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I met my first Coton de Tulear several years ago. Tyler and Tucker were a bit distant to me, but I noticed that they were kind around the kids and did everything in their power to please their owner, including balancing bits of broccoli on their noses. They were good watchdogs but not yappy.
This is a sweet and calm breed, but energetic enough to enjoy daily walks. A cousin of the Bichon, Maltese and Havanese, he is somewhat bigger and longer backed. His coat is long, soft and cottony to the touch. It is either white or white with biscuit patches.
First evidence of the Coton is in the African nation of Madagascar. It is thought that they swam ashore from a shipwreck off the coast of Tulear. During the 17th century the ruling tribe closely controlled the breed and they became known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar. Later French colonists adopted the lively little dogs and made them their own.
By the Numbers
Size: 9" – 11" at the shoulder, 8 – to 13kg.
Coat Care: 8 – medium to high. The Coton de Tulear needs gentle brushing 3 or 4 times a week with a special pin brush without balls at the end of the pins (which can tear and damage the coat).
Trainability: 8 – medium to high. Cotons are eager to please and learn easily
Energy level: 6. Cotons are medium energy buut have good endurance. They are good watchdogs and love a daily walk.
Good with Children: 8 – Cotons do well with well mannered children.BR> Noise level: medium – 5: Will bark vigorously to defend their home.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 3, low Cotons shed very little and are quite hypoallergenic.
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Pictured is Tucker (the dog on the left shown in the picture above balancing the broccoli on his nose) when he was an old man.
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