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 breeds only to produce the best physically sound puppy. This puppy should exhibit no clinical signs of illness, no structural problems, and exhibit excellent temperaments. This puppy will mature into an adult that will reflect the FCI breed standard for the Coton de Tulear.

What does this mean to you?

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 temperamental defects.

Breeders are strongly encouraged by USACTC to perform health screening on breeding stock that includes but not limited to:

  • Patellar evaluation
  • Dilated eye exams by a certified veterinary ophthalmologist
  • Radiographs of all major joints such as the hips and elbows
  • Cardiac evaluations
  • Thyroid screening
  • Full Blood Chemistry

A Code Of Ethics Breeder takes extreme pride in their puppies and dogs – puppies and their parents live in the breeders home, not in a kennel environment; never locked in a cage without love and socialization. A Code of Ethics Breeder commits to ensuring that their puppies have crucial early socialization in order to help the puppy properly develop. They are there to assist the new puppy buyer with any question or concern regarding their new family member. 

A Code Of Ethics Breeder places their puppies with only the best possible families. In most cases, the potential buyer must complete a screening questionnaire and/or go through an interview with the breeder.

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.  Most require that if circumstances arise in which the puppy/dog must be re-homed, it is with their assistance. Companion puppies are sold under a spay or neuter contract with the goals of protecting the individual dogs health and the breed’s future by only allowing the best possible specimens to be bred.

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.

Code Of Ethics Breeders take time with prospective puppy buyers to help educate them on the importance of buying from a reputable breeder who does health testing and genetic research into the bloodlines of their breeding stock.  Oftentimes you may hear them say “You may buy a dog cheaper, but you may pay more for the discount dog in the long run in visits to the vet with ongoing health problems”. The first few vet visits for a sick discount puppy  could involve blood work(s) that will exceed the purchase price of the discount puppy.  One thing puppy mills and pet stores count on is that after the sale when you take your sweet puppy home, you are willing to keep this sick puppy and pay the vet bills in order to prevent it from going back to the “breeder”.  The seller many times will guarantee the puppy by saying, “they will replace the sick puppy”. Stop for a moment and ask yourself, would you want another sick puppy from this person?

Code of Ethics Breeders commit themselves to a higher standard of breeding by only breeding the best quality, health tested individuals. While emotionally difficult, a Code of Ethics breeder always places the health of the breed over their personal emotions. Code of Ethics breeders often make the difficult decision to remove a treasured dog from the breeding program because it failed a health screening even if it exhibits no signs of any problems.

Code Of Ethics Breeders breed to preserve the best qualities of the breed, always trying to breed the “perfect dogs”. Keeping the best interests of the breed in mind, as opposed to lining their pockets with profits off the backs of their dogs, is what drives the Code of Ethics breeder.

Code Of Ethics Breeders have a passion to learn as much about the Coton de Tulear as possible, not “in one day” and out the next”. They are in the breed for the long haul.

Code Of Ethics Breeders show and compete with their home bred dogs in order to obtain unbiased professional opinions on their dogs and have opportunities to see them compared to dogs from other kennels. Some also choose to participate in agility, obedience, therapy, doggie dancing, etc. A Code of Ethics breeder is involved with their dogs.

Buyers, before you commit to purchasing a puppy, you should ask yourself  if you are ready for the responsibilities of Coton ownership. We have prepared several articles foe you to review. You can access them by clicking here.

Questions to Ask Breeders when looking for your Puppy

  1. Why do you breed dogs?
  2. How did you choose the Coton?
  3. What got you started in breeding?
  4. How long have you been involved with Cotons?
  5. How do you keep yourself educated and informed as a breeder?
  6. Do you show your dogs in conformation or obedience:
  7. Are you active in any competitive or social activities with your Cotons other than breeding?
  8. Do you require companion dogs to be neutered or spayed?
  9. What kind of guarantee do you provide for your puppies?
  10. Do you do health screening tests on your breeding dog? If so, what tests?
  11. Where do your Cotons live? Inside? Or kennel?
  12. Are your dogs registered with the USACTC?
  13. What sort of educational and support system do you offer to new puppy owners?
  14. Where and how are the puppies raised?
  15. Can you briefly explain the raising process for your puppies up to the time they leave your home?
  16. Are you active in the Dog Fancy? How? If not, why not?
  17. Are you willing to take back any dog you produce, regardless of age, if the owner is unable to keep the dog for any reason?
  18. Do you support rescue?