We are breeders of genuine, 100% Madagascar Cotons de Tulear.
The Madagascar Coton de Tulear breed was first introduced to the United States by Dr. Jay Russell, a biologist. He "discovered" the breed while studying lemurs in Madagascar. Dr. Russell brought the first Coton de Tulear to America in 1972 and began a breeding program and the Coton Club of America (CTCA) in 1976. The mCTCA has the largest, original registry of Cotons bred in the United States. The mCTCA is the oldest and longest operating Coton Club in the world. The lowercase "m" was later added to the name of the Coton de Tulear Club of America to distinguish it from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (also using the acronym CTCA).
The first Kennel established in the mCTCA was Oakshade Kennels which Dr. Russell's father owned. Our registry goes back as far as these first kennels.
The mCTCA is still in business today (Jan 2020) and currently being established as a not for profit. Through these changes we, the mCTCA Code of Ethics Breeders, have elected a Board of Directors and established by-laws for the Club.
Our new officers are:
President Emeritus - Laurie Spalding, Alika Cotons
Chairperson - Lauren Word, Cotton Row Cotons
Vice Chairperson - Michele Crockett, Magicalands Ranch Cotons
Secretary - Margaret Becker, Thotful Spot Cotons
Treasurer - CC Spiliotis, Crabapple Crossing Cotons
We have always been animal lovers and have had many dogs throughout our lives. We acquired our first two Cotons from Lewis Russell of Oakshade in 1993. It didn’t take long to fall in love with the breed and soon we acquired more Cotons.
That is exactly how we got started. Crabapple Crossing Cotons had their first two litters in July 1998. Here we stress personality and good temperament, as well as high quality breeding. Crabapple Crossing is not a kennel and we are proud to raise our pups in a loving home with children, other pets, good socialization and of course, lots of love.
We want you to feel confident in us and our puppies. Crabapple Crossing Cotons follows the mCTCA breeding guidelines and standards. We welcome all questions you may have, if you would like to talk to us please call or write.
The Coton de Tulear pronounced "coeTAWN day TULE-ee-r" means cotton of Tulear. The Coton is a rare ancient breed that originated in Madagascar more than 3 centuries ago. The Coton stands between 9.5 and 13 inches tall at the shoulders and is a little more than 2 feet long, weighing less than 18 pounds. They have dark eyes, black lips and a medium length muzzle tipped with a black nose.
The Coton acquired its name from its unique cotton-like-hair. (This dog actually has hair not fur.) The hair is about 4 to 6 inches long, although puppy cuts are commonly seen on non-show Cotons. It's dry, wind tossed hair is easy to care for, dries relatively fast when wet and doesn't smell. Cotons shed very little and are wonderful for people with allergies.
Cotons are very hearty dogs and are able to frolic in the heat or winter snow, however they are indoor dogs. Cotons live an average 16 years although some have lived to be 19. They are extremely healthy and long-lived dogs. The Coton is a companion dog and is often compared to a "little clown". Cotons are highly intelligent and study the human family with great care. They are alert, lively and slow to anger. They are calm, sturdy dogs who enjoy the rough housing of children. Cotons enjoy other pets and are easily trained.
The Coton de Tulear is a member of the Bichon dog family. The Bichons as well as Poodles and Briards are descended from an ancient European breed called the Barbet, The Bichon Tenerife, a small short haired descendant of the Barbet, was introduced by the Spanish to the Canary Island. The Tenerife, now extinct, was then introduced to the Indian Ocean islands of Maritus and Reunion by sailors in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Although this breed history is not well documented, speculation is that these dogs from Reunion bred with native dogs on the island of Madagascar and thus created the ” Coton de Tulear”. The little white dogs soon became favorites of Madagascar’s royalty. In fact, nobles soon enacted laws prohibiting anyone but themselves to own a Coton. This is how they became known as “The Royal Dog of Madagascar.”