Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dogs 101: Coton de Tulear Animal Planet

Today I saw a posting on Facebook by Lynn Ardito Baron of Renaissance Coton's in Orange, CT about a video produced by Animal Planet called Dogs 101: Coton de Tulear . Having watched the video now several times I can say it is an extremely well produced and enjoyable mini clip on the Coton de Tulear breed. Time 2:51 min

Apparently several of Lynn's dogs are in the video. If you are having a hard time explaining to your family or friends about Coton's and where they came from, all you need to do is show them this little video.

Thank you to Animal Planet for producing this! It is simply adorable!

Photo of my Lil Snow Drop "Lousha" at one year old! ♥

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Esprit de Tulear Spirit Bear and Spirit Bear Kitasoo have babies!

Very exciting to have puppies. Born September 21, 2010. My second litter.  This time I was much more hands on. It is only my second litter but I managed well, thanks also to my friend Gloria who came over half an hour before Kitasoo delivered the first puppy.

Everything went well, only 35 minutes apart and soon they were nursing on mommy. The little girl is named Spirit Bear Hartley, she is the one with the more obvious markings and the little boy is named Spirit Bear Hunter. 

My website is in the works and soon I will be able to show case my dogs and puppies on stay tuned. My blog will be linked to my website. 

All is good in the Paterson household... puppies are very calm, enjoying spending their days playing and moving very well for four and a half weeks old as of October 23, 2010. Yesterday the little boy stood up on his back legs when my husband came in to see them after work. I was in the office when I heard the door alarm to let me know my husband had entered the house and one of the puppies barked. Guard dog I guess! 

So stay tuned for more photo's...oh ok I will post one more photo! Here is little sweet is this!

I have to go shopping this weekend to see if I can find the perfect Halloween costumes for them.. I hope I am successful.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coton de Tulear Comprehensive Owner's Guide

This is a book I recommend for every owner of a Coton de Tulear. It is not expensive and it has a lot of very valuable information. I really enjoy it. Makes a great coffee table book that you will find your guests picking up to read!
Product Description
An exciting "new" bichon breed of ancient origins, the Coton de Tuléar hails from the island nation of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and is as unique as its homeland. Adorned with a "cotton-like" coat, from which the breed derives its name, the Coton de Tuléar makes a distinctive companion dog, prized around the world for its intelligence, beauty and hardiness.

This Special Rare-Breed Edition dedicated to the Coton de Tuléar is the only book of its kind about this unique breed and a much-needed resource for new owners and all fanciers who love and admire this lovely Madagascan jewel. 

Written by long-time breed fancier Wolfgang Knorr, this book provides insightful chapters on breed history, characteristics of the breed, as well as puppy selection, house-training, obedience training, health care and showing. Illustrated with over 135 full-color photographs, the book proves to be as attractive as it is informative and is a must for everyone interested in this delightful rare breed.

Purchase your copy from here

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Puppy Travel submitted by Penelope Persons

Special thank you to Penelope Persons for sending me these comments on Puppy Travel!

Puppy Travel
There is some debate about the best way to get your new puppy or travel with your dog, and of course, ever time we step out the door, there are risks attached. Same with shipping cargo, taking puppy in the cabin or leaving her at home..... I wrote this in response to a interesting post at another group about Pet Airways, yet another way of getting Rover from A to B.
Pet Airways kindly lists the pet carrying policies of a number the other airlines, who fly to destinations other than those covered by themselves.  Since "my" airline, Air Canada was (alphabetically) at the top of the list, I noticed that the info on AC is not up to date. Might be a good idea to check any airline's website for the most recent info.
Air Canada has reversed the policy of no pets in the cabin, and they seem to have enlarged the dimensions of the pet carriers they will accept there. Carrying a dog under the seat is $50 - which is one of the cheapest prices of any airline - assuming you want to fly AC. When they say they don't accept pets in "Executive First", they mean a special class on a certain aircraft type, which I don't remember offhand. I think they are used mostly for long haul flights to the Orient. I flew Executive from Montreal to Vancouver, with Chanel under the seat.

