Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear developed on the island of Madagascar and is still the island's national dog. The Coton's ancestors were possibly brought to Madagascar in the 16th and 17th centuries aboard pirate ships. The Coton is of the Bichon dog type, linked most closely to the Bichon Tenerife and the Tenerife Terrier. Although still rare, it has enjoyed considerable popularity with the Madagascar upper-class for some years and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The Coton de Tulear was officially recognized by the AKC in 2014 and grouped as Toy.
- Country of Origin: Madagascar
- Weight: 8 - 15 lbs
- Height: 8.5 - 12.5 inches
- Color: This breeds colors are white & black or white & tri-colored. (White is preferred by show breeders.) Some have slightly yellowish markings on the ears.
This breed is lively, alert and affectionate. They are super intelligent and can adapt to any environment. The Coton de Tulear is a super sociable breed and get along well with children. They learn quickly but can be bullheaded so training is recommended.
The Coton de Tulear life expectancy is between 13 - 16 years. This is a very healthy breed. Some health issues to be aware of are:
• Eye Issues
• Thyroid Disease
• Kidney Disease
The Coton de Tulear has a medium-to-long, fluffy, cotton-like coat that is considered hair rather than fur. It is a non-shedding breed with low dander.
The Coton de Tulear is hypoallergenic and for the most part do not shed. Their fine hair needs brushed daily to prevent tangling and matting. Clipping your dog short to the body will make grooming an easier task. Monthly bathing will help maintain a healthy coat.