Look for breeders who are associated with one of the US breed clubs. In the US the different clubs and corresponding breed standards make it hard for the public to figure out which is best when it comes to finding a well bred, purebred Coton de Tulear.
Your best bet is to find a code of ethics breeder who does associate with a club who believes in ethically breeding the Coton de Tulear, is passionate about the breed and who makes their dogs their priority.
-American Coton Club
-North American Coton Association
-Malagasy Coton de Tulear Preservation
-The USA Coton de Tulear Club
-Madagascar Coton de Tulear Club
The internet and social media have really changed how the public finds puppies, dogs and information. Just trying a search for Coton puppies for sale will bring up many different sites, all with different information.
Good information is helpful but many sites are deceiving. Puppyfind, puppyspot, pets4you, and many others are "brokers".
If someone is willing to take a deposit and send you and puppy, it's a bad deal. When you buy a dog/puppy online, sight unseen, you never know if you will receive that particular puppy, if the puppy is healthy, you never know if it's a "real" Coton de Tulear.
Good rule to follow: NO reputable breeder will ever take your money and ship you a puppy! No reputable breeder will sell puppies via a 3rd source (broker)
Only "for profit" breeders will not care where their puppies are going, only "for profit" breeders have many breeding dogs and many puppies to sell. All they want is your money which also means they scrimp on care for the dog.
To them dogs and puppies are only money and the welfare of the dog is not taken into account.
Make sure the puppy you welcome into your home comes from a loving and caring breeder who screens their buyers, does NOT ship their puppies (shipping is stressful and and unsafe), offers a good health guarantee, is available for advice for the lifetime of Coton, will always take back a Coton if buyer is unable to care for Coton, and is happy to share information about parents and health.
How long have you been breeding Cotons?
Why did you decide to breed and why the Coton de Tuléar?
-Do you breed any other breed of dog?
-Do you ship puppies?
-How many litters do you have a year? -How many litters will you allow your females?
-Do you have a Sales Contract with
spay/neuter clause and health
-What health testing is done on each
-Are you a member of one of the Coton
de Tulear breed club?
-Do you perform personality and
temperament testing on puppies?
-Where are puppies born and kept the
first 6 weeks of life?
-At what age do you allow puppies to
go to their forever homes?
-How do you socialize your puppies?
-What health problems are in the
-Do you stand by your puppies for
life? Are you available for advice
for life of Coton?
-What foods do you feed your Cotons?
-Do you have a questionnaire for
I love my little puppy: She makes my house a home. She is my sweetest little friend. I never feel alone. She makes me smile. She makes me laugh.
She fills my heart with love.
Did someone breed her or did she fall from up above?
I've never been a breeder. Never seen life through their eyes.
I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize. I've never known their anguish.
I've never felt their pain, the caring of the charges, through snow or wind or rain.
I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born.
The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn. The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands. This darling little baby who weights but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this....or maybe that was wrong?
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong. You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home.
You know it's all up to you, you'll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right. Two hour feedings for this tiny guy throughout day and night. Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight.
To save this little baby, but GOD willing, you just MIGHT!
Day one; He's in there fighting: you say a silent prayer.
Day two and three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care. Day four and five....he's still alive, your hopes soar to the heavens. Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone.
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan. You ask yourself "why do this? Why suffer through this pain?"
Yet watch the JOY your puppies bring and everything's explained.
So, when you thinks of breeders and label them with "greed", think of all that they endure to fill another's need.
For when you buy your puppy, with all your precious dollars part, you only pay with money.....while they pay with all their heart.
** This may seem harsh, but not everything always goes well in breeding. You must be prepared physically, emotionally and mentally for what may come. It's not always sunshine and roses when breeding. **
So you want to breed your female. You know what to expect if everything goes right. Your little girl will present you with tiny bundles of joy. She will lovingly nurse them and care for them until they are old enough to be weaned.