I must say that, after 31 years as a Flight Attendant, I didn't see too many horror shows, but the ones I did see, convinced me that shipping in cargo should be a last resort. On one flight from London to Edmonton, the Second Officer discovered that there was no heat in the cargo compartment the dogs were in, and the temperature at altitude was -68.(Who cares, when it's that cold, whether that was Fahrenheit or Centigrade?) He did his best to fix it, but nothing could be done, and we were all sick with worry.... So when the aircraft pulled up at the ramp and the mostly-small dogs were off-loaded, we didn't know if we even wanted to look out the windows. I did, and thankfully, they were all alive.

Animals were always getting out of their crates, for some reason, and more than a few disappeared, never to be found again. Up here in the frozen north (I wish!) there are plenty of coyotes at most of the airports, as well as eagles and owls. 

A good friend of mine shipped her 17 year old cat to a US destination, and when she went to pick it up, discovered the crate going round and round in the baggage carousel, with the door wide open!! It should, of course, have been handed to her personally by ground personnel. Of course, she was appalled, thinking her cat could be anywhere, but fortunately, kitty was glued to the back of the crate in horror.... Crates should always be secured with those plastic ties you get at the hardware store, so this can't happen, yet if need be, the airport staff can cut them...

A Korean girl, flying back to Korea from Calgary, in the middle of winter, was rejected by the competition, because the Rottweiler's crate was too big for the smaller aircraft. so she changed to AC. As it turned out, it was too big for our aircraft, too, although she would be changing to a larger aircraft in Vancouver. While she was waiting to board our flight, she looked out the window at the departure gate and saw the dog crate sitting out there in the bitter cold.... with nobody around. I had to go down to the ramp myself and hunt up someone who could help, only to be told that the crate was too big for our aircraft and they were waiting for a later flight on a larger aircraft!! Leaving the dog outside. Nobody had thought to tell the paying customer, any of this! And they weren't very happy, when I told them they had to get the dog inside!

Needless to say, then, when I learned that la Cotonnerie refused to ship the puppies, I didn't blink an eyelash! Chanel was a great passenger, sleeping - without drugs (please)!! - almost the whole way. The big mistake I made - forgetting all my training - was feeding her bits of kibble in flight, and water. When we got to Vancouver, the puppy pad in her crate was soaked through, and she threw up all the kibble. Had to do a "bit" of a cleanup before getting a cab home! Poor little thing. That was a 5 hour flight, btw, so a bit of water was probably a good thing anyway. The food - not so much.

Penny (& Chanel)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

PoochStyle products protect the car!

Cargo Car Mats for Dogs

Let your dog ride in comfort as you ride in style — and keep your car looking great while you do it. Each back seat cover and cargo area mat is designed to fit the exact contours of your car, so dog hair stays on the mat, not in the car. And clean-up is asnap — just toss it in the washing machine. 
To learn more visit the website of PoochStyle.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Puppy Bumpers - Keep your puppies safe!

Don't let your dog escape through a fence or accidentally fall from a balcony! Now they can be safe and stylish at the same time with Puppy Bumpers™ stuffed pillow collars.

Patented and award-winning Puppy Bumpers™ attach to the existing collar to keep your dog comfortably at home.

Great idea! I will be ordering mine!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Petego Sport Wagon

For those who show you know the challenge of carrying your dogs, your supplies, transporting from grooming area to show ring etc. I was really excited to learn about this great product from Igor Setina
These are his dogs, Zoey and Fiona who are experiencing the benefits of their new special Coton transportation devise, purchased for them as a reward for making their owners feel very special at the World Dog Show in Denmark.

After a little Google search I found the product is manufactured in the USA by Petego. When you visit the website you can click on link to the Sport Wagon Grooming Kit to see the attachable table for the top. You also see they have a carrier bag for when it is folded up. For those who live in the Netherlands Igor provided me this link for purchasing there. Well, I can't live without one, hopefully by the fall dog show I will be transporting Cody, Kitasoo and Lousha around in one too. If not... by fall..there is always Christmas...Santa are you listening?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mayonnaise Coton Wrap anyone?

