What is the best dog food for a toy breed, specifically a papillon?

Buying the most expensive food isn't necessary, but buying the healthiest food is. The healthier foods usually are higher priced due to better ingredients. Just like with people feeding a good diet is very important and brands like Purina, Pedigree, Beneful etc... aren't going to cut it. Adding some canned food or water to moisten the food is a great idea too. Some good brands are Natura Products (Innova, EVO, California Natural etc... EVO makes a small bite option) Solid Gold (also has a small bite option) Ziwi Peak (isn't a kibble and easier to chew) Orijen Taste of the Wild Nature's Variety Nature's Logic (has small kibble) Merrick Wellness (has a small bite option as well) Fromm (the kibble is also quite small) to name a few Here's some sites as well http://www.dogster.com/forums/Food_and_N... http://www.dogfoodproject.com/ http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_... Nutro has had a lot of quality control issues. They have made many dogs sick and even killed some. They are owned by Mars and have yet to take responsibility for what they have done. They have also changed ingredients recently and are quite over priced for what they are selling.

How is the papillon breed with cats?

my papillon slept in the same basket as the cat and they were firm best friends, she adored cats and the cats adored her, my papillon is also brilliant with children she is extremely friendly and kind around children and likes gentle handling however papillons are delicate and rough handling must be prevented do not allow children to be rough or the dog could become injured, so you would need to supervise closely for the sake of your dog.

Do Papillon puppies change or gain more color as they grow?

They do gain a little, but you cant really tell. As far as breeds go - I highly recommend Papillons. I have a papillon girl and she is by far the smartest dog I have ever come across - their breed is the smartest of all toy breeds. Everyone that sees her falls in love. They are extremely friendly and loving. They are also playful almost cat like the way they can play with food. They are also known to be inquisitive, which can also be a bad thing as they want to know whats going on. If you do get one make sure your property is properly fenced as they are tiny escape artists. My one decided to go for a wonder one night at about 7pm and she was only found at about 9am the next day wondering on a river bed about 8kms away. Since then she hasn't attempted to try get out though. I know many people with papillons and they all love the natures of these dogs. When I got my girl her ears were up - but went down after a few weeks which means in fact that she is not called a papillon (butterfly) but is called a phalene (moth). So be aware that their appearance may change. They are really easy dogs to groom as well. Good luck!!! You will be making a good choice with a papillon. Perhaps read up on Wikipedia a little more about the breed - very interesting. :-)

How long does it take for a Papillon to lose its winter coat?

Puppies don't shed much until they start to get their adult coats. Papillons are a breed that will shed year round, sometimes of the year heavier than others. Brush frequently do decrease shedding, but it won't ever stop completely.

What are the biggest differences between the Papillon and the Pomeranian?

I also debated between getting a Pap or Pom and did extensive research and also asked people on yahoo answers for advice. In the end I chose the papillon and I think I made the right choice for me because: the papillon has the following advantages 1. Extremely intelligent. Maybe some people don't think this is vital, but I personally want an alert dog that learns fast. Ranked #8 on list of intelligent dogs 2. Has only one coat that does not shed seasonally. Fur is easy to manage, easy to wash, dries fast, hardly gets tangled 3. Very clean. My papillon cleans himself very often and he isn't very hairy so no poop getting stuck problems 4. Doesn't bark much. When I first got him he whined a lot (obviously, he's a puppy in new surroundings) but now he hardly does 5. Very VERY loyal. Papillons are known to follow their owners everywhere and love to cuddle and be with you. Their temperament is also calmer and paps are very sweet dogs Pomeranian advantages 1. Very fluffy and cute 2. Very active if you love dogs full of energy 3. Also considered a toy breed so they're ideal for apartments Papillon disadvantages: 1. Extremely intelligent. I have found that while I potty-trained my papillon in about a week, he learned to abuse his walk privileges by peeing more often than he really needed to. Papillons are very clever 2. Tend to have knee and hip problems when they're older because of the way they're built Pomeranian disadvantages: 1. Somewhat smart. Ranked #23 on dog intelligence list. Trainable but takes much longer 2. Has a double long coat which it sheds seasonally. LOTS of fur to take care of. Lots of grooming needed. 3. Don't like to cuddle and sit around with owner 4. Anal area needs to be shaved/groomed often b/c poop gets stuck in his furry bottom 5. Bark a LOT. Every pomeranian owner I have met tells me they love to bark. Obviously you can see a slight skew in my opinion, me owning a Papillon and all. But it all depends on what type of dog you want and how much time and space you have for it. Both are adorable and will make great pets but go to a pet store and play with both breeds. And then go to a shelter or rescue or breeder (whatever your preference) and make a final decision. I don't recommend getting one from the pet store b/c they charge ridiculous prices.

