Coton De Tulear

Coton de Tulear dog

Coton De Tulear At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Miscellaneous); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)


Small. Weight: 12 – 15 lbs Height: 10 – 12 inches.


The coat of the Coton is hair, as opposed to fur.



Life Span:

13 to 16 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This dog breed is a cousin of the Bichon Frise, the Havanese, the Maltese, and the Bolognese.

Coton De Tulear Overview

This dog breed is named after the city of Tulear in Madagascar and its cotton-textured coat and originated in the early 20th century. The Coton de Tulear is a small breed of dog. This breed is still rare in the United States, where there are perhaps 5,000.


Coton De Tulear Characteristics

This dog breed is both adaptable and lively. The Coton de Tulear thrives on being an integral part of the family. This breed is as content on your lap as at your feet, and always ready to play or for an outing. This breed likes attention and does not like to be left alone for extended periods.


Coton De Tulear Temperament

This dog breed is alert and territorial. The dog bonds extremely strongly with their family. This breed will raise the alarm if there is any danger, but is not an excessive barker. The Coton is extremely smart and loves human attention. This breed is extremely social and friendly. You can take this dog anywhere; this breed enjoys outings and new experiences. These dogs get along well with other pets and children.



Coton De Tulear Care

This dog breed requires a fair amount of maintenance. Their coat should be brushed and/or combed frequently requires to prevent matting and tangling of the coat. Special attention should be given to the undercoat. The Coton de Tulear  can be professionally cropped, if preferred. This breed has no significant health issues, but this could be due to the rarity of the breed. Breeders have been very careful to keep the Coton line pure.


Coton De Tulear Coat

This dog breed has medium to long hair that is fluffy and cotton-like. The coat of the Coton is hair, as opposed to fur. This is a non-shedding breed with low dander. They come in different colors, white, white with light brown spots, black and white. As this breed gets older, color spots fade away and they are eventually pure white. There is an outer coat that is dirt shedding and non-oily. Most, but not all, Cotons will have a fine, thin, downy under coat.


Coton De Tulear Training

This dog breed is bright and smart. This dog can be a little slow to mature and challenging to house train. Early socialization and obedience training is advised. This breed does best with firm, consistent and loving direction and thrives on praise.


Coton De Tulear Activity

This dog breed makes a superb indoor companion dog. They do not require excessive exercise, but does enjoy a short daily walk. This loves play sessions.

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