Vaccinations: All puppies need a series of
3-4 puppy vaccinations given 3-4 weeks apart. Papillons, like many toy breeds, can be
sensitive to shots containing Leptospirosis Bacterin and occassionally Corona. These are
typically present is 6-way or 7-way vaccines. For this reason we use a 5-way vaccine as
our initial vaccines. Once a Papillon is more than a year old it is typically safe to use
a 6-way or 7-way vaccine. Before giving a 6-way or 7-way vaccine you might check with a
veterinarian to see if they have seen many cases of these viruses in your area before
making your decision.
Rabies: We typically do not give a rabies vaccine until our pups are 6 months of age.
However, the law states any pup over 12 weeks must have a rabies vaccine before shipping
so we will give this vaccine to pups within this range who are being shipped. Keep in mind
we do not ship tiny babies. Typically our pups are close to 12 weeks, if not over that,
before we will ship. After the initial rabies vaccine they will require another rabies
vaccine every 1-3 years depending on the laws in your area.
Habits: Papillons are known to eat ANTYTHING so beware of poisonous house plants and yard
plants. They also think they can fly and will jump off of tall furniture etc...so be sure
to keep a watchful eye on your new puppy.
Other sensitivites: Papillons can be sensitive to straight Penicillin. They may also be
sensitive to certain anesthetics so beware when dealing with a vet that is not familiar
with Papillons. Not all vets are familiar with every breed, especially when in an area
where a particular breed is not common. NEVER use the anesthetic Halothane on a Papillon.
Isoflourane as well as many of the newer safer anesthetics are usually ok.
Growing up: Papillons, as with all coated breeds, go through what we call the "ugly
teenage stage". This is where they loose all their puppy coat and look very pitiful
while waiting for their adult coat to grow in. Some Paps go through this worse than
others. They can even loose, completely, the hair around their eyes and legs. For some
reason the white and black Papillons tend to go through this stage worse than other
colors. This is a natural part of growing up so do not panic if one day you realize your
fluffy little puppy has lost all of it's "fluffy cuteness". See below for photos
showing the stages one of our specific pups went through to reach what she looks like
CH Braylor's Five
By Five (Faith)
To see an example of a classic tri color Papillon maturing
visit Beamer's pedigree page.
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