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.
Other Names |
What other names does the Coton de Tulear have? The dog breed also known as...
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
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 RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.|
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:
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.
Coton de Tulear History
The large island of Madagascar, located off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, is home to many unusual creatures, but one of them has become a beloved export throughout the world: the soft and shaggy Coton de Tulear, a member of the Bichon family who probably came to Madagascar as long as several hundred years ago. The name of the breed reveals its origin. The ‘coton’ refers to the color and the quality of the cotton. ‘De Tulear’ is a small harbor on the huge island of Madagascar. The Cotons were the property of the ruling royal family of Madagascar. It dates back to the 1600s.
The ancestors of the Coton de Tulear were popular companions with the Roman aristocracy who called them ‘table dogs’. The Roman aristocrats were accompanied to dinners and other events by the ‘table dogs’, who were also known as the ‘Meletei’. It is possible that these dogs came to Rome from commercial caravans in Central Asia. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the ‘Meletei’ was mated with another popular breed, the Barbet. The Bichon family was born due to the interbreeding of the Meletei and the Barbet breed. Maltese, Bichon Frise, Bolognese, and Havanese also belong to the mentioned family.
The Coton de Tulear became popular in Europe after the second world war, when Madagascar had attained its independence from the French. The tourism between France and Madagascar increased. Tourists and diplomats, who fell in love with the little dogs while vacationing on Madagascar, brought some of these dogs to their homeland, France, and worked to establish them as a breed. Dr. Robert Jay Russell discovered the breed in Madagascar in 1973 and brought some of them to America. He called the breed ‘Royal Dog of Madagascar’. Dr. Russell established the Coton de Tulear Club of America in 1976. These cute little feral dogs became domesticated more and more as their popularity rose. In 1995 there were 16 Coton breeders in the U.S.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Coton de Tulear size:
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)|
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)|
What type of coat does the Coton de Tulear have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Coton de Tulear's coat?
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 are low shedders. 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.
What kind of personality does the Coton de Tulear have? What characteristics does the breed have?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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 explore or 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.
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.
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 office dogs?
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?
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 Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Coton de Tulear dogs have health problems?
The Coton de Tulear is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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 (PRA)|
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?
Is the Coton de Tulear breed hypoallergenic?
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.|
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
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.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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?
Coton de Tulear Pros & Cons
- 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 are low shedders.
- 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.
- 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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Coton de Tulear Comments, Reviews & Questions
Sep 25, 2021, 12:15:37 PM:
Whoever decided these weren't great therapy dogs was wrong. Sophie was socialized from 10 weeks old and now works at a high school everyday (2 years old). The students love her and she had never met a stranger. These are absolutely wonderful dogs!!!
May 31, 2021, 5:16:43 PM:
My cotton is the most clownish happy and loving dog ever.wouldnt change her for any other dog..and she is so intelligent and i have taught her over 15 tricks
- Wouldn't change him for anything!
Mar 9, 2021, 10:08:18 AM:
Playful, loving, cheeky and devoted.
- cotons are the best
Oct 31, 2020, 11:08:43 AM:
they are literally the best dogs you can ever have!
- Cotons Rock
Feb 26, 2020, 3:30:58 AM:
- Cotons Rock!
Feb 26, 2020, 3:28:55 AM:
Feb 19, 2020, 5:08:18 PM:
- me wants .
Jan 27, 2020, 3:10:44 PM:
me wants one
Jan 27, 2020, 3:06:14 PM:
coton is the best doggo ever