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Thread: coton de tulear vs bichon frise

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    Smile coton de tulear vs bichon frise

    I want to know which one is better...
    if you had a kid........I want the friendly one...

    coton de tulear is a expensive one $$$
    bichon frise is little bit cheaper...

    which one is healthier???
    Last edited by takiko; 06-19-2009 at 12:34 PM.

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    I would say coton would be the better choice for MANY reasons.

    Bichons are very over bred and unless you find a really great breeder then they can have many health AND temperment problems. They are fun little dogs but not really easy to find a good one.

    Cotons are rarer and maybe a little more expensive but not by much if you got a good bichon. Plus if you got a not so great bichon for some reason the medical problems could equal to way more.

    In either breed you want to see all health tests done (ofa, cerf, thyroid, and any others recommended by the breed club).

    Cotons are fun little dogs. I dont have one but a few people here do. Very friendly and playful dogs.
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    Bichons are notoriously difficult to housetrain. But they are cute little self-important dogs and their owners love them dearly.

    I have only met a couple Cotons, and found them to be delightful.

    As an aside, I have found a good miniature poodle to be pure gold with children and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them, too.

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    I think you can find all degrees of "health" no matter the breed. Granted, the more popular the breed, the more BYB's and the resulting "junk" that makes its way in.

    The most imortant thing is to really check out the breeder. Somewhere on the forum is a list of questions to ask prospective breeders. And, make sure they get the recommended tests done and you are given the results in writing.

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    Haven't met any Cotons that I know of, Have met many , many Bichons and not one of them would I recommend for children, now thats just the ones I've seen I am NOT speaking for all of them. Most I've met have bit. I don't know what there breeding was or where they came from. I agree with grooming lady there are many miniature poodles that are very sweet that I have met.


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    I am trying to be as impartial as possible here.

    • There are far fewer prevalent health problems in the Coton de Tulear than the Bichon Frise. Bichon are far overbred now, and are prone to difficulties with pretty much every joint, lots of back problems, etc, etc. So I would say the Coton is the healthier dog. Either way, like the others have mentioned, breeder is key.
    • Coton are far more social dogs.
    • Coton are more intelligent dogs- this does not mean more obedient. This means harder to maintain- mentally. You may have to stay on your toes, and use creative means to keep the dog contained.
    • Coton are stronger, and while then harder to maintain physically, are far less breakable.
    • Coton are easier to brush. No curls.
    • Coton are more active. Less hyper, but more active. We want to play- all the time. And we want a job. Protecting kid is a job. My dog is six years and still acts six months, always with his silly tug toy.
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    I think I will choose coton rather than bichon...
    coton seems more healthy and good with child...etc...

    actually...is there any different between pure breed and mix breed for coton..
    because mix breed is cheaper than the pure one

    I read most of the mix breed is coton with poodle or shih

    will they get sick easily, if choose the mix one....

    I just wish to found a coton below 1000 in toronto...haha (maybe impossible)
    where can I get this dog, are there any coton breeder in this forum?

    coton de tulear is not too popular in my area...it is hard to find any coton breeder...(home or reputable or even pet store)
    when I read dog info book, I saw coton....I think it is so cute..
    Last edited by takiko; 06-20-2009 at 08:31 AM.

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    Do not buy a cross breed. Either rescue a dog in need or go to a good, reputable breeder. You might pay more upfront but you will significantly save money on health care later on.
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    Cotons are more difficult to groom... if you want a coated dog a Bichon coat is easier to care for.

    If you want it clipped short it won't matter.
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    And I must add if it's price your worried about be prepared to spend 50 a month for grooming, as well as all other additional doggy expenses.
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