Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear information

The Coton de Tulear is a small dog breed which originates from Madagascar. It is believed that the Coton de Tulear's ancestors were mostly used to keep small rodent such as mice away from food supplies. Their company was also much appreciated by sailors. A story tells that, one day, sailors were surprised by a storm and everybody perished at sea. Luckily, some of the dogs survived and swam ashore to Tulear. These little dogs became wild animals and, eventually, mixed with other dogs, already established on the island of Madagascar. At that time, Terriers and other type dog breeds which are now extinct lived in Madagascar. As a result, the origins of the Coton de Tulear remains unclear.

The Coton de Tulear was domesticated by Malagasy people and the dogs were offered to Kings. The Coton de Tulear breed quickly became the exclusive companion of aristocrats.

In 1971, the Coton de Tulear breed was introduced in France.


Coton de Tulear characteristics

A Coton de Tulear measures between 10 to 12 inches and weighs from 5.5 to 7 kilos. The Coton de Tulear breed takes his name from his long haired cottony coat. The colour of the coat is generally white.


Coton de Tulear grooming

It is important to get your Coton de Tulear puppy used to being brushed and combed from an early age so that he does not grow afraid of this procedure. Once an adult, the Coton de Tulear does not shed much. To remove the shed hair and prevent tangles, it is recommended to brush and comb your dog twice a week. The hair around the eyes should be trimmed to prevent infections. Special care of your Coton de Tulear includes regular brushing of the teeth and inspection of the ears.

The Coton de Tulear should not be bathed to frequently as it can affect his skin. As a result, he should be bathed when necessary or every 6 to 8 weeks.


Coton de Tulear temperament

Coton de Tulears are very attached to their owners. This close bond can make them very protective of their owners in front of strangers. Therefore an early socialization of the Coton de Tulear puppy is highly recommended.

The Coton de Tulear is generally a calm companion but, at times, this little dog can be boisterous. Craving for interactions with his owner, He will enjoy playing in the garden and long walks.


Coton de Tulear training

Coton de Tulears require gentle but firm training. As most dogs, they react well to positive reinforcement training.

Being prone to separation anxiety, it is essential to get your Coton de Tulear puppy used to be left alone from an early age. Crate training is often recommended as it will give your puppy a secure a place to stay while you are away.

It is recommended to favour an early socialization of the puppy, introducing him to your friends and relatives. In doing so, your dog will grow more confident around people.


Coton de Tulear food habits

The Coton de Tulear needs to be fed with a good quality food and within the right quantities. The needs of your dog might differ regarding his activity also to establish a proper diet, it is recommended to speak with the dog breeder or your veterinary surgeon.

Coton de Tulear health

With a life expectancy of about 15 years, the Coton de Tulear is a healthy breed. However, there are a few common diseases affecting the breed such as: