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.

Q. How much do you expect the specific females do weigh and how tall do you expect that they will be?

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.

 
Q. Have you been breeding for a certain trait?

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.
 

Q. Are their ears already standing?

The ears are not standing up when they are born.  They usually start to come up between 7-10 wks.
 

Q. Is her health guaranteed?

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 year.
 

See also the article on "Elbows Out".

See also the article on "Crate Training".

Seven Foundations of a Successful Dog Breeder

 

If you have any questions, please email Charley.

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