Adopting brother and sister Cotons

I am about to adopt two Cotons, brother & sister from the same litter, both spotted from all white parents, female beige & white, male black & white!


I am well aware that as a first time owner I am better off adopting one at a time. trouble is my husband & I are both professionally active with no children at home. As such we would like our babies to grow together & be company for each other when we're out or traveling. We pledge to focus on educating them firmly & with love & dedication. We will prepare a pleasant outdoor/indoor living area for them, close to where we spend most of our time at home.

They are now 3 weeks old & will be coming home in another 6 weeks. I cant wait!
Your kind advice & comments are welcome!

Many thanks,

Rula

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May 11, 2017
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Adopting two cotons from the same liter NEW
by: Anonymous

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with adopting two coton puppies from the same liter. I have an opportunity to do this but most website seems to be against this. My sister thinks cotons are ok though. Does anyone have any advice? And if I do get two, any advice if I should do a girl and boy or two girls and two boys? Any advice would be appreciated!

Nov 30, 2012
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Phoenix Field & Obedience
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

This was where I found back to back classes. Just replace the name of ur town w/Phoenix & see what is in ur area. The nice thing was @ the time they used the fields from local high schools close to ur home.

I did this w/my Silky's (obedience). I will say thou I like agility better (Coton) it is really fun which u & ur husband could each work a dog in the same class. The 1st agility classes r really puppy classes (basic obedience) & ur dog really does not do jumping until their bones have developed they do puppy things until at least 1 yr old.

It's just like daily walks. Starting out ur looking at 5-10 mins max twice a day if their home all day. It does not take long to exercise their little legs. U always want to be careful that they do not walk to far while bones r growing.

U know I think every dog has separation anxiety & my Coton was no worse then my Silky's, Maltese poodle mix, & my bigger mixes.

Animal Planet on line & on Sat. has an hr show "It's Me or the Dog". I luv all dog training info. If u record the show & watch it multiple times u always pick up new info u may have missed the 1st time. Victoria Stillwell is a positive trainer. Personally I am not a fan of the Dog Whisperer.

Coton's r very smart & very forgiving if u make a mistake in trying to teach something & retry a diff. technique they jump at the chance to relearn. U will be fine. Trust yourself. One technique for one may not work for another.

Use only positive training & motivational techniques to reinforce training as a fun way rather then a chore. Keep training short 5 mins is a long time to a puppies attention span. If u get frustrated stop. Cheerios work great as an easy treat for tricks. Most of all have fun.



Nov 30, 2012
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Vicki comment
by: Susan

I liked your comments. Especially training both dogs on the same night I would love to find back to back classes

Nov 30, 2012
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Adopting Coton de tulears
by: Anonymous

These dogs are wonderful loving dogs and like attention they don't do too well alone for a lot of hours that you're away from home, even though they have each other's company this doesn't mean they won't suffer from separation anxiety. Especially when they are at new surroundings it will take them awhile to get use to their new home.
I agree with the person who wrote they ere surprised the breeder will let you have these two coton dogs knowing you are gone most of the day. These dogs are smart & easy to train but you need to spend time with them at first they need attention and in return they will love you and make you laugh. I would read up on the coton de tulear breed so you understand this wonderful loving breed. Coton's can adjust to apartment or living in a home. I live in an apartment and I didn't really have any issues.
I got my little Roxy and Cotton and I spent time with they in the beginning until I knew they were okay to be alone when I did go out I would make sure they did their business and would be gone no more then 4 or 5 hrs knowing they needed to do their business within then. Cotton doesn't mind being alone but Roxy would bark in the beginning.But when she realized she could jump on the sofa and look out the window to see where I was going and she would wait till I came back home in the same spot &it didn't matter how long I was gone she wouldn't move. I now cover my sofa with a sheet & let her look out the window this works for me because she doesn't bark anymore so this was a good thing since I live in an apartment I didn't want my neighbors complaining.
Suzan Mesquite NV

Nov 28, 2012
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WinnieTheTzuTube is very helpful
by: Lana

Better to be Seen Than Heard - it's so true. Let me share with you this amazing WinnieTheTzuTube, you can start watching just for FUN. I promise you will learn faster & see more clearly what you might need when your Coton arrive home...
Shih-tzu is a long-haired breed as well as Coton that is why most products/techniques work absolutely the same. Starting with daily routine. Hope you like it!

Basic Daily Routine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNakuFaRgiU&feature=relmfu

Grooming Products:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCy4rEFWwBs&feature=relmfu

and more...

Have Fun,
Lana, Gio & Natasha



Nov 28, 2012
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Food fot Thought
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

If as puppies u do not want them to chew ur shoes, slippers etc. then do not leave them lay around. Pick them up. The only time they lay on the floor is when they r in ur sight to tell them no & give them one of their toys. A rule of thumb for a puppy is out of sight out of mind. If they do not learn the wrong behavior it does not exist.

Then all of a sudden 1 day u will realize that they r all grown up & u will no longer need to hide ur belongings & they will not touch them because they have never realized how much fun it was to destroy them.

One more thought food balls, kongs & toys that make them work for the prize can kept a dog occupied for ur time away from home. Start when young.

