Coton de Tulear

Group 1: Toys
Male: 26 – 28 cm
Female: 23 – 25 cm
Male: 4 – 6 kg.
Female: 3.5 – 5 kg

Energy Level:  Low to Moderate
Original Function: Companion
Lifespan: 13 – 16 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families, people with allergies.

Note: Not many in Australia.

Coton De Tulear

About This Breed

Introduced to France long before its official recognition in 1970, this newcomer from Madagascar  is mainly owned by Royalty and Nobility. The Coton is ‘The Royal Dog of Madagascar’, and, is the ‘official dog of Madagascar’, honoured on a postage stamp.

This loveable companion dog, is now widespread all over the world.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Small, long-haired, companion dog with a white cotton textured coat, with round, dark eyes and a lively, intelligent expression.

Temperament: A happy temperament, stable, very sociable with humans and with other dogs; it adapts perfectly to all ways of life. The temperament of the Coton de Tuléar is one of the main characteristics of the breed.

Cute, cuddly, intelligent, affectionate playful dog that is always eager to please, they adapt to any kind of environment

Colour: White. A few slight shadings of light grey colour (mixture of white and black hairs) or of red-roan (mixture of white and fawn hairs), are permitted on the ears. On the other parts of the body, such shadings can be tolerated, if they do not alter the general appearance of white coat. They are however not sought after.

Coat: This is one of the main characteristics of the breed from which its very name derives. Very soft and supple, with the texture of cotton, never hard or rough, the coat is dense, profuse and can be very slightly wavy.

Grooming: Daily combing and brushing is needed to keep the long coat knot free and looking good. If preferred you may have them clipped to keep the coat more manageable.

Exercise: Regular gentle walks and plays are all that is needed to keep these dogs happy and healthy.