The Papillon is a very old breed of dog, tracing its history to Europe, 700 years ago. The word “papillon” is French for butterfly. This little dog is so named because its ears resemble the wings of a butterfly. He is smart, active and patient and needs daily exercise. His silky coat requires regular grooming.
Here are some of the supplies you will need:
Nail clippers and styptic powder
Ear cleaner and cotton balls
Your Papillon should be brushed and combed at least three times per week. Brush and comb in the direction of his hair growth. Combing will remove any tangles that could become mats. Be gentle, speak to him in a soothing tone, and praise him for standing still.
You can use shears to trim your pet’s feathering on his feet, legs or tail. This may be convenient if your dog regularly plays in a brushy or more rugged area. Shorter feathering won’t attract as much dirt, sticks or burrs. Wintertime snow and ice won’t get stuck in a shorter coat, either.
Trim his nails every other week. Trim where the white and pink of the nail meet, leaving a little white. If his nails are black, trim them where they start to curve and get thinner.
Clean those famous ears once a month. Squirt a small amount of cleaner into the ear canal, and let him shake his head. Wipe out the ear with a cotton ball. Call your veterinarian if you notice any dark discharge or odd odor coming from his ears.
You can bathe your Papillon once a month or so if he needs it. Use a shampoo formulated for dogs; these won’t strip needed oils from his coat. After lathering, be sure all soap is rinsed from his coat then dry with towels.
If you live in Omaha and think a playful, butterfly-eared dog is the right breed for you, consider opening your heart to a Papillion waiting for a home at the Nebraska Humane Society.
Go to their website at www.nehumanesociety.org and click on the adopt tab. Follow the directions to register your interest in meeting one of these cute little guys and you will get an email when a Papillon gets ready for adoption.
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