Years ago when I FRIED and I mean FRIED my hair. My mother told me to give myself a mayonnaise treatment. I thought it sounded strange, but my mother lived through the dirty 30's and knew lots of interesting home remedies, so I tried it. Slapped the mayonnaise on my hair, wrapped it in Saran wrap for half an hour....and guess worked. My hair was not frizzy and very manageable, I was a happy girl.

So...yesterday I decided to try this on my Coton. Yes, poor Cody Kermode was the victim of my experiment. I'm happy to say, he liked the smell, didn't bother me if he licked it off his mustache. Hellman's was in my fridge so that became the experimental product of choice. I think I will check other brands and ingredients before I do it again however after doing more research on Hellman's website after grooming my dog with it, to research if they recommend it for dog's hair conditioning....I see they have a product using Olive Oil so may very well give that a try.

The good news is....he feels great! I think it even helped take some of the yellow on his belly out. I didn't wrap him in Saran wrap, didn't have enough in the house but will do so next time. I think I will give this experiment another try in a few weeks. The hot sun is hard on the coats and Cody's seemed dry, maybe I am too fussy...but this mayonnaise idea kept coming into my head every time I looked at him so I finally relented and tried it. His ears and tail feel particularly lovely. His sides blow in the wind. I am happy. Anyone else tried this. He looked so good I thought I could slap a couple of tomatoes on him and two slices of bread and have a Coton mayonnaise sandwich....just joke....☺

Friday, July 2, 2010

Car Seat for doggies

Have you bought your dog seat yet? I am really happy that my Facebook friend Sara Johnston
who owns Alfie, who you saw proudly showing his Doggles in a previous posting has sent me this info regarding a Pet Car Booster Seat. I have received several emails asking about the car seat after seeing photo's of Alfie in his. Thank you to Sara for sending me this information, now I can share with you this link to purchase a seat from Petsmart for your Coton. I am definately going to be searching this out.

I am sure that several of you have the same experience as me, Coton jumpers in the car. Back to front, back to front...bark at the dog outside. Not safe at all. Ever since my girlfriend was in a car accident and I saw what happened to her when the airbag went off I don't allow my dogs to ride in my arms anymore. I know, I know a bad habit...but I do not do it anymore. I couldn't imagine having an accident and having my poor dog whammed by an airbag. Anyways if someone has another product they would like to recommend feel free to email me at
Thank you! ☺

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sherpa Bag for airline travel.

Small - for pets up to 8 lbs. Model #55533
Dim: 15" D x 10" W x 8.5" H, Weight: 2.72 lbs.
Medium - for pets up to 16 lbs. Model #55233
Dim: 18" D x 11" W x 10.5" H, Weight: 2.87 lbs.
Large - for pets up to 22 lbs. Model #55513
Dim: 20" D x 11.75" W x 11.5" H, Weight: 3.01 lbs.

I often get asked about traveling with a Coton on the plane. The most important purchase to support your dogs comfort and travelling experience is the dog carrier. It seems that Sherpa Pet Trading Company Carrier bags are preferred by most people I have spoken with. You can see more examples by visiting their website.

If this is your first time travelling on the plane you need to understand that your precious pooch must stay in the carrier for the extent of the trip. If you are taking a long flight speak to your vet about something to help him/her sleep. Don't forget to pack a little dish in your carry on bag for water. Some little chewie bones or a piece of raw hide will keep them happy until you land.

I don't suggest giving your dog a lot to eat as they can also get air sick, especially on the way down. Most dogs seem to sleep well on the plane. Don't give your dog a lot of water or food if you are flying early. It is better to be hungry, than to have a whimpering dog that needs to get out. A little dry dog bone should tide them over...nothing to heavy.

The Sherpa bag comes in many colors, designs and sizes.

Are you ready for summer?

