About Us & Our History/Experience
All For The Love Of The Breed
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We were young retirees moved to Arizona twenty years ago living a few miles outside of Sedona, Arizona. Planning an early retirement, retiring from major companies in corporate America. Our bucket list included wanting to do rescue work with dogs and to include dogs in our retirement years. For many years we had registered Labrador Retrievers, did the entire gambit with the Labradors, in the show ring, agility, obedience. Then for three years we did rescue work on our own, rescuing from puppy mills, unscrupulous breeders and AKC auctions. We devoted our time and effort towards the Maltese and the Bichon Frise, as we wanted to expose ourselves to smaller breeds due to our age and growing inability to work daily with the Labrador meeting their exercise requirement as a working breed. Combined hands on experience with training and raising animals, both family pets and farm animals of more than 60 years.
The rescue work was a learning experience and we totally enjoyed the work but we could not handle the expenses. It was difficult to find a veterinarian that was willing to discount services. The first thirty days after acquiring an adult dog you could easily have several thousands of dollars in medical testing alone. We did all the obedience training and socialization work with our rescues and it was extremely rewarding watching animals recover from illness, emotional hurdles and the lack of socialization. The living environment of our rescues in all the cases was horrific. Amazing how human beings can treat animals — of any species.
By accident while researching the Bichon Frise and Maltese breed and their genetic health issues, we discovered the Coton de Tulear breed.
And we researched the Coton de Tulear breed for two years before deciding to import a female from Europe. From there we fell in love with the breed. The intelligence, temperament, beauty and companionship was unbelievable and their health was remarkable compared to the other small breeds.
We are hobby breeders now and no longer involved with rescue work, strictly involved with Cotons for the love and desire to keep the Coton de Tulear as it was discovered by the Europeans. This is all about the breed nothing else.
Excellent disclosure of “what is a hobby breeder ?” — click here.
We are not members of a Coton de Tulear club or organization as we feel: Our mind set is that an “ethical, honest and trustworthy” Coton de Tulear breeder should be a natural mind set and overall temperament and disposition of a human being, plus a deep devoted love and admiration for a breed. A club or membership does not create a breeder with those attributes — it should come naturally and not be “obtained” by a club membership or acquired by joining a group of the so called same “group of people in a membership situation”.
Not a kennel or puppy mill, no dog runs or out buildings for our Cotons. And we only have Cotons, no other breed of dog.
We have over sixty years combined experience with dogs, in the show ring, agility, obedience and farm animals.
Our home is occupied by wonderful full time companions — our Coton de Tulears.
My great grandparents, grandparents and of course my parents had Labs in the house and on the farm as far back as I can remember.
I [Cayce ] started in show, obedience and agility with our Labs in the late 1970’s. There are many memories that I carry with me daily from the experiences with our animals. The photo to the left taken of my son and our two Labradors, Maxwell Cola [ chocolate Labrador] Jesse James James [ black Labrador].
I [ Cayce ] have certification/attunements in Reiki [ Master/Teacher ], and the Tellington Touch.
After more than two years of intense research, communicating with breeders around the world and visiting breeders in the United States, talking/researching with breeders, we found it impossible to locate a breeder that imported their foundation stock. The breed is rare and subsequently must be imported, since their homeland is Madagascar and have been in Europe and other countries since the 1950’s or even earlier. Over all some thing just did not feel right when we tried working with breeders here in the USA. How did this rare breed make it into the United States, how often was related males and females creating new life. We always asked about how many non related blood lines were in the USA, the majority of the time the breeders could not give us an answer.
Then we devoted our attention to breeders in Europe and other countries. During our search and looking at breeding Cotons in the United States we found adult Cotons from 5 pounds to as much as 30 pounds, then supposedly Coton de Tulear with solid coat colors of black, brown, chocolate with chocolate pigment to match, additional colors of brindle like a Boxer, even silver and gray coat colors. . We knew that the breed was being mixed with other breeds. That fact alone made us very fearful of buying from a Coton breeder in the United States. These “style” of Cotons were only found in the USA, no other place in the world.
Cotons are rare and expensive to locate with show and breeding rights, finding non related Cotons is huge endeavor. That is why so many breeders in the United States have mixed the breed with Havanese, Poodle, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu and Yorkies as they are not concerned about the breed and don’t want to invest the time and the money necessary to keep the breed pure. That is why the size range is so drastic and the coats vary in color and texture, and difference in the dogs temperament and behavior. When a breeder tells me that their Coton has “silky hair” I know it is not a Coton de Tulear. The Coton de Tulear hair should be “like cotton” no silky texture at all and never shine or have a oily looking appearance. That is a huge indicator that the Coton they are referring to is not full blooded.
Then a few breeders we met opened up to us when we asked about the imported blood lines, where the lineages originated in their kennels. Discovering, breeders in the USA failed to prove their Coton de Tulear lineage to be pure.
Then we encountered the “tall” Coton de Tulear being sold in the United States and no where else in the world. Tall Cotons are unheard of in Europe, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Brazil. And Coton de Tulears that are solid black and solid brown, chocolate with pigment to match, silver/gray even brindle in color like a Boxers coat — these colors are unheard of in other countries. This is what triggered us to only consider importing. No other countries in the world have Coton de Tulears that are solid black or brown, they do have tri color puppies but the coat fades as they mature, possessing a white base coat from birth with shades of crème, tan or gray into their adult years.
Our dogs live with us full time, they are our beloved companion pets.
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