QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q. Why is it so hard to find a "pet quality" Papillon puppy?
Most reputable breeders will breed for "show quality" puppies. If a puppy does not have all the traits for a show quality puppy, it is deemed "pet" quality. For instance: proper coloring, size, temperament, etc. A pet quality puppy is usually sold with a contract & understanding that it will not be bred & will be spayed/neutered.
Q. Can I breed a show quality puppy?
A show quality puppy is usually sold with a contract that it must be shown to Championship before it is bred. If it cannot attain Championship, it should be spayed/neutered.
Q. What medical problems are associated with Papillons?
Papillons are generally a healthy breed, but there can be genetic problems that affect some individuals. One is Patellar luxation. Puppies can show clinical signs of abnormal hind leg carriage & function from the time they start walking. Signs vary dramatically with the degree of luxation. Another inheritable defect is PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). A proper eye exam must be done to ascertain the true diagnosis. A dog with either of these defects should not be bred.
Q. I saw a Papillon who's ears did not stand up.
There is a breed called "PHALÈNES". The Phalène (drop ear or "moth") was the original variety of the breed with the Papillon being a considerably later development. The erect ear Papillon is also known as the "Butterfly" dog.
The puppy can grow as tall as either parent or if it is a "runt of the litter", it may be small. It's really impossible to tell.
We breed for a
good blaze, large ears, excellent conformation, & single coat fiber.
Q. Is the litter already pre-registered and will you have the paperwork available so that I can register her?
All our dogs & bitches are AKC registered & all puppies come with AKC papers.
The ears are not standing up when they are
born. They usually start to come up between 7-10 wks.
We recommend that they be taken to your
vet within 24 hrs of purchase. They need to become familiar with your
vet on a non-emergency basis. Show/breeding quality puppies are
guaranteed through age 3 to be reproductively sound. We
recommend that females not be bred until 2 year old & no more than once a
See also the article on "Elbows Out".
If you have any questions, please email Charley.
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