Dave Chupp - Dog Breeder, Investor, and Outdoorsman

As a professional dog breeder based in Nappanee, Indiana, Dave Chupp focuses on raising healthy, happy puppies. He raises French bulldogs, Coton de Tulear, and Havanese dogs, all of which he strives to nurture into friendly family pets. After caring for each puppy for 8 to 10 weeks, during which time it plays with his children and learns about family life, Dave Chupp sends the puppy off to its new home fully up to date with vaccinations and deworming. Puppies’ new homes are located across the Upper Midwest, though Mr. Chupp can arrange for transportation to any location in the United States.

A part-time private equity manager as well, Dave Chupp finances small mining interests. He has also leveraged his financial acumen to serve as a tax preparer and has led fundraisers for the board of his church's parochial school. Mr. Chupp maintains an active personal life and plays a variety of sports, including softball and basketball. An avid outdoorsman, he has visited such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon, the California redwoods, and Yellowstone National Park.

The Coton de Tulear’s Royal History

For the past decade, Indiana-based businessman Dave Chupp and his family have owned and managed their own dog-breeding company. The family works carefully to provide a nurturing environment in which the dogs learn to be loving and gentle pets until they are old enough to be delivered to their new homes. And as a member of the Northern Indiana Pet Breeders Association and other organizations dedicated to animal welfare, Dave Chupp understands best practices in breeding, training, and ensuring health certification for the wide variety of breeds he raises.

These include the Coton de Tulear, a friendly, fun-loving, and very intelligent breed that is a relative of the Maltese and the Bichon Frise. This small dog gets its name from its cotton-soft coat and its origin on the African island of Madagascar, at the Bay of Tulear. But the breed’s history remains shrouded in legend.

The ultimate origin of the Coton de Tulear may lie in Central Asia. Ancient stories mention little white dogs of a similar description gracing Greek and Roman households. Some experts theorize that from the heart of Asia, the little dogs traveled on trade caravans to end up on Madagascar.

One dramatic tale even features a shipwreck off the island’s coast that killed all the humans on board but allowed the hardy Cotons to survive and swim ashore through the shark-infested waters of the Bay of Tulear. In 1974, Madagascar issued a stamp in their honor, calling them the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.”