I do have a few older Papillons for sale that are looking for permanent loving homes. For more information, check out Papillons for sale.
I do not have any puppies for sale at the moment, but feel free to contact me, should you be looking for one and perhaps, I can steer you in the right direction. Or contact Margaret Unwin, who runs the Puppy Register (email address, below) and maybe, she will be able to help you.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS THAT MAY HELP YOU, WHEN PURCHASING A PAPILLON
Papillons, as a breed are generally very healthy and robust. (The oldest Papillon was 27 years old!)
Possibly the most stressful period of a Papillon's life is when changing homes. For this reason, if you are looking to purhase a puppy, then the ideal age is 12 weeks old. If it is a very robust puppy, then possibly the minimum would be 10 wks old. If you are one of those people that insist on it being younger then make sure it is insured before taking your pup home!
Before even thinking of bringing your new puppy home. You should make sure that your garden is secure.A Papillon puppy can squeeze though the tiniest hole! Also make sure that other dogs can't enter your garden.
You should enquire as what the puppy/dog's normal diet is and it is as well to buy a little, before you go to view your dog. It is always best not to make vists to shops on the way, but to go staight home with your new pooch. A good breeder will have some of its regular food, ready for you to take home with him/her so that you may like to mix it with the food that you would wish to feed it, but it's best to leave it a little while untill he/she has settled in.
Be very careful about buying the one that is the most frightened or basically the runt, because you feel sorry for it or it will be some sort of challenge to sort it out. Remember that Papillons, generally live a long time and if you can't cope with it, you are not doing it any favours, taking it home, when, eventually it has to go to welfare or worse still and for every one, that the breeder sells like that, it will encourage that person to breed some more just like it, because they sold it you. Hopefully you will not come accross that type of person!
There are some, who prefer to buy an older dog, as there are certain advatages over buying a puppy. The obvious thing is what you see, is what you get. You will know exactly how big it will grow and be able to acertain its temperament and how it gets on with other dogs, whist it is in its own home. Another advantage is that, on the whole, you would expect to pay less for an older dog/bitch as a pet, although some people have been know to charge some hefty fees for older dogs and puppies, come to that.
There can also be disadvantages. If you feel that by buying an older dog/bitch because it will be house trained, then think again. I will never sell a dog/bitch as house trained. No matter how clean the dog is in your home, the stress and the need to scent, when it goes to a new home can be strong. But usually it doesn't last long and you should only think of having a puppy/older dog when you have the time and patience to teach him/her how you wish them to behave.
If you have arranged to view a puppy/older dog or bitch, it is best to get a pen & paper and jot down any questions that you may think of, because the odds are you will totally forget when you see the dogs and think of after you have left!
Obviously you will want to bring the children,(if you have any) but if it at all possible, do your first viewing of the dog without them as you may go home with an animal totally unsuited to your family, because the children chose it or if it was your choice and not theirs, they probably won't speak to you for a while and maybe not bond as much with the dog, because it wasn't their choice. Again have a word, beforehand as which would be most suitable for a family, if you do have children. Hopefully the breeder will give you the benefit of their experience, as to which one would be best suited for your needs, especially if ther are more than one are on offer.
You need to ask the breeder if the animal has been wormed and when it needs doing again. There are a lot of wormers out there. Personally the best ones are the broad spectrum ones, such as Panecur or Drontal Plus. These come in several forms, such as tablet, liquid, sachet and in a tube. Be careful, if you are buying liquid form, especialy for puppies, to check the use by date, because you will never get the full use out the larger constainers and one of those brands only lasts,once open, for eight weeks. You do not have to go to the vet for these (they will be exspensive at a vet, than buying elsewhere)you purchase them online/Agricultuarl shops or even chemists. The secret is to shop around. Fortunately Papillons are not that heavy, as it goes on weight, so do be sure to weigh your pet, before you go to buy them.
I recommend buying or possibly borrowing a dog cage. It should be large enough for the dog, when adult to stand, lie down and turn arround comfortably. This is not cruel. They are often, used to being penned and is by way of a comfort blanket to them and is somewhere, espeicially if you have young children that they can be secure. It is also a very good way to aid in house training, as you should put them straight out, into the garden, when you let them out, first thing in the morning.It can also be used to ensure your dogs safety in th car. As he matures into an adult, if you do want to carry on with the cage then I recommend that you buy him a safety harness. Should you have to make an emergeny stop in the car, I can assure you that your dog will be very much the worse for wear, should he not be in a cage or harness!
In my opinion the collapsible metal pens are best. Although they are possibly more exspensive, they will usually last a life time and you can store them away, should you not need them.
If looking for a puppy/older dog and you dont know where to begin, why not contact Margaret Unwin. Margaret runs the puppy register for three of the Papillon Clubs, which basically means, that any member of a Papillon Club (there are five breed clubs around Britain, but two have their own registers) can contact Margaret, if they have puppies. The general public then, contacts Margaret and she will steer the perspective purchaser in the right direction, hopefully the breeder, most nearest to you or failing that, the one that is most suited to what you are looking for in a Papillon. She is also very good in helping with any would like to know about the breed in general and if there is something that she is unable to help you with, she, inevitably will put you in touch with some one that can assist you.
If you buy a puppy/older dog from Margaret, via the Puppy register, the breeder then pays a donation to Papillon Welfare.
You can email Margaret. Her email is below:
For more information on this subject, look up ALL ABOUT THE PAPILLON & PHALENE and PAPILLON HEALTH & WELL BEING pages on this website.
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