About Mike & Cathy
We are Michael and Cathy Lowdermilk. We live on 1.6 acres in Mesa, Arizona. We are hobby breeders. We started breeding Chihuahuas in 1992. We discovered the Coton de Tulear breed in 2004, purchasing our first dog from SanDee's Cotons in Texas. Our first litter was born about a year and a half later.
Michael has an MBA and owns his own tennis academy called Professional Tennis Management. Cathy has a Doctorate in Education Administration and worked for 25 years in an inner city Phoenix district as a teacher, an instructional coach and the English Language Learner Coordinator for the district. In January 2018 she happily retired and stays home with the Cotons now. We are both passionate about our dogs and puppies. This is a true partnership and joint effort. We work together to manage the daily care of the dogs, while Cathy answers phone calls and emails and does the weekly updates to the website. We both pitch in when it comes to grooming the dogs--and giving them love and affection, of course!
Meeting new people and making new friends is an added benefit to breeding. Visitors are always welcome to come meet us and our dogs.
Some of our dogs live with with my friend, Liliana Belbe. She and her husband, Ovy, living in north Phoenix. Liliana contacted me in 2014, wanting to breed her one and only Coton, Emma, to our stud, Elvis. I agreed and took on the role of mentoring her. I featured her puppies on my website and found owners for the puppies. She loved breeding so much that she asked me if she could begin to grow her kennel. I agreed and now she has a stud of her own in addition to her seven females. Her breeding practices mirror mine. You will see her dogs under our Adult link and her puppies featured on our Puppies pages.
Megan is our daughter. We started breeding chihuahuas when she was only 5 years old. She grew up seeing puppies born and by the time she was a teenager she was capable of assisting with the whelping of puppies. For a few years she and her husband, Gabriel, bred Boxers. When their last Boxer passed away during the Spring of 2019, them came to us and told us they wanted to breed Cotons. I gave them two of my girls and they adopted a puppy from Kiwi's Summer 2019 litter. They are enjoying the delightful personalities of the Coton in their home. Their first litter arrived on December 17, 2019. Her girls are featured under the Adults link and the puppies on our Puppies page.