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 TulĂ©ar (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!