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Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel" Compare Coton de Tulear and Dalmatian. Which is better: Coton de Tulear or Dalmatian or Tibetan Spaniel?
Name Coton de Tulear Dalmatian Tibetan Spaniel
OriginsMadagascar Croatia Tibet
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank8163121
Reviews611
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Other Names Coton, Cotie Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog Tibbie, Simkhyi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set
Price $2400-$3000 $500-$600 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel

Size Small Large Small
Weight 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg) 9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)
Avg. Weight 13.5 pounds (5.6 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg) 12 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)
Height 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)
Avg. Height 11 inches (27.5 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care - Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel

Coat Soft Fine Silky
Colors White White Liver Brown Black Cream Red Silver Sable Tan Gold White Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Coton de Tulears are low shedders.
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Lively Trainable Intelligent Playful Vocal Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful Intelligent Aloof Independent Assertive Happy Willful
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Average: Tibetan Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed.
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
Tibetan Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Coton de Tulears don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Coton de Tulears are a social breed.
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Tibetan Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally.
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Tibetan Spaniel rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs.
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Coton de Tulears are average defenders.
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
Tibetan Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Coton de Tulears are stranger friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Coton de Tulear is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Coton de Tulears are usually recommended for elderly people.
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Coton de Tulears are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Tibetan Spaniels are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Coton de Tulears are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Tibetan Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Coton de Tulear breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel

Health Issues
The Coton de Tulear is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Luxating Patella Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Deafness Hip Dysplasia Iris Sphincter Dysplasia Skin Allergies Urolithiasis No set
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
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.
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need.
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Tibetan Spaniels exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Coton de Tulears sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Tibetan Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tibetan Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Coton de Tulear vs Dalmatian vs Tibetan Spaniel

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 6-9 puppies 3-6 puppies

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