You and your family will find great joy in watching and playing with these little dolls, and then when the time is right they will all (or maybe you keep just one) go off to special homes to live out their lives as cherished companions. But have you given consideration to what if something goeswrong? I have listed here a few of the problems that I myself have personal knowledge of. Everything listed has happened either to me or someone I know. These are not isolated incidents. I'm sure other breeders could add miles to my list. Learn by others mistakes!. Let the breeding up to those who know what they are doing, have the experience, know what to expect.
WHAT IF DURING THE BREEDING
The stud dog you have chosen is carrying a venereal disease and gives it to your female. She not only doesn't conceive but you have to pay the vet bills to get her infection cleared up and she is now sterile.
The stud dog you decided to breed your darling to is not experienced. Once the two dogs are joined tightly in a tie, he decides to chase the neighbors cat out of his yard. He bolts for the cat ripping his dog-hood loose and causing your bitch to hemorrhage from within.
Your modest girl decides she doesn't want the attentions of this gigolo mutt chosen for her without her consent. She snaps at him catching her tooth on his loose cheek and rips it open sending blood flying everywhere. He retaliates by sinking his teeth into her left eye.
You leave your dog with the stud owner because the breeding is not going very swiftly. In fact , it's been three hours and nothing is happening. The stud owners leave the two dogs alone in the back yard. The dogs get out through a tiny hole in the fence and a truck hits your female.
You pay the $250-$1000 stud fee up front figuring you will make that and more back when the pups sell. The breeder guarantees the stud service to work or you can come back again. After 2 months you discover it didn't work and now must wait another 4 months to try again. Of course it doesn't work again, so in another 4 months you take your dog to another male and risk loosing another stud fee.
You get her bred. Bring her home. She bothers you so you let her out she is still in heat and still receptive to males. You hear a commotion outside there is your girl tied up with the neighborhood mutt. when she whelps there will need to be DNA tests done on the pups.
You get her bred. Bring her home and let her out. (She is still in heat and receptive to other males) but you do not see the neighborhood mutt breed her. The pups are born but look odd. You call the stud owner he suggests DNA testing (At your expense). You have a litter of mutts! What do you do about the ones you have already sold?
Or knowing she tied with the neighborhood mutt you decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again being more careful next time. But a few weeks later your female is very sick because you had her given a miss-mate shot creating a hormonal imbalance causing a uterine infection and now she has Pyometra and needs a complete hysterectomy. All plans of getting a litter is gone and your female's life is now in danger if she does not have the operation.
WHAT IF DURING THE BIRTH
The puppies are too large for the female. She never goes into labor, the puppies die and she becomes infected by the decaying bodies.
The puppies are coming breech and they drown in their own sacks before they can be born.
The first puppy is large and breech. When it starts coming your female starts screaming, and before you can stop her she reaches around, grabs the puppy in her teeth and yanks it out killing it instantly.
A puppy gets stuck. Neither your female nor you can get it out. You have to race her to the vet. The vet can't get it out either. She has to have an emergency caesarian section of course it is 3:00 am Christmas day.
A puppy is coming out breech and dry (the water sack that protects them has burst). It gets stuck. Mom tries to help it out by clamping her teeth over one of the back legs. The head and shoulders are firmly caught. Mom pulls on the leg, hard, peeling the flesh from the leg and leaving a wiggling stump of bone.
A dead puppy gets stuck in the birth canal, but your female is well into hard labor. She contracts so hard trying to give birth that her uterus ruptures and she bleeds to death on the way to the vet.
WHAT IF DIRECTLY AFTER THE BIRTH
The mother has no idea what to do with a puppy and she drops them out and walks away, leaving them in the sack to drown.
The mother takes one look at the puppies, decides they are disgusting droppings and tries to smother them in anything she can find to bury them in.
The mother gets too enthusiastic in her removal of the placenta and umbilical cord, and rips the cord out leaving a gushing hole pulsing blood all over you as you try in vain to stop the bleeding.
Or, she pulls on the cords so hard she disembowels the puppies as they are born and you have a box full of tiny, kicking babies with a tangle of guts the size of a walnut hanging from their stomachs. Of course all the babies must be put to sleep.
What if because of some Hormone deficiency she turns vicious allowing no one near her or the babies, who she refuses to nurse, or you have to interfere with.