Here is Alfie, he is owned by my Facebook friend Sara Johnston. Isn't he adorable. He is a really beautiful Coton from Cotonnelle Coton's breeder Valerie Ford. I love him! ♥

Check out his car seat, fantastic solution to dogs that have a tendency to jump here there and everywhere. I am really loving this car seat and the fact he is sporting his new set of Doggles.

Hopefully Alfie likes them and keeps them on while out for a car ride, looks like they are hard to shake off. Well, I am out to buy my Doggles this's to follow soon! ☺

February 2012 update.Sadly since I posted this piece our dear Coton breeder friend Valerie Ford has passed away...we shall miss her and all she did for the Coton de Tulear breed ♥

Monday, June 14, 2010

Have you got your Doggles?

 Doggles, a great invention that is bound to make your dogs summer outdoor experience  more pleasant. As of this moment I have not purchased mine yet but will be next visit to my local pet store. If you have a photo of your Coton de Tulear wearing Doggles please send to me, I will be happy to post it on my blog. Check out Doggles website

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tear Stains, yellow stains, all drives us crazy! ♪

There are many products out there to help us remove tear stains,
yellowing of the coat from urine, pink moustache, or feet. This product by #1 All Systems is something that I have used and found effective to help remove yellow urine stains and to clean the moustache. It has a moisturizer, I found it not to be harmful to the coat. Over use of products used to whiten can be harmful on any coat. So be careful and observe the hair, if it appears dry best to condition and wait a while before redoing.

I have written before about Eye Envy and Angels Eyes for tear stains, though they help reduce tear staining I prefer to get to the root of the problem. I want to recommend reading reviews for Angels Eye treatment, I have been told repeatedly that it can be very harmful for your dogs kidneys if you use for an extended period of time, so if you use this only use it for a short period of time.

What worked for me was changing my dogs water to distilled, since then I have had problems only when I introduced a new food or once when I thought I had found the perfect holistic supplement for coats and it had brewers yeast and immediately gave my dogs bad tear stains...stopped in three days the products, it took a few weeks to reverse this experience. I am very careful of the food they eat, but what is important is to understand what causes these problems. I was very thrilled to have been directed to a website and to share it with you. This website provides not only education about what causes these problems but also provides excellent holistic solutions to remedy the problem.

The stain removal tips below are from the website but be sure to check to the link for other information such as foods that can be giving your dog green beans to eat every gotta like that! Again check this website for more educational information.


  • YELLOW (URINE) STAINS OR OTHER STAINS ON FEET - mix 50% liquid Woolite and 50% human hair peroxide (20 volume), then dilute this mixture with 50% water. Add a small amount of a conditioning type shampoo. Shampoo this mixture into the stained areas of the coat and feet. Allow it to remain on for 5 minutes. Rinse it out and shampoo & condition as normal.
  • BORIC ACID POWDER - rub it into the staining with fingers and leave it there. Do NOT brush it out, it is left in the coat. Do this every day, also use a very fine comb to comb out any debris in the corners of the eye. Also, if there are any hairs in the very corners of the eyes, carefully remove these.
  • BORIC ACID SOLUTION #1 - make a paste of the boric acid powder & green lemon juice. Using a toothbrush, brush the paste on the stains and leave overnight. The next day, comb out and no more stains. For really bad stains, repeat again.
  • BORIC ACID SOLUTION #2 - use 1 teaspoon of boric acid to 1 cup of boiling water, let cool, use 1-2X a day, make a fresh solution every 3rd day, moisten cotton ball and wipe the eye and tear stain area
  • VETROPOLYCIN Sterile Ophthalmic Ointment - ¼ inch strip in both eyes once a day and wash area with warm water twice daily - for 10 days
    Mix Magic Touch grooming spray concentrate 1 part to 1 part water. Now mix this with 2% hydrogen peroxide - NOT the kind you use on your hair. You can mix up enough for a whole week and store it in a closed bottle. Apply with a cotton to clean the eyes.
  • CROWN ROYALE "WHITENER" - mix with human hair peroxide (20 volume to 40 volume) into a paste and leave it on overnight. You must condition very well. DO NOT get any mixture into the eyes. Crown Royale Ph: 1-800-992-5400.
  • MILK OF MAGNESIA, CORN STARCH AND PEROXIDE - use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide (20 volume to 40 volume), and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone. Apply a thin coat of Destin diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.
  • CORN FLOUR, WATER AND A DROP OF BLEACH - 2 teaspoons of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach, mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide and allow to air dry and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.
  • BAKING SODA - a mixture of ½ lemon juice and ½ baking soda works wonders when it comes to whitening coats. Make a paste and work into hair. Let the paste set for 5-10 minutes and wash and rinse thoroughly. Lemon juice can irritate your animal's skin, so be sure to rinse well. Condition well!.
    1 x bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide 40%
    1 x bottle of Milk of Magnesia
    Mix together into a paste with corn flour.
    Paint on and let dry and then either brush or wash out when its been on for a few hours

