Grooming your Coton is an important part of their daily care. A quick brushing each day will allow your Coton to maintain his beautiful trademark coat with little or no hassle. Although the Coton is considered a non-shedding dog, the hair in their undercoat does come loose and will mat together if not brushed out frequently. Using the proper grooming tools that will reach down into the undercoat to remove loose hairs is key to keeping your Coton free of mats.
Here are a couple of pictures that our puppy owners posted of their darling Coton. This is what a puppy cut should look like, in my opinion.
We use a variety of tools to groom our dogs. Some people prefer to puppy cut their coton. This reduces the amount of grooming required.
Our first brush was a Mason Pearson nylon brush. That was back in 2004 and it is still in great shape. We have discovered that buying quality products may require quite an investment in the beginning but it is worth it in the long run.
Currently, I'm using a boar's hair/nylon brush. They are a must when blow drying your Coton after a bath.
Andreas' Boar's Hair/Nylon Bristle Cushion Brushes
This type of brush is great for brushing out your Coton after a bath. I use this brush when blow drying my dogs. The bristles gently massage the skin while removing loose hair that can cause matting. It is made of natural boar's hair and nylon bristles with lightweight beech wood groom grip handle for comfort. Click the picture to visit the website.
We use a good slicker brush for everyday grooming to ensure we get. This type of brush will remove matts without causing pain to your Coton. My favorite brush is this curved slicker brush. Click the picture to visit the website.
Mark Curved Back Slicker Brushes by Chris Christensen are beautifully handcrafted Beech wood slicker brushes with high grade steel pins for less coat damage.
- Ultra-soft, extra flexible cushion with base of one fourth inch foam
- Shape and contours of the handle do all the work for you instead of wrist being at a constant angle
- Less stress for groomer and animal
I wasn't big on combs until one of our puppy buyers introduced me to the Greyhound Two-Tone comb (Thanks, Jan Lockhart). I am in love with this comb. I love to use it as a finishing comb. They are expensive, but very durable! Click the image to go to the site where I purchased mine.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Right now my favorite shampoo is an organic flea and tick shampoo sold by Dr. Ben's. Click the image below to order some for yourself. You'll find it under Pet Med. I really like this product! Ingredients are:
Saponified Organic Oils of
Essential Oil Blend
*Organic Rosemary Extract
*Organic Lavender Oil
*Organic Aloe Vera Olive and
*Jojoba Cedar Oil
We also like the Plush Puppy line of shampoos and conditioners and use them regularly as well. We will sometimes use it in the winter and go back to the organic flea and tick shampoo in the spring and summer months. I use the Herbal Whitening on their feet and around their mouths year-round. I pump a pea-sized bit of shampoo onto my fingers and work into wet hair. Plush Puppy has an extensive line of products. I am sure there are many quality products out there--these are just the ones we choose to use. We are able to purchase these products locally, however, you can purchase them online as well by clicking the images of the products below. Bear in mind that these products are concentrated-that is why they are so expensive. I fill a 24 oz. water bottle with a sport top with water and add about 8-10 pumps of shampoo to it. Gently mix and use generously. I can get 2-3 baths out of that.
Herbal Whitening Shampoo with Ginseng
Great shampoo for reducing yellowing in white coats, and to remove red tones in black, grey or red coats. This shampoo will impart a sparkling clear sheen (does not bleach or lighten). Recommended For: White coats or white areas to reduce yellowing and impart a sparkling clear sheen (does not bleach or lighten). Black, grey, brown and red coats where there is a need to negate unwanted warm tones such as sun fading or reddening in the coat.
Natural Conditioning Shampoo with Evening Primrose
Will add shine and assist disentangling on flowing coated breeds such as Cotons. Derived from: Organic sources with strong emphasis on evening primrose oil. Will add shine and assist disentangling on flowing coated breeds. This shampoo can be used each week to enhance the natural condition of your dogs coat.
Natural Silk Protein Conditioner
Natural Silk Protein Conditioner will not only leave a great finish on your Coton's coat, but will reduce static electricity and fluffiness in a 'fly away' coat. Derived from: Organic sources with silk amino acids and plant extracts. How to apply: Can be diluted 5 parts water to 1 part conditioner and up to 10:1 for light use. For use on its own or can be mixed with Swishy Coat or Blow Dry Cream or both for specific coat needs and left in to assist blow-drying.