Coton de Tulear



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Breed Description


This dog which seem to have originated from Madagascar has always been used as a family pet due to their friendly nature. They adapt seamlessly to the family requirements. They like to swim and play ball games.


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Size type:

Small dog breeds


Breed group:

Toy dog breeds



These dogs are friendly, intelligent, vigilant, playful, and sometimes they can be a little bit obstinate.



The shoulder-height is 25 – 32cm (9 ½ - 12 ½in) for dogs and 22 – 28cm (8 ½ - 11in) for bitches.



4-6kg for dogs and 3.5-5kg for bitches



These are very sociable dogs that are happy to live in friendship with other dogs and animals. They are usually first-class playmates for children.



The fine, long hairs create a curly coat with a cotton-like texture. There is no undercoat. The colour is always white with a few yellow to dark grey patches (especially by the ears).



The coat needs grooming with brush and comb several times each week. They do not shed hair but the hairs can brushed out and then remove from the brush. Remove excess hair between the pads of the feet and in the inner ear. The Coton de Tulear does not need a bath more than once or twice a year- which is adequate to keep the coat clean.



The coton de Tulear quite quickly but do not forget that, although they are intelligent and eager to work, they can have mind of their own. They do well in various areas of dog sports such as agility skills trials and fly-ball.


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