DOB: 10/17/89
Silver Brindle


OFA Good

CERF 4/01

DNA - Un. of MO

BIS BISS CH. La Brise Cotton-Tail Rabbit HOF
(Aneou x CH. Amaya la Brune)

The First Hall of Fame Sire (2007)

1989 - 2003

See below for special stories about Cotton.

2004 Blythe Award
2004 Special Maya Award

Cotton-Tail has won Best in Show at the PSCA National Specialty an unrivaled 6 times (1991-1996). He was also top ten rare breed dog in 1993 with very limited showing. Cotton is a Rough-Faced silver brindle.

Even as a senior, he still has the gorgeous expression and stunning movement that made him # 1. And his kids are following in his footsteps. His son, Jacques (CH Chaparral Gascon de La Brise) won the National Specialty in 2000, and is the top-winning Pyr Shep of all time in Canada. Cotton has sired both Rough- and Smooth-Faced pups. His son Tison, (CH Taliesin Timbalier de La Brise CD/NJP/FM) won Best of Variety at the 2000 & 2001 PSCA National Specialty. Cotton's daughter Annie (CH Phurz Rigolo at Chaparral CD/CD/HIC) was the top-winning Pyr Shep in Canada in 1996.

Bringe avec aucun blanc, doubles ergots, ne le 17 Octobre, 1989 Certifie exempte de dysplasie, yeux certifies normals aucun evidence d'epilepsie -ni chez-lui, ni chez ses descendants Meilleur de Race 6 fois a la Nationale d'Elevage USA entre 1991-1996 Champion USA & Canada

Aneou Orme Larigot
Lorca Urdos de l'Estaube
CH. Amaya la Brune Muscadin Urdos de l'Estaube
Tremière Romarin de l'Estaube

Pedigree freaks only! - Notes on Cotton's pedigree: 11 crosses to Soulor de l'Estaube (7 in 5 gen), 4 to Urielle, and 37 to Bichou de Fleurac - whom he resembles closely. Going further back he has 69 to Weg de La Pastorale, 100 to Ustou des Fontanettes, and 808 to the breed's first champion, Berouyette de Lucvielle

Bred by Patricia Princehouse
Owned by Patricia Princehouse

Group I - 1990

From the Pyr Shep List:
I want to thank everyone who has written such nice thoughts to us about Cottontail.

The song Ashley sent is good for Pyr Sheps, but I smiled at the line "may you always feel small beside the ocean". For Cotton, small was the same thing as good, smart and fast. Those big dogs never do anything! Certainly they never jump up into anyone's arms! He was tremendously proud of being small.

One day at Harvard when Cotton was 3 or 4 we walked past the Bio labs building and Cotton went "on guard" barking. He had seen a pair of huge rhinos looking at us and he warned them off ! The rhinos froze in their tracks, as if they were cast in bronze. Actually they were cast in bronze. Cotton knew they never had a chance against a small dog like him.

Richard Seguin reminded me of my favorite pictures of Cotton on Mt. Hood. Cotton knew that whenever Patricia or I needed someone to stand on a high rock, or go through an agility chute, we depended on him to do the job. Him and his big silly grin.

Cotton was so funny with Blythe. Nancy Creel reminds me. They fit each other like gloves after years of living and travelling together in all kinds of situations. But each felt sure they upstaged the other: Blythe found Cotton ill-mannered, and Cotton found Blythe unaccountably bossy.

I was walking Cotton one day in Cleveland. Well actually gaiting him most of the time. He was 5 and moved beautifully and he adored the show ring so he always gaited with attitude. We cut through one alley and there happened to be a woman coming up the other side. She glanced at us of course, and then looked again, then she stopped and stared open-mouthed at Cotton as we went by. I have to figure she knew dogs, and saw this shaggy mutt, and then saw the mutt moving just for fun like BIS at a National Specialty. He was BIS at the National that year for the fourth time.

When Cotton was 9 we did weekly agility. After an hour of practice the group would line up and each do the full course. Going in size order, a Doberman and a GSD would start. Both were well-trained 2 year olds. Then the instructor would ask if I wanted the jumps lowered, even if the BCs were there, who were bigger than Cotton. She just did that for fun, knowing I'd say no. Cotton loved jumps and loved doing exactly what he was asked. He did real clean runs, by our local standards. For weeks, the GSD owners kept asking "what kind of dog is that? How old did you say he is?". He would be so proud of himself for days after. His friend needed all these things done, and he could do them all.

It is good to hear Saales gets the same question, and I'm sure a lot of Pyr Sheps do. We shouldn't be smug but how can you help it? Cotton did always have a great time visiting Jean and Emilio. His mother Maya was there, and good company all around, and fun grounds and woods to run in.

Mary Hunter says it: it's never long enough. But he was a fun, confident, happy guy. Until the last two weeks when he got so weak. He knew we were helping him then. And he knew we were with him when the vet gave him a shot and he relaxed..... thanks to everyone.

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