I met my first three Cotons in the home of a friend and was instantly smitten. I had never met any dogs so loving, so affectionate, so endearing, and so intelligent. Upon making the decision to breed Coton de Tulears in early July of 2001, I decided it was best to breed dogs carefully selected for temperament, health, and suitability as a companion animal as well as for their beauty and conformation to the standard.
Having a close relationship with each of my Cotons is extremely important to me so I raise each one as a member of my family. The Cotons and I live together in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, in the hills of Walden, in a small cottage close to the banks of a babbling brook on seven acres of mostly wooded land where my Cotons have contact with other people and can also enjoy the quiet of nature. I initially began with two females and one male: Zephyr, Tres, and Shackleton with Sweet Rosie joining us in 2004. All of these original and much beloved Cotons have retired. My current Coton family includes several new and equally wonderful members carefully selected from the excellent bloodlines from around the world, chosen for low coefficient of inbreeding, health and temperament as well as for beauty and good structure.
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I believe in the value of prevention and Health Test the parents of my Coton de Tulear Puppies thoroughly! This involves extensive health testing of each potentially breedable Coton de Tulear including OFA Eye Exams, cardiological testing, CBC (complete blood panel), orthopedic testing including PennHip, OFA Hip, Elbows & Patellas.
My Cotons de Tulear are also DNA tested for and are Normal/Clear (non-carriers) for CMR2, von Willebrand's Disorder, Neonatal Cerebellar Ataxia, Degenerative Myelopathy, HU and PH. All my current breedable adults, both Male & Female, are also tested through the Embark DNA sequencing done at the research labs of Cornell University.
Note: These DNA-linked diseases are autosomal recessive and are rare in the breed. It takes a carrier gene from each parent to produce an affected Coton de Tulear puppy.
I’m proud to share what I’ve accomplished to support the health and wellbeing of the gene pool of the Coton de Tulear so copies of the parents’ health test results accompany each puppy acquired from Cedarwood Cotons to assure you of my integrity as a breeder.
If all Coton de Tulear breeders would test their adult Cotons before breeding, we could wipe these diseases out of our gene pool! I strongly believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”