You notice something protruding from her vagina when you let her out to pee. You take her to the vet to discover a prolapsed uterus, which needs to be removed.
WHAT IF WHEN YOU THINK YOU'RE IN THE CLEAR
One or more of the puppies inhaled fluid during birth, pneumonia develops and death occurs within 36 hours.
What if the mother's milk goes bad. You lose three of your four puppies before you discover what is wrong. You end up bottle feeding the remaining pup every two hours, day and night. After three days the puppy fades from infection and dies.
The puppies develop fading puppy syndrome you lose two. You bottle-feeding or tube feeding the last remaining baby. It begins to choke and despite your efforts to clear the airway, the pup stiffens and dies in your hands.
Your female develops mastitis and her breast ruptures.
Your female develops a uterine infection from a retained placenta. Her temperature soars to 105. You race her to the vet, he determines she must be spayed. He does the spay in an attempt to save her life, you pay the hundreds of dollars bill. The infection has gone into her blood stream. The infected milk kills all the puppies and the bitch succumbs a day later.
All the puppies are fine but following the birth the female develops a hormone imbalance. She becomes a fear biter and anytime anyone tries to touch her she viciously attacks them.
Mom and pups seem fine, the puppies are four weeks old and are at their cutest. However, one day one of the puppies disappears. You search everywhere but you can't find it. A few days later another puppy is gone. And another. You can't figure how on earth the puppies are getting out of their safe 4' x 4' puppy pen. Finally there is only one puppy left. The next morning you find the mother chomping contentedly on what is left of the last murdered puppy.
WHAT IF THE NEW HOMES AREN'T SO HAPPY
You give a puppy to a friend. Their fence blows down so they tie the puppy outside while they go to work. A roving dog comes along and kills the puppy. Your friend calls you up to tell you about the poor little puppy and asks when you are having more puppies.
You sell a puppy to an acquaintance. The next time you see them you ask how the puppy is doing. They tell you that it soiled their new carpet so they took it to the pound
You sell a puppy to a friend (you give them a good price and payments). They make a couple of tiny payments. Six months later they move to an apartment. They ask you to take it back. You take it back and of course the payments stop. The dog they returned is so shy, and ill mannered from lack of socialization and training it takes you a year of work providing socializing and training to be able to give it away.
You sell a puppy to a wonderful home. They love her like one of the family. At a vet check done by their vet it is determined that the puppy has a heart murmur. (Your vet found nothing when he checked the puppy before it was sold.) They love their puppy and want the best for her. They have an expensive surgery done. The puppy is fine. They sue you for the medical costs. They win, because you did not have a contract stipulating conditions of guarantee and so as breeder you are responsible for the puppy's genetic health.
You give a puppy to your mother. She is thrilled. Two years later the puppy starts developing problems. It begins to develop odd symptoms and is suffering. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of tests later it is finally discovered that the dog is suffering from a terminal condition that was inherited. possibly from your female since you know nothing about her family lines.
One loving home decides your puppy is untrainable, destructive and wants to return the pup and get a full refund, which you have spent on your vet bills.
One loving couple calls you and is very upset because their pup has crippling hip dysplasia and want to know what you are going to do about it. You have spayed your female so a replacement is out of the question, looks like another refund.
You put your ad in the local paper for your pups at the usual price and get only 2 responses and no sales. You cut the pup's price in half and broaden your advertising to 3 other newspapers in which the advertising totals $120.00 a week.
You get a few more puppy inquiries from people who ask all about health testing you did before breeding and if the pups are registered. You tell them your dogs are healthy and it was enough and that you could get the papers. The callers politely thank you and hang up.
The pups are now 4 months old and getting bigger , eating alot and their barking is really beginning to annoy the neighbors who call the police who inform you of the $150.00 noise by-law.
Your neighbors also call the humane society who comes out to inspect the care of your dogs. You pass inspection but end up feeling stressed and harassed.
You finally decide to give the rest of the litter away but still have to pay the $1200.00 advertising bill and the $600.00 vet bill.
So you gotta ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, "breeder?"