Why a COE Breeder

Why You Should Buy a Coton From a USACTC COE Breeder

With the purchase of my first Coton Puppy, I did not investigate “Where does that Puppy in the Window Come From?” I did a lot of research on the internet of where to find a Coton, but did not realize the importance of learning where NOT to purchase a Coton.

I just could not wait to get my hands on my very own Coton. I did buy from a Code Of Ethics Breeder. Thankfully, I did purchase a wonderful pet with no health problems, but I was scared silly. I was constantly asking myself am I doing the right thing buying a puppy from someone off the internet? The only thing that got me through the sale was the knowledge that this person was a USACTC Code Of Ethics Breeder.

Years have passed since my first purchase of a Coton. I have done many hours of research, and find that there are a lot of people, not Code of Ethics breeders, that are just there to take your money. They do not guarantee the health of the puppies, and many do not take the time, money or the effort to health test their dogs, or even spend quality time with the adult dogs, much less spending any time socializing the puppies.

In an effort to assist those looking for a wonderful companion, I have tried to put together helpful information for “You, the Potential Coton de Tulear Owner”. Please be sure to read the downside of buying from a puppy mill.

Ruth Weidrick

A USACTC Code of Ethics Breeder’s goal is to produce a superb, physically sound puppy. This puppy should exhibit no clinical signs of illness, no structural problems, and exhibit excellent temperment. Ultimately, the Breeder strives for a puppy to mature into an adult that will reflect the AKC Breed Standard for the Coton de Tulear.

What does this mean to you?

Breed Welfare Code of Ethics Breeders carefully select their breeding stock from bloodlines that often have champions in the pedigree, are health tested and have no history of clinical signs of illness, structural abnormalities or temperament defects.

Health Testing
Coton de Tulear adult health screenings are recommended by CHIC to use as tool to make educated breeding decisions.  Click on CHIC to view their breed health test guidelines. 

Breed Welfare Code of Ethics Breeders take high pride in their Coton puppies and dogs. Puppies and their parents live in the breeder’s home, not in a kennel environment; never locked in a cage without love and socialization. Code of Ethics Breeders commit to ensuring their puppies have crucial early socialization in order to help the puppy properly develop. They are available to assist their new puppy buyers with questions or concerns regarding their new family members.  

Breed Welfare Code of Ethics Breeders place their Coton puppies with owners whose lifestyles can meet the needs of this companion breed.  In most cases, the prospective buyer must complete a screening questionnaire and/or go through an interview with the breeder. 

Breed Welfare Code of Ethics Breeders have a lifetime commitment to each of the puppies they sell. They are agreeable to continued contact with each new family, welcoming photos and enjoying stories.  If circumstances arise in which the puppy/dog must be re-homed, most require it is with their assistance and knowledge. Companion puppies are sold under a spay/ neuter contract, with the goals of protecting the individual dog’s health and the breed’s future, by only allowing extraordinary specimens to be bred. 

Breed Welfare Code of Ethics Breeders give up personal time to volunteer for the breed and club, in addition to the time they spend with their own personal dogs. 

Breed Welfare Code of Ethics Breeders are involved with their Cotons. They often attend Conformation shows and compete with their home bred dogs in order to obtain unbiased professional opinions. Some also choose to participate in Agility, Obedience, Therapy, Freestyle Dancing, etc.