From Jennie Sortino of Pennsylvania - May 10, 2012, about Oscar
Hi Tom, our family wanted to let you know how happy we are with our adorable little Oscar. He has quickly won over all of our hearts……….we cherish every bit of it. My daughters, Olivia and Sarah, have taught him to sit, paw, lay down, roll over, jump, and spin. He is such a quick learner, but getting him to stay out of the mulch is another story. We've taken him to the beach twice and he LOVES it. He is fabulous in his crate at night and will go in his crate (with minor coaxing) when we tell him to. We love how relatively quiet he is. Not a big barker except for when he is excited and sees new people. We want to thank you again for providing us with such a great puppy. We are so proud to be owners of this beautiful Coton and love to share information with people who ask about his breed. I will be sure to share your information with others and thank you again for being such fantastic breeders.
From Lourdes of Virginia - April 30, 2012, about Luna
Hello Katie and Tom,….Luna is doing great !!! she likes her create and warm bed, …..even though, we bought some toys for Luna, her favorite ones are the ones you brought her, the duck and the keys. The girls are enjoying every second with Luna and we are very happy to have her with us, she always brings a smile to our face. Luna has also been the center of attention and everyone is in love with her; she is so cute, that our friends, neighbors, coworkers and kids/teachers at the school want to see her. Have a good day, Lourdes.
From Heike Brazieh of New York - March 15, 2012, about Kaja
Greetings…..Kaja is a wonderful little pup! I could spend all day playing and snuggling with her-but I do have to share her with my boys! You should see her darting to the door when she hears the boys coming home from school! It seems like she is very happy here- we are absolutely in love with her! Thank you for answering all those questions, and thank you for letting us have one of your terrific puppies! Warmly, Heike.
From Joe Padovano of North Carolina - January 26, 2012, about Remy
Tom, just wanted to give you an update on Remy; he is doing great. He just finished his training class and received his diploma. Everyone who sees him says he is the cutest dog they have ever seen. He is such a joy.
From Trish Pagoda of New Jersey - November 21, 2011, about Toby
Toby is doing great, 12 1/2 lbs and a big cuddle bug. He doesn't leave my side. He has brought so much joy to our lives, thank you and I hope you and your family have a beautiful Thanksgiving.
From the Kolenik Family of N.Y. - November 14, 2011, about Ginger
Hi Tom : Not sure what you fed Ginger but she is the fastest little pup we have ever seen ! She runs around the yard at breakneck speed and plays and plays with the kids. Our 105 lb Lab Sam - short for Samantha and Ginger are best of friends. They lay next to each other and sleep whenever the kids leave them alone. They bring her outside to play and go potty. Big mistake! We try to catch her, but it’s impossible. It's really, really great. I'll keep you updated. All the best Paul" and from Paul’s daughter Anne on 11/9/11, “Hi Tom, this is Ann Spadolini, Paul Kolenik’s daughter. I wanted to tell you how happy we are with Ginger. She is a wonderful puppy…and is doing great. She is so full of energy…playful and sweet. She makes us happy everyday….Thank you for a great dog.
From Suzanne Boyle of Maryland - November 14, 2011, about Sydney
Hi Katie and Tom, It's hard to believe that yesterday we celebrated a year since Sydney joined our family! She's more precious to us than ever! She embraces life every day but has the wonderful sense to be happily snuggled in bed until it's actually time to start the day (and then only after a morning tummy massage and some luxurious stretching)! Her favorite pastime this fall has been to catch leaves as they're falling. She's so quick that it's impossible to take a little video. She watches intently as these little gifts from the sky come floating down - waiting til the perfect moment to leap up and snag the leaf in mid-air. She's so strong and athletic and just delightful to any person or dog she meets. She happily cuddles in to watch a football game but is always ready to play (or "work"). Sydney's just such a happy little girl, and she's always loving and playful. She really seems to thoroughly enjoy life and we feel so blessed to have her! Best regards, Suzanne.”