Nov 28, 2012
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Cotons
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

When I worked my Silkys in Phoenix Field & Obedience which is a grp that the more classes the cheaper it gets I took them both on the same night & worked them in separate classes & practiced during the week together. It was a fun relaxing outing w/my dogs I worked long retail hours.

Depending on finances a walk daily & a trip to the dog park r cheap. A good book such as "101 Dog Tricks" by Kyra Sundance found at Petco $20. does just that helps by breaking down the steps to learn dance, obedience, fun tricks etc. Petco will let u spend time reading thru the book to see if it is for u check it out.

I believe in positive training. By walks they get used to noises of the world buses, cars, kids & bikes, garbage trucks. At diff. stages of their age they will chase not chase after bikes, cars that u will experience they all do & will need to be taught not to.

Cotons r very fast learners believe that just like a kid a busy, exercised dog that experiences life outside the walls of the house is a happy well behaved dog at home. I use the pool splash foam filled frizbees & Jonah luvs to catch them. They can learn anything they r that smart.

Since u r just starting out in ur life w/dogs if u learn training techniques now all future endeavors get easier & a Coton is a wonderful easy breed to begin with. U have challenged urself in ur life by starting w/two.

Remember when two get bored & they learn how much fun it is to destroy that pillow it never goes away. If any dog is left for long periods of time to not be taught what they may or may not get into ur setting them up to fail.

A dog learns to be basically perfect by giving them the direction & tools in life in the early yrs. If a puppy does not learn to dig up the carpet when young they do not do the behavior as adults (ovr 2 yrs). I know the thought of two is so they will not be lonely but two without direction can be a handful on antics in any breed. Sorry this is so long just a thought. Good luck.


Nov 28, 2012
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2 Cotons
by: Anonymous

We have 2 male litter mates that are a little over one year. Some breeders would not have sold me their Cotons if I worked all day because of their need for love and attention. In fact, one retracted a sale to a lady who worked all day. We have always had dogs and this breed does not do well alone and I am home with them most of the time. They hate when I leave or are left alone and really let me know it when I get back. One of the pups is very timid and easily stressed despite living in a house full of love.
They are absolutely a joy in our lives. I am so thrilled we got 2 and so is my husband. They are very loving and just want to snuggle up on your lap or lay next to you. If I stop to read they are both either on my lap or resting their head on me. It is my impression that when I move about the rooms they think I am leaving.
Two of my sons took them to obedience training last winter. I am going to take both dogs to training next month. Each will go to a separate class on a separate day. So yes $$$ and time. We have had several vet ER visits because they manage to eat some icky stuff mostly outdoors. I hired a trainer a month ago to come here to my house. Such a big mistake for my timid guy. He really reverted and is fearful of everyone. It's frustrating and sad all at the same time.

Nov 27, 2012
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Very excited for you!
by: Lana

Dear Rula,
Very excited for you!You are about to enter the world of amazing happiness & love.
Of course it’s not easy budget-wise & time-wise but millions of rewards are waiting for you if you do it right.
We have 2 Cotons at home, a boy and a girl. Now I know for sure the more Cotons the Merrier. My Cotons are not related and very different; girl is younger then a boy – but she is the boss; she likes to say:”It’s mine!” and I have to correct it nicely to make sure they both get enough attention & love. They both very affectionate and sweet, they love each other & take care of each other when we are not home. It’s very important to keep them happy. I heard Cotons can easily get depressed, which might cause hair loss & health problems…We do not want that. I read somewhere that you should never scream or raise you voice in the presence of Coton, they are very sensitive & might develop stress related health problems. Keep them happy & healthy as much as you can & they will return your favor in no time.
I keep reading & learning about dogs in general & Cotons every day.I see that some people have problems with brushing/grooming but it's necessary to learn how to do it right from day one. I try to share my experience about grooming & more on this site, and I always learn something new as well.
Thank you Gale!
Best of Luck! Very excited for you!
Lana, Gio & Natasha

Nov 27, 2012
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Cotons
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Get involved in an agility grp in ur area since it is something u both can share & gives a release to ur pets as gettig out, fresh air & having fun.

Believe that by giving them a purpose it will cut down on anxiety & troublesome behavior even if your just at work. A tired set of happy dogs makes for a happy household & no destructive behavior. The 1st class is always a puppy class on learning basic obedience.

Besides fun for the dogs u will meet alot of great people. Enjoy ur new family & remember toys do not compare to exercise, learning different environmental noises & socialization skills.

Nov 27, 2012
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Pros and Cons
by: Sydney

I have a boy and a girl and there are definitely more pros than cons. They get along beautifully and they are just pure love and fun. The key is to make sure you give them both plenty of attention so there's no jealousy.

The one thing you have to be prepared for with 2 dogs (of any breed) is that it can be expensive. Twice as much if you have to board them or use doggy daycare. Twice as much in vet bills, food, toys, grooming, bedding, etc.

But twice the love is worth it for me. Good Luck!! I'm excited for you.

