Coton de Tulear are part of the wonderful
Bichon Family of Dogs. They are recognized by their
unique cotton-like coats. It is their intelligence and charming
personalities that will capture your heart. The Coton de Tulear are
one of the world's rarest of all the pure-breeds.
To Know Them is to Love Them!
General Information About the Coton de
Where do they come from?
The Coton de Tulear originates
from the island of Madagascar. They are an ancient pure-breed
who were exclusively the dog of Royal Malagasy nobles. Now this
exceptional, elegant companion is available to a select few outside that
legendary land. They were introduced into the
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(FCI) Registry in 1975 and they were included in the
Club's Foundation Stock Service (AKC/FSS) in
What size are
The Coton stands between 9.5 and 13 inches tall,
measured from the top of the shoulders to the ground and is under 18 lbs.
What do they act
The Coton is an extremely intelligent, calm, sweet and affectionate breed.
They are very quiet, are excellent with children and get along well
in almost every situation.
What color are
The Coton is predominately
white. They are allowed to have yellow
or tri-color markings. The marking colors may appear to be a
light grey color (mixture of white and black hairs) or of red-roan (mixture
of white and fawn hairs).
Puppies commonly have color that
will fade to white as they mature.
No. The Coton has a COMPLETELY NON-SHEDDING coat.
Since the Bichon Family of dogs do not shed, they have been refered to as
being "hypo-allergenic". Many people with asthma and other allergies
have been able to own a Coton without any adverse
The Coton does require periodic grooming since
the coat does not shed. The hair is about four-to-six
inches long, dries quickly when wet, and requires relatively little brushing.
Many families prefer to keep their dogs in a puppy cut for the simplicity
Are they healthy? How long do they
The Coton breed is extremely healthy, long-lived
and in the North American population the breed has no known genetic defects.
They may live to be as old as 19 years of age when properly cared
for, with the average life span of the Coton de Tulear being around
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