Mason Pearson Brushes come highly recommended. ♥♥♥

Choosing the right brush is one of the most important ways to maintain a good coat on a Coton de Tulear. Weather you are showing or simply maintaining your dogs coat you need a good brush.

This brush has been recommended to me by many of the finest breeders of Coton's in the world.

I highly recommend it. To learn more about how to choose the right brush or how to order visit the website of Mason Pearson.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Chris Christensen Brush ♥♥♥

Once in while you come across something that makes your life a lot easier. For me that came in the form of a new brush that I recently purchased at a dog show. This is a NEW brush from Chris Christensen Systems.

Here is their detailed description on this brush that has wooden pins. It works through the little mattes and through the hair and I am serious when I say it is the most gentle brush on my Coton's coats that I have ever used. I highly recommend it.



Detangling with a wooden pin brush (Carpino Wood, aka Hornbeam) represents the safest and gentlest way to detangle hair. The wooden pins delicately separate out the area of the tangle from the rest of the hair, then work gently to loosen by drawing individual hairs upward and out to the side yet away from the knot. The wooden pins eliminate painful pulling on individual hair follicles that can possibly damage or break the hair under the strain. This will also eliminate tightening any knots which are already present. The wooden pins utilize the natural oils to polish the hair by distributing sebum and/or applied oils. 100% static free!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A NEW product by Nature's Specialties Mfg. has recently reduced my grooming stress level 100%. After using the EZ-deMatt and having great success with it I decided to visit the website to learn more about their product line. Good timing as it turns out as they had this wonderful new product called Plum-Tastic. Since using this I have managed to bath and groom my Cody without experiencing the horrific effects of my unprofessional grooming techniques usually ending up with a few matts and having to take him to the groomer to correct my disaster. more. I have now given him at least 6 successful bathing experiences from beginning to end...NO MATTS. This product is highly concentrated and you need to add very little to one quart of water. I pour this mixture over my dog while he is in his dog washing bathtub and afterwards scoop up the mixture from the tub and pour over him. I then take my bathing brush and brush from top down and squish the solution well into his hair.
Product comments from the website state:
This exceptionally rich blend of conditioners, essential nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, silk proteins plus the anti-oxidant value of the Acai Berry has a unique experience in store for your pet. The synergy by combining the conditioning and moisture binding qualities of these ingredients help strengthen, revitalize and energize depleted, stressed hair and help prevent dehydration of the skin and coat. Plus the added anti-oxidant protection and the long lasting pleasant scent insures only the best you can give your pet.
My experience and results using these products included less static, a coat that is softer but still full, not weighted down by conditioner, less breakage when blow drying. I highly recommend this product.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Esprit de Tulear Spirit Bear

Here is Esprit de Tulear Spirit Bear ( Cody)
Father of the puppies, I weighed him at the vets yesterday he is 5.2 Kg or 11.44 lbs. A lot of soft Coton hair but a small dog underneath. Cody is my first Coton and they say that once you get a Coton it means you need to get another. They are the funniest dog I have ever had and very loving. Have you ever seen a dog kiss another dog... my Coton's kiss each other. Well they lick their lips. They run very fast and jump up onto a chair with a is not a leap but a BOING. They love to play with squeaky toys.. and it is very common to be in another room and to hear the toy squeaking away. Cody lays on his back with the toy in the air going squeak squeak squeak...well you get the idea.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Personal grooming product recommendations

