The Papillon mixed breed came from the spaniels and dated back to or even beyond pre-historic times. Scanning through the history, we can find Papillon portrayed in many artworks beyond 16 century, confirming the age of the breed and its human connection.
This type becomes a favorite very soon, and you are bound to fall in love at the very first sight. Creative artists like Rubens, Boucher, Rembrandt and many other artists have painted this breed. The paintings show them serving its admirer.
You will marvel at this canine in every aspect and is very famous all around the globe especially in Europe. The Papillon ranks 35th out of total 155 canines cataloged in the American Kennel Club. The breed is a replica as its ancestors though patches may have grown nowadays.
In the 17th century, Louis XIV nurtured a small spaniel and named it Papillon for its look alike to a butterfly. Since then this breed has traveled the world France, Italy, America, Germany. You can call it by various names like the Dwarf Continental Spaniels, Epagneul Nain or the dwarf spaniel, Belgian Toy Spaniels or the little Squirrel dogs. The Papillon name comes from the French word "butterfly." The erect ears look like the butterfly wings as if the butterfly has expanded its wings.
The group head for Papillon Mixed breed is under companion or friendly dogs. The height is 6 to 12 inches near the shoulder and weight is to 10 pounds. The life expectancy is 10 to 17 years. The Papillon is a bit expensive breed ranging from 600 dollars to 2000 dollars.
The Papillon is a very friendly spaniel that is joyous, amiable and attentive. Their loving nature makes them go comfortable with strangers and is enthusiastic when people hold and cuddle them. This breed is best if you provide them a communal lifestyle. Early introduction to socialization, busy life, sounds and light might be an excellent grooming option. They have a five-star rating when it comes to family affection. Being an intense, sensitive dog, they mind when you happen to ignore it.
Feeding and Nourishing:
An adult Papillon requires one-fourth to half cups of good quality dog-food. Give this food twice a day, though the total diet chart depends on the size, structure, and activity of the dog. Remember it is the quality and not quantity that you need to focus. Overfeeding may turn fatal as obesity of a Papillon can cause strain to the delicate and soft knees. Give them enough amount that may feed him for the day. Don't leave the food in the open for long as it may spoil the nutrition in it. A healthy diet and regular exercise is the key to the first-rated Papillon care.
Like any other breed, the Papillon is also prone to diseases and its best to be conscious of them. Make sure you have cleared all the medical aspects of your pet from the dog breeder. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is the society which provides consent to a healthy puppy. You can also check the health background of your pet at ofa.org. Some of the vital sickness caused are Patellar Luxation also known as slipped stifles, Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, PRA or the Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Open Fontanel.
Papillons are family dogs. They do not suit a wild lifestyle. They are very agile and may run throughout the apartment, over the furniture creating chaos all over. You can start with evening walks of 10 to 15 minutes and extend it to 30 minutes at a stretch. They will stop and stand at intervals when they get tired so that you can go for extended sessions. Though they are muscular and strong yet they are fragile near the neck and knees. So take special care where the pet may hurt itself.
Avoid puppies born from fragile and sickened parents. Also, nervous and shy parents tend to give birth to weak canines. Do not opt for a dog of you cannot give time to it. Papillons are not suitable to groom in a small and introvert environment. Harsh and tough conditions can injure this breed. Children may cause harm unknowingly and so guide them how to deal with Papillons at home. Papillon mixed breed is sensitive to anesthesia so take attention when preparing for medical care. Last but not the least never purchase your dog from a capricious breeder. Buy a lively and tough dog from an acceptable breeder so that you get the correct information, genetic traits, and temperaments of your pet.