As a neophyte dog owner, I am seeking to share my life with a coton de tulear. In doing thorough research beforehand, I am reading that there is a difference between purebreds: **Cotons versus other geographic areas of breeding. What are the differences and how can I distinguish one from the other? Should papers from the breeder be sufficient qualification? Prices seem to vary markedly from one state to another; is that necessarily a telltale sign?
Any advice at all is much appreciated.
Specific kennel names are not permitted. However you can visit Coton de Tulear Club of America and they should be able to refer you to reputable breeders.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 6/17/2010 3:00:02 AM*** Reason: removed kennel name
a true pure bred coton is a registared dog. I am not sure if they are AKC yet or not, but that would be your first indication.
If you are serious about purchasing a well bred coton, I would suggest visiting the coton club. If you google it, there is one, if not several. I show with several coton breeders, some nice top champion dogs in the rare breed world.
A good club will have a list of breeders who belive in the clubs code of ethics, and correct breeding. Talk to several different breeders, find out what is a normal price, what health testing is done, what kind of guarentee you get, etc. Keep in mind, every pup is cute, getting a pup from a good breeder with provide you years of enjoyment. Getting a pup from a crappy breeder could lead to years of heartache.