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Can anyone tell me about them? What are their temperaments? Exercise needs? Grooming needs? Get along with other animals?? I know someone on here has one but can't remember the username. it will be at-least 3-4 years before my next dog but I am looking at small dogs. I have seen the Coton pop up a lot and I am starting to like them. Does anyone have pictures of theirs? From puppy to adult that they wouldn't mind sharing?
 

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I'm going to expose my ignorance, unless Spirit shows up :)

A Coton is similar to a Bichon with a different textured coat. An I consider a Bichon to be somewhat similar to a small-economy-sized Lab in personality and training (except house-training(?) :)
 

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Doesn't KB Lover (sorry if I have the user name wrong) have one too? If I'm right about his breed, that would be Wally.

I met an amazing Coton years back when I lived in Finland. A total sweetheart and I was in love within minutes. I would love to own such a dog.
 

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Whoa, thanks Avie and everyone else! And Noz--I'm a female. :)

momtolabs--what exactly do you want to know about them? They're great dogs with great personalities! They're like a big dog in a small package, literally! They're very smart too, Luke knows the back way to where we walk; I would rate their intelligence in the top 10 smartest dogs ever.

Exercise--make sure they have playtime and walks. They like to play indoors more, but can play outdoors. They're mostly indoor dogs as the weather can affect them. Since they have a single coat, the weather gets to them more. They can only stay outside for 20min in the winter because of frostbite, and even less in the heat. Some websites say they can run along side a horse, I don't think that's true unless you really train them. Luke can go for around an hour a walk, tops. They love, love, love to play!!

Grooming--once a month you want to bathe them. If you do it more, they'll shed more. They barely shed (are considered hypoallergenic), you could be wearing a black shirt, pick up a Coton, and get nothing on you. But if you brush them out (which you should do every day or every other day) they shed, especially in the tail. Their fur mats easily, so try to get it quick. We do the puppy cut on Luke and it's soo much easier to groom him that way.

Get along with other animals--yes, they do! People and animals they love, of course you have to socialize them. Luke tends to be jealous near any dog I find adorable, even if I'm talking to a horse owner, he's "I'm your number one! Get away from that big animal!" Lol. They also tend to beg, you will never see a beggar unless you meet a Coton--they can stare at you for hours! And they love to be near you; I always wanted to have a dog follow me everywhere, well...Luke does.

Does anyone have pictures of theirs?
^I have pictures of Luke, but I only know how to do it via e-mail. Sorry, I could do it then if you wanted.

The only down side to this breed are two things: 1) The price. Unless you can find a breeder that brings down the price or they're from a rescue center and 2) They're stubborn!!! Oh man are they stubborn.
 

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Thanks for answering my questions!! What I mean for exercise is if the weather is permitting will they enjoy going for a 1 hour or more walk(if conditioned for it of course?) Will they want to interact with your other dogs and play with them? How big is their prey drive?? I plan on always having a ferret(one of my reasons a little dog is so limited to breeds). Is it better to keep the puppy cut on them? Would it be okay to have them grow up in a home that plans on having a GSD and a lab in it?
 

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momtolabs--you are welcome!! I think if you train them to walk for more than an hour they could do it. I'm content with 45min to an hour, so that's what Luke is used to and does. But many sites say they can do trail runs with horses, so if you train them right, I see no reason why they can't do it. They do get hot easily, in this summer heat (it was 97 today), we did 5-10min walks tops. In the winter, they act as if they're not cold, but since they have a single coat you don't want them staying out too long. They love to hop in the snow too, and get ready to really dry them off them too! Even in rain, since they're low to the ground, they get soaked easily. But a hair dryer is the next best thing!

I don't have other dogs with me, only Luke. But he loves big and small dogs, unless they challenge him, then he answers. Which is pretty dumb sometimes as it could be a Boxer or Ridgeback mix that's challenging him. But yeah, he looks for his friends and what Luke does (I'm not sure if every Coton is like this) is he stops and waits for the other dog to come to him. I guess he's seeing if they're friend or foe. Yes, he will play with them. He loves to play with Belle, his choc. Lab friend. Then Jack, a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix. Then others; they're really fast too!

