Coton De Tulear
Description: The Coton De Tulear is a loyal, friendly, and playful dog. It will follow its master to do practically anything, and are good pets for families with children or older couples. Originally from Madagascar, the Coton De Tulear tends to be very affectionate and loyal and will follow its master to the very end.
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 - 12 inches
Weight: 12 - 15 lbs
Coat: Single coated. Approximately 3-3½ inches long, fine, slightly wavy, texture of cotton, shown in natural state. Color White. Slight lemon or gray color on ears acceptable; dark pigmentation.
Temperament: Cotons De Tulear are very devoted to its master, the Coton always wants to be in their presence and tries its best to please.
With Children: Very Good
With Pets: Very Good
Guard-dog: Very Poor
Care and Exercise: Its long coat requires relatively little care, but still needs periodic grooming.
Health Issues: No genetic defects
Life Span: 16 years
Country of Origin: Madagascar
History: The Coton de Tulear is a relative to the Bichon-type dogs and the Italian Bolognese. There are a couple of theories about its arrival in Madagascar: arriving with French troops, or from a shipwreck off of the island. It was used mainly as a companion dog in the Tulear region of Madagascar. It dates back to the 1600s, but it wasn't until the 70s and 80s that it really became known in Europe and North America.
Registries: CKC, KC, FCI, AKC (1/2004)