All For The Love Of The Breed — Cotons In Our Lives Since 1999 !
The Coton de Tulear was officially accepted into the FCI in Europe in 1970. Please see the FCI web site at www.fci.be Don’t be mislead about the breed with those in American kennel clubs and associations representing the breed stating that they discovered the breed and were the first to bring or import Cotons into the USA. The Europeans approached the FCI in the 1950’s seeking the breeds acceptance into the kennel club.
The real Coton de Tulear has a base coat of white. The coats should be all white, or white and crème and tri color, then the very, very rare black and white, which is less than 1% of the entire [ pure bred ] population of the Coton de Tulear breed. The fading of the coat color begins within days of their birth. The real Coton de Tulear has a diluting gene that allows their slightly colored coat to fade as they mature. By the time they are 18-20 months old the coat will nearly totally fade, or maintain a light crème, slight caramel coloring.
The information we are supplying is from more than two years [1997-1999 ] of intense research within the United States, Europe, Argentina and Brazil, talking to many of Coton de Tulear breeders around the world. Sad to say the Coton has taken many different directions within the United States and most do not have the appearance of a Coton de Tulear, the size of the Coton is off from the standard developed from the European population of the breed in 1970 when it was accepted by the FCI [ kennel club]. Additionally, the coat colors should only be a white base coat. Finding a solid black Coton, tan Coton, or brown Coton is like discovering a spotted Labrador Retriever.
Don’t be mislead with factious information. Seek information when the bloodlines of the breeding stock came from Europe and FCI registration. The FCI maintains the lineages going back to the acceptance of the breed into the their kennel club. If you are seeking a Coton de Tulear be sure you are getting the real thing.
In the 17th century Sir Etienne de Flacourt [1607-1660] the French governor of Madagascar, born in Orleans in 1607, he was named the governor of Madagascar by the French East Indian Company in 1648. Sir de Flacourt was a governor, historian and surveyor in Madagascar. Sir de Flacourt wrote about the dogs he saw in Madagascar “there are a lot of dogs that are small with a long nose and short legs, they look like foxes, some are white, some have small patches of mild color, the dogs are used for hunting the wild pigs”.
Sir de Flacourt wrote a book in 1658 “Historie de la grande isle de Madagascar” first edition 1658, 2nd edition 1661.
Births normally include white, white and crème and tri color.
Cotons possess beauty, grace and a total pleasure to the eye and your heart — true companions. Cotons are not a wimpy breed, they like to play, run and enjoy walks, like the snow too, the breed is hardy! Have extremely low shedding of their hair.
Disclaimer: This is a general explanation of our experiences with animals. We have witnessed and personally seen the changes that have been made to this wonderful breed. The breed does not need to be changed with reference to size, hair color, hair type or temperament or structure, including height. The Coton de Tulear is an amazing animal without becoming the next new designer breed. There are many resources on the internet about and for the breed. We have an official letter sent to us from the President of the FCI in Europe, explaining the acceptance of the breed in 1970. We are more than willing to share this document with you. Experience a good source of history and research is the best way to find the perfect breeder. Each person to his/her own desire as to what the new designer breed Cotons appearance, hair color and other characteristics of the Coton de Tulear.
Our faith is in the Europeans, who have well over forty years experience invested in the breed.
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