|I see you've discovered this beautiful little Coton dog from Madagascar. Isn't it exciting? We just couldn't believe our eyes when we first discovered this little companion dog by accident while surfing the web one day. That was it! Renaissance Cotons was born. Hence the name, Renaissance (as noun a renaissance), a revival of or renewed interest in something: a rebirth.
We have been providing beautiful and healthy Coton de Tulear puppies to wonderful families for many years now. We do not ship our puppies. You are required to come here to Orange, CT to pick up your puppy in person.
As the story goes, this very elegant little ball of fluff came to be in the 15th century. The Cotons were taken aboard ships for companionship and also proved to be great ratters. Supposedly, during a very violent storm, the ship sank leaving no survivors. The sturdy little Coton swam ashore to the Port of Tulear and began living in the wild until they were domesticated, trained, and loved by the natives there.
The Coton de Tulear was brought to France and later recognized by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) as a rare breed. Shortly afterwards the Coton came to America. For a more in depth history of the Coton de Tulear, please visit The Coton de Tulear Breeders of Excellence history page.
The Coton de Tulear is now in the Miscellaneous Class of the AKC.
After much argument from the Coton breeders and many of the Coton Clubs, the breed will most likely be fully recognized by the AKC in 2014.
Although the Coton de Tulear is not plagued with a lot of health issues, it's important that the breeder you choose be a Code of Ethics breeder and does all the required health testing.
We at Renaissance Cotons do not breed a litter unless we have secured a few homes prior to the breeding. Our Coton puppies are sold before they are born. We usually have 4 litters a year. Beware of breeders who are breeding litter after litter and are not securing homes beforehand. The problem with that is when they have older puppies that haven't been sold, there is no way they can properly socialize them. It's impossible. The Coton must be socialized to be the wonderful little dog that you have read about. Owning a Coton is a life long commitment. Socializing your Coton will ensure that you will have a wonderful companion and a dog that you will live in harmony with as a member of your family for many years to come. Coton de Tulear breeders that truly care about the breed and it's future may have a waiting list, but it's worth the wait!!
Cotons de Tulear don't shed and are hypoallergenic, but they need to be groomed on a daily basis. If you take 10-15 minutes a day, you'll maintain their beautiful cottony coat. Some people do like to keep their pup in a puppy cut and that is OK too. We at Renaissance Cotons do keep all of our dogs in full coat so you can see their true beauty. It isn't an easy task and many hours each week are spent bathing and brushing and combing. The upside is that they can all get their one on one attention and they really enjoy having their beauty treatment. Our young dogs are bathed once a week. It helps greatly with the matting stage they go through. The other dogs are bathed every 2 to 3 weeks depending on their coat. For more information on grooming, check out the "Coton de Tulear Breeders of Excellence" website. We have a great article on grooming and a lot of other useful information.
We do list all of our dogs on our website and have recently started listing our retired dogs under the "Retired" section on the bottom of both the girls and the boys pages. We think it's nice to be able to see the grandparents and great grandparents. Believe it or not, a lot of breeders are not listing all of their dogs and litters on their websites. We really can't understand why they wouldn't.
The Coton de Tulear is a companion dog, so if you are out of the house for many hours during the day, the Coton de Tulear is not the dog for you.
That being said, you can now enter into The Wonderful World of Cotons.
For the most recent information, please visit our blog.
We are proud members and "Code of Ethics"
breeders with the North American Coton Association.
STOP!!! Before you purchase a Coton de Tulear puppy, please visit the Cotons Against Puppy Mills website that myself and another breeder created, in the hopes that we can even save one family from experiencing the horrors of buying a Coton de Tulear puppy from a puppy mill. There you will learn about where that cute little Coton puppy in the pet store came from. You will also learn about puppy mills and the pain and suffering these poor animals must endure just so you can buy your puppy from the pet store. Do your homework! Don't get caught up in that trap. You will most likely be very disappointed when your "maybe" full bred Coton de Tulear isn't anything like what you've read about. If you have children, be very careful because these puppies were never socialized and never experienced the warmth of being cuddled in the arms of a human. The health of your new family addition can end up being a real nightmare as well. If your new puppy ends up being sick, you'll have to explain that to your children.
Learn about how to choose a Responsible Coton de Tulear breeder instead of falling prey to a Backyard breeder. Be informed! It's your responsibility. You can stop the suffering of dogs in puppy mills by simply "never" buying a puppy from a pet store or puppy mill. Then hurry back here so you can find out how to add a healthy and beautiful Renaissance Coton Puppy to your family