Frequently Asked Questions


What health issues do Cotons have?

We are often asked about health issues that are inherent to the Coton breed.  The Coton is known to be a very hardy, healthy breed.  Our first litter of Coton puppies was born in the Fall of 2005.  Since that time we have seen very little, if any real concern in our lines nor those of our Coton breeder friends. Our first male threw one puppy with a heart defect in each of our first 3 litters (all born within weeks of one another).  He was promptly neutered and placed in a lovely pet home.  We have also seen or heard of the ulna growth plate closing prematurely.  This requires a surgery but is not a life threatening issue.  It is not necessarily a genetic defect since this condition can be brought on by the puppy putting too much force on the front legs during those months when s/he is growing into an adult dog.  We recommend that you not allow your dog to jump up and down off furniture until s/he is fully grown to minimize the chance of the ulna growth plate closing prematurely.  If you allow your dog on your sofa or bed, purchase some pet stairs to aid his climb up and down.  It's cheaper than surgery! 

Another thing that is very common is umbilical hernias.  Some vets will say that this is a genetic defect, however, that is not true in most cases. A "true" hernia is a mid-line defect in the body wall.  This is rare.  Most umbilical hernias are "delayed closures" of the area where the umbilical cord once connected to the puppy.  They will typically close on their own during the first year.  If it doesn't your vet may suggest that he close it up when your dog is spayed or neutered.  Here is an informative article about umbilical hernias.


Will tri-colored puppies keep their color?

People frequently ask us about how much color the puppies will retain when they are adults.  That is difficult to answer.  It depends on the intensity of the color as a puppy and the genetics behind the color.  Some Cotons retain quite a bit of color and others change to pure white within the first year.  To help answer these questions I am posting some pictures below of
puppies at birth and then a bit older.  Hope it helps you to get an idea of what to expect. You can also look at the progression of color in our Adults as I typically post puppy pics for each of our adults. Bear in mind that all of the puppies featured in this section are living in their new forever homes so they are not available.