The Coton de Tulear (Ko-TONE Dih TOO-lay-ARE) is known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, where they originated centuries ago. “Coton” is the French word for cotton, and Tulear is the port town in Madagascar where the breed originated. Many people simply call them “Cottons”. More on the fascinating history of the breed can be found at Canadian Coton de Tulear Club History
Cotons are small, sturdy companion dogs who are immensely charming. It is common to hear them referred to in human terms as “clownish”, “witty”, and “lighthearted”. Cotons are always happy to see you! In addition to their cheerfulness, they are intelligent and very adaptable and versatile. They’re active partners in doing as much or as little as you want. If you are looking for a companion to work with in canine events, these little wonders keenly compete in numerous categories. They are very athletic. Remember, though, Cotons are bred for companionship and are very attached to their “people”. They should not be left alone all day.
So Much Personality
Some of the amusing characteristics of the Coton are their ability to utter unusual vocal sounds, their knack to walk on their hind legs, and the cocking of their heads to one side when you talk to them. They possess a remarkable gentle awareness, and therefore make wonderful therapy dogs.
An Amazing Coat
The hallmark of the Coton de Tulear is the profuse white coat that is as soft as cotton.
Cotons shed very little and may be good for allergy sufferers. Even though they are often referred to as being hypo-allergenic, it is still possible to have allergies to them. For more information on the breed standard, including size and appearance, please visit Canine Federation of Canada
A Great Addition
If you are considering adding a Coton (or two!) to your household, there are many wonderful sites with great information for you to review. Do your homework and enjoy the journey!
A Healthy Breed
The Coton is an overall healthy breed. They do not have as many genetic defects as many other breeds do. This is why health testing and breeding for genetic diversity is imperative. We need to keep it that way! On average, the life span of a Coton is 13 — 15 years.