What are the minuses of getting a Papillon puppy?

LOL! You picked 2 of my favorite breeds. Choosing between them is impossible. They're both lively little dogs with lots of personality. Papillions are fantastic dogs. They're smart, trainable, fun, cute and love to please people. They are tolerant of other pets and tend to be calm around little kids. They're a great size and they have great fur. Not too long or too short, and they don't shed much. Great pets! Tibetan Spaniels are a lot like Papillions. Great family pets, smart, trainable, love people. Honestly. I can't choose between them. If you forced me, I'd say the Tibetan Spaniel. While Papillions aren't barkers, the TS is even quieter.

How long do you think a papillon mixed with a chihuahua will live?

Judging from both of the breeds your dog is mixed with the dog will leave about 14 to 15 years. Small dogs and especially the breeds of dogs you dog is mixed with tend to live a long time, but it takes proper medical care and diet to make sure they live their maximum and at their happiest

What dog will get along best with my 1yo toy papillon?

I have 4 papillon's. You have to be careful with bigger dogs, but I know many papillon owners who have bigger dogs as well. A recommendation would be a labrador. They are smart dogs that tend to learn quick. They adapt well, so it would learn fast that a papillon needs more gentle play than a big dog. They can also keep up with you and your activities. I would recommend asking the person you adopt from if that dog is a good pick for you, and your papillon. You have a real good chance you will find the right dog who has the temperment you are looking for. Dobermans are guard dogs; that is a little risky, but it never hurts to ask someone who has had the breed for a long time, and is a respected mentor in the breed. Good luck!


The key to small dogs and small children has to do with the children and the ability to over see what is going on. If your considering a Pap puppy, like all puppies they will have sharp nails and tiny sharp teeth and use them without realizing that it can hurt. Small children can react to that and hurt a small puppy while they also don't realize that the small animal can be harmed. However, there are many small children who are very good with dogs and puppies. It is a matter of getting them to understand that the animal is alive and also a matter of being able to separate them when it is becoming to much for either of them to keep them safe. Also remember puppy hood doesn't last forever, and neither does youth as children grow. I think part of the idea that small children and small dogs is not a good combination comes from the number of accidents that have happened. People who aren't real familiar with dogs are unaware that Toy breed puppies shouldn't be left in high places and fall, or can receive the brunt of an emotional knee jerk reaction a young child might have to a toe nail scratch. If you think you can handle it, why not bring the children with you to look at some and see how much work the interaction would be for you to watch. Also plan on separate areas for the times that you need, your children need, and the dog needs without interaction.


I have 3, the oldest is now 7 years. -They shed lightly to moderately, mostly depending on diet and grooming. If you feed a quality diet (premium grain-free kibble or raw) and keep up with regular grooming, they shed very little. If you feed low-quality food (Purina, Pedigree, Iams, etc) and/or do not keep up with brushing and bathing, they will shed considerably more. They are single-coated, so they do not shed out big fluffy clumps like you would see on dogs like German Shepherds, Labs, Huskies, etc. -They are VERY high energy dogs. These are NOT lap dogs. Think 8 pound Border Collies. They love to run, fetch, chase, they excel at agility. They need a lot of exercise. They don't do well staying home all day. -They do get along with other dogs, but you have to be careful mixing them with large, energetic breeds as they are a fairly delicate dog and can easily be injured by rough play. They LOVE cats, for some reason. Mine wrestle and play with the cats more than with each other, and every Pap owner I've met says the same of theirs. Kids? Not so much. Paps don't like loud noises and sudden movements, which is pretty much the definition of a child. They can deal with polite older children, but young children usually make them extremely nervous, which can lead to fear-biting and other behavioral issues, and there is a big risk of injury to both the dog and the child. I would not put a Papillon in a house with any child under about 12 years. Other useful information: -They are very people oriented. This is not a good breed for people who work 8 hours a day and then go out at night. They often suffer from anxiety when left alone too much. -They are intelligent and manipulative. They can learn to open cupboards, use teamwork to steal things when you're not looking, etc. They will fake pain and illness to get attention. They will without doubt keep you on your toes at all times. -I'd be very careful purchasing one in Missouri, as there are a LOT of puppy mills out there. Find someone who breeds ONLY Papillons and make sure their dogs have been shown, and you should be doing pretty good. Champion "bloodlines" are NOT the same as good breeding- the "champion" could be 5 generations back!