Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bergen County NJ
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Coton de Tulear or Havanese?
Ok, so I had this client come in a few days ago with her 1 year old Coton. Now I've seen them before and they are without fail completely white with a thick coat, and bigger than a Hav. Well I didn't even know it was her standing in the lobby because the dog was listed as a Coton under my appointments, so I was expecting a snow white bichon-size dog, but instead hers was mostly a really dark brown, almost black, with a lot of ticking, a flat coat and small (8 lbs.). I would have thought that the woman just got confused and thought she bought a Coton when she really bought a Havanese, but I saw the papers she brought for the dog and it really was listed as a Coton! I've read that Cotons used to have color and now they are white, but does anyone know if they do come in colors? Her dog is a Havanese to me. Either that or the breeder crossed a Coton and a Havanese.
FYI the dog was matted everywhere, typical owner that doesn't bring their dog to the groomer until they are a year old and matted. I did demat the entire dog (mats were not tight and to the skin so I determined she was demattable as long as she didn't show signs of stress), gave her my little grooming schpeal, charged her more than the cost of a regular bath and groom (and I didn't even bathe the dog, just dematted it, but it did take me a solid 3 hours), and sent her on her merry way. Any other groomer would have shaved the dog down but I wouldn't have blamed them. I will only do this kind of dematting once for an owner and then the next time your dog is matted everywhere you are out of luck.