Nov 27, 2012
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Adopting brother and sister Cotons
by: Julissa (jsstar75)

I acutally think that is a great idea to get two, if you can't be home. I have a 8 month old male coton and before bringing him home I read as much as I could on dogs in general (since it was my first time) and on cotons...I kept reading that they were big on Seperation Anxiety. I work long and my children are in school and boy did my puppy HATE everytime I would leave. He would start cry as soon as he would see me getting dressed, till this date he HATES it and cries. I plan on getting a second one after the hoildays so that he has a buddy to play with during the day when we are not home...I have to wait till after the holidays because right now I can't afford to go with the same breeder. I would LOVE to adopt one but here in NY it's hard to find Cotons up for adoption. Good luck with your new babies:)

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Should I add a Coton de Tulear to my family?

by Tracy
(United States)

I have two Cavachons (mom is a bishon dad is the cavalier) & I was asked last night if I would be interested in adopting a pure bred female coton de tulear.

I'd never heard of the breed until last night - The dog is a 2 year old female she is very small 6-8lbs. She has had one litter of puppies & they all died - It was decided by the breeder that has her that she would be better as a house dog as opposed to a breeding dog.

The two dogs I have now are 2 years old & almost a year old - They are very friendly, loving dogs - I'm unsure of adopting a dog that is 2 years old & of having 3 dogs - We were raised with dogs & I am a dog lover - Any advice you can give me would be very much appreciate - Thank you so much - I look forward to hearing from you!

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Jun 10, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I had 2 older dogs when we adopted JR - Pepe our little boy (Toy Poodle) was 17 years young and Kuddles our Lhaso was 15 - when we adopted JR - he was between 4 and 5 years old. They were introduced in the yard and I didn't have any problems. We now have Kuddles 16 1/2, JR 5 and Little Boy a Maltese 2 - Little Boy isn't to happy with Kuddles but JR and Little Boy are like brothers. When we got Kuddles at 8 years old, we had Pepe and Filipa - two boys. We took them to meet her since she was coming from Kansas to Michigan. It was a disaster when they meet. We almost didn't adopt her. We took her home and from that time on they were fine. Good Luck - listen to the small voice inside. Usually a female and male will get along better - but that's not always the case. Like I said Jr and Little Boy are BEST buds.

Jun 10, 2011
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adopt or not?
by: Iris Miller

It is a blessing to save a life and adopt when you have the opportunity. But, not when you have serious doubt and end up regretting your decision. As you will find written here, among all the experiences related here, We Coton lovers under all circumstances love our Cotons and I have never seen a mention of regret.
Cotons are very intelligent, intuitive, independent minded, and a loving devoted companion. My3 year old Coton Tuffy has a very distinctive sense of humor, I swear he laughs and smiles, and he loves to play. If you decide to accept her into your "pack" so will your other dogs. I agree with other writer, the grooming is imperative because their hair gets matted(not fur, no shedding, no allergic dander) it must be combed and brushed. (keeping it in a puppy cut for summer is a go idea.) Best of luck to both you and the Coton.I hope some gets her save from being euthanized because of the loss of her pups. The thought makes me sick and angry at breeders . I hope she gets a loving home.
Love and blessings,
Iris and Tuffy

Jun 10, 2011
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3 dogs
by: Sherry

I got two female toy poodle pups (14 wks) last July and then a month later, a 14 week old female Coton. The obvious difference in my situation from yours is that they grew up together, they are all now just 13-14 months old. Cinderella (the Coton) was very unsure of us and though she loved to be petted and loved to play, she wouldn't go for tummy rubs and wouldn't sit on our laps for any great length of time. It took a very long time for her to trust us. The poodles were trusting sweet lap dogs from the beginning. But now Cindy is just as sweet and loving as any dog can be, and she is just a bit more mellow. She has turned into the mother of the group and we all just adore her. I just want to say that if you do decide to get the Coton, you will need to be extremely patient. They do take a while to really feel comfortable and trusting. She will come around though. Three dogs are a handful, but I love each one as if they were my kids! At least you won't have to potty train 3 at once! If it wasn't for my husband, I think I would get another Coton. They are wonderful. Good luck.

Jun 09, 2011
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Be fair to your other dogs
by: Libby

We adopted a 6 month old coton a few months ago. We took our Golden Retriever with us when we met the dog to make sure they were compatible. I knew our Golden would be fine as she is a real lover. They seemed to hit it off just great so we agreed to adopt the dog. However, the dog was very timid and spooky around us. It took me over two months to make up to the dog and to actually leave him off the lease, but now he is very loving towards me, but not so much my husband - so we still have a ways to go. It is a work in progress and with a lot of love and patience I'm sure my husband will eventually win him over as well. Make sure you bring your other dogs with you with you when you meet the coton to see how they mix. If they like each other I'm sure it will be a win win situation. Cotons are very sweet dogs, very intelligent and eager to please. Good luck.

Jun 09, 2011
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Adding a Coton to my 2 Cavachons
by: Tracy

Thank you all for your comments - This is such a hard decision - Unfortunately the breeder lives a good distance from where we live - He has emailed me several photo's but I will not be able to meet the dog - For those of you who do have 3 dogs - Was adding the 3rd dog to your family a big adjustment? The Coton I've been asked to consider adopting is 2 years old...not a puppy by any meant - She was bred once & all of her puppies died - I don't know why

Thank you for any comments or suggestions!