From the Fodors of California November 6, 2011, about Alfie
Hey Tom, hope you are doing well. Today is Alfie's 1st birthday, I thought I'd send you a picture or two and a short update. We've moved out to California, and Alfie is loving it out here. We take him for free runs on the beach on most weekends and he has an entire yard to himself now. Quite the life :) He is always the center of attention and is a great dog …Hope you and Katie are doing well!”
From the McCreesh Family of N.J. - October 14, 2011, about Darla
Hello!!! This is the McCreesh family saying hi! We wanted to show you guys Darla at 2 and a half years old.. we love her so much! This picture is from this past summer at our beach house in Mantoloking, she loves the beach!... She still LOVES playing with her toys and is our little watch dog. Her bark is very frightening and when people hear it they run away.. just kidding, it’s quite a wimpy bark! Her best friend is our mom, Cheryl, she doesn't leave her side, especially in the kitchen! Our dad loves to roughhouse with her and play with her and tease her all the time. Her favorite food is eggs, whenever she smells eggs she just goes crazy and starts spinning in circles and jumping around. She has a beanbag that she loves very much, and loves sitting at the top of a couch above everyone else (very cat-like). She is our little baby and we love her to pieces!! Thank you soo much!!..Nicole, Daniel, Kelly, and Gracie.
From the Prince Family of PA - August 30, 2011, about Jazzy
Hi, Tom.....wanted to let you know that Jazmine is doing well. She is a sweetheart, and all the kids in the neighborhood love her. Thanks, Josh & Vanessa Prince.
From the Ege Family of N.J. - August 13, 2011, about Mangia
Tom, hello from New Jersey. Ali and I wanted to write and update you on our lovely puppy Mangia (aka Mr. Big). We just celebrated Mangia's 6 month birthday, and we are so happy we had the opportunity to bring him into our family. He's staying true to his roots, as he as grown to be just over 10 pounds. He passed his puppy training classes with flying colors, and the trainer was floored by his ability to learn. Probably the greatest thing about Mangia, though, is his temperament, as he is one of the friendliest dogs you could ever meet. Take him to the dog park, and after a quick hello to the other dogs, he's off to meet the other dog owners sitting on the benches. Hope all is well! Rich, Ali, Anthony & Mangia.
From the The Younis Family of Shepherdstown, WV February 16, 2011, about George and Momo
Dear Tom and Katie, George and Momo are two years old! Having two Cotons has been a wonderful experience for all of us. They are loving, friendly, and sweet to everyone. Everyone comments on how calm and friendly they are...we always tell them we got them from you. Thank you for raising such healthy and happy puppies. It has been terrific having two Cotons. They are very close to each other and keep each other company. Their personalities are very different--George seems content to lie on the floor--almost like he gets overheated easily and wants to be cool. Momo has found her spot on our sunroom sofa and often naps on her back with her paws in the air. Neither are skittish about noises. They don't bark when the doorbell rings. They allow the vacuum hose to drag them across the floor because they are not bothered by it at all. Since they sleep in the laundry room, that noise is welcomed. And we have been using the blow dryer on them after their baths, and they seem to love the warmth. We give them lots of reward treats-mostly for coming when we call them. They love cut up carrots and an occasional bite of banana. Primarily, they eat dry dog food. It sounds like they are perfect and they ARE! Other than the endless brushing of their fluffiness--WE LOVE THEM! We will continue to keep you posted on their progress. Here is the picture I took for our Xmas card. Hope you all are well and spring is just around the corner. Please keep in touch. All the best, The Younis Family (John, Lisa, Jack and Avery, George and Momo).
From the Weisman Family of Pennsylvania January 4, 2011, about Meeko
Hi Tom. Meeko, is doing very well. He sleeps almost through the night in his crate and is going outside regularly... The kids are crazy about him...MEEKO went to the vet yesterday and got a check-plus. All is good, which I am sure is no surprise to you. We love him; he really is terrific. This is working out very well. You were a pleasure to deal with, and I would be happy to serve as a reference... Best wishes.”
From the Sokoloski family of Pennsylvania - December 26, 2010, about Stormy
Hope all is well with everybody. Stormy is doing fantastic and we just love this dog so much. We will never consider any other type of dog. Coton’s have the best personality we have ever known. Lisa, Alex, and Stormy.
