I have found a list of questions to ask a breeder (any potential breeders) while you are researching the acquisition of a new family member from the USACTC that any person looking to purchase a dog from a breeder should consider asking themselves and the breeder. These questions for a basis for which you can evaluate the breed, the work involved in owning the breed you are looking into and other factors that can help you decide if the cost of purchasing a purebred dog from well established lineages is what you want or if you would be better served rescuing a dog from your local high kill shelter or a rescue from any of the wonderful none profit companies that work tirelessly to save animals from bad situations.
Questions to Ask a Breeder when looking for your Puppy
- Why do you breed dogs?
- How did you choose the Coton?
- What got you started in breeding?
- How long have you been involved with Cotons?
- How do you keep yourself educated and informed as a breeder?
- Are you active in any competitive or social activities with your Cotons other than breeding?
- Do you require companion dogs to be neutered or spayed?
- What kind of guarantee do you provide for your puppies?
- Do you do health screening tests on your breeding dog? If so, what tests?
- Where do your Cotons live? Inside? Or kennel?
- What sort of educational and support system do you offer to new puppy owners?
- Where and how are the puppies raised?
- Can you briefly explain the raising process for your puppies up to the time they leave your home?
- Are you willing to take back any dog you produce, regardless of age, if the owner is unable to keep the dog for any reason?
- Do you support rescue?
I have removed some of the questions as they pertained specifically to the USACTC and are not general enough to include, but you can find the complete list there. As always, do your research into any breed you are looking to get. Dogs are an investment and Cotons are on the high end for maintenance, depending on what you want to do with your new family member that you can have for up to 20 years! That’s a long time and a decision to purchase a Coton should be made with full knowledge of what you’re getting into. All that love, loyalty and beauty comes at a cost. That is why I put as much information as I can on this website to make sure you’re as educated as you can be and happy as can be when you do decide to get a Coton.
I would also like to invite you to check out the following Facebook pages dedicated to the Coton de Tulear so you can see the joy and love these wonderful dogs bring to people around the world! As rare as they are, they can have a place in your family as well.