Coton de Tulear Photo Gallery – Pictures Of Coton de Tulears!

The Coton de Tulear (pronounced “KO-Tone Dih TOO-Lay-ARE”) is a small breed (7-13 lb) of dog that originated in Madagascar (a large island off the coast of Africa).  It is believed that the small Bichon type dog’s ancestors ended up on the island in the 15th century due to a shipwreck.  It wasn’t until 1971 when these dogs were brought from Madagascar to France that the breed was formally established.  The Coton is Madagascar’s National breed of dog.

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The Coton de Tulear has hair, not fur and is considered a low-shedding breed.  This breed is a good choice for individuals who suffer from allergies.  In order to keep a Coton well-groomed, they should be brushed 3-4 times a week to prevent mats and tangles and be introduced to a bathing routine at a young age.  As you can see in the photo above, a clean Coton does indeed resemble a cotton ball!

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Coton de Tulears thrive on the attention of their owners and need a home where they will get the attention this breed requires.  They will follow you from room to room (they are a “Velcro” breed) and never tire of you cooing, talking or cuddling with them!  Cotons can have issues with separation anxiety due to all of the attention that they are used to getting.  Make sure that you do let your Coton pup get used to being by himself.  The guy in the photo above looks like he is getting settled in on a comfy bed!

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Cotons are little dogs, but have lots of stamina!  This breed loves a long walk, a romp at the dog park and as you can see in the photo above, even a good swim!  Some Cotons have even been known to compete in agility!

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Cotons are incredibly affectionate and generally get along well with other dogs as well as with cats.  The Coton has a reputation for being a wonderful and gentle family dog too.

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Coton Puppies are born pure white, champagne and white, tri-color  (white, champagne, and black) or black and white.  As the dog ages, the color fades.

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While the Coton de Tulear is not considered to be a yappy breed, they will let you know if something is amiss outside your house or if someone is at your door.  In this photo a Coton poses with a Golden Retriever friend.

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The Coton de Tulear is generally a healthy breed with a rather long life span (14-16 years on average).  However, with an increase in popularity comes an increase in irresponsible breeding.  Some health issues that have popped up include eye problems and heart issues.  Seek out a reputable breeder that follows the USACTA Code Of Ethics when choosing a puppy.

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