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Read the world's best, most informative Coton book! The 2nd Edition of the famous Coton book is a greatly revised, expanded, colorful CD ROM.

Chapter 1 - The Beginning (35 pages)

Dedication - Rights, Licenses, Fair Use & so forth - Publisher's Information - Foreword to the First Edition by Roger A. Caras - Preface to the Second Edition - Features of this Book, 2nd Edition - A Pavane for Roger Caras - Acknowledgements, 2nd Edition - About the Authors - Preface to the First Edition

Chapter 2 - The Basics (132 pages)

Cheaper by the Pound? - What Purebreed is Right for You? - What is a Coton? - Are You Allergic to Dogs? - Where Should You Buy a Purebred Dog? - Which Gender Should You Choose? - Financial Considerations - Lifetime Commitments - Coton Bonding and Your Family - Cotons and Children - Grooming Requirements - Health and Temperament Issues - Time, Training & Exercise Commitments - Toilet - Space and Safety Requirements - Clean Up Poisons and Hazards - Burrs and Seed Hazards - Cotons Drown in Pools and Hot Tubs - Cotons Can Be Stolen - Multiple Cotons and Cotons and Other Pets - The Breeder's Dilemmas - A Coton: Your Most Rewarding Dependent

How to Acquire a Coton de Tulear - Buying: a Coton From an Importer - Buying: Some Breeders are Highly Unethical - Buying: From a CTCA Breeder - Buying: From a Non-CTCA Breeder - Buying: Questions to Ask a Breeder - Buying: Questions a Breeder will Ask You - Buying: Understanding Contracts and Kennel Policies - Buying: a Sample Contract - Buying: Should You Visit the Breeder Before You Buy? - Buying: the Ordering Process - Buying: the Possibility of an Older, Rescued Coton - Buying: Patience, Patience, Patience - Things to Do After You've Ordered Your Puppy - Talk to Your Breeder - Preparing House and Yard - Finding a Veterinarian & Training Class - Where to Buy Puppy and Dog Supplies - Buying Toys - Buying Kennel (or Crate) - Buying a "Sherpa" Bag - Buying Grooming Supplies - Picking Up Your Puppy

Things To Do Now That You've Got Your Puppy Home: Puppy's First Days at Your Home - Puppy's First Year - An Owner's Feelings About Her Coton

Chapter 3 - An Introduction to the Coton de Tulear Breed (40 pages)

A Description - Health and Longevity - Personality and Intelligence - Type Differences&emdash;Malagasy, North American, & European - Mistaken Identities - Demographics

Chapter 4 - History (73 pages)

The Most Exotic Isle on Earth - All the People of the EarthÉ - The Vazaha Arrive - The Breed's Many, Very Ancient Roots - The Coton and the Hunting Dog - The Colonial Era - Conflicting Standards are Created - Cotons Come to North America - The Oakshade Kennel Years - The CTCA is Founded - The Code of Ethics - Cotons On-Line - Coton Conventions - Current CTCA Breeders in North America - CTCA Code of Ethics Breeders - The Cotons of the CTCA - Millennium Coton Club Confusion - The AKC Enters the Fray: Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Canadian Club Chaos - Should Coton Clubs Unite? - an Essay by Laurie Spalding - The CTCA Coton Rescue - A Coton Rescue Gallery

Chapter 5 - Standard (34 pages)

Standards in Conflict - Basic Coton de Tulear Structure - Movement, Structure, Health & Achondroplasia - The CTCA's Coton de Tulear Standard - Some Examples of the CTCA Standard in Use - Controversies About Size, Color, and Tail Carriage - A Standard is Important But . . .

