Reviews: Coton de Tulear Grooming Books
Coton de Tulear grooming books are essential for this breed known for
their beautiful long hair. You would think there would be dozens of
books to choose from, but that is definitely not the case.
There are many dog grooming books available, but finding one specifically about the Coton is about as rare as the breed.
Fortunately, there are a few Coton de Tulear grooming books that would be a valuable asset to any Coton owner.
I hope you find my reviews below helpful in determining which of these books to choose.
Book Basics: Hard cover, 96 pages, Color
The first of
the Coton de Tulear grooming books is actually the newest. Released in
2012, this informative book is written by an experienced breeder and
exhibitor and includes beautiful photographs.
- You will find suggestions for a detailed list of grooming tools and supplies by name brand.
- Shows us how to choose the right shampoo for your Coton’s hair type (no, they are not all the same).
- Instructs us how to solve common grooming problems such as matting, tear stains, and discoloration.
instructions on how to bathe, brush, and blow dry your Coton with great
photos to help you visualize what you’re reading. You’ll also learn
how to take care of your dog’s eyes, ears, nails, paws, and teeth.
photos are the best part of this book. They work hand in hand with the
grooming instructions to help you get the most out of your grooming
- There's a Table of Contents to help you find what you’re looking for
there is great information in this book for Cotons with all different
coat types (long, short, puppy cut), it’s primarily geared toward those
dogs with the longer standard type coat. Those who are interested in
giving your dogs a puppy cut may be disappointed in the brief one page
devoted to that topic.
- While this book offers
some information on non-grooming issues such as exercise, diet, health
problems, and even fertility, it is first and foremost a grooming book.
So if you are searching for a comprehensive book about Cotons this may
not be your best choice, though for grooming it can’t be beat.
book is only available through the http://www.cotongrooming.com website
at this time so you won’t find it at your favorite booksellers like
Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
- It’s currently $53 to
ship to the US which may be too expensive for some. I have Luc
professionally groomed, but still consider this a valuable resource.
For those self-grooming your Cotons with the standard cut, this is a
must-have book and the tips and tools you will learn are well worth the
price of the book.
Book Basics: Spiral bound, black and white, 50 pages
2nd of the Coton de Tulear grooming books has been a great resource for
many of us until recently when it became quite hard to find.
- Written in easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
- Provides list of the best grooming tools to use.
- Offers suggestions for products that help with grooming problems such as matting and coat staining.
tips on bathing, blow drying, brushing, ear cleaning, nail clipping,
teeth brushing, anal gland expressing, clipping, trimming, and hair
- When the book is available, it is affordable at under $25.
biggest con is that it is often unavailable on major bookseller sites
like Amazon or Barnes and Noble (unavailable at the time of this
- When it is available, it's not available on the Kindle Nook or other e-readers.
- Photos are in black and white and not very clear.
- Does not provide help for those interested in grooming Cotons for showing.
the author seems experienced and knowledgeable, she (I'm assuming it's a
woman but don't know for sure) never identifies herself or tells us her
- No index or table of contents to help you find things quickly.
The official Coton de Tulear book by Dr Jay Russell and Laurie Spalding-Russell
Book Basics: CD ROM, Approx. 1100 pages, Color
of the Coton de Tulear grooming books is so much more than just a book
on dog grooming. This books is a comprehensive reference to the breed
and provides information on everything from breeders, health, history,
genetics, behavior, showing, and grooming.
the book doesn't only focus on grooming, it has a very detailed
grooming section that covers grooming tools, matting, shampoos, coat
staining, nail clipping, selecting a groomer, fleas and ticks, and ear
- It does provide information for those grooming their Cotons for dog shows (but does not provide techniques for haircuts).
- Suggests helpful tools and products to help make grooming more successful.
- Offers helpful advice for grooming problems such as fleas, ticks, matting, and tear stains.
of Contents and search capability online make it easy to find what
you’re looking for, which is very important in a book with over 1000
- Great value-$53.95 is the current price and
though some may see this as a bit pricey, I don’t think you’ll find a
more comprehensive guide about the breed anywhere. I refer to this book
often and recommend this for any Coton owner.
book is available on CD only. This may not be a con to some people,
but there are times when you don't have a computer available and it
would be nice to have a hard copy. Yes, you can print out the pages you
- While this book teaches us how to
help our Cotons have a healthy coat, those who keep their Cotons in a
non-standard shorter cut or puppy cut will not find step-by-step
instructions. Though the CTCA breed standard does not allow trimming
the Coton coat, they do provide instructions on how to trim above the
eyes, the anus, and the foot pads.
- This book
should be used as a guide and not all of the advice will fit YOUR
Coton. For instance, I don’t particularly agree with some of their
advice on dog food choices.
It’s nice to finally have choices in Coton de Tulear grooming books and hopefully the list will continue to grow.
matter where you get your information on the Coton de Tulear, it’s
important to remember that there is not just one single definitive
source of material about the breed. Sometimes the various sources
contradict each other so it’s up to us to use our knowledge of our own
dogs and our common sense to make decisions. Even in the books I
suggest above, there are differences in opinion. For example, the
Jespersen/Sydendal book says to NEVER use human shampoo on a Coton, yet
the CTCA book says many human shampoos are fine (such as Johnson &
Johnson’s baby shampoo or even Pantene Pro-V).
You may also
find other books that claim to provide info on the Coton, but they are
almost always very brief and general in nature. I have one book at home
called Ultimate Dog Grooming that I purchased because it had a section
on the Coton. What a disappointment. It actually wrote things like
“check the Coton’s nails, ears and teeth” or “brush the coat carefully”
without any detail of how to go about checking or brushing.
Unfortunately, this general information without giving any real
information is too common when it comes to the Coton. That is why I don’t hesitate to recommend the Coton de Tulear grooming books above.
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