First State Coton
Delaware’s first
Coton de Tuléar breeder
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As you proceed through our site you will get to know us and why I love this breed.  We will journey together to discover the right dog for you, as well as the right owner for the dog.  Welcome...

My name is Karen. My first dog wasn’t really my dog. She technically belonged to my oldest brother. While she was a Shepherd/Collie mix that we got from the shelter she taught me so much about living, caring and giving back. Through the years I have had many dogs in my life - Dobermans, a rescued Saint Bernard, Rottweilers, a rescued Collie mix, a Husky mix, a Beagle, a rescued Akita, Cairn Terriers, a Silky Terrier, and now my Cotons. I have also had several cats in my life. I could have chosen to breed any of the dogs I had in my life before the Cotons, many of the previous breeds were as expressive ,as loving and as loyal as the Coton, but something was missing.

So why the Coton? I wanted a smaller dog than the Dobs, Rotties, and the St. Bernard. The Akita breed came close in the intelligence and the loyalty that I was looking for but the bi-annual "blowing of the coat" didn't suit my lifestyle or carpets. Still I miss Brock and think of him often. The Cairn Terrier and Silky are also wonderful dogs but the hunt instinct is strong in them, which is great for killing spiders in the house, but not so much for recall when tramping through the woods like I enjoy.

 Which brought me to the Coton, a small intelligent, happy dog that was bred to be a companion to sit quietly on a lap,  at your feet or even across a shoulder. These dogs do have lots of hair and they do lose it but not in the globs like an Akita. I have researched the hair versus fur discussion and there is no difference according to science, so I will say hair. I used to get little red spots on my hands after brushing my Akita. these are the same spots that I get when I brush my mom's cat. Yes I am slightly allergic to animal dander, which isn’t just the fur but also the saliva and the waste of the animals. But while I will sneeze when brushing my mom's cat I have no reaction to brushing, bathing or having masses of Coton fur snuggled under my chin when I wake up in the mornings. I can’t say that no one will have an allergic reaction to a Coton, anyone that does should be avoided. Which is why I always hope to introduce my dogs to the potential owners before we meet to see if there is any reaction to the dogs dander.
The Coton breed does need weekly brushing. If you keep the hair short like in a puppy cut the you will reduce the coat upkeep! If you keep the coat long then you need to check for knots, hidden treasures under the tail, and the odd things they try to stick in their pockets like leaves, twigs, pine cones, and once I even found a slug that had been in the wrong place and the right time
One word of warning here - don’t let your Coton in the yard right after you cut the grass. Unless you like green dog feet.

But even in puppy cut this is a white dog, with light COTTON like hair. It needs to be kept clean and it needs to be kept healthy, or you’ll have a rust colored dog with brown shading. For some reason Cotons have a unique ability to turn their hair brown just by licking it frequently. And if they don’t lick their own hair they will lick their mates and turn her hair brown. But long or short there is something unique about a Coton coat. It really has to be felt to be understood. So go to dog shows, or pet expos and meet one of these delightful creatures. You will be pleasantly surprised how pleasant it is to touch Coton de Tuléar .


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