Jun 09, 2011
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Should I add a Coton de Tulear to my family?
by: Terry

First off how well do you know this breeder? This is extremely important so you know how the dog was treated. We have a very loving female Coton who loves to be with her family. I will say they are not fans of being alone. Extremely playful with bouts of endless energy. Our Coton gets along with other dogs that she meets and is extremely protective of her home. Everyone who who meets her loves her in an instant. Always happy and cuddly, never bites but I have heard that some give off some attitude at times but ours does not. Lots of grooming required to keep they're coat mat free. But for that you receive all the above. Tough decision for you as 2 is a lot and 3 will be a handful.

Jun 09, 2011
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I have a better idea! : )
by: Vivienne Vizzini

If you don't want her, I would LOVE to adopt her!!! : )
One of my clients has a Cavashon . . . I had the pleasure of photographing him and he was the BEST dog!! What a wonderful breed and so darn cute! Best Wishes to you in your decision! I have a photo of him on my blog. www.ViviennePhotography.com

Jun 09, 2011
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adopt the Coton
by: Dee

I say... there is no question, yes! Coton's are extrodinary dogs... very loving and friendly. Easy to train, they are very eager to please and from my experience thus far, love their fellow k9's... you will be glad you did. My Spanky is the best thing that has ever happend to me. The best dog i ever had! Can't imagine life without him. What a wonderful addition she would make to your k9 family!

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Should I get a 2nd Coton de Tulear?

by Sue
(NY)

I have a female Coton de Tulear that is 16 months old. My husband and I both work pretty long hours outside the home. We have 3 cats and a pet sitter comes in a few times a week, but I don't think it's enough company for her. My one youngest cat plays with her but cats also sleep so much.

Our breeder is having more pups this month, but already has 4 deposits so I may not be able to get one. Plus if the mother does have 5 pups, I would get last pick. She is breeding again on the fall and pups should be ready to go a year from now, next Jan. I could gave 1st pick then and maybe bring Jazzy to pick one out (although the breeder is a 5 hr drive from me).

Would a dog friend be better for her than cat friends? Should I try to get one now if there is one available or wait a year? I am conflicted because I think she could use the company now but do not really want them getting old and sick at the sane time, but the longer I wait she may get too used to being the only dog in the house.

I have 2 cats that are 13 and one is quite sick and the other is fine, so maybe I shouldn't worry about that.

Also, age old question: would it be better, as a general rule, to get a male ? She is a little bossy :). Or just bring her to the breeder and see who she bonds with?? Sorry for so many questions!

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May 19, 2011
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Pa breeder
by: Sue

She doesn't have a web site but if you google CTCA breeders you will find contact info. She is a very caring breeder and I highly recommend her. I do wish she had a web site though!!

May 19, 2011
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PA Breeders
by: Suzi

Hi. I noticed that you mentioned Pennys from Heaven as a breeder. I am unable to find the website. Do you know if she is still breeding? Or if there is another webiste address? Thanks! Good luck with your pups.

Apr 08, 2011
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Westbury dog walk
by: Fran

Sue, I hope to go on 4/16 also. I'll look for you. I don't know who else is going. I am going to check with Donna. She is the other girl I met on the Facebook Group. She went last year. That is so funny that your sister's name is Fran also.

Fran

Apr 08, 2011
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Westbury dog walk
by: Sue

I found the event..we are going to Pa breeder on Sunday 4/17 but I will go to Westbury 4/16. I hope to meet you there. By the way, speaking of names, my sister's name is Fran!!

Apr 08, 2011
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Coton Facebook page
by: Sue

yes, I am on facebook..I belong to the 'Coton Care' site..is that the one you mean? Let me know..also..if you go to Westbury you must live on LI? I do also..please email me..augiesma@aol.com. I would love to go the next time..

Apr 08, 2011
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2nd Puppy
by: Fran

Sue, I love it! I was going to get a male when I got Bella. The name I was thinking about then was Reilly. Being that I got a girl I changed it to Bella. I didn't see her before I got her except for pictures on the internet. We met the "breeder" in the city to pick her up. Very strange! Are you on Facebook? I belong to the Coton Facebook Group. A lot of the members write in with various subjects about their Cotons. I met some of the women at Dog Day in Old Westbury mansion last Oct.. They are having it again this month. I think there were 7 Cotons that came. It was a lot of fun seeing all the Cotons together. They all got along great.
Fran

Apr 08, 2011
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Name
by: Sue

Fran, that is hysterical! And I was going to name Jazzy Bella!!!

Apr 08, 2011
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2nd Pup
by: Fran

Sue, That is so funny! Giorgio is my first choice in a name also. Let me know how it goes. I have a while to wait until August.

Apr 08, 2011
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2nd pup
by: Sue

Fran, I am getting a male this time. I am nervous as well but I think in the long run it will really be good for her to have company. It's so confusing with the different breeder clubs. I got Jazzy from a CTCA breeder so I decided to do the same with this one. I think they may have some stricter breeding rules, which I like. Jazzy's breeder had gotten a new pup to breed but it failed one of the new CTCA required blood tests so she can't breed her. I am going to bring Jazzy next weekend to meet the pups in Pa. My husband isn't thrilled about a 3 hr drive just to visit but I want to see if she prefers one over the other. I was the last to give a deposit so it's not like I will have much of a choice, but I think it would be good to have them meet anyway! Today I am looking for a stuffed dog toy that has a heating pad and a heartbeat for when we bring the new pup home next month. We plan to name him Giorgio!