From the Borroni Family of Maryland October 10, 2010, about Juliette
I am sending some new pictures of Juliette: we took her to a puppy class to teach the basic commands, even though I think most of them there were so simple for her: she is so smart! She loves to stay near us all the time, she follows me everywhere I go and when I need to go to the bathroom she just sits outside and waits for me and that behavior started even before I was teaching the stay command. She has a special bond with me, for which my daughter is jealous but that is because we spend the all day together. I take her with me when I drop my daughter to school in the car and she knows right away when it is time to get in the car and be ready for the ride. She has her routine and she knows what's coming next, she is just phenomenal. Thanks again.
From the Wheelers of New Jersey - July 3, 2010, about Delilah
Hello Tom and Katie, hope all is well with your family and Cotons. Delilah (originally Ruby) is now nearly a full 1 1/2 years old and weighs only 8 lbs. and there is still a hint of champagne coloring on her ears. She has grown up to be the most delightful dog I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She loves to play with children even more than adults and is amazingly gentle. She listens very well to commands and at only six months graduated puppy kindergarten without a single problem. From there I have continued her training at home and she now has a small variety of tricks to show off. She is friendly with other dogs and very gentle with puppies (she plays with a 3 month old Maltese puppy that lives next door). Every night she cuddles up on the foot of my bed and waits there until I wake up, even when she is ready to start her day before me. She has been a wonderful addition to this family and we are so glad to have found Young at Heart Cotons in time to meet her. Thanks again, Lauren Wheeler.
From the Cyphers of, Pennsylvania - June 11, 2010, about Dremmel
Hi Tom, hope all is well. Dremmel is 8 lbs now and doing well. He is very attached to me he has all of his shots now and is doing good he knows sit, down and stay, he is really smart!! We just love him!! - Lisa.
From the Hines Family of New Jersey - December 13, 2009, about Mackenzie
Tom and Katie, Mackenzie is so wonderful! She is happy and playful. We are having so much fun. She is so well adjusted! I wanted to thank you for the goodie bag for her. We appreciate it! Most of all we want to thank you for letting us adopt this wonderful puppy! We are all in love with her from a later e mail October 5, 2010, “hope all is well with you all. I wanted to share some new pictures tell you that Mackenzie is doing so great! She is wonderful and we love her so much! Everyone loves her no matter who she meets. She is a doll! Take care, Irene.
From Michelle Zotynia, Netcong, NJ - August 13, 2009, about Buddy
Dear Tom and Katie. Thanks to Young At Heart Cotons, my family's dream of finding the perfect puppy has come true! When we found your website, we were immediately smitten by the pictures and videos in your gallery. Your educational information about Cotons confirmed that this breed was the perfect fit for our family. We knew that we had found something... "special" Your kind and prompt response to our inquiry regarding upcoming litters made us very excited. When Asia's pups were born, one look was all it took... and "Buddy" was ours. Every week, you posted new pictures and updates on Buddy's progress. For the first time and to our surprise, we fell "in love" over the internet! Yours and Katie's love and tender care of the pups was clearly evident. The pups were thriving, healthy, happy and always clean. The joy which emanated from your pictures and videos touched our hearts and made the wait for Buddy easier. We knew he was being cared for and given the very best start possible by people who just adore what they're doing. Young At Heart Cotons was appropriately named. Now, more than ever in these challenging times, people want to feel young at heart, happy, and loved. On behalf of everyone who is lucky enough to have found Young At Heart Cotons, I praise and congratulate you for not only a job superbly done... but also for spreading the light of goodness and love to those who need it. Michelle Zotynia, Netcong, NJ Buddy's Doing Great. Hi Tom! Wow! …… He has bonded with us all so quickly, I really can't believe it. Everyone who meets him, wants him for their own. He LOVES everybody! I find myself explaining the breed, first of all... as most people haven't heard of Cotons... then referring them to your website. He really is a dream puppy. Most of the time, he is a complete ANGEL. We just love him so much……Thank you again, take good care. Michelle.