All new Coton owners know the prayer.. Please God let me wake up tomorrow and not find matts...second prayer...Please god teach me how to not get matts! I have had my own experiences with matts mostly with my male Cody and it was not pleasant. Having no one to consult with locally, and talking with groomers who had never heard of a Coton de Tulear it took me a while to figure out how to groom my Coton's. When my male Cody turned one year his coat changed from puppy coat to adult coat practically overnight...I heard that it could be challenging but hearing about it and being prepared are two different things. This experience was one of the reason's I started my Coton de Tulear Facebook Group that has over 1300 Coton owners from around the world today. I needed to connect with other owners of Coton de Tulear's. I knew their was something that I was doing wrong and I needed to find out what it was.
I believe my mistake was OVER conditioning and also using a shampoo too rich that also was not being rinsed out. So began my search for the ultimate shampoo and conditioner... perhaps you never stop searching because you have many things to satisfy when cleaning a Coton. First you need to find how to keep them white...white shampoos can be drying so then you feel you need to condition and if you over condition on come the matts... and let's not even go to the subject of the yellow that comes from urine on male dogs..we will leave that for another day...ALL of these issues can be easily resolved if you just find a good product and second of all if you use it CORRECTLY.
This past year I found Natures Specialties products. I couldn't be happier. The only person who is not so happy would be my groomer who I am visiting way less because I can finally do my Coton's myself and end up with not ONE matt. This is huge....just ask my groomer who had to resolve several of my errors. All related to overusing product and not getting it out...also can be impossible to resolve if you are using the WRONG product... a product that is too rich.
EZ deMatt by Natures Specialties is actually a pre-wash product that you work into matts after you rinse your dog with water, here are their comments from their website on this product.
"This product is formulated to penetrate deep into even the most difficult matts, giving you the ability to break them up easily without over stressing your dog...or YOU. The revitalizing blend of vitamins, proteins, amino acids and conditioners we use are known for their ability to de-tangle, repair, strengthen and bond to the damaged hair giving your pets coat that healthy look and feel. "
This product has given me the confidence to groom my dog and not freak out if I should get a mat....because they are easily combed out and my dog is happier and so am I. For those of us who have a desire to show our dogs we know that a bad matt can be very damaging to our dogs coat and once taken out can leave a nasty hole in his/her coat. This is one of my new favorites, I will share with you some more in the coming days. Please feel free to post your comments about your favorite products.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rabies says at 16 weeks...but breeders tell me wait!

I have been doing a lot of research regarding the rabies shot. I think I could spend a lot of nights checking all of google listings on this topic...thank god for google. A friend of mine a long time breeder referred me to the website of Dr. W. Jean Dodds who has a schedule that recommends 20 weeks or older. My vet suggested 16 weeks. However after speaking with several breeders they say to hold off on giving the rabies shot up to a year. I would really appreciate some feedback here. As I continue to learn through living experience and this is my first litter I am trying to be cautious. When it directly relates to the LONG term health of the puppy I do not believe we can be too careful but also would like to follow my vets guidelines. I expect that he wouldn't have an issue with waiting a few weeks but somehow expect that he would take issue to me wanting to wait a year. Ultimately the final decision is mine when it is one of my dogs but now I am having to pass on advise to those who purchase my puppies. So if you are so inclined to offer some thoughts here I would greatly appreciate hearing what you have to say.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My first puppies

Lil Autumn Leaf and Lil Shining Star 

After three years of patience we finally have puppies. Nisga'a gave birth at 4:00 AM on October 2, 2009 to three beautiful puppies. Two boys and one girl. 

At 2 years three months of age Nisga'a still seems like a puppy herself but her motherly instincts kicked in and she knew just what to do from the moment the first puppy was born. 