Apr 08, 2011
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Puppy Decision
by: Fran

That's great! I put a deposit down on a puppy from Just Incredible Cotons in NJ. Justine is just starting the breeding this month so the puppies won't be born until June and won't be ready to come home until August. I am scared to death but excited. You can keep me posted and let me know how it turns out with Jazzy. Are you getting a male or female?

Apr 06, 2011
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puppy decision
by: Sue

yes! I am getting a puppy next month from Penny's from Heaven breeder in Pa! I'm very excited, but also scared! I am going to bring my dog Jazzy for a visit next weekend and hope that she likes the pups and maybe picks one out that is still available!

Apr 06, 2011
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2nd Coton Puppy
by: Fran

Sorry I took so long to get back to you. It's been a busy month here. Did you get any fruther with your decision? The breeder I have been in touch with is Justine Romano at Just Incredible Cotons. She is located in Northern NJ.

Mar 14, 2011
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Breeders
by: Sue

NJ would be fine, but I am currently talking to Penny's from Heaven breeder, Carol Cassano. She has pups now, but I'm not sure yet of availabilty, as 4 out of 6 have deposits with 2 pending. If none are available, she is also mating her male with a breeder from NJ in May, so that is another possibility. Do you know the name of the breeder in NJ that you heard about? Thanks so much. I am very anxious and excited now to get Jazzy a friend!

Mar 14, 2011
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BREEDERS
by: Anonymous

Sue, I would not recommend the breeder I got Bella from because I found out later that she is a scam artist. I was lucky that it turned out okay for me but there are other people who had a lot of problems. She is in Binghamton, NY. At least she was when I dealt with her. Her name is Lisa Crocker. She went by the name of Anne. If you google Rip Off it tells all about her. If you join Facebook and the Coton De Tulear Facebook Group there are a lot of reputable breeders that are recommended there. I found one in NJ that I have been talking to. I don't know if you want to travel to NJ.
Fran

Mar 09, 2011
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A complication
by: Sue

My breeder's dog that she was planning to breed had blood tests and there is a problem with her liver test. She is going to retest in a few months, hoping that maybe she just snuck some food, causing the bad result. Fran, since you love your Coton so much, are you thinking of getting another from the same breeder? Where is that breeder? I am in NY, and I guess I am looking for another breeder within driving distance. Does anyone know anything about these liver tests? Is it possible this could go away, or even if it did, would this be a possible health issue that could crop up again?

Mar 08, 2011
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Going for it
by: Sue

We have decided to go for it. I know exactly how you feel. I had the same feeling that Jazzy is so good and I'm afraid the next one may not be, and I would also go for a male and I once had a hyper, crazy male Maltese. BUT, I think this breed is just so wonderful, and I think she will be happier with a doggy friend while we are at work. I have to wait until next Jan though :(

Mar 08, 2011
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Also Undecided
by: Fran

When i read this comment I thought it was me writing. I have an 18 month old female Coton (Bella) and have been kicking around getting another one for months. The breeder I have been in touch with had puppies available but I was a little late. They were all reserved. She said I could send a deposit and have first pick on the next litter. She is planning on puppies this summer. I just don't know if it's a good idea because Bella is so good and well adjusted. I'm afraid I might not get such a good one this time. I would get a male if I do get one. Am I asking for trouble?

Feb 22, 2011
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Still confused
by: Anonymous

The breeder had only 4 pups and all are spoken for. Still conflicted about waiting. Jazzy is a year and a half old now. What is the best age difference?? I want her to be young enough to enjoy the company and have a playmate, but I do worry about them getting old at the same time.

Feb 13, 2011
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The fates have decided!
by: Augiesma

The breeder only had 4 pups, so it's a moot point. All are spoken for. I think waiting will be best anyway. My 13 yr old sickly cat will most likely not be with us by then ( though we have been saying that for years!) which would make my husband feel more comfortable about the pet population! I have to admit 5 pets sounds a little scary!!

Jan 06, 2011
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still deciding
by: Sue

I live in NY....not too many breeders near me. Pups are expected next week so I will probably just wait to see how many she has. If it's 4 or less, I have to wait anyway...which may not be a bad thing. With a sick cat and one naughty cat, it is quite a handful right now. Jazzy plays a lot with naughty cat Bo, but lately during the night when Bo jumps on the bed she snarls and chases him. She doesn't do that to the other 2 cats. My previous dog did the same to this one cat, but this is also the one she lays the most with. Very peculiar. She is also a VERY picky eater. I started cooking for her but even so she doesn't like most of what I make for her! Other than that she is perfect! Ha! :-)

Jan 04, 2011
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Cotons are like potato chips, hard to have just one
by: Deb

