About the champion papillon
They do tend to be a better fit for families with older children as their tiny size, especially as puppies, makes them particularly susceptible to injury from the accidental falls or rough play that can be common with younger children. Any playtime with children should be supervised to help avoid potential injury to your Pap. They’ll bark to alert you when necessary, but don’t tend to be prone to barking excessively unless they have been trained into it.
Papillons, in particular, can also have patellar luxation and a soft spot in the top of the skull, which is called a fontanel. Responsible and reputable breeders will screen for these health conditions to avoid passing them on, so don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the history of the parents and to see any relevant health clearances or test results.
Although the Papillon tends to have a longer coat, they do not need as much grooming as some other long-haired breeds. They will shed a low to moderate amount year-round with a slight increase as the seasons change. They do not have an undercoat, so professional grooming sessions, or grooming sessions at home, every month is sufficient for them. That, in addition to weekly brushing and a bath every few months as needed, will help keep your Pap’s coat clean and healthy. When brushing your Papillon, pay close attention to the fur behind their ears, inside the hind legs, and on their thighs, also called “culottes”, as these areas tend to form mats.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Papillon’s nails, ears, and teeth. Usually, monthly nail trimming is sufficient to keep your dog’s nails from growing too long and causing discomfort. Pap’s nails tend to grow quickly and may need to be trimmed more often. You will want to pay special attention to their dewclaw. If left to grow, it will continue to curl around towards the leg as it grows. Lengthy nails are uncomfortable and painful for your dog as is, but a dewclaw that is too long can pierce the leg.
Although the Papillon is considered a toy breed, they are one of the most athletic toy breeds and have a moderate activity level. With sporting spaniels in their ancestry, this dog breed can often be found competing in agility trials, obedience, and other activities. This means that they will be happy with their daily walks and playtime with you, but will also often be up for more activity as well.