If an elegant dog is what you're looking for, you could find your perfect match with a papillon. Elegance is part and parcel of the description the American Kennel Club gives for the toy breed. The AKC offers thorough advice on the lifestyle and care of a papillon puppy, but the breed is a popular one and many books have been written about choosing, raising and training papillon puppies. Additionally, papillons can be delightful subjects for entertaining children's books.
All About Your Puppy
"All About..." books are chock-full of information. They're a useful place to start for those who want to learn all they can about puppies of the papillon breed. In Jane Barlow's "All About Papillon Puppies: A Must for New Papillon Parents," readers learn the best places to find papillon puppies. The book outlines how to choose a papillon, the paperwork involved if you're considering a purebred pup, preparing your home and keeping your papillon puppy healthy through nutrition, vet visits and awareness of health problems common and basic care and requirements.
"How To" Training Manual
Papillon puppies are intelligent and will do well learning the same things any puppy learns in puppy kindergarten. There are a few characteristics distinctive of papillons, however, that are helpful to understand to train your pap pup effectively. In "How to Train and Understand Your Papillon Puppy and Dog," Vince Stead covers topics useful for any puppy parent such as crate training and teaching him to sit, but he also includes chapters on separation anxiety, teaching your papillon to deal with loud noises, keeping him from bolting out the door and training him not to bark excessively.
The Art of Puppy Raising
Anna Belooussav believes that raising a papillon is an art form and has outlined her creative approach in "The Art of Raising a Papillon Puppy." Like many puppy manuals, Belooussav's book talks about the history of the breed, your puppy's development stages, personality traits of papillons, health and grooming. The book also includes advice on training your papillon puppy for the show ring.
Just for Fun
Whether or not you know much about papillons, Jane O'Connor's children's book "Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy" is an amusing papillon puppy tale. Nancy loves the good things in life and, when her family decides to add a puppy to the household, much to Nancy's chagrin, they have big breeds in mind. Not drawn to golden retrievers, German shepherds or Great Danes, Fancy Nancy spends the rest of the book lobbying for a fancier pup -- a papillon -- by showing off her knowledge of the dainty dogs and their care.
Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.