I myself think that dogs love the company of their humans, and of other dogs. Not that they cannot be friends and good buddies with the cat, I have 5 dogs, 3 cats and they are all good with each other. I do think that dogs will run and play and chase things and wear off the boredom for each other. Makes them miss their humans less when they are away making the money to support the household.
As for getting a pup now vs waiting a year, I have never met a Coton that was not a friendly and fun, and I have know several all from different litters. Waiting till your breeder has another litter is fine if you WANT to wait, but I am sure that if you find a reputable breeder whos breeding practices are in line with your mindset, then you will get a fine puppy. And not just to plug my own beautiful Coton Babe; aka Niharts' Babygirl Snowbunny, but we will have a litter coming up in about 10 weeks and they are always wonderful puppies. She is just now in heat and we are planning, praying and watching for all things to come in line as they should. I am in Indiana, not sure where you are from, but you can email me if you want to talk about them. I only have one with a deposit on her so far, so lots of choices.
Best of Luck, Deb puppy.pals@frontier.com

Jan 04, 2011
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Decisions Decisions
by: Gale

I can tell you that Luc lives with just one cat and they're great buddies. I didn't really understand how much until last week when I had to board the cat for medical reasons. Luc really got quite lethargic and I thought maybe he was getting sick as well. It turned out he was just missing his cat. As soon as she came home he was his old self again.

I'm sure your dog would love to have a Coton companion. What you have to look at is what it's going to do to YOUR life. 2 dogs and 3 cats is a huge responsibility and can be hard to manage, - physically, emotionally, financially, especially if you're working long hours. But, if these things are not an issue for YOU, then go for it.

You may want to wait until the next litter, since you don't seem to be 100% sure right now. Why not wait until the decision is more clear - plus you and Jazzy will get to choose the pup. I think if you make your decision based on what's right for you and your dog instead of puppy availability, things will probably go smoother.

As far as male vs. female. I don't think you'll get a consensus. It's a personal choice. I have a male and love everything about him. I'm sure all the female Coton owners feel the same way about their dogs. From what I've read, there isn't really a huge difference in personality between the genders. There are "bossy" males as well as females; they all have their unique personalities.

Let us know what you decide.....

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Considering adding a 2nd Coton to the family

by CotonDon
(Marietta, Ga)

We have a precious 2yr old female and are considering adding another Coton to our family but have some questions we need help with before making the move.

Is it better to get another female or get a male ? Can anyone who has added another pup after a year or two give us some advice and share any problems they had to deal with after the addition of a new pup ?

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May 14, 2013
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by: Jules Mack

My male youngster was very sad and alone when we all left for work/school. So I decided to find him a girlfriend....not for breeding. It ended up that she had a sister so I took them both. My male was a year and a half and the girls were the same age when I brought them home. It was the BEST decision ever!! They are so happy and we call them the 3 Stooges. There is NEVER a dull moment around here and we LOVE EM!! :D

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by: Diane

We just got our 2nd almost 2 months ago. Another male. Best thing we ever did. Honestly the first month was hell. But now typical Coton learning fast. They live each other and doing fantastic. Feel free to visit their Facebook page Spanky Escobar.

May 14, 2013
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Second Coton
by: Barb (Alb)

I got my second Coton when my first one was about 13 years old. Both males. The older one looked over the new one. They got along great. If the pup got a little rough, the older one put him in his place.

May 14, 2013
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Adding a 2nd coton
by: Sandy

We added a second dog when my Coton Basil was about a year. We did not get another Coton since they are really hard to find up up but we got a small Teddy Bear (Male) (Bichon Schitu) mix. There get along splendidly, it is a lot of work, but they both went outside to potty at the same time and they walk together, they sleep in different rooms most nights. They entertain each other really well. i would say if you are going to get another get it now before the other one gets too old

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Should I get another Coton de Tulear?

by Judy
(United States)

Here is my problem. I have a wonderful (Don't we all) Coton de Tulear. Her name is Billie and the love of my life. We are so close that she goes everywhere with me. I am a bird breeder so I looked all over for a breed that would not eat my birds if they got loose. She is perfect and she also goes to bird shows with me.

I am thinking of getting another one but she and I are so close that I do not know how she would react to another dog every day in our home. I was wondering if doing a foster might me the way to go for us. Since I am retired, her hatred of being put in a kennel has lessened. She seems to understand that I am going to come back to her always.

What do you guys think about this? She was two years old in November and we have not had a night separated. How do you think she would react to another dog?

She is fine when other dogs come to visit and seems to take it in stride, but of course she still has my undivided attention. I want another coton because she is so wonderful that I think I would like to share her with another of her species and give her a playmate that is more her size. Right now she has my undivided attention and love and I do not want to change that but just want to add to the love and attention we both have.

Not sure if a foster would do the job for us or not but want some opinions.

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Feb 21, 2012
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Buddies
by: Anonymous

I have two dogs. One 12lb coton and then her "big" brother Matzah 130lbs Bernese mountain dog. They are best buddies and love each other very much! I travel with lulu our coton but not usually matzah, they've gotten used to that and the reunion upon return is amazing. I see many health benefits to two.

Feb 19, 2012
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Billie
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

When u say kennel do u mean u board her when u travel? Also fostering is good thing if u have the time, we always need more help. I believe she will be fine if u decide to bring another into ur house Coton's are very social.

