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Coton de Tulear
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. – Andy Rooney
The Coton de Tulear is a member of the Bichon family of dogs and was bred to be a companion.
The Coton de Tulear accompanied pirates and sailors to the port of Tulear, Madagascar and has been established there since the 1600s.
He was adopted by the ruling tribal monarchy and became known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar”. Only the nobility were permitted to own a Coton and this dog is still relatively rare in North America.
Named for his coat, the Coton stands up to 11 3/4 inches (30 cm) high at the shoulder. He has a cotton-like, long-haired, soft coat that is relatively low maintenance. The coat does not shed and dries quickly. It comes in white, and may have a few slight shadings of light grey colour (mixture of white and black hairs) or of red-roan (mixture of white and fawn hairs).
As befits a dog bred for companionship, the Coton is long-lived, lively, happy, and loving. Some will act as watch dogs, but generally, Cotons are not barkers. Although he is not a loud dog, he can become excited when at play and will grunt, bark, and make other noise when having fun.
He has an amusing and affectionate nature. He will cock his head attentively and even walk on his hind legs to get a laugh! The Coton revels in his status as a lap dog and enjoys nothing more than being curled up with his family. This dog is extremely willing to please and devoted to his family.
Cotons love to swim, run, and play.
Photos displayed courtesy of Jodi and Peggy Maki, Mystery Mountain, British Columbia
An intelligent, alert, easily-trained animal, the Coton benefits from early obedience training and socialization. They are curious and eager to please so training should be less frustrating than with some other breeds.
Cotons will coexist peacefully with other pets. They also generally tolerate some childish rough-housing. The Coton can adapt to almost any living style and climate but is an indoor dog. He will retain his happy-go-lucky attitude his whole life long.