From Teresa and John Gallo, NJ - August 3, 2009, about Ginger
Hi Tom and Kate, We are great! Yesterday we just celebrated Ginger's one year anniversary for day we brought her home. I can't say enough about how much we adore her. She is so much fun to have around. We couldn't have hoped for a more clever, loving and joyful dog! Everyone she meets she loves and they love her!! We are so happy with our decision to get a Coton from you! Our cats are OK too, they just try to ignore her for the most part although Ginger just loves them. She is bit of cat stalker, she likes to follow them around the house always trying to cozy up with them every chance she gets. Thanks for the offer to stop by, if we are ever in your area we be sure will stop by to say Hi! Thanks again, Teresa and John.
From the Rooneys, VA, May 17, 2009, about Bella
Hi Tom and Katie! We just simply adore Bella! She is a wonderful puppy! She appears to be very happy in the Rooney household. She is a very smart dog; hasn't had an accident in the house today and loves to play fetch with a mini tennis ball. (Did you all teach her that already?)Bella slept through the night with just a little whining initially, until about 5:40 am. Loves her new crate and toys...everything accept her new collar! We are so happy with our new addition to the Rooney Clan Best, Tim, Cherie, Shannon, and Connor Thanks!
From the Grassmyers, PA, June 12, 2009, about Ruby Bea
From the Grassmyers, PA, June 12, 2009, about Ruby Bea.
From Lisa Sokoloski, PA - August 1, 2009, about Stormy
Hope all is well and Stormy is doing fantastic. Attached pictures hopefully shows you how happy Alek and Stormy are.
From Melody Lessor, PA and NYC - June 29, 2009, about Sophie
Tom and Katie, Hope this email finds you both well. Sophie continues to amaze, amuse and enthrall us. She is so smart, lovable, funny - I'm a writer and I don't even have the words to describe how fabulous she is. This is her third time in NY and she has taken the city by storm. People stop us to ask what she is, to pet her, to find out more information about her. Everyone she meets declares her to be the most beautiful and smartest puppy they've ever seen - even if they're walking their own dog! Sophie is doing well in both obedience and socialization class. She has actually graduated from socialization class but she likes it so much, we might continue going for a little while. She was groomed this past Thursday and looks beautiful. She is so gorgeous. It is very apparent that Sophie was bred to love people. She gets so excited and wiggles and wriggles her little body whenever she meets someone new. She is drawn to children and babies - I don't know how she knows them. It had rained in NY yesterday and, while walking, I'd lift her up a little at each corner as there were puddles. I'd say, "Jump the puddle," in a singsongy voice and lift her up with the harness. After the second time, Sophie jumped the puddles all by herself. It was the funniest thing to see how high she'd jump and to watch her sail over the puddles. Sophie loves being at home with us. It doesn't matter what we do, where we take her, or if we do nothing at all, Sophie is happy when she's with us. She gives us so much pleasure, I can't even describe it. Charlie will occasionally look at her and ask, "Do you think she likes us and is happy we're her parents?" That's kind of sweet, right? I always answer yes, because it's so apparent that she loves us. When I first read about the breed I said to Charlie, "No dog could possibly be this amazing. I'll be happy if our puppy is one third as amazing as the dogs I'm reading about. Well, Sophie embodies all the wonderful characteristics I read about and so much more. We love her beyond description. Even her pictures makes me smile. Thank you so much for giving her a wonderful entree into the world. Fondly, Melody.
From Michelle and Wayne Lowe, NJ, August 10, 2009, about Gabriella
Tom and Katie.....we are totally in love with our Coton Gabriella. She is an extremely sweet and loving dog. We have not had any problems with her health wise or socially. I take her on a 4 mile walk with me every day and she loves every minute of it. She also loves the beach and for the first time a couple of days ago she jumped in the ocean! She is also a world class snuggler and my best friend. Michelle and Wayne Lowe.
