The Coton de Tulear

Happy, clownish, and inquisitive, the Coton de Tulear enjoys clever games of dexterity such as "pull the stale bit of fallen cheese from under the refrigerator with your paw."

Coton de Tulear Breeder – Pure Heaven Cotons

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Coton de Tulear Breeder – Pure Heaven Cotons is a breeder of the rare dog breed called the Coton de Tulear.

We have dedicated ourselves to excellence in breeding your next family member, four legged one of course (A new two legged family member would take a governmental agencies help)! Our Cotons are Health tested Coton de Tulear Champions from Champion bloodlines, bred to the FCI Standard, are the only Cotons used for breeding at our kennel.

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Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear is lovingly referred to as the Royal Dog of Madagscar. Madagascar is a large island off the coast of Africa. This breed is a distant relative of the Bichon. The Bichon Tenerife traveled from the old world to Africa on ships. Often used to comfort the ladies on long journeys and keep pest populations down on the ships. Along those travels they visited Reunion Island where the now extinct Coton de Reunion evolved, which then traveled to the nearby island country of Madagascar and became the Coton de Tulear.

The Coton de Tulear, named primarily because its hair feels like freshly spun Cotton. The second part of it’s name comes from the port city of Tulear on the island of Madagascar (now called Toliara). The Coton de Tulear is one of the few modern breeds that developed through natural selection and therefore comes in a range of colors.

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This small to medium, friendly dog, caught the fancy of the Malagasy royalty and they were the only people allowed to keep Cotons. When Dr. Robert Jay Russell discovered the breed in Madagascar in 1973 and brought the first ones to America, he coined the phrase the Royal Dog of Madagascar and the name has stuck. They were also imported occasionally into France by returning French colonists but were not officially imported to Europe until the 1970s.

Found all over the world now, this breed is a loving, active and genial breed. With a happy, go lucky personality. These dogs are very adaptive to the needs of their owners and have very few genetic issues.

Pure Heaven Cotons is dedicated to the genetic purity of the Coton de Tulear. We define that as a purity in the genetic health of the breed. This is what makes this breed such a wonderful dog. This purity allows our Cotons to suffer from very few health issues. It allows for life spans up to 18 years in a small to medium sized dog breed, which is amazing. That life expectancy, combined with few health issues makes for a great affordable pet. If you look at the average cost of most dog breeds the initial investment is a small amount. But as they age, vet visits increase, genes start to come into play and the cost usually increases dramatically.

A perfect example is our cat Midget. Midget was a five dollar cat and that was refunded when proof was shown that he was neutered. But over his nine years he has cost more than several Cotons. Health issues started to arise, examinations and surgeries (teeth pulling, blood work and other tests) and the eventual diagnostics of Cushing’s Disease. Which is rare in cats and no known treatment.

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Midget, Annie and Moriarty.

Though there is a surgery, but survival is usually only months due to the nature of the surgery to cure the disease. So we give him the medication that they give dogs, which is a monthly cost and only marginally helps but it allows him to live years more in a healthier condition than he would be otherwise and definitely better than getting the surgery. While we still love Midget and he’s as happy as can be, a cheap pet is not always a wise investment!

So, while the Coton de Tulear is not genetically perfect, our lines are traced back over six to eight plus generations and our breeding and show dogs are all OFA health tested with accurate and honest reporting. We strive to provide the best quality of life environments, care, treatment and upbringing.
We appreciate your business and we hope to keep that relationship for many, many years.

Author Mitchell Tuckness