The dense, supple coat requires thorough brushing a few times a week.
The Coton de Tulear is a happy dog that thrives on human companionship. He's 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 breed's long coat requires daily grooming and care. The Coton de Tulear is considered hypoallergenic and may be a good breed for allergy sufferers.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Coton de Tulear is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Particular coat attention is needed when the adult coat begins to appear under the puppy coat, between the age of 9 to 14 months. The breed's long coat requires daily grooming and care. The Coton de Tulear is considered hypoallergenic and may be a good breed for allergy sufferers. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The primary occupation of Cotons is to provide amusement, comfort, and companionship to their favorite human. The emotional connection between Cotons and their people is so intense that owners discuss it in human terms: Coton fans describe their dogs as “witty” companions “at times boisterous but never demanding” and “naturally clownish and lighthearted,” who possess a “remarkable gentle, sympathetic awareness.” Among the amusing traits of these long-lived jesters are communicating with unique vocalizations and a knack for walking on their hind legs.
Coton de Tulear &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Coton de Tulears are healthy dogs
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Coton de Tulear can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.