Archive for the ‘Papillon Questions’ Category

overweight Pap

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I have a 10 year old, neutered, male Papillon. He suffers from a bad disk in his back and now he weighs 13.5 pounds. I really want to help him lose weight but don’t know what to do beyond reducing the amount of food that he receives. I feed him a homemade dog food that is low fat already – most of his carbohydrates come from the vegetables in his food. I do not add potatoes or corn to the vegetable mix and the meat source is boneless, skinless chicken. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to help Ziggy lose weight?

At what age does the socialization process end for puppies?

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I just bought a 5 month old pap, and he’s as timid as ever – shaking when people are around and choosing to hide in her crate all the time.  Her breeder kept her in a cage most of the time, alone without much interaction with other dogs/humans.

Is she too old for “re-socialization”? Will she never be as friendly and adventurous as most other papillons? If I bring her around and expose her to more people and surroundings, will she have the chance to be ‘normal’?


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I have a 4 year old Pap that I got from my nephew due to loosing his house. Boris is a GREAT little addition to our house but we are having problems with him marking in the house. If I leave for a while or take a shower even he is lifting his leg and marking on things. He is potty trained and goes outside to do his business but I don’t know what to do about the marking….Any ideas? Thanks

when should i begin outdoor potty training?

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

my pap is 3 months old and it is march,  and i am in a very cold state. i want to know when a good time to train my pap outdoors would be. i have tried several times to take him outside but he actually climbs up my leg and whines for me to pick him up. he wants nothing to do with the outsoors. he is very hard to potty train and i am very aware that they can take 8-10 months to potty train, i believe. what i was wondering, was when a good time would be to start training him outsoors?

Fault Coloring – Why?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I recently adopted a 4 year old Papillon through a friend who fosters rescue Papillons. Jazzie was rescued from a puppy mill at 6 months old.

She has what the AKC considers fault coloring – she has a brown nose and her lips and eyes are lined in brown instead of black. She is also “liver” colored – white with darker brown and a tan color. She does not have any black on her body at all. See picture below.

I’m not interested in showing her or anything, so I really like her unique features. I was mainly interested in giving her a second chance at life. 🙂

My Question: Why do some Paps (like Jazzie) have a brown nose instead of black? Is it a recessive gene? Is it a result of inbreeding (as far as I know – from her puppy mill “pedigree,” she hasn’t been inbred)? Or is it something like the albino features in humans?
Are there any health problems associated with brown-nosed Papillons?

Here is a picture of my sweet Jazzie.

Thanks! Stephanie

PS: She has all the standard Papillon features (besides the black) – tail, size, temperament, coat, etc.

female coat

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Do some females lose lots of hair in heat and during pregnancy and nursing?

Is he phalene?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I got cooper about a month ago and ive been on the internet now and then looking to see what his breed really is!!! Please give me feed back on if he is phalene!!!  His tail does curl up onto his back but the pic doesnt show it!!!



Tear Staining

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Good evening all.

I have a 8 week old pap and he’s a treasure. My question is he has started tear staining. I took him to the vet to make sure he didn’t have an eye infection or a tear duct infection. The vet said he didn’t have either and that some dogs just tear stain.

I was curious if anyone else had this problem and if so, how did you resolve it?

Thank you for y’all’s time.


“Night Terrors?”

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Lucy, my female Pap is 13 months old. She is a perfect pet in every way, but she has always had what I call night terrors, or very aggressive dreams. Many times (up to 6-7) times a night she will wake-up as vicious as a Pit Bull. Seriously she is growling and very aggressive not towards anyone, just growling and snapping. She sleeps in her kennel at the foot of my bed, so I reassure her everything is ok. I even tried putting her in the bed with me, but she still has these dreams. I wonder if you have ever heard of this and what can I do to help her NOT have these dreams?

Papillon needs to gain weight?

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

My papillon neutered male is 16 months old. At his 6 month checkup, before he was neutered, he weighed 4 lbs, 4 oz. I thought he was too thin, as his ribs really stick out. My vet said he was ‘perfect’ and not to worry about it. Recently, he completed 8 weeks of agility classes and the instructor was very concerned that he is too thin. I just had him to the vet and he now weighs 4 lbs, 1oz, and he is 16 months old! When I said something to the vet he said not to worry about it. I know that paps tend to be thin, and he seems happy and healthy, but I do worry that he has lost weight from the time he was 6 months to the time he was 16 months. That just doesn’t seem right. Shoud I be concerned? And if so, how should I get him to gain weight? The vet said to leave out food all the time, because he is so small, but the agility instructor strongly disagreed and said to feed him twice a day. I have found a dry food with a very small pellet (Diamond Small Breed) that he seems to like a little better than his old food (Iams), but he still just doesn’t seem that interested in eating. He eats between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of food a day, depending on his appetite. So far I have avoided canned food because I have heard that dry food is better for their teeth. Any advice?

Nose pigment question

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Hi, Im hoping you can help me. Currently I am looking at getting a dog pup as he is a beautiful dog but his nose is still pink with black spots (he is 8wks old). I just wondering if you have ever come across a dog who has been like this and if the nose went fully black and how long it took. Im buying him as a show dog. Thanks.

AKC registration

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I have a one year old Pap and was wondering if it is still possible to AKC register him?

whoops! sorry

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I am sorry to the folks we did not reply too.  I thought this blog was getting no traffic.  It is supposed to notify me when there are have been blog post published…  Well, it wasn’t and I didn’t think to check out why.

Anyhow post away and we will try to get all reasonable questions answered.

Ruth Ann – Forevr Papillons

My pap wont play!

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

3 years ago, I purchased my very first papillon. He is a male, and is the best friend I ever had, BUT..He’s very skitish and doesn’t play with any toys. He runs away when a someone else apart from me goes to pick him up.
If I call him over to play, he will not come, and i’ll findhim sleeping on the bed.
He is also afraid of water.
I’ve tried to play rough with him to get him excited. giving him toys with food, but nothing works.
The only thing he liked to do is agility.

Do you have an idea why he is like this?
If so, what can I do?

Papillon Showing

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Hi, I am new to this lovely breed!  I have a 7 month old male papillon that I would like to show.  I live in northern Colorado, and papillons are very uncommon.  I have not been able to find a breeder/mentor in my vicinity. Could you suggest a good book/reference for showing and training papillons for the ring?