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Coton de Tulear

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The Coton de Tulear is a very hardy small-sized, long-coated companion. Happy and clownish, the Coton de Tulear is eager to please and very loyal. Meaning cotton in French, the Coton de Tulear has a soft coat that is white, with a small amount of light tan acceptable on ears and body.

A Look Back

The Coton de Tulear dates back around the 15th century in Madagascar, off the coast of eastern Africa. The breed takes its name from the port city of Tulear, where it was especially prevalent in the 1700s. While the exact origins of the Coton are unknown, the breed is said to have survived in packs in the wild, later used for ridding trade ships of unwanted rodents. These happy little dogs were also prized by the Merina nobles for their companionship and pleasant demeanor. Popular with the French who colonized Madagascar, the Coton later became prevalent throughout Europe.

Right Breed for You?

The Coton de Tulear is a happy dog that thrives on human companionship. Hes extremely sturdy and versatile, excelling in all types of dog activities, from agility to therapy.  The breed gets along well with other dogs, cats and children provided that proper socialization is given. The breeds long coat requires daily grooming and care. The Coton de Tulear is considered hypoallergenic and may be a good breed for allergy sufferers.

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  • Non-Sporting group designation.
  • Ideal size: 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder for females; 10 to 11 inches for males.    
  • Companion dog.

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