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A Feisty, Funny Little Dog With The Big Personality.


Just this year, in May as a matter of fact, the American Kennel Club fully recog- nized the Coton de Tulear breed. Before becoming fully recognized by the AKC, the Coton de Tulear was able to compete in the Miscellaneous Class but not obtain championship points. With full recognition they can now compete in their respec- tive AKC group in shows and receive championship points. The legends of the Coton de Tulear are many and most involve a ship wreck


around Madagascar in the 15th century. It is said the humans perished in the wrecks, but the robust Cotons survived, swimming to shore, fighting off sharks. The Coton de Tulear is an alert dog


and naturally territorial. They will bark at the doorbell to alert. They are highly intelligent and some love to even watch television. What makes the Coton de Tulear


Tucker, Ella and Bear. Candace Coughlin: “Tucker is my cuddle bunny. Whenever you sit on the sofa or in the recliner, he


immediately jumps in my lap for a cuddle and falls asleep. He loves people but not particularly other dogs, except for his pack here at home. One of his endearing traits is his ability to express himself with different sounds, barks, and whines. It’s like he’s trying to talk to us. He also loves to sing and howl along with us. He throws his little head back and puts his little mouth in a perfect “o” to sing. My grandchildren laugh so hard when he does this. Ella is the only girl. She was very shy and scared and wouldn’t come out of


her crate for at least the first week or so after we brought her home. A year later, and she has bonded with me and the other dogs. She looks to me for affection and loves to cuddle. She is still afraid of thunder but the ThunderShirt helps. Bear is my registered therapy dog. He loves people, kids and enjoys our visits


twice a month to Ronald McDonald House. He has put a smile on the faces of many children and parents and also the staff. He has a Rally Novice obedience title, passed the Canine Good Citizen test and passed Therapy Dogs International testing to become a reg- istered therapy dog. He has a beautiful face. People fall in love with his kisses. I love this breed; so affectionate


and playful. They don’t shed, but need lots of grooming. I keep all three of mine in short coats.” Rachel Agusti “When Frodo (shown left) was a


puppy, he was a tri-color Coton de Tulear. As he grew older and received


his first haircut, the majority of his color was cut away. Now he is almost all white, except for the coloring on the ends of his ears. We will be celebrating his first birth- day this October. He has already won his first blue ribbon. It was for first place at the town festival for being the most uncooperative pet in the pet show.”


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