Coton De Tulear: Dog Breed Description

The Coton de Tulear was bred on the island of Madagascar at the beginning of the 20th century. This breed is still quite rare, in particular, in the United States, there are no more than 5000 officially registered Cotons. The American Kennel Club has not yet recognized this breed and therefore, no standards for this breed exist yet.


The Coton de Tulear is easily adaptable to any host and is therefore an excellent companion. These dogs become real family members and they hate very much if left unattended for long periods of time. They will happily sit on your lap or near your feet and are always ready to play or ride in the car, just don’t leave them alone.


The Coton de Tulear is a very alert dog that knows its territory well. He is very strongly attached to both his owner and his family. If it is really necessary, he will always warn you by barking about possible danger. This is an extremely intelligent animal that believes that all your attention should be entirely his. Coton is very sociable by nature, he is delighted with picnics and in general from any events, and with other dogs and animals he lives in complete harmony.

Wool and care

Coton means “cotton” in French. This breed gets its name from its coat: light, fluffy and reminiscent of cotton fiber to the touch. The long outer coat is dry, non-oily and highly resistant to dirt. Most, though not all, of this breed also have a fine, tactile undercoat. Cotonou needs daily brushing and brushing to prevent tangling and mats. Particular attention should be paid to the undercoat, which requires regular trimming. Since this breed is still extremely rare, they do not have any recorded genetic diseases. Breeders do their best to keep the line of this breed clean.


The Coton de Tulear is a quick-witted and intelligent dog. He grows up rather slowly, and therefore it may be difficult to train the dog to keep the house clean. Already at an early age, it is necessary to socialize the dog and take a course of general obedience with it. This breed requires steady, consistent training based on love for the dog. The best results can be achieved through praise and timely reward by periodically correcting and guiding your pet.


This breed belongs exclusively to indoor dogs. They do not need any special training, one or two small walks daily are quite enough, although these dogs are quite capable of withstanding long long excursions. They also love to play. The Coton de Tulear perfectly adapts to life in an ordinary city apartment, and in a condominium or home.

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