Papillons: Basic Information

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 today.

CH Braylor's Five By Five (Faith)


Faith at 3 days old. Faith at 2 weeks old.
3 days old 2 weeks old


Faith at 5 weeks old Faith at 7 weeks old
5 weeks old 7 weeks old


Faith at 9-1/2 weeks old. Faith at 17 weeks old.
9-1/2 weeks old 17 weeks old


Faith at 6 months old Faith at 8-1/2 months old
6 months old 8-1/2 months old


Faith at almost 9 months old. Faith at 10 months old.
9 months old 10.5 months old


Faith at almost 10 months old. Faith at 10-11 months old.
on the move New Champion


To see an example of a classic tri color Papillon maturing
visit Beamer's pedigree page.


For more information about the breed visit our profile page.

For more information about Papillon colors visit our Colors page.






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