When choosing a Coton de Tulear puppy, the most critical factor is finding a responsible breeder with the dog's best interests at heart. Price should be secondary to ensuring the puppy is well-cared for and socialized, especially in their critical development phase until they are ten weeks.
Also, rescuing a Coton de Tulear from your local shelter can always be a great first option. The Coton de Tulear is not an incredibly common breed, but it is certainly possible to find them at your shelter, so it is worth exploring.
That said, Coton de Tulear puppies typically cost between $1,500 and $3,000. The exact price will depend on factors such as your location, a breeder's reputation, the dog's parents, and whether or not the puppy has been registered with a kennel club. Also, unless you are lucky, you will most likely need to get a Coton de Tulear puppy from out of state since they are not so common. The travel costs can range from $200 - $1000 depending on the distance and whether you are willing to put in the time to drive or fly or whether you prefer to hire a service. When considering how much to pay for a Coton de Tulear puppy, be sure to factor in food costs, vet visits, and obedience training, as these quickly add up, especially in the first year.
Coton de Tulear puppy price in 2022
The Coton de Tulear is becoming an increasingly popular breed as people realize how good of a home companion dog it is, especially for apartment living. They are even an excellent option for first-time dog owners. With the addition of new breeders, the price of the Coton de Tulear should come down a bit, but in 2022 the average cost of a Coton de Tulear is around $2,300.
How much does a championship bloodline Coton de Tulear cost?
The AKC has 65 registered Coton de Tulear breeders, of which ten have listed that they have Champion bloodlines. It's important to know that these bloodlines do not necessarily ensure the health or temperament of the breed, but rather that they adhere to the AKC breed standards, which primarily focus on the physical characteristics of the dogs. However, it does show that the breeder takes their dogs to shows and takes their breeding program professionally. Typically this correlates with the breeders also taking the relevant health exams and breeding for health. The price for a champion pedigree Coton de Tulear is around $3,200 on average.
Why are Coton de Tulears so expensive?
Two main reasons- the Coton de Tulear is relatively rare (although they are increasing in popularity) and because they are a fantastic family dog. They can be trained well and are good options for first-time dog owners. They are small and generally healthy dog breeds, which results in a lower vet, food, and transport costs throughout the dog's life, usually much greater than the initial cost of your dog.
That said, adoption should always be a first option to consider and will come with a much more affordable price tag.
Fun fact- the original Coton de Tulear was a dog of royalty, known as the Royal dog of Madagascar, so perhaps some of that reputation still exists today!