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Coton de Tulear

The Royal dog of Madagascar

BREED ORIGINS

Cotons de Tulear, named for the seaport town of Tulear, were once the preferred lapdog of the nobles of Madagascar. The island nation lies some 250 miles off the southeastern coast of Africa, but the population is primarily related not to African peoples but rather to those of Indonesia. Because of a bond with France that resulted from former colonial rule, Madagascar developed strong links with the French-speaking nations of western Africa. French is still widely spoken by Malagasy elites, hence their little white dog’s French accent. The island’s aristocrats were jealous guardians of their fluffy little comedians, even passing laws that prohibited Coton ownership to commoners. “They were also extremely reluctant to allow any of their pets to leave the island,” a canine historian wrote, “with the result that these dogs remained isolated from the rest of the world and were breeding true for centuries”. The Coton lived in its splendid isolation until the 1960’s, when French tourists discovered the breed. It was an immediate hit in Europe, where generations of selective breeding further refined the breed into the Coton we now know.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The bond between Cotons and their people is so tight that owners discuss it in human terms. Coton fanciers describe them as “witty” companions “at times boisterous but never demanding” and “naturally clownish and lighthearted,” who possess a “remarkably gentle, sympathetic awareness.” Amusing traits of these long-lived jesters include unique vocalisations (when you talk to them, they may actually answer back) and a knack for walking on their hind legs. The Coton is a fairly active dog who requires a moderate amount of exercise. Daily walks with their human at a slow speed will keep them in good weight and condition. Chasing a tennis ball around their backyard can keep their minds active as well as their body. A bored and unhappy Coton can become destructive. They do best when provided with enough exercise, lots of attention from their owner, and plenty of interesting toys to keep them occupied. This breed of dog does not generally bark, although they may yap once or twice if they see or hear something interesting. The Coton de Tulear wants to be with you, and with proper socialisation, they’ll get along with almost anyone, including kids, other dogs and cats.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

COUNTRY OF ORIGINMadagascar
PURPOSE BRED FORCompanion
OVERALL SIZESmall
TEMPERAMENTLoyal, Friendly, Gentle
EXERCISE NEEDEDUp to 30 minutes per day
IDEAL SIZE OF HOMESmall
HEIGHT – MALE25-30 cm / 9¾-11¾ in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE22-27 cm / 8¾-10½ in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPELong, Cotton texture
GROOMING NEEDSDaily
RARE BREEDYes
LIFE EXPECTANCY15 – 17 years

MORE INFORMATION

  • Unless you are going to keep your Coton in a short “puppy clip,” your dog will require a great deal of brushing.
  • They do well in agility and obedience and make excellent therapy dogs.
  • They are related to the Bichon Frise, the Maltese and the Havanese.
  • They get very attached to their owners and do not do well with being left alone for long periods of time. However, they will be happier with another pet companion for the times that they have to be at home on their own.
  • These furry friends have low shedding, drooling and smell levels, and are also hypoallergenic.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD

Breed standards vary throughout the world, click the buttons below to view the kennel clubs for more information of those standards, and for further information about the Coton de Tulear.


PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

Enjoy this video about Coton de Tulear dogs, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


WEBSITES ABOUT COTON DE TULEAR

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Coton de Tulear breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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