I believe anyone who has purchased a Coton de Tulear and then buys a second one. Cotons love company, their playful nature thrives on companionship. I find it amazing how they kiss each other...on the lips. So cute.

Coton de Tulear...known as the clown dog.

Coton de Tulear, the best companion you could wish for! Rare elegant dogs, of aristocratic heritage developed in Madagascar by the royal families. Coton de Tulears are attentive, loving, and very gentle. Playful little white puff balls of cotton. These dogs are non-shedding and highly recommended for people with alergies. The Coton de Tulear is the little dog with the big personality!

THE Coton de Tulear personality is their most important feature. The males as well as the females are sweet, compliant, fun, loving, personable companions. Until you meet and associate with a Coton, it is hard to believe such a little dog can have such a big heart. They are utterly adorable.
Breed Information
Country of Origin: The Coton de Tulear is the official dog breed of Madagascar. Its ancestors were brought to the port city of Tuléar (now Toliara), for which the breed is named, by French and Portuguese sailors. The Coton de Tulear likely descended from the Bichon Tenerife and later developed its cotton-textured coat (‘Coton’ is French for ‘cotton’), which is believed to have developed from a single gene mutation.

Cotons were imported to America in 1974. Today, the Coton de Tulear has a devoted fan base but is still a relatively unknown breed amongst the general American public.

Size: The Coton de Tulear has a shoulder height of 25-30 cm (10-12 in) and weighs 5-7 kg (12-15 lbs). It has a black nose, tight, black lips, and round, dark, wide set eyes. The Coton de Tulear has thin, triangular ears and a scissors or pincer bite. It has a strong, arched neck and long legs with a deep chest, small, arched feet, and a low set, feathery tail which hangs over the back. It has a pleasant, inquisitive expression.

Coat: The Coton de Tulear has a breed-distinctive medium length, cotton-textured coat which is composed of hair rather than fur, with a long topcoat. The Coton de Tulear is pure white, or white with lemon, black, grey, or brown markings. Some standards allow black and white, tricolor (white and cream with black markings on the head), ‘honey bare’ (black spots fading to brown or lemon), ‘ferret’ (dark brown mixed with black), or all black. The Coton de Tulear sheds little and is a good breed for those with allergies.

Character: The Coton de Tulear is gentle, affectionate, loyal, and friendly. It is very playful and grows highly attached to its family, even to the point of developing separation anxiety! The Coton de Tulear is lively and enthusiastic, making frequent vocalizations. Cotons make good watchdogs.

Temperament: The Coton de Tulear is very sociable and gets along easily with children, dogs and other animals. Some are cautious or shy around strangers, but most are affectionate towards everyone. The Coton de Tulear is full of surprises; some Cotons like to amuse their owners by walking around on their hind legs.

Care: The Coton de Tulear’s unique coat requires a substantial time investment. It must be brushed thoroughly each day and bathed several times a year. It should not be clipped. The Coton de Tulear is generally healthy, with few of the genetic problems that plague many breeds due to inbreeding. The Coton de Tulear has a life span of 14-18 years.

Training: The Coton de Tulear is intelligent, making it a quick learner, but it can be a bit stubborn. It thrives on its master’s approval, so a praise-based approach, rather than punishment, should be employed.

Activity: The Coton de Tulear requires only a moderate amount of exercise, though it has a surprising amount of stamina that enables it to come along for very long walks or even horseback rides. The Coton de Tulear can get its exercise from playtime in the yard, but if not given outdoor exercise it will become more active indoors. Most Cotons like to swim. They are well suited to apartment life.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year 2010
from Lil Spirit Coton's in Doggieville

It is a new year and I look forward to connecting with all of my online friends through my blog. Over this past year I have met several new Coton friends through Facebook and I am extremely grateful for their friendship and support after we lost our precious Nisga'a. All the prayers and comforting words keep us thinking positive thoughts. Now that we are into 2010 I feel optimistic that if you believe your dreams can come true. Thank you to everyone again... I wish you all happiness and good health in 2010!