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About Us


Edelweiss Coton de Tulear began in 2004 when our first Coton Colby arrived from Canada. Colby soon became the boss and still maintains her head of  household status to this day. We all fell in love with her immediately and I knew we had found the right breed for us and our future breeding program.

I then began researching and learning more about what male would be best to be Colby's first husband. After contacting many wonderful breeders we found Rocky Mountain High in 2005 at the Cotonnerie in Quebec, Canada. I fell in love with Rocky when he was 6 weeks of age. He has a stunning head and a huge coat. He did very well in the show ring attaining his championship and also won a Best in Show! He has made a great stud dog and has passed on some wonderful qualities to his offspring.

Later that year we found a sweet little girl in France and Aspen made the long trip from Europe to Chicago where I met her there. She is one the cutest things ever and we were so grateful to have her. 


  We were living in Snowmass Cotons so we named our kennel Old Snowmass Cotons. After studying the US Coton breed clubs we joined the American Coton Club because we believed in their mission and their breeding policies the best. All our Cotons passed their ACC health testing requirements so we were set to begin breeding when Colby was 2 years old. 

I became involved in many Coton groups and organizations in my efforts to establish our Coton breeding program. By networking with other Coton de Tulear breeders it aided me tremendously in my learning process. My passion for this breed is all encompassing and you really cannot learn too much.

It's important that all the dogs get the best health care, and that only Cotons who can add positive attributes to the gene pool are bred. Breeding of the Coton de Tulear is relatively new (beginning in the 1970's) and our gene pool is still small therefore it's important to maintain the genetic heritage of our breed. It's also important my dogs are allowed to be normal dogs who can run and play in grass, dig in dirt if they want and have a fun dog life.

  Between Colby, Rocky, Aspen and our male Remy ( a mink colored Coton co-owned with Laura Esau of Glenn Meadow Cotons) we have had litters of wonderful puppies with good temperaments and personalities. I am careful to place puppies with families who best suit their temperaments. It is my philosophy that each puppy is meant to be with a certain person or family and it's my job to to find that unique and powerful connection for all my puppies.

In the Summer of 2012 we moved out of the mountains to the high desert of Fruita, in western Colorado. We were wanting to get out of the snow and cold of the mountains. Here we live on 13 beautiful Coton acres with horses, cows, peacocks, chickens and other critters who come along.

Here is the perfect place for the Cotons. Big Mama even has a garden to grow organic veggies we were unable to grow in the higher elevation. 

Come on down for a visit. We can sit out on our porch and watch the Cotons play in the beautiful sunshine. The gorgeous view of the Colorado Monument and the entire Grand Valley is special too.


Please enjoy the pictures and you'll see how addictive they can be. With pleasure I share with you my loves.........My Coton de Tulear!





The Breeder



 I love my little puppy: She makes my house a home. She is my sweetest little friend. I never feel alone. She makes me smile. She makes me laugh.

She fills my heart with love. 

Did someone breed her or did she fall from up above?

I've never been a breeder. Never seen life through their eyes.

I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize. I've never known their anguish.

I've never felt their pain, the caring of the charges, through snow or wind or rain.

I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born.

The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn. The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands. This darling little baby who weights but 60 grams.

Should you do that instead of this....or maybe that was wrong?

Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong. You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home.

You know it's all up to you, you'll fight this fight alone.

Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right. Two hour feedings for this tiny guy throughout day and night. Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight.

To save this little baby, but GOD willing, you just MIGHT!

Day one; He's in there fighting: you say a silent prayer.

Day two and three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care. Day four and five....he's still alive, your hopes soar to the heavens. Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.

You take this little angel, and bury him alone.

With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan. You ask yourself "why do this? Why suffer through this pain?"

Yet watch the JOY your puppies bring and everything's explained.

So, when you thinks of breeders and label them with "greed", think of all that they endure to fill another's need.

For when  you buy your puppy, with all your precious dollars part, you only pay with money.....while they pay with all their heart.

***Author Unknown***

The American Coton Club

To achieve our breeding program goals we carefully plan our breeding stock and breedings, and find only the best families for our puppies believing in the Code of Ethics. We are proud members of the American Coton de Tulear Club (ACC). All the Cotons have passed their health testing requirements per the American Coton Club Health Testing Policy.

We believe strongly the Coton de Tulear should remain a rare breed and should not become accepted as an AKC breed. Therefore we stand strong with the ACC In their fight to protect the Coton de Tulear. ACC strongly defends the heritage of the Coton de Tulear, the "Royal Dog of Madagascar", and supports breeders who are working to preserve the physical, psychological and genetic integrity of the Coton de Tulear.  The ACC is committed to fighting AKC supported puppy mills, pet store dog sales, backyard breeders and online brokers.

The AKC (American Kennel Club) is simply a large scale dog registry whereby the majority of its income is generated by registering dogs. Millions of dogs. AKC does not require health testing nor does the AKC verify the validity of registrations that are submitted to their registry service. As of October 14, 2010 there were 1590 Coton de Tulear registered in the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS). 1383 of the 1590 have three (3) generation pedigrees. A pedigree of a purebred AKC dog bred by a code of ethics breeder will look exactly the same as a dog born in a puppy mill of a badly cared for dog of unknown origin. To the AKC it's all the same and it's all about the money.

ACC is a non profit 501(c) (3) public charity organization. It is tax exempt and any donations made to ACC are tax deductible on the donor's federal income tax form. ACC accepts donations and makes grants to worthy Coton de Tulear causes in line with our mission statement.