They do have a prey drive. Since their ancestors had to hunt for food, they will chase after: birds, squirrels, rabbits, cats. Luke will actually go into hunting mode and we did not teach him this. He'll go really slow and move one paw at a time, and then boom...he chases after them. Until I call him back (well he's still leashed, I'm just running behind him). But whenever he sees them, he always wants to give chase. I guess it could be trained out of them if you tried.

I think it's easier to keep the puppy cut on them. He used to have that show dog hair (they have hair, not fur) and it was as hard to brush, keep clean, and to me he didn't look as cute as he does now. With a puppy cut, I think it seems cooler for them too when walking. Because even if they walk in nice weather, just picture wearing a coton coat, that's how it's like with them. It mats sooo quickly, all of the sudden it's like, "What? I just brushed him and he has a mat already!" So you really need to keep that up.

I think as long as you socialize your Coton with the GSD and Lab, he'll be fine with them. They're great with dogs and people and they're great watchdogs. They'll bark at a sound or if someone is coming near you that looks suspicious. But they're not known to be yappers and if they do bark a lot, you can just grab their attention with a toy. When you train one, since they're so smart, I wouldn't always use treats. Luke wouldn't do a command unless I gave him a treat as he started to associate treats with commands, so do both praise and treats. They train easily, the only problem I had was potty training, but he's my first dog, so it could've been because I was inexperienced.

They're very loving. They like to play rough too, but will defend themselves if another dog is getting too rough. As for Luke, he's not afraid. He has a healthy fear of what and what not to approach, but he walks as if he's not afraid and they also walk as if they're a bigger dog. So you don't feel as if you're walking this little fro-fro dog, you know. Oh yes, they love to shower you with kisses! I'm not joking...they will shower you with kisses. They're known to jump high and walk on their hind legs and do funny stuff to make you laugh. I always wanted a dog who would point and cock his head, I mean who gets that in one dog?...with a Coton...you do! They're great, they just love to make you laugh and to be with you. And I swear Luke knows what I'm saying to him. :)
 

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Not to double post or anything, but I just thought of something. A good read is this book; there are a few things in there that one'd be like, "What?" But I'm guessing that's with all dog breed books. Anyway this is it: http://www.amazon.com/Coton-Tulear-Comprehensive-Owners-Guide/dp/B007MXO8OM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1342611375&sr=1-1&keywords=coton+de+tulear+books

It's a really good book for people looking to get a Coton. And it's pronounced (as I had to practice on it too): Co (rhymes with bo)-ton (kind of stretch the O), dee, Tool-lee-air (some people say "are", but it's like Sam-oy-ed and Sam-e-ed, both are correct pronunciations.) But for short, they're known as the Coton. And they definitely spiced up their website last I saw it, here's the breeder we got Luke from: http://www.youngatheartcotons.com/ Besides the cost, they are very good breeders.
 

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Ok, this is weird. Just looked up Coton de Tulear and realized my dog looks exactly like a coton, white with tan on the end of the ears and a patch on the back. I always thought he was a mix of shih tzu and poodle. Hmm.
 

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Once again thanks!! I really like this breed but I like the others on my list too, glad I have a few years before I decide :D
 

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Hi All! I am in LOVE with this breed and I want so badly to adopt one and to make this work. BUT I want to make sure that this breed will be okay given my schedule. So here's my situation-- for about the first two months that I have the puppy I will not be working and will be free to dedicate most of my time. After that, when the puppy is around 4 months old, I will be working 10-11 hour days. But bear with me here, I will be working very very close and can come back most days during lunch to be with the dog. Also, I plan on having a dog walker or doing doggy day care or a combination of the two every day that I'm at work, so I anticipate that the dog wouldn't be alone for more than 2-3 hours at a time (and yes, I know the costs and am financially prepared to accept that). Finally, my family lives fairly close and would be willing to help out in emergencies or just to stop by. Do you think that given all of these factors I could own one of these dogs or should I look elsewhere?
Please start a thread of your own to ask these questions, rather than hijacking thus thread. Thanks.
 

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Ok, this is weird. Just looked up Coton de Tulear and realized my dog looks exactly like a coton, white with tan on the end of the ears and a patch on the back. I always thought he was a mix of shih tzu and poodle. Hmm.
People sometimes ask me if the fluffy white dog in my avatar, Baxter, is a Coton. On his chip, I have him as a Coton just because he fits the description so well. For agility, I have him as "all American". He is probably a maltipoo or some other poo mix. So many of these poo mixes look alike.
 
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