History, Personality, Exercise & Health Problems
In the fifteenth century, a French name was given to this dog. During those days, these little wonders turned into sprightly winged ones from the floppy-eared styled ones. The latter is still very popular among this breed’s enthusiasts. These dogs were highly popular in the royal scene, along with the artists in those days. During those days, Spain and Italy were the most important breeding countries of these dogs. Few notable enthusiasts of this breed are Loius XIV, Marie Antoinette, and King Henry II. In the twentieth century, these dogs gradually started getting an appreciation for their looks.
The Papillon is a massively energetic dog, and interestingly most of them are unaware of their sheer compact size. Many can find themselves surrounded by the larger breeds, and in such a scenario, may get nervous and disoriented. Like any other toy breeds, these dogs are also not shy and anxiety prone. They are famous for their high on intelligence level and is counted among one of the most expensive breeds in the world. When they are mixing with small kids, close supervision from the elders is highly needed. They can be highly sociable if socialization happens at an early stage for them.
Contrary to popular beliefs, these dogs mostly need mental stimulations. The owner will have to provide daily doses of activities for the dogs. This breed needs activities to occupy its mind, throughout the entire day. If deprived of exercises for a prolonged period, these dogs will become grumpy and can dispose of their excessive barking skills.
They have a lifespan of about fifteen years and are susceptible to various health issues. These multiple problems include things like dental issues, which are prone to small breeds. Patellar Luxations and seizures are common in this breed. Along with these diseases, this breed can suffer from problems like open Fontane, progressive retinal atrophy, allergies, and Intervertable disc disease along with few other illnesses. Preventive tests for the knees, hemophilic disorder, and Willebrand’s disease should be done for these diseases.
Training & Feeding
Papillons respond to gentle and slow training. They might become aloof and unresponsive if constantly being scolded. The trainer should have patience while training these creatures. They’re an eagerness to learn new things will make the entire training process much easier for the trainer.
Vets advise using pet foods wisely for this breed, and the quality of the food should not be compromised. The quantity should be the same as given to any other dog of this size. A diet rich in nutrients is appropriate for this breed. Commercially available foods should be given, as needed in a day and. Keep an eye on their weight as these dogs might get overweight if fed beyond the prescribed quantity.