I guess the real ques. is Can u afford another one? Will u no longer want to take Billie everywhere u go? Will u split the times each go with u to ur shows or to visit friends? Will u take both? I guess really make a pro con list as to how another may fit into ur life style.

If u are thinking Billie needs the playmate more then u need another one consider dog parks. Spending more time w/friends that have pets where they can socialize together. Good luck in whatever u decide. Let us know when u decide.




Feb 18, 2012
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another coton?
by: Laura

We got our second Coton when our first was 6 mos. old. We were hesitant, but they immediately played together and have been sisters ever since. I would never have one dog again, in fact, we are thinking about a third. Liz is now 9 yrs. old. Do it.

Feb 18, 2012
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Another coton?
by: Melanie

I would definitely get another one. I was the same way with our first one, Henri. I am a stay-at-home Mom and was with him most hours of the days tagging along at my ankles, and riding in the car when I could take him anywhere....and THEN sleeping with us at night.
Then I brought home a girl coton, Holli (his cousin). They are such a great duo. They play together and bathe together and sleep with us together and are cohorts in crime. If one is outside, he or she stops and goes back inside for the other one. They are each others best friend, even though they have a disagreement every now and again. It also makes me feel better that they have each other for company when they have to stay home.
I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Advise on adding a second Coton to the family

by Sydney's Mom
(Canada)

I have a fixed female Coton, Sydney, that is turning 3 in September. I am considering adding a 2nd Coton to the family and am going to visit a 3 month old boy Coton. Sydney is very attached to me and shows a lot of jealousy when other dogs we meet while walking come around to say hi. She also guards her food. Can anyone offer suggestions about how to address these issues and ensure an easy integration. Any advise or stories about getting 2nd Coton would be really appreciated.

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Aug 05, 2014
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by: sherry cotton candie

Hi Sydney's mom. Just wondering if you ever found a second coton or if you went back and looked again at the skittish 3 yr. old. You mentioned you could not quit thinking of her.

We rescued a 4 yr. old female a couple years ago and she was beyond skittish. Just terrified of us and everything else, but our 2 yr. old coton took to her and finally we were able (with cottons help) to win her over. She is such a joy, and certainly worth all the problems we had getting to this point.

I think regardless of a puppy or adult any new dog will be a good companion to your Sydney. There will be jealousy for sure, the new dog will learn who is the boss and it will always be Sydney.

If your heart isn't set on a puppy maybe giving the 3 yr. old would be a great way to give her a good and loving home. I know you could gain her trust and they would be the same age.

Good luck and could you let us know what you decide?

Jul 23, 2014
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I've always believed dogs r not full grown until 3. Even after that they r good learners. When they r skidish you can use the dog park (little dog side) start w/little ones that r mellow & repetition of walks, play & stability of socialization of the world. This is where walks come in so they become use to the noises of the world ie buses, cars, dogs barking etc

Sounds like you have the other magic to make it work love & kindness.


Jul 19, 2014
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by: Sydney's mom

We are still a one Coton home. The puppy we were looking at sold before we went to visit. We did go see a breeder who was finding homes for some retired gals. She also had a nervous 3yr old rescue she really wanted us to take. The poor pup was so skittish. Not sure it was right for us but I can't stop thinking about her ......

Jul 19, 2014
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by: Vicky & Jonah

Since I am a little late on posting I'm assuming you have already gotten your second one. I'm am just wondering how all is going & if yours fears have had a way of correcting themselves.

Let's us know how things are going. Good luck

Jul 11, 2014
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by: Libby

Be sure to bring you 3 year old with you when you meet the new one. Let them spend some time together at that place and also have a play date at your home in the surroundings the new one will have to get used to. Be prepared for some rivalry in the beginning, but with a lot of love and patience I'm sure it will all work out. Good luck.

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by: Heloisa

I can't give you any advice on how to present your second Coton to the family, but I can tell you our story: my male coton, called Weezer, was 3 years old when we decided to have another coton, that would be a female (it was an adoption).

Weezer, although very friendly with other dogs, is very attached to the family, specially me, and goes wherever I go. He is not very possessive with his things, but at that time he was very used to be the owner of the house, having all our attention to himself.

She was about 5 months old when we broght Pixie in, and Weezer at first pretended he wasn't aware of her presence (but only when we were around. When he thought they were alone he would sniff her, push her, sit on her and even pee on her - not an agressive behaviour, but just to show her he was the leader of their little pack). She was very shy and afraid of everything and everybody in the house except for him, so she started to follow him around. Little by little they started to get along and now, almost 3 years later, they are absolutly unseparable: he cries outside the bathroom when we are giving her a bath (we clean them separetly, otherwise they make a mess!), she sleeps by his side, they are always togheter.

When she was 6 months old we got her fixed and, while she was recovering from the surgery he stayed by her side all day, just laying beside her little bed paying attention to her every little move, as if he was taking care of her (by that time we were calling him nurse Weezer.

