Best Age to Obtain an new puppyWritten by Pixiedust Papillons And Phalenes
Best Age to get Papillon or Phalene Puppies Buyers have a lot of questions when they are looking for Papillon or Phalene puppies for sale. When is best age to get Papillon or Phalene puppies is one of questions. There is a lot of controversy between breeders and other dog professionals--trainers, pet counselors and even owners--over best age to place or sell a puppy. Some Papillon and Phalene Breeders claim that they need to keep Papillon puppies or Phalene Puppies longer than larger breed dogs and they offer several reasons for this, some contradictory. They say Papillons or Phalenes must stay with it's dam and littermates longer than a large breed for "socialization", or they want to decide if Papillon or Phalene Puppies are show or pet quality, or that it is too fragile to leave earlier, or even that new owners cannot take care of such a small puppy. Many non-breeding animal professionals seriously dispute need for a puppy to stay with its dam and littermates to "learn how to be a dog". In fact, a dog is born with natural instinct to be what it is. A puppy raised with a litter of kittens will still be a dog--still bark not meow, and still dig in yard and chase things that run or retrieve or chew--it will not lose it's natural instinct to act like a dog. The actual facts are--humans do not want a dog that has 'stayed with it's dam and littermates to learn to be a dog"!! Humans do not want a pet, especially Papillon or Phalenes, that barks excessively, chews furniture and clothes, goes "potty" anywhere in house and ignores human voice and commands. Instead, most pet-loving people want a Papillon or Phalene puppy that will bond to them, easy to teach to obey basic commands, likes to be with people and is relatively easy to housetrain (we never believe in house breaking) and does not bark for no reason at all. So when does this bonding start? Nature itself starts breaking mother-puppy bond when puppy is fully weaned. Puppies look to those who bring food and safety to establish a new bond. This is when human--puppy bond begins. When papillon and phalene puppies have a full set of baby teeth and can eat on their own, dam usually will move away from puppies more often, to avoid sharp little teeth. This is time a wild dog would begin to hunt for her puppies and this is when papillon or phalene breeder becomes primary food source for puppy. And this age is usually around 6 weeks. Pet professionals and many who also train their own dogs, have agreed that younger puppies train more easily and bond to new owners more closely when placed between 6 and 10 weeks of age. (there are certain legal restrictions in selling or shipping before 8 weeks in some states) After this age, Papillon or Phalene puppies slowly becomes more set in their ways and these ways become more difficult to change later in life.
Finding a BreederWritten by Pixiedust Papillons and Phalenes
Finding a breeder if you are looking for a Papillon or Phalene puppy for sale Much has been written on how to find a reputable breeder. All in an attempt to put a stop to pet mills and abandoned dogs. But too many prospective puppy buyers are just as irresponsible as some breeders. So now, serious, quality breeders, have taken steps to protect both their dogs and their privacy. Times have changed a great deal, so have puppy buyers and breeders. More people live in apartments or have small yards. As population ages and there are more `empty nests', demands for companion pets have changed. Small dogs that are easy to keep inside and dogs that require less exercise room are becoming more desirable. So why should looking for a Papillon or Phalene puppy for sale be any different than looking for some of more common, large breed dogs? Let's go step by step with an explanation from breeder's point of view. Pick of litter. This comes from large litters that big dogs can have. Large dogs can have 10 or more pups, while Papillons and Phalenes may have 1 to 4 puppies in a litter. Large litters usually have a couple of large puppies and maybe a smaller "runt". The smallest puppy in a Papillon or Phalene litter is usually small because of careful breeding, not weakness usually thought of in "runts", These are also most sought after. If breeder has a waiting list, best Papillon or Phalene puppy will go to someone wanting a show Papillon or Phalene. A person wanting a pet Papillon or Phalene and only paying pet price will not get to "pick" show Papillon or Phalene puppy. A direct quote from Cornell University's DOG WATCH Newsletter, Vol.1, No. 8, Oct 97, states "No one has yet been able to find a direct correlation between a dog's behavior at seven weeks and at two years." Good breeders try to match person with puppy buyer desires. Another quote from same source states " good breeders who know their dogs and how to interview prospective owners often can do a better job of picking right pup than prospective owners themselves." Seeing parents. Many times only mother of Phalene or Papillon puppy is available for buyer to see. Good breeders often go to someone with a superior male to improve quality of their Phalenes and Papillons. Buyers should not be discouraged to see only one parent of puppy. Buyers may not understand toll that having puppies takes on mother. If she is a long-haired breed, she may have been clipped by owner for her comfort and for good of pups. She will not look ready for show ring at time pups are ready to go. These things need to be considered when seeing parents of a Phalene or Papillon puppy. Viewing kennel or home. This is where greatest change is taking place today. Papillons and Phalenes are more popular than ever. A buyer usually does not realize number of calls a breeder who has Phalene or Papillon puppies for sale can get every day from people who just want to see what Papillons or Phalenes look like, with no intention of buying a puppy. Directly related stories and personal experiences of breeders indicate that potential buyers and "window shoppers" abuse this piece of advice most! Breeders have outside jobs, family obligations and , of course, Papillons and Phalenes. They are rarely sitting around for sole convenience of visitors! Here are just a few ways that words "kennel inspection" have been interpreted and abused by some claiming to be looking for Papillon puppies for sale:: they are on vacation and in your town. They phone and want to see your Phalene or Papillon puppies (in next 15 minutes)---only because you happen to be nearby when they run out of sights to see! OR a family or friend are visiting for weekend, so looking at your puppies would be a good way to pass time. OR, grandkids are visiting and it is time to take them out for a while! None of these people called to make an appointment. None had any desire to buy a Papillon or Phalene. They used "kennel inspection " excuse to treat breeder like a free petting zoo, there to entertain them when they have nothing else to do. Now add to this number of people who are truly doing their beat to find right Phalene or Papillon puppy for sale for them.. Breeders have other things to worry about in addition to inconsiderate, bored window shoppers. Puppy diseases are easily spread by even most casual contact. The best breeders will not allow their puppies to be seen or handled until puppy has had it's first shots, usually not before 5 weeks old. By this time, breeder may have deposits on the Papillon or Phalene puppies from people who are more familiar with breed and breeder's pedigrees. This can be frustrating to pet buyer who is taking advice usually printed about finding a breeder with Phalene or Papillon puppies for sale. Buyers should not be offended if breeder suggests a first meeting at a dog show or other place. This gives breeder time to meet potential owner of one of their precious babies, and gives buyer chance to see other Papillons and Phalenes.