Morgantown, WVA (WBOY) – Meet the “Tanzeet of the Sweetest Cotton,” or just T-Pup his friends. The nine-month-old T-Pup is originally from Poland — “tanzanite” is the Polish word for tanzanite, a type of gemstone, and “sweeter cotton” is the name of the kennel he comes from.
T-Pup is Tulare cotton. cotton French Cotton, f Toler It is a port on the island of Madagascar where this particular strain originated.
His owner and handler Adrianne Dering has been training and showing the Coton de Tulears for 15 years now, and explained to 12 News that the breed developed naturally on the island.
“The French call them the antidepressant dog, and they’re just two great family companions. They’re a big dog in little dog clothes, they’re not overly aggressive or crazy or crazy about moods, they’re very laid-back and easy-going and happy,” Dearing said.
This year’s National Dog Show was T-Pup’s first ever competition and he could still win 3 awards!
- Winners Dog – The best male dog in his lineage ring who has yet to become a champion.
- Top Winners – All non-champion cottons of both sexes have beaten.
- Best Breed Handled – The best dog in the ring that hasn’t been handled by a paid professional.
I think giving a dog a job and a purpose, just like humans, makes him happy in life. When they know they are going to a dog show, when they put on that show, my dogs get excited to spend time with me doing something that is work.
Adrianne Dering, owner and manager of T-Pup
Dearing says she got into dog training because of the Coton de Tulear specifically, but she also trains Biewer Terriers as well. Show dogs are trained from a young age to walk at a fixed gate next to the handler, but also so that they are not afraid of being touched by strangers or to be high up on the examination table.
“Sometimes they think they are home and want to run and play with other dogs. I think the more distracting thing about training a dog on a show versus house training them is, when you are at home, you are not following behind another dog of the same breed that they usually play with.” .
If you want to tune in to The National Dog Show and watch T-Pup strut around, you can watch it on WBOY NBC at noon on Thanksgiving Day.