Breed of the Month–Coton de Tulear

1February 2013

Coton de Tulear

Color:  White ground color, also black, gray, yellow, tricolor, white markings
Height:  Males:  10-11.5 inches/  Females:  9-10 inches
Weight:  Males:  9-13 lbs/  Females:  8-11 lbs
Life Span:  14-18 years

Breed Health Concerns:  None reported.

Coat:  Single coat:  soft, dense, profuse, texture of cotton.
Country of Origin:  Madagascar

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

The Coton de Tulear is believed to have arrived in Madagascar with Portuguese and Spanish sailors in the 16th century.  The name Tulear refers to a wealthy area on Madagascar, and Coton comes from the French word for “cotton,” a description of the dog’s coat.  The breed was brought to the United States in the early 1970s by world fancier Dr. Robert J. Russell.

This breed’s affectionate but gentle nature has made him increasingly popular.  The Coton is eager to please and bonds strongly to his family, including children and other animals.  The Coton de Tulear is alert, energetic, sociable and cute.

The Coton de Tulear is able swimmer and loves to play, but generally speaking, one good walk a day will be sufficient for this breed.

The Coton de Tulear requires daily grooming to keep it tangle- and knot-free.  A pin brush (without balls on the end) is recommended to not tear the coat.  The Coton is an excellent choice for allergy suffers because his coat sheds very little.  Minimal bathing is required, but care should be taken to make sure the long hair between the dog’s toes remains trimmed short.

The Coton de Tulear is known for his skills at “dancing,” as the breed learns many cute tricks easily.  The Coton is eager to please and learns quickly when taught using positive reinforcement methods.