Coton de Tulear Dog Breed

Coton de Tulear  

The friendly Coton de Tulear has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Although it is known that the Coton de Tulear descended from the Bichon family, very little is known about the breed’s exact origins. The Coton de Tulear was first discovered on the island of Madagascar, in the Port of Tulear, in the 15th century. Some believe the Coton de Tulear arrived in Madagascar by way of a shipwreck while others speculate they were left there by sailors. By the 17th century, the Coton de Tulear had become the “Official Dog of Madagascar” and only nobles were permitted to have them in their homes.  

The Coton de Tulear weighs 9 to 13 pounds and measures 9.5 to 13 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Coton de Tulear has a long, fluffy white coat that resembles a cotton ball. The Coton de Tulear does not shed much and only needs to be brushed a few times a week and bathed when dirty. If not being shown, the Coton de Tulear’s coat can be trimmed for even easier maintenance. Like all dogs, the Coton de Tulear also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Coton de Tulear is lively and happy.

The Coton de Tulear is an ideal companion. The Coton de Tulear relishes the role of lap dog, but is also the first out the door for a car ride or game of fetch. The Coton de Tulear is very sociable and gets along well with children and new people.

The Coton de Tulear is highly people-oriented and especially devoted to their family. They do not like to be left alone for too long and can develop separation anxiety. Coton de Tulears thrive on attention and have a silly streak.

Training Needs
The Coton de Tulear is intelligent and eager to please. The Coton de Tulear likes to learn and is especially responsive to praise and treats. Once they have the basics down, Coton de Tulears can go on to participate in advanced training.

Activity Level
The Coton de Tulear is a great dog for apartment dwellers. The Coton de Tulear is laidback and just needs a daily walk and regular time outside in a secure area to play.

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