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Where in the Rocky Mountains do you live?
We are in Morrison, Colorado.   That is just west of Denver in the foothills.

Do the puppies keep their color as adults?
Yes, the black and white puppies hardly fade at all.  The tri-color puppies fade just a little,  from dark brown to a beautiful carmel brown.

What is the difference between male and female puppies/adults in temperament?
Some people think that males are slightly more affectionate.  However, in our opinion all of our puppies are unique and have very individual temperaments or “puppy”alities as my daughter calls it!  The Coton de Tulear is a lovable breed and was originally bred to be a companion dog, so male and female are all very cuddly and snuggly.

When and how do I choose my puppy?
Families that have reserved a puppy will choose their puppy, with our help, at about five to six weeks.  We ask that all families tell us their top three choices in the puppies that are available.   Then we match up the right puppy with each family based on the temperament of each puppy and the temperament, gender, and size that each family has requested.  We wait that long so that we know which puppies are tall cotons and what their temperaments are like.

When do you know if you have a tall coton in your litters?
We know which of the puppies in a litter are going to be a tall coton, when the puppies are about four or five weeks old.  We usually have one or two tall cotons in every litter.

Do you have references?
Yes, please ask us!

What is involved in grooming a coton?
We brush our dogs about every other week.  We brush through their body and their legs and it takes about 20 minutes.  Occasionally, we clip around their eyes so that they can see clearly and so that we can see their beautiful eyes.  We recommend that new puppy owners groom their puppy because it is good bonding.  The photos of our dogs on the Parents page are groomed by us.  An adult coton will look like our dogs if brushed every other week or so.  We find grooming our dogs relatively easy and satisfying.   We recommend Burt’s Bees Hydrating Conditioner with Coconut Oil for dogs that have slightly curlier hair. 

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Do you have a health guarantee?
Yes, we give a two-year health guarantee.

Will my puppy see a veterinarian before he or she comes home to me?
Yes, your puppy will have a physical examination with our veterinarian, your puppy will have their first set of shots, and a dewormer.

Do your puppies have registration papers?
Yes, your puppy will be registered with the Madagascar Coton de Tulear Club of America.  We send in the registration papers and fees for each litter and then the mCTCA will send you the pedigree for your puppy.  The mCTCA usually takes about a year to get the pedigrees sent to new owners.

What is the size of an adult coton?
An adult standard coton weighs approximately 11 to 13 pounds and is about 11 inches at the withers (shoulders).  An adult tall coton weighs about 13 to 17 pounds and is 15 to 18 inches at the withers.

When do I take my puppy home?
The best time for bonding with your new puppy is about nine weeks.  Here are some instructions. Puppy Training Instructions and more about The Development of Coton de Tulear Puppies. Sample Contract.  When the puppies go to their new homes we give the new families a toy, sample of the food we like, blanket with the scent of their parents and litter mates, a puppy schedule and training tips, contract, and chew toys.  You may also want to read this paper that our older daughter wrote about raising puppies!  We recommend a soft rubber water bottle for the first few nights in your puppy’s kennel to give the illusion of a litter mate…like this one

HomeTop Premium Classic Rubber Hot or Cold Water Bottle with Soft Fleece Cover, 2 Liters

HomeTop Premium Classic Rubber Hot or Cold Water Bottle with Soft Fleece Cover (2 Liters, Purple / Gray Polka Dot)

Also to start out on the right paw with your puppy…you’ll need:

  • Collar & leash, consider a harness for the first few months
  • Crate/Kennel and containment to a small section of the house
  • Dog bed
  • Food and water bowls
  • Food, treats
  • Grooming supplies – not needed for several months, but you can start using the brushes just to get your puppy used to it
  • Identification
  • Toys
  • Training treats, use sparingly

Do any of your puppies have their own Facebook  or Instagram pages, or have any of your puppies ever been on T.V.?
Yes, they do!  Try looking for 

However, this is not actually a Frequently Asked Question!!

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