Chapter 6 - Grooming (51 pages)

About Coton Hair - Basic Grooming Tools - Grooming Mats and Removing Dense Hair - Hope Richardson on Mats - Choice of Shampoos - Shampooing - Cleaning the Ears and Around the Eyes - Hope Richardson on Staining of the Coat - Trimming Hair Above the Eyes

Trimming the Hair Near the Anus - Trimming the Hair Around the Foot Pads - To Shave or Puppy Cut or Not - Trimming Nails - Selecting a Groomer - Advanced Grooming for Dog Shows - Grooming Problems&emdash;Fleas - Grooming Problems&emdash;Ticks

Chapter 7 - Showing (44 pages)

Introduction - How Shows Are Supposed To Work - How Championships are Supposed to Work - What's Wrong with the Show Fancy? - The Abnormal Psychology of Some Exhibitors

The CTCA Official Position on Dog Shows - Another Kind of Show: Canine Good Citizen; Obedience; Agility; Therapy Work

Chapter 8 - Diet (78 pages)

Most Dog Foods are More Grain than Meat - Science Diet brand, a Reasonable Choice - A Food for Every Need and Stage - Adult or Maintenance Formula - Lamb & Rice Formula - Active or High-Energy Formula - Lite Formula - Senior Formula - Prescription Diets - Why Not Ham or Fish? - Avoid Some Table Scraps! - Dry or Canned Food? - The Argument for Dry Food Mixed with Wet - When to Feed - How Much to Feed - Feed Only Fresh Foods - Insects and Dry Food - Natural ("Health") Foods for Your Coton - Preservatives and Cosmetic Adulterants - Quality and Contaminants - Food Allergies? - Prepare Your Own or Buy a Commercial Diet? - The Bottom Line on Natural vs. Commercial Foods - Prepare Your Coton's Diet at Home - The B.A.R.F. Diet - Problems on Switching Diets - The Importance of Clean, Safe Water - Obesity&emdash;a Serious Threat to Your Coton's Health - Obesity and Competition for Food - Obesity, Exercise, and Intestinal Health - Vitamin and Mineral Supplements - Treats, Chews and Bones - Kibble (Dog) Bones - Chews - Pig Ear Chews&emdash;a Hazard or Ideal Dental Exerciser? - Beef Pizzles - The Fussy Chewer - Foods and Ingestibles to Avoid - Pica - Table Scraps - Keep Your Coton Away from Toxins - Eating Problems: The Fussy Eater - Eating Problems: Coprophagy - Hands Off Approaches - Physiological Causes For Stool Eating? - What About Mad Cow Disease? - Conclusions: Recommendations for a Diet

Chapter 9 - Training (47 pages)

Why You Should Train Your Pup - Go To School - A Straightforward Environment for Training - Learning to Sit - Kennel and Toilet Training

Behavioral Problems: The Shy Coton - Hope Pashos on Shy Cotons - Separation Anxiety - Normal Aggression but Unrealistic Expectations - Unacceptable Aggression - Do Dogs Need Shrinks and Psycho-Drugs? - Don't Give Up

Chapter 10 - Health (144 pages)

Alternative Veterinary Medicine&emdash;Does it Work? - Emergency Care: First Aid - Build Your Own Medical Kit - Inherited Defects - Vaccine Intolerance in Cotons? - Acute Bacterial & Fungal Infections - Heartworm Prevention - Vomiting-a Common Symptom of Many Possible Problems - Diarrhea-a Common Symptom of Many Possible Problems - Vomiting & Diarrhea Diet Therapy - Urinary Tract Problems - Fecal Examinations - Common Intestinal Parasites of Dogs

The Skin: Mechanical Irritation; Larger Parasites; Smaller Parasites; Seborrhea; Old Age Warts (Papillomatosis)

The Blood Chemistry Panel: What it Tells

Endocrine Gland Disorders - Thyroid Disorders

Liver Diseases - Liver Disease&emdash;Supportive Therapy

Kidney Disease in Young Cotons

Cancers: Those noted in Cotons to Date

The Teeth: Deciduous and Permanent; Shedding or Removing Puppy Teeth; Periodontal Disease; Home & Veterinary Dental Care; Acute Dental Crises; Old Age

Eyes: Weeping; Cysts on the Eyelid; Cherry Eye; Corneal Scratches and Ulcers; Cataracts; Aging and Blindness; Cloudy Eyes, and Sensitivity to Sunlight

