Coton de Tulear
Coton de Tulears are loyal, devoted and affectionate towards their owners. They have been known to suffer from separation anxiety if on their own for long periods of times. They require a short walk each day but are not suitable for long hikes. Being playful dogs they can be extremely vocal, especially when excited.
Cotton de Tulears have a dense soft coat textured like cotton, hence their name, which is typically all white. Their coats can easily become matted and tangled so daily grooming is reccomended. They may have dark grey or red roan shadings on their ears or body.
Coton de Tulear History:
The Coton de Tulear originate from Madagascar. They have been named after the port of Tulear, today called Toliara. It has been specualted that the dogs came to te island on pirate ships, here they may have been used to hunt rats on board the ship or simply for companions.
The breed may have initially descended from many island communities including the now extinct Bichon Tenerife and possibly the Havanese. Historically the breed has been favoured by the Madagascar ruling family.
The first dogs were only imported to America by Dr. Robert Jay Russell in the 1970s. Currently the breed is an American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service breed.
11 - 20 lb
12 - 15 lb