Coton de Tulear Standard
Happy (Clown like)
Eager to please
Around the home, the Coton de Tulear is fun, friendly and very affectionate. Full of heart and humor, the Coton makes a great companion for the young and old alike. All it needs is exercise, attention and the occasional treat to keep it in good spirits. The Coton de Tulear may ultimately be an indoor dog, but it loves to play outdoors in any kind of weather. Tough and hardy, the Coton can also be protective. It makes an excellent, compact (and cuddly) watchdog.
Things to Know:
The Coton can live as long as 18 years. This is a healthy breed, generally free of genetic health issues. They are ideal apartment dogs, but remember that they enjoy the outdoors—especially swimming. Take them out for good long romps in the park whenever possible. You can keep them brushed out or most people prefer a puppy cut.
Coton de Tulear History:
Madagascar, Companion Dogs Brought in France in 1977 this newcomer of exotic origin has rapidly won a place amongst the small dogs; nowadays his fame has spread all over the world. The exact origins of the Coton de Tulear are unknown, but some believe they descended from dogs that survived an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar. According to legend, these little white dogs swam to shore and eventually mated with local terriers to create the Coton de Tulear. However, the more likely scenario is that their ancestors were brought to Madagascar by sailors during the 15th century. It is thought they are very tolerant to hot weather.