From the Younis Family, WV - August 3, 2009, about George and Momo
Dear Tom and Katie, We love George and Momo. Because there are two of them, they have each other, as well as the rest of the family. They still are very friendly and respond well to a few commands--Sit. Stay and Drop it. As I said before, we just love them. They love us. They have a couple of friends--a long haired Chihuahua and a Yorkie who come by and play about every couple of weeks. Kids love them and they get a ton of petting, playing and exercise--we still walk EVERY day 2-3miles. It makes a huge difference in their demeanor. I hope all is well with you and your doggies. I will continue to send you updates. Many thanks. Sincerely, Lisa Younis.
From Sandra Fairman, Coral Gables FL - July 8 2009, about Mikey
Dear Tom and Family. Finally, I am sending the pictures of Michaelangelo aka “Mikey” that I promised to you. He is a joy! We love, love, love him. He is a character, too. He is full of energy and very affectionate. He loves to fetch. He actually sleeps with his arm around his stuffed toy poodle. Feel comfort in knowing he is a very happy pampered pup. Sincerely, Sandra Fairman.
Our Coton Family
Carefully Bred from Multichampion Bloodlines for Health, Temperament, and Beauty
Scarlet Of Carolina Cotons
Scarlet Is A Gorgeous Girl, And A Wonderful Companion.
she sticks very close to us and always wants to be involved in whatever’s going on. she is very affectionate and loves to give kisses when you least expect it. she is very athletic and loves to play fetch.
Scarlet Of Carolina Cotons Comes From Multichampion Bloodlines.
scarlet’s sire is cash of nice of tara aka bogey, whose sire is ch preferred stock of tara, iabac national and international, world junior and america junior champion and 1999 world champion. bogey’s dam is ch sweet n low of tara, ch arba, usactc, and skc national and international. bogey is also a top notch agility dog and has been rated axj as an “agility excellent jumper.” scarlet’s dam is cotonbrie tres jolie bebe, whose sire is 28 time champion (including international and world championships) rok and roll of woodland cottage. bebe’s dam is sprightly fellows hip hip hurray, the daughter of multi world champion rifelin julius caesar. bebe is a top performing agility dog and has been rated ax for “agility excellent.” you may have watched her compete this year at the eukanuba invitational on animal planet.
Pedigree For Scarlet Of Carolina Cotons
Na Axj Cash Is Nice Of Tara (sire)
Preferred Stock Of Tara (sire)
Multi-ch Sugar Of Woodland Cottage (sire)
ch l/'kombavazaha of woodland cottage (sire ), fuchsia de champlet (dam).
Diablo Swing Jazz Tara (dam)
ch anatole d/'aiguevives (sire), diablo swing dea lili (dam).
Ch-usactc Sweet N Low Of Tara (dam)
Multi-ch Sugar Of Woodland Cottage (sire)
ch l/'kombavazaha of woodland cottage (sire), fuchsia de champlet (dam).
Diva Of Tara (dam)
pirate (sire), michou (dam).
Ax Axj Cotonbrie Tres Jolie Bebe (dam)
Ch-world, Itch, Multi-ch Rokandroll Of Woodland Cottage (sire)
Ch-intl, B, arg, Ch-world Feel Me See Me Du Domaine De Luniray (sire)
ch w u/'hutchinson du domaine de manakarra (sire), dam.
Sprightly Fellows Hip Hip Hurray (dam)
Rifelin Julius Caesar (sire)
albesco assaracus (sire), ophelie des toliary stars (dam).
pluto of blue moon cottage (sire), kultatassun alexsantra (dam).
Celebrities and their Cotons
Celebrities Barbara Streisand, Debra Messing, Jane Fonda, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Debbie and Carrie Fisher, and Glenn Close love their Coton de Tulear dogs because of their sweet nature, humor, unconditional love, and loyalty. For this reason, they take them everywhere- rehersals, broadway shows, television appearances, and book signings. Barbra Streisand's Coton "Sammie" came from the Simply Grand Coton Kennel in Phoenix, AZ; We do not know where any of the other celebrities listed here got their dogs.