Now they are as happy as can be, she is not afraid of people anymore. The only problem is that ever since Pixie arrived home Weezer started peeing everywhere - and I mean everywhere in and outside the house. Every corner she sits, he pees in it. If she is laying down in the yard, he pees in that spot when she decides to go elsewhere. The vet says it's because he is a male and not neutered.

Hope our story helps you in some way :)

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A friend for our coton de tulear?

by Catherine McKendrick
(Aberdeen, Scotland)

We have had our coton de tulear for almost 4 years now since she was a puppy. We are a big family of 7 but she is very attached to my mum in particular and gets awfully upset when she isn't with her. We were wondering if bringing another dog into the family would be a good idea so that our coton, Brodie, doesn't get so upset and lonely when there isn't a human around to keep her company.

Should we get another coton de tulear or is there a different breed of dog that cotons get on well with? Any help or similar experiences would be appreciated :)

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Jun 29, 2011
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by: Iris Miller

I agree with all of the statements posted here on this comment. That is the nature of my dog too. Territorial, oh yes, Tuffy owns the world and is the boss of everyone in it (so he thinks). I call him nosy neighbor, when we go out he sometimes forgets "his business" because he is so busy minding everybody else's (business).He also has separation anxiety, being so sociable, he can't understand why he would not be welcomed everywhere and has to wait at home.He is like a forlorn little child when I leave and a crazy monster when I return, how dare I leave him? He is also quite verbal. Many times I wondered the same, would a companion dog for my companion dog make a difference? Tuffy and I are strongly attached and he is very protective of me, especially towards strangers and other dogs, and especially large dogs. There is of course the cost of owning and maintaining a second Coton. Which would be prohibitive for me. I find it easier to take him to visit the neighbor's two little toy poodles. He races around the yard with the younger one, the older one guards his mom and his territory. After a while they tend to al ignore Tuffy and each other. Tuffy is ultra playful, no person or animal can keep up with him.He loves to run, chase, be chased, play tug of war and wrestle. Also, the longer the walk, the better.To be honest, he is all the exercise I can take!

Jun 28, 2011
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Friend for a Coton
by: Deborah

We have two males...they are half brothers. Finnegan (3yrs old) was indignant when we went back to our breeder for another puppy. We brought O"Reilly (2yrs old) home and Finnegan took some time bonding w/his brother....Finn and I have been quite close...they both are jealous of one another when it comes to me. They love other Cotons and small dogs...NOT BIG ones... I never thought I would be a person to own two dogs but; I came to love this breed so much...I HAD to have another. I agree w/the one who said they will play and get on w/each other...but; they are COMPANIONS and as such no one will replace their "person".... Good luck!

Jun 28, 2011
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My Trilly
by: Allevamento della Proveda

she's simply wonderfull

Jun 28, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I have been a breeder of this wonderful dog breed for over 7 years and have come to realize that they are very territorial, and do get along with all breeds, as long as they think they are in charge lol. they also suffer from separation anxiety, thats why she most likely cry's and yelps when the person leaves, but really gets excited when she returns. another dog will keep her occupied, but I doubt it will help her anxiety.

Jun 28, 2011
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Getting another dog
by: Anonymous

I have a 6 mo old coton and she get's along with any type of dog. She also like to play with any size dog. When I first got her at 10 weeks old I signed her up for puppy class. This made her be around other dogs one day a week. After, the class was over I started taking to the dog park one day a week. She has also spent weekends with my sister 7 year old yorkie. She just lives to play with other dogs. I think it would be a great for your coton to have a playmate. That is if your dog like other dogs as much as mine.

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should my cotton have a companion pup

by Marcy Nangle
(Centerville, Ohio)

Daisy is 3.5 years old and I have the opportunity to buy a pup coton that is a half neice(is there really such a thing) of hers. Even though we are home with her most of the time, I feel she wants to play more than we have time. We walk her almost everyday for about 30 minutes and throw toys type playing. I wonder if we got another cotton, would they play a lot, ignore one another most of the time, would she be jealous and hurt by the attention the other cotton gets. Hate to make the decision and regret. Any comments would be welcome. thanks Marcy

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Jan 26, 2015
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I think it is always nice when u have the time & resources to have a companion for any dog. Your 3 yr old is young & likely to enjoy it thoroughly.

Just remember to maintain the peace in the house by maintaining that the oldest gets everything first. Food down 1st, treats as the pup learns to sit & wait for his second, when they come for attention together the oldest pet 1st even though they using each get one of your side's.

By starting this u r teaching the young to respect the old & less likely to have jealously. If either decide to growl at the other for any reason including 3 yr old, a sharp Aw Aw or no.

Make sure you also give the 3 yr old a chance to rest during the day per there nap routine without bouncing puppy interruption if needed. Basically the 3 yr old is just like us when we need some peace & quiet to rejuvenate yourself.

When they play sit back & enjoy the comedy as with 2 their will be many enjoyable & loving moment's. Camera ready for all the great pics.

Congratulations on your new Coton pup if you decide.

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by: Anonymous

We have 2 boys - Maltese and Cotton. They play even though they are approx. 6 and 9 years old. They have been together for approx. 4 years. Of course there will be a dominant male. I think it's better to have one female and one male - but whatever you decide. It's always better to have two then one for companionship. Good Luck

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