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Coton De Tulear - Appearance

Coton de Tulear dogs have close Bichon ties. The breed looks very similar to the Bichon Frise, yet has some distinct characteristics. The Coton de Tulear dog is a small companion that brightens up the life of its owner by numerous tricks and affectionate personality. Its appearance is that of a fluffy ball. Coton de Tulear dogs can come in white and black and white colors. Breeders usually prefer white dogs. The coat is fluffy and more cottony rather than silky. It needs much grooming.

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Though the breed is now new, it is still rare. The AKC does not recognize the Coton de Tulear dog. However, Cotons can be registered with the FCI, CKC, and the NZKC. According to the UKC standard, the Coton de Tulear should be about 10-11 inches in height. This figure is considered ideal. Males usually stand from 9 to 12.5 inches. Females are smaller, as a rule. Weight is about 8-13 pounds. Proportion is very important for a dog.

The tail is never docked. It is usually carried between the hocks. However, when a dog is on alert, the tail is carried over the back. The Coton de Tulear moves usually at the trot. The Coton de Tulear has small dark eyes with intelligent and alert expression.

Coton De Tulear - What's Good about Them?

Coton de Tulear dogs are recommended for people with allergies. They have sweet personality, which allows them to be used as pets for families with small children. The Coton de Tulear will always be glad to accompany one in short trips and spend a few hours with its owners playing or lying near by. The breed is good for city dwellers. It is fairly active indoors and does not need long walking sessions. Cotons do not have special diet requirements. Cotons are OK with a few small meals a day.

Coton De Tulear - Alert

The Coton de Tulear is an intelligent dog. Nevertheless, it is likely to be mischievous if not properly trained. The dog is said to have a mind of its own and does not always obey the owner. The situation is aggravated by the fact that many owners overlook the importance of obedience training for this small dog. It will never do to forget that all dogs need obedience training no matter what the size is. Hence, Coton de Tulears should be trained from an early age.

Coton De Tulear - History

It is believed that Coton de Tulear dogs arrived at Madagascar in the 15th century. They traveled there with sailors that took these dogs along for company. The ancestors of the Coton de Tulear dog also served as ratters. It is believed that the dogs were crossed with native terrier breeds in Madagascar. They were loved by the noble that resided mostly in the Tulear area. The breed acquired its name due to this very place.a
As the breed was improved, it started to appear in Europe. The British and the French were the most devoted Coton de Tulear fanciers. Thanks to them, the breed spread across Europe. However, it is still rare in Europe and the United States. The FCI recognized the breed in 1971.

There is no official standard for the breed in the United States. There are a few varieties of the Coton de Tulear. They are the European, Malagasy, and American Cotons. Breeders have a choice to make. The popularity of the breed seems to be on the rise. If Coton de Tulear dogs become very popular and acquire a great number of fanciers, the AKC will probably recognize the breed, which is sure to be of benefit.

Coton De Tulear - Breeders - Rescues

Good Coton de Tulear breeders are concerned about the future welfare of their puppies. Request to see the mother and/or father of the litter. Is their temperament one that would fit your life style? If so, the puppy will probably be a good pet. A good breeder will ask you, the prospective buyer, about fencing, training, prior pets and more. The breeder will supply a pedigree, registration application, guarantee and medical records, as well as information about the breed and their dogs. Be sure to ask about a sales contract, it will be beneficial to the buyer(s), seller(s) and the Coton.

CukotonAn excellent place to meet Coton breeders is Dog shows. If the exhibitor doesn't have puppies, they'll be likely to put you in contact with someone who does. A contentious breeder will sell to a pet shop or a broker. A breeder will give you lifetime support and knowledgeable advice.

Coton De Tulear - Rescues

A rescue Coton is not just "a cheap way to get a Coton." True, Coton puppies are not inexpensive, and Rescue Cotons can be obtained for a very low initial cost (in most cases, about plus shipping). But all Rescue Cotons require special attention. Most are middle or old aged (e.g., about 10 years old; Cotons live, on average, more than 15 years). Some may have a continuing need for medication. Most will need tender loving care to adapt to their new home. Many Cotons will require leash and house training.

Coton De Tulear - Breed Organizations

Coton De Tulear - Breed Organizations - US

American Coton Club - Emphasizes health and education for dogs, breeders and owners through Internet forums and American Coton Magazine. Site includes breeder listing, news, show calendars, and information about rescue and genetic health.

United States of America Coton de Tulear Club - Promoting the breed through conformation shows. Club affiliations and membership application, FCI breed standard, health articles, rescue information, list of breeders, shows, and links.

USACTC Coton Rescue - Rescue information and profiles of available Coton de Tulears.

Coton De Tulear - Breed Organizations - International

Coton de Tulear Club of Germany - Club information and breed profile. Contains Coton de Tulear standard and a list of breeders. Germany.

The Coton de Tulear Club of the United Kingdom - This website of The Coton de Tulear Club of the United Kingdom (proposed) is intended to promote understanding and to provide help and advice of this wonderful companion breed.

Coton De Tulear - Breed Education

Hopefully, all breeders and owners of Coton de Tulear dogs try to educate themselves on the issue of owning the breed. Very often, they are devoted to their pets to the point of adoration. We all know what it is like to talk with such people. They will gladly share their experience with the dogs and tell you stories about their pets in detail. They seem to burst with emotions and can easily infect other people with love for this breed.

However, one should be careful not to forget that breed owners are not always objective when it comes to discussing the dog's peculiarities. They see mostly the positive sides of owning the Coton de Tulear. Meanwhile, any breed has both advantages and disadvantages, which is why it is wise to explore the breed before purchasing a dog. Breed education is usually obtained in books, breed clubs, shows, and personal communication with Coton de Tulear owners.

