Breed Group: Miscellaneous Class
Weight: 12 - 15 lbs
Height: 10 - 12 inches
Color(s): White or white and black. White is preferred.
The Coton originated in the island of Madagascar in the early
20th century. They are still considered to be a rare breed in the United
States, where there are only perhaps 5,000 total. The American Kennel Club does not yet recognize the Coton, and as such, there is no uniform standard.
The Coton de Tulear is an adaptable and boisterous companion. They thrive
on being an integral part of the family, and do not like to be left alone
for an extended length of time. They are content to be on your lap or at
your feet, but are also instantly ready for play or a ride in the car.
The Coton de Tulear is alert and territorial. They form strong
attachments to both Master and family. They will alert to danger by
barking, but only when it is necessary. They are extremely intelligent and
love all of the attention they can get. The Coton is very social and enjoys
outings and experiences. They get along well with other pets and children.
The Coton requires frequent brushing and combing to keep the coat
free of matting. Special attention must be given to the undercoat. They
may also be given a cropped cut. This breed has no significant genetic
diseases built into it due to its rarity. Breeders have been very careful
to keep the Coton line pure.
Coton is French for cotton. Hence, this breeds coat is fluffy and cottony, not silky. There is a long topcoat that is dry, dirt shedding, and non-oily. Most but not all Cotons will have a fine, thin, downy undercoat.
The Coton de Tulear is bright and intelligent, but may be slow to mature.
They may be difficult to housebreak. They do well with early socialization
and obedience training. They require firm, consistent, and loving direction
and do very well with a lot of praise and direction.
This breed is an indoor companion. They do not require high
levels of exercise, but do need a short walk every day. They also
appreciate play sessions as often as possible. They adjust and adapt well
to apartment, condo, and urban living. They have the capability and
endurance for long hikes.
Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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