Committed to breeding healthy, beautiful, Coton de Tuléar dogs and to the preservation of their long term genetic integrity.
The Royal Dog of Madagascar
Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tuléar!
ACC Breeders Strive for a Superior Standard of Excellence.
Expect Nothing Less!
Hello! TiaCotons is the creation of Michelle and Rick Miller, who were married for thirty-nine years and had dogs in their lives for over twenty-five years. We both grew up on the west coast in Washington State and we have three grown children. My husband, Rick, died of a heart attack on December 30, 2011. My Cotons and I loved Rick and in an instant everything in our lives changed, he will be greatly missed here at TiaCotons, by all of us!
Rick and I had neutered male Newfoundland dogs as pets until Rick died in 2011. Our current Newfy, Stormin Norman, now lives with our son and his wife. Rick was a big dog lover and our kids enjoyed growing up with Newfies. Mac is next to me in the photo of the painting that was commisioned to be painted for us by Russ Lawson (this page about Russ was one I made and had on my old website) and Harley is next to Rick. They are both deceased now, Mac died of old age a couple of years ago at the age of 12 and Harley died from Lymphoma at the age of seven. I became familiar with the Coton breed in 2003. The Coton on the end by Rick was our first Coton de Tulear to join our family, her name is Naki, she was a companion,spayed, Coton. Tomi-tu was next to join our family, he is the white Coton with black markings, then Kya joined us, she is next to Tomi-tu in the photo. Our other two girls that were the foundation for TiaCotons are Chante, closest to me and Noelani in front of Rick. They have all retired from breeding and their offspring continue their pedigree lines at TiaCotons and with other breeders in the USA and Canada.
I have made a special commitment not only to the breeding of healthy beautiful dogs who have a lovely temperament, but to the long-term genetic integrity of the Coton de Tuléar breed. TiaCotons believes that all Coton de Tuléar bloodlines, whether from Madagascar, Europe or the North America, merit respect, preservation and enhancement.
At TiaCotons I am dedicated to:
Producing lovable and sociable Cotons with even, sound temperament
Providing socialization to my puppies in the home so they have a great start in life
Performing regular health testing of my breeding Cotons
Preserving the genetic health of the Coton de Tuléar breed
Finding the best possible homes for my puppies
Lifetime support for my puppies and their families
Protecting my puppies with a comprehensive contract
Coton de Tuléar's are very social dogs. Cotons are happy when they are with the people they love. All puppies are sold by contract to homes where someone will be the Cotons constant companion.
TiaCotons dogs are registered with the American Coton Club, Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear, because I believe in the principles of the club and TiaCotons pedigrees are issued from this club. Michelle is an active member of the ACC. She serves as Vice President, Breeder Mentor Commitee Chair and Foster/Rescue Coordinator for the ACC. ACC Code of Ethic breeders set a high standard of excellence to preserve, honor and protect the Coton de Tuléar breed from exploitation and careless breeding practices. Expect nothing less! ACC Code of Ethic breeders are responsible breeders who have an obligation to protect the health and welfare of the Coton de Tuléar breed. Responsible Coton breeders have the love of their Cotons at heart. Responsible ACC COE breeders screen their Cotons using available health tests and results are made public on the OFFA and CERF web sites. ACC COE breeders stay informed of all health and genetic issues related to the Coton de Tuléar breed. My Cotons will never be bred to mixed breed dogs or other pure bred breeds of dog. COE breeders will never place or sell a Coton for resale to a pet store, dealer, wholesaler, broker or backyard breeder. Responsible Coton breeders will take back a Coton that an owner cannot keep, no matter what the reason.
As for coat color, I believe that breeding for whiteness to the exclusion of other colors might exclude desirable genetic potential in characteristics other than color. I do not pretend to know precisely which potential will be truncated. My position is one of safeguarding for future owners and breeders the widest possible reservoir of genetic variation, while enjoying the personality and exuberance of every generation.
TiaCotons respectfully reminds everyone interested in the breed that:
All-white Cotons commonly produce puppies with more or less color
Sometimes the color in puppy coats will fade leaving a white dog
Some Coton puppies are born with color: white/black; white/champagne or carry color which can remain, be muted or disappear as an adult, leaving the coat completely white or with the appearance of white; while other puppies can be born white from birth
Litters can be mixed as to the coverage of the color and the number of colors
There is no evidence of personality or behavioral differences between white and colored dogs; they are equally delightful
It is very likely that some purchasers of puppies will ask for colored ones, once they know that there is a choice
Acknowledging that the Coton de Tuléar originates from the Island of Madagascar, TiaCotons take the position that the Malagasy genetic heritage is important for the health and well-being of the breed. For this reason, I have carefully selected some male and female dogs which are close to their Malagasy origins as well as dogs with excellent pedigrees from Europe.
My grown children are involved in helping me with my breeding program. My dad and his wife had two of our girls, Layla May and Hollie Sue until my dad's wife died in March of 2012. Nalani, who is now retired, lives with a friend of mine who has one of my pet/companion female Cotons, she is now spayed. TiaCotons girls have their puppies at my home and stay with me until their puppies leave for their new homes and then they return to their foster homes. I also have a few of my males living with families who love them very much. They are being kept intact for my breeding program.
Thank you for visiting my web site! I have enjoyed sharing my love of the Coton de Tuléar breed with you. I can be reached by telephone at 360-386-8377 or by email at