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Coton de Tulear Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Coton de Tulear so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginMadagascar
Group Companion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Coton de Tulear have? The dog breed also known as...
Coton, Cotie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Coton de Tulear recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Coton de Tulear recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Coton de Tulear breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Coton de Tulear puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Coton de Tulear price:
$2400-$3000
If you choose to purchase the Coton de Tulear, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Coton de Tulear for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Coton de Tulear gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Coton de Tulear size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Coton de Tulear weigh? Coton de Tulear weight:
12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Coton de Tulear? Coton de Tulear average weight:
13.5 pounds (5.6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Coton de Tulear? Coton de Tulear height:
10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Coton de Tulear average height:
11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Coton de Tulear have? What does this canine coat look like?
Soft
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Coton de Tulear's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Coton de Tulear and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Coton de Tulear requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Coton de Tulear is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Coton de Tulear dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Coton? Coton de Tulear shedding level:
Coton de Tulears shed quite a little. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. Coton de Tulear dogs could be a good choice if you don't really like dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Coton de Tulear have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateLivelyTrainableIntelligentPlayfulVocal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Coton de Tulear? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Coton de Tulear obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Coton de Tulear dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Coton de Tulear sensitivity:
Coton de Tulears don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Coton need? Coton de Tulear social needs:
Coton de Tulears are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Coton de Tulear dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cotie bark?
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Coton de Tulear good as a watchdog?
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Coton de Tulear dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Coton de Tulears are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Coton de Tulear bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Coton? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Coton de Tulear? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Coton de Tulear do?
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Coton de Tulears need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Coton de Tulear to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Coton de Tulear roam?
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Coton de Tulear have high prey drive?
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Coton de Tulear good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Coton de Tulears do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Coton de Tulear dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Coton de Tulears are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Coton de Tulear dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Coton de Tulear and children:
Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Coton de Tulear dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Coton de Tulear good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Coton de Tulear dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Coton de Tulear can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Coton de Tulears good office dogs? Do Coton de Tulears make good office friendly dogs? Can Coton de Tulears be ofiice dogs?
No
Coton de Tulear is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Coton de Tulear dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Coton temperament with senior people? Are Coton de Tulear dogs good for elderly owners?
Coton de Tulears are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Coton de Tulear dogs get along with other pets? Are Coton de Tulear dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Coton de Tulears are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Coton de Tulear breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Coton de Tulears are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Coton de Tulear be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Coton de Tulear is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Coton de Tulear be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Coton de Tulear is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Coton de Tulear be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Coton de Tulear is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Coton de Tulear be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Coton de Tulear is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Coton de Tulear be a boat dog?
Not really
Coton de Tulear breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Coton de Tulear be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Coton de Tulear is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Coton de Tulear dogs have health problems?
Coton de Tulears are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Coton de Tulear breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Coton de Tulear breed? Health risks of Coton de Tulear:
Hip DysplasiaLuxating PatellaProgressive Retinal Atrophy
Life Expectancy
How long do Coton de Tulear dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Coton de Tulear be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Coton de Tulear breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Coton de Tulears do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Coton de Tulear have?
Coton de Tulears have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Coton de Tulear dogs require per day?
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Coton de Tulears sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Coton de Tulear need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Coton de Tulear risk for obesity:
Average. The Coton de Tulear has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Coton de Tulear's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Coton de Tulear drool?
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Coton de Tulear could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Coton de Tulear. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Coton de Tulear puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Coton de Tulear: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Coton de Tulear have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Coton de Tulear have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Coton de Tulear

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Coton de Tulears do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Coton de Tulears shed quite a little.
  • Drooling tendency: The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Coton de Tulears are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Coton de Tulears do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Coton de Tulear is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Coton de Tulears are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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