Barbara Streisand and Samantha
Barbara Streisand’s pet Coton Samantha is truly a beautiful, affectionate, loving girl with expressive eyes. Samantha or “Sammie” has been a star ever since Barbara brought her on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Barbara adores her loving companion. In addition to walking the streets together, Barbara takes Sammie to many of her concert tours, where on occasion she takes her to the microphone while singing.
Debra Messing and Laila
Actress Debra Messing loves and adores her sweet Coton dog Laila. In fact, she calls Laila her little "Angel." Laila has had lots of exposure to the press traveling with her mom on movie sets, benefits, and public outings According to Debra, "as an actress, I have the advantage of being able to take Laila with me to work. She has grown up on sets and is happiest there." One funny thing that Debra says about her dog is that, "for some reason people always think she's going to talk. It's the way she looks at people. There's something human about her gaze," Debra has also shared that Laila is so smart that she is bilingual. She understands commands in English and Spanish. When Debra was asked on an interview for a magazine about her favorite thing to do with her dog, she responded, "I like to give her a Shiatsu head massage."
Jane Fonda and Tulea
Jane Fonda adores her Coton de Tulear Tulea so much that she brings her just about everywhere she goes including stage rehersals, broadway, television shows like Davis Letterman, awards parties, book signings, and airplane trips. According to Jane, Tulea is very smart and follows her like a shadow. Jane says Tulea is such a good traveler that, "she hops into her carrying case in the airport when I say 'in'." Tulea knows what applause means. In fact, Tulea wriggled away from her backstage sitter and ran on stage while Fonda was taking a curtain call at the end of her broadway show "33 Variations'. Jane loves Tulea so much that she says, "when I am without her, I ache for her." Fonda also has stated, "she (Tulea) can be on my lap through an entire lunch and only when I standup to leave do people realize I've had a dog with me." Fonda considers Tulea to be her "soul mate", her confidante, and her wiggly security blanket.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Figaro
Catherine Zeta-Jones adores her Coton de Tulear boy so much that she brings him just about everywhere she goes, especially on daily walks in New York City, and to her stage performances. Figaro or "Figgy" is quite a celebrity in the theater world, according to actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka. Herdlicka, Catherine's costar in "A Little Night Music", says Figaro is a regular member of Catherine Zeta Jone's entourage. "Catherine, she can't do a show without him. She doesn't go anywhere without him. She loves him so much. He's very, very sweet and very gentle." Figaro is normally on his best behavior during Catherine's shows, sitting quietly in a special 2ft. by 2 ft. area, right near the stage curtain. However, one night when Zeta-Jones was in the middle of singing her landmark number, "Send in the Clowns," Figaro started barking along. Herdlicka had to run over and quiet him down.
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Dwigh
Debbie Reynolds finds babysitting her daughter Carrie Fisher's Coton de Tulear dog Dwight to be a pleasure. Recently Debbie and Dwight appeared together in a picture in the Los Angeles Times with Debbie holding hats once owned by Harpo Marx, and Charlie Chaplin. (see picture below). When interviewed Debbie had this to say about babysitting Dwight, "this is Dwight. This is Carrie's dog. I'm the grandma. Carrie's dog is a Coton de Tulear, which is a fancy name for a dog, just an adorable little dog. Carrie left for the Bahamas today ……so Grandma is left babysitting with this little dog that I love."
The Coton de Tulear is a dog that should bring joy to your life if you need a canine companion, who is loving, affectionate, playful, and eager to please you. They love people and are especially devoted to their owner. For this reason they are called the “anti depression” or “anti stress” dog. Cotons are also called “velcro dogs” because they like to stick close to their owner. Cotons display clownish behavior, and are sometimes called “petite marionettes” (little puppets) by the French. They sometimes vocalize their zeal for life by trying to talk to you. Cotons typically have very good temperaments, and good health. They normally weigh 9-13 pounds, and have a lifespan of 14 to 18 years. A Coton’s hair is long and soft, and usually white, but sometimes black and white or tri-colored. Cotons feel like cotton, but are fluffier than silky. For information about the breed standard, glossary for new Coton owner‘s, dog ownership concerns, socialization, and training, go to our helpful links page or educational information section.