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:

Life Expectancy:
15-19 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Perfect apartment dogs.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 30 minute walk.

Breed Group:


9-13 inches

8-13 pounds

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.

Exercise Needs

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.

Living Conditions

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.

Grooming Requirements

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.

Health Issues

Coton de Tulears are hardy for their size and cuddly appearance. However, take special care of a Coton’s eyes.

If you liked this dog… may be interested in similar small dog breeds such as the Bichon Frise, the Bolognese and the Maltese.

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