The Ears

Orthopedic Problems: the Back; the Limb Joint ; Luxating Patellas; Hip Joint Pain and Hip Dysplasia; Damaged Ligaments in the Knee Joint

Umbilical Hernia - Collapsing Trachea - Heart Disease - Geriatrics and the Stages of a Coton's Life - Euthanasia&emdash;A Final Act of Love - An Essay: Helping the Living Through the Observation of a Death

Chapter 11a - Genetics: a Primer (28 pages)

Introducing Genetics - The Alleles - Genotype and Phenotype - Determining Genotypes: an Exercise in Probabilities - Tall Cotons - Gene Interactions

Coton Genetics: The Sex Ratio of Cotons - Joint Angulation - Stocky versus Svelte? - Inheritance of Behavioral Traits - Smiling - Bipedal Walking - Licking - Personality

Chapter 11b - Genetics: Color in Cotons (42 pages)

Coloration in Cotons - We know less about color now than we did five years ago! - Color Genes in Cotons - The Color Phenotypes - The White Coton - The Depigmentation Problem in White Cotons - A Biochemical Theory of Color in Cotons - Melanin Blocking and Behavior

Cryptorchidism and White Cotons - The F.C.I.'s Contribution to Depigmentation in the Breed - Diet, Stress, Seasons, Age and Depigmentation - The Black and White Coton

The Tri-color Coton - Matings and the Color of Puppies

Chapter 11c - Genetics: Defects, Inbreeding & the Future (123 pages)

Introduction to Genetic Defects - Tests for Your Coton

1. Dental & Occlusion Disorders - 2. Skeletal & Structural Defects - 3. Organ Disorders - 4. Metabolic Disorders - 5. Cardiac Defects - 6. Reproductive Disorders - 7. Nervous System Disorders (excluding eyes) - 8. Eye Disorders - 9. Behavioral Genetics: Understanding Aggression - 10. Immune System Disorders - 11. Congenital Defects

Understanding Inbreeding - Inbreeding Defined - Good Inbreeding - Bad Inbreeding - Calculating the Degree of Inbreeding - SHORTCUT: Common Coefficients of Inbreeding - Inbreeding: Good and Bad Coton Matings - Genetic Tips for Coton Breeders - The Genetic State of the Coton de Tulear - Breed Management in the Future - Tightening the CTCA Registry - Towards an Open Registry - PHASE 1 - Gather & Publish Information - PHASE 2 - Create Gene Database - Genetic Triage - PHASE 3 & 4 - CTCA Database Opened Wider

Chapter 12 - Breeding (30 pages)

First Read and Ask Questions - Choosing Mates - Estrus (Heat) - Pregnancy - Parturition (Whelping or Delivery) - Puppy Development - Critical Periods in a Pup's Development - The Sale and Departure of the Pups

Chapter 13 - The Future (13 pages)

Exponential Growth - Overbreeding Could Destroy the Coton de Tulear - Would AKC Recognition Be Good for the Breed? - The Pitfalls of Seeking AKC Recognition - Will the Coton de Tulear "Go AKC"?

Chapter 14 - References (107 pages)

Coton Books - Coton Newsletters - Cotons on TV - The Coton in All-Breed Dog Books - General Canine References - Coton Books - Coton Newsletters - Cotons on TV - The Coton in All-Breed Dog Books - General Canine References (Chapters 2 & 3) - Acquiring, Homing, Socializing & Training Your Puppy (Basics, Ch. 2) - Rescue (Chapters 2, Basics, & 4, History) - History (Chapter 4) - Grooming (Chapter 6) - Showing (Chapter 7) - Diet (Chapter 8) - Behavior & Training (Chapter 9) - Health Care (Chapter 10) - Genetics (Chapter 11) - Breeding (Chapter 12) - Useful U.S. Periodicals

Appendix A - Coton Parties (46 pages)

Appendix B - Names of CTCA registered Cotons (21 pages)

Appendix C - The French Coton Standard (13 pages)

Appendix D - The CTCA's Health Test (8 pages)

Appendix E - The CTCA's Code of Ethics (15 pages)

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