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Coton deTulear

All About Coton de Tulear

  Coton de TulearDescription of a Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear is a fluffy, cottony looking dog that is small, delicately featured and lightly muscled. They are a small breed of dog and the most distinguishing feature is their unique cotton like hair. The long topcoat is often trimmed short to make them appear like a small black or white ball. White is the preferred color for the coat but some are black and some may have slightly lemon or yellow hair on the ears. The eyes and the nose are dark and stand out in the bright white coat. The ears are medium sized and fold over, and the tail is medium length with lots of feathering. When clipped, trimmed and groomed the hair will often appear almost straight, but left natural it is somewhat wavy. Sometimes the breed is mistaken for a Bichon Frise or a Poodle cross.

Temperament of Coton de Tulear

A great family dog the Coton de Tulear loves to be with their family and to keep everyone happy and entertained. They are experts and learning cute trick especially walking on their hind legs and sitting up. With their natural intelligence they are very easy to train and do not have the dominant, jealous or snappy nature of some of the smaller breeds. As with all dogs they can be somewhat independent, and they always work best for positive praise. The Coton de Tulear is a natural children's dog. Despite their light bone structure they love to run and play and do best when with someone all the time rather than being left alone. They are a natural watchdog and will bark when strangers approach, but then will quickly accept them if they are welcomed into the house.

Grooming & Shedding of a Coton de Tulear

A very light shedder, the Coton de Tulear does require daily grooming to prevent the fluffy, light hair from matting. While they are never clipped or trimmed for show, many companion dog owners choose to use a puppy cut to decrease the amount of grooming needed. The hair above the eyes is usually gathered in a topknot to allow the dog to see better and to allow the owners to see their beautiful expressive eyes. Care need to be taken to keep the hair between the pads of the feet and inside the ears trimmed and plucked.

History of the Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear has always been popular in Madagascar, but has been relatively unknown in the rest of the world until a couple of decades ago. It is likely a cross between the French Bichon breeds and the Bolognese dogs popular in Italy. The breed is named both for its coat "Coton" and for the city it is considered native to "Tulear".

Health Issues with a Coton de Tulear

  • Major Concerns: none
  • Minor Concerns: none
  • Occasionally seen: none
  • Suggested tests: none

Characteristics of the Coton de Tulear

Height 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Weight 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg)
Lifespan 15 years
Exercise Medium
Apartment Yes
Families Yes
Young Children Yes
Need exercise space No –with regular walks

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