Questions to ask
The Coton de Tulear is registered through the Canine Federation of Canada. You can look up pedigrees in all dogs that have been registered in Canada through the CLRC. All you do is type in their full, registered name and search. Click here for a link.
Many breeders publish health testing results through the OFA, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. You can look up dogs there as well, you just need to type in their official name into the search bar. It also has lots of information on health.
Here is a link to a video of a Coton parent on the ins and outs of getting a Coton. Click here to view.
The Canadian Coton de Tulear Club is vehemently against Back Yard Breeders (BYB), Puppy Mills, and Puppy Brokers. The best way to combat this animal abuse is through educating puppy buyers.
The information below is meant to draw your attention to the differences between ethical and unethical breeders. This information is by no means exhaustive. Your responsibility as a puppy buyer is to do your homework before buying your new family member. Ask questions and investigate. You owe it to yourselves and to the helpless animals.
If you need any help in finding a reputable breeder or need some advice as to whether the breeder that you are buying your puppy from is an ethical breeder, then you simply need to call or get in touch with our club and one of our members will be more than willing to help you. Please don’t be fooled by the fancy website that some BYB, Puppy Mills and Puppy Brokers have.
Back Yard Breeders
Do your homework! Research more about puppy mills, back yard breeders, and ask questions. If something doesn’t seem right, it likely isn’t. Keep searching for a breeder that “feels right” as you are going to be working with them for the life of your puppy.
Please know that some BYBs and puppy millers actually have a secondary house where they meet potential buyers to make it look better than it really is.
Just because a dog is a purebred and is registered does not mean that it has come from a reputable breeder or that the puppy is healthy.
Should I get a male or female?
We feel the individual temperament is most important. The basic differences are that the girls love you and the boys are “in love” with you. Boys tend to follow you around more and the girls are a little more independent. The girls are more likely to sit on your lap than the boys, yet the boys always want to be near you. It does vary with the individual dog.
Both are wonderful, so the bottom line, one of each is perfect! Actually, the best way to choose is to go with whichever individual temperament suits you best. This is far more important than sex although if you already have a dog of one sex, it is generally better to get the opposite sex. Opposites typically get along better. It’s also best to rely on your breeder to ensure a good fit. They know their puppies very well and can help guide you.
Should I get two?
It is wonderful to have two, however, it is better to get one first, then add another once the first one is trained. The first will help train the second. Litter mates are not recommended. Training two pups at once can be very challenging. Two are great if they are spaced apart. Click here to read an excellent article on it.
Can a Coton be alone all day?
No, Cotons need their people around. They are a very dependent breed, that is both their greatest strength and greatest weakness. Because they are bred for companionship, they are very attached to their people. They are very likely to not be well adjusted if left alone all day. If trained to be alone, they can be left a maximum of 3 to 4 hours. Young puppies can't be left that long. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you, unless they can go to a good, safe doggy daycare.
How much grooming does a Coton need?
If you like to maintain a long coat, frequent brushing, combing and bathing is required in order to keep them mat free. If you opt for a teddy cut, you can expect to have a full groom done every 6 to 8 weeks. Check out our grooming tutorial for detailed information on how to groom a Coton.
Are Cotons easy to train?
Cotons are very smart and learn quickly. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train. It is kind, scientifically proven and will help deepen your bond. If you are consistent and watch your puppy, training goes very quickly.
Are Cotons good for allergy sufferers?
Allergies are a tough one. They are considered hypoallergenic, however, lots of people are still allergic. It is best to test your allergies before going ahead.
What is the average life span?
Cotons typically live for 13 to 15 years.
Canadian Coton de Tulear Club (CCTC) and the information herein is a new puppy / dog.
These breeders have made a commitment to follow the CCTC Code of Ethics, however, the CCTC makes no claims, to the condition of any dogs being offered for sale, or to the standards of any breeder, the quality of their animals or the accuracy of any information contained in the Breeder Listing or within the website or any links from the website. The CCTC does not endorse, recommend, or guarantee any kennel, breeder, or dogs that can be listed on the CCTC website.
It is the duty of every person to make an informed decision on the purchase of animals
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