The Coton de Tulear!
The Coton de Tulear (Cotton of Tulear) is a rare, small and furry companion
dog known for its white coat, round eyes and its cheery disposition. It hailed
originally from the island of Madagascar. It was named after a small sea port
of Tulear, which is located at the southern end of the Island. The Coton de
Tulear is known for its cottony hair. At birth, the coat of Coton de Tulear
puppies is either all white or with yellow, brown, rust or black spots particularly
at the head and ears. As the Coton de Tulear matures, these marks diminish
to a light champagne or gray hue.
Some Quick Facts:
Perfect apartment dogs.
Daily 30 minute walk.
Standard Hair Colors:
White, champagne and white, and tri-color (champagne, white and gray).
National breed club:
United States of America Coton de Tulear Club
Coton de Tulear Skills
Coton de Tulears were bred primarily to be companion dogs. Long before the advent of modern modes of transportation, long sea voyages triggered bouts of loneliness, especially among ladies. To offset this, they brought along these spirited little dogs to keep them company. If trained properly, Coton de Tulears can even be more companionable than felines. Today, aside from being companion dogs, Coton de Tulears are being bred as alarm dogs as well. They have keen hearing and are very protective of their home and their master.
Coton de Tulear Personality
Coton de Tulears are generally a stable and sociable dog with a happy temperament. These dogs enjoy the company of humans and gets along well with other pets (dogs and cats) as well as little children.
Being small dogs, Coton de Tulears do not necessarily need a large area to run around in. They require very minimal exercise, but it won’t hurt to take walks with your Coton de Tulear as this breed enjoys the company of humans.
Although Coton de Tulears enjoy romping in the grass and running around under the rain, they are still considered as indoor dogs. These animals thrive on human affection. Coton de Tulears will happily follow you around the house and will try to catch your attention by jumping, grunting, or simply by clowning around.
At 9 months, adult hair begins to grow. Special care must be given Coton de Tulear puppies at this time because lack of grooming may cause the hair to clump together and matt. Coton de Tulears shed very minimally thus, despite having a fluffy coat, these dogs can be cared for by people with allergies or asthma.
Coton de Tulears are hardy for their size and cuddly appearance. However, take special care of a Coton’s eyes.