Breed owners can take part in agility. This vigorous activity will help to strengthen the relationship between the owner and the dog. Coton de Tulear dogs make good agility competitors due to their energy and desire to always be involved in "public matters."


Coton De Tulear - Summary

  • Despite the wonderful qualities of the Coton de Tulear, it is, surely, not for everyone.
  • The breed's fluffy coat needs much grooming.
  • It should be done on a regular basis to avoid matted hairs.
  • Brushing should be very careful.
  • Dead hairs that are not removed in due time tend to mat or stick to clothes and furniture.

Coton De Tulear - General Information Links

All about Coton de Tulears - This Coton de Tulear Breed Guide was written to help prospective dog owners and breeders decide whether the Coton de Tulear is the correct dog for them.

Bichon Web Ring Listing - Links to all Bichon breeds, including the Coton de Tulear, as well as Havanais, Frise, Bolognese, Lowchen or Maltese.

Breeder Search - General information on the breed and breeder search.

Care for your Coton de Tulear health - Advice on care and health issues of the Coton de Tulear.

Coton De Tulear - Breed description, history, health concerns, care, and registries.

Coton de Tulear Dog Breed Guide - Breed information and links to related sites.

Coton de Tulear Dogs in Canada - Breed origin, temperament characteristics, and a list of breeders and kennels in Canada.

Coton de Tulear FAQ - Health issues, care, feeding, grooming, and other aspects of owning a Coton de Tulear dog.

Coton de Tulear History - History in brief.

Coton de Tulear in Belgium - Breed history, kennel information, shows, puppies.

Coton De Tulear in Brief - Breed temperament and description.

Coton de Tulear Links - Resource for Coton de Tulear fanciers. Contains links to breeders, clubs, and general information.

Coton de Tulear of Cedarwood - Cotons from championship bloodlines. Vermont.

Coton de Tulear of Tara - This site is meant to be enjoyed by fellow Coton fanciers, and hopefully, as an informational resource.

Coton de Tulear Photo Gallery - Pictures submitted by happy owners of Coton de Tulear dogs.

Coton de Tulear Portrait - Breed origin, main characteristics, and description.

Coton de Tulear Profile - Breed description and origin. Contains a list of breeders and links to breed clubs.

Coton De Tulear Puppies - Breeders offer pictures of the dogs and contact information.

Diamond Coton de Tulear - Breeders in Rhode Island.

Kennel Sejer-Milland - Breed description, history, pictures, and litter announcements. In English and Danish.

La Cotonnerie Coton de Tulears - Dedicated to a rare small, white dog, the Coton de Tulear. Photos of the dogs. English and French versions.

UK Cotons - A list of breeders in the United Kingdom with contact information and kennel profiles.

Coton De Tulear - Breeders Links

Coton De Tulear - Breeders Links - US

Angel Cloud Cotons - Breeding Cotons of Malagasy decent for health and temperament, with emphasis on socialization and training. Health guarantees. Texas.

Angelwing Cotons - Breeders have developed a specific breeding plan based on responsible, caring, ethical breeding practices, plus a healthy and stimulating home environment in which to raise Coton de Tulear. Washington.

Bar-Ken's Cotons - Breeder with photos of the Coton de Tulear in all ages and stages. Texas.

Classy Coton de Tulear - Beverly Kramer, dog breeder of Champion Cotons with photos and links. Located in Northbrook, Illinois.

Colorado Coton Kennel - Breeder with photos, history, philosophy, and care.

Esprit' de Tulear - Show and pet quality puppies with health guarantees. Washington.

Wonderland Coton de Tulear - Experienced breeder/exhibitor; championship bloodlines from US and Europe; specializing in proper socialization of pets and show puppies. Small home kennel; Alabama.

Coton De Tulear - Breeders Links - International

A White Challenge - Breeder of the Coton de Tulear. Photos of dogs. Site in English and Dutch.

Asterix vom zotteligen Zamperl - Breed information, show results, and a photo gallery. Germany.

AzmirsCoton De Tulear - Breeder from Sweden. Contains kennel information and pictures of the dogs. In Swedish and English.

Coton de Tulear - Breed information and pictures. Germany.

Coton de Tulear - Vom Zotteligen Zamperl - Kennel information with tips on care. A picture gallery and links. Germany.

Coton de Tulear "of Thorn-Castle" - Kennel information and dogs' profiles. Germany. Contains tips on care.

Cotonbrie Kennel - Breeder with photos of the Coton de Tulear. Italy.

Cotonkiss Coton de Tulear - Breeders and exhibitors of the Coton de Tulear in the United Kingdom.

D'Eramprunya - Breed origin, characteristics, and pictures of the dogs. Spain.

Ivandry - Kennel in France supplies breed history and standard. Contains a lot of pictures. France.

Kennel Freja - Kennel Freja is a small kennel breeding Bernese Mountain Dogs and Coton De Tulear. Denmark.

Les Fleurs d'Aloes - Kennel information and pictures. France.

Love Star's Cotons - Breed information, puppies, and pictures. Site in English and Danish.

Mayaroz Kennel - Breeder of Coton de Tulear in Norway. Kennel information, puppies, and pictures. In Swedish and English.

Quinta das Brancas - Experienced breeders in Germany. Puppy pictures and litter announcements.

Tidelidees kennel - Kennel in Norway. Information on the breed, a pictures gallery, and litter announcements. In Norwegian and English.