About the Breeders at Cathy's Coton Cuties
Cathy's Coton Cuties started out with just us - Cathy and Michael Lowdermilk as the breeders. Over the years Cathy would mentor new breeders who eventually joined us and became a part of Cathy's Coton Cuties. Below we will introduce you to each of these breeders. Each breeder follows the same standarized practices that involve Neurological Development exercises, socialization strategies, feeding practices, vaccination protocols and holistic, all natural approaches to all that we do.
About Mike & Cathy
We are Michael and Cathy Lowdermilk. We live on 1.6 acres in Mesa, Arizona. We are hobby breeders. We started breeding Chihuahuas in 1992. We discovered the Coton de Tulear breed in 2004, purchasing our first dog from SanDee's Cotons in Texas. Our first litter was born about a year and a half later.
Michael has an MBA and owns his own tennis academy called Professional Tennis Management. Cathy has a Doctorate in Education Administration and worked for 25 years in an inner city Phoenix district as a teacher, an instructional coach and the English Language Learner Coordinator for the district. In January 2018 she happily retired and stays home with the Cotons now. We are both passionate about our dogs and puppies. This is a true partnership and joint effort. We work together to manage the daily care of the dogs, while Cathy answers phone calls and emails and does the weekly updates to the website. We both pitch in when it comes to grooming the dogs--and giving them love and affection, of course!
Meeting new people and making new friends is an added benefit to breeding. Visitors are always welcome to come meet us and our dogs.
About Tim & Kari
Some of our dogs live with with our friends (and pastors) Tim & Kari Thompson. They are pastors at Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship in Mesa, Arizona. They live in Gilbert, Arizona (about a 15 minute drive from our home). Mike & I have known Tim & Kari for over 20 years. We love their hearts for both people and dogs. We are mentoring them as they begin their jouney into breeding Cotons so their breeding practices mirror ours. When my previous partner, Liliana, decided to move back to Romania, Tim & Kari purchased one of her females, so Foxy is still a part of our breeding program. You will see Tim & Kari's dogs under our Adult link and her puppies featured on our Puppies pages.
Dianne found us when we used to be chihuahua breeders because she wanted to breed her two beautiful chihuahuas. After getting to know us and our Cotons, she fell in love with the Coton breed and purchased her first Coton from us - China. When my previous partner, Liliana, decided to move back to Romania, Dianne purchased two of her females so Jolie and Isabella are still a part of our breeding program. You will see Dianne's dogs under our Adult link and her puppies featured on our Puppies pages.
Megan is our daughter. We started breeding chihuahuas when she was only 5 years old. She grew up seeing puppies born and by the time she was a teenager she was capable of assisting with the whelping of puppies. For a few years she and her husband, Gabriel, bred Boxers. When their last Boxer passed away during the Spring of 2019, them came to us and told us they wanted to breed Cotons. I gave them one of my girls and they adopted a puppy from Kiwi's Summer 2019 litter. They are enjoying the delightful personalities of the Coton in their home. Their first litter arrived on December 17, 2019. Megan's girls are featured under the Adults link and the puppies on our Puppies page.