament, these are excellent loyal companions. The change of host adult papillons are difficult to tolerate.
Papillons are human-oriented dogs, and even in crowded places you can walk with them without a leash.
Breeder's Observations: Despite their tiny size, these dogs are tireless on walks and run very fast. Papillon can travel many kilometers and love to travel, so many owners take them on long trips. Papillons are very fond of swimming.
The papillon will perfectly adapt to any host. If you need to lie on your hands - he will lie, if you offer to play - he will gladly accept the invitation. But at the same time they are unobtrusive, and if the owner, for example, is not feeling well, they will not require attention.
The papillon is completely devoid of aggression, does not bite a person and loves children very much. In a family with children, this dog will become a friend to both the child himself and his friends who come to visit. Papillon will never offend a child, but care must be taken that the child does not harm the dog.
Breeder's observations: Papillon gets along well with other animals, they harmoniously fit into any flock, but, as a rule, by means of cunning (without conflict) they achieve leadership among other pets.
Papillons are very clean. They are well accustomed to the diaper and to walk. They can be taught to walk twice, and it is advisable to walk with these dogs.
Papillons almost never bark, and this is very convenient when kept in an apartment.
It is undesirable to leave the papillon alone, it is even prescribed in the standard, but I, for example, work, and the dogs stay perfectly at home without me. When I'm not, they sleep.
As a rule, papillons do not spoil anything at home.
Is it easy to train a papillon?
Papillons are unusually smart dogs. They successfully participate in sports competitions (agility, freestyle). One of my puppies was sold to the UK, and there he wins an obedience competition.
Breeder's Observations: The papillon is trained very easily. If you practice a dog, it will show excellent results. And thanks to the spectacular appearance, the papillon often becomes the best dog of the exhibition.
There are dogs food workers, and there are those who are motivated by a toy. A lot of papillons are precisely “obsessed” with toys, and the motivation in their case is usually gaming.
How healthy is the papillon dog?
Papillon is a very healthy dog, but dogs involved in breeding must undergo tests for genetic diseases: progressive retinal atrophy and neuroaxonal dystrophy. All my dogs are tested and have international certificates that they are healthy.
How to care for a papillon?
Despite the fact that these dogs have a long coat, caring for a papillon is not tiring. Only paw pads are cut at the papillon, the rest of the hair is only combed about 1 time per week.
The hair of the papillon is self-cleaning, and even if the dog walked through the mud, then after it dries and shakes off, the coat remains clean.
Breeder's recommendation: To wash the papillon, you should use a moisturizing shampoo, preferably with a balm, so that the fur does not split off from the grass.
In winter, the papillon does not freeze, and up to -15 degrees I don’t wear them - they are quite active in walking and can walk for a long time, especially in dry snow. In the fall they walk beautifully even in the rain. This is not a sissy who will go around puddles.
Which host does the papillon need?
Papillon is suitable for almost everyone. The only exception is pensioners who have problems with the musculoskeletal system.
Photo of papillons from the personal archive of Olesya Ershova