- Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
- Basic training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys active walks
- Needs under an hour of walking a day
- Small dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming daily
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Generally friendly with other dogs
- Gets along with other pets with training
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a small garden
- Can happily live in the city
- Can be left occasionally with training
The Coton De Tulear breed can suffer from:
- Patellar luxation
- Von Willebrand's disease¹ which is where a dog produces insufficient or faulty clotting factors which can result in uncontrolled bleeding.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.
¹M. L. Dalmolin, 'Haemostasis evaluation in dogs: von Willebrand factor, prothrombin and activated partial thromboplastin time', 2015, Masters Thesis- Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. Graduate Program in Veterinary Sciences.
|Lifespan:||14 – 16 years|
|Weight:||4 – 6kg|
|Height:||22 – 30cm|
|Colours:||White, shadings of light grey or fawn/apricot may be present on the ears|
|UK Kennel Club Groups:||Toy|
|Easy to train:||3/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||1/5|
|Likes other pets:||5/5|
While their origins may lie in pest control on board trading ships, the Coton has enjoyed centuries as a companion dog, thriving on human company. They are still a very capable watchdog, joyfully alerting their human family to anything happening around them, and are intelligent and will enjoy fun training as well as snuggling on laps.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Madagascar
The ancestors of the Coton De Tulear arrived in the port of Tulear in the 17th Century, more than likely as the ship dogs and companions of sailors and traders. Though there are some romantic and almost certainly fictional tales involving pirates and shipwrecks, these little dogs were mixed with the local dogs, and the most attractive of them prized by nobility.
Rediscovered by European travellers in the middle of the 20th Century, the Coton eventually made their way to the US and the UK, gaining full recognition with the UK Kennel Club in 2004.
Did You Know?
- The Coton was so popular and prized by the noble families of Tulear that they passed a law prohibiting the common people from owning them!
- A popular celebrity dog for some time, Coton De Tulear’s have been owned by the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Debra Messing, Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda.
- They are quite a rare breed and have nearly become extinct at several points in history.
- Coton De Tulear’s are known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar.
- They’re thought to be ancestors of the Bichon Tenerife dog and are considered to be a Bichon type.