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Coton de Tulear dogs originated in Madagascar. Coton puppies can be quite expensive. But buying coton de tulears are worth it!

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Coton de Tulear Standard Grooming

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:15:00 PDT

Some Coton owners are sometimes unsure as to what type of dog grooming they wanted for their dog. So dog groomers would usually do the standard haircut which aims to make them see better and look good -- giving a sanitary trim, shaving the hair between the eyes, and leaving the rest of the beautiful hair alone.

But, we should keep in mind that a Coton de Tulear's hair is their sunscreen. A Coton's hair should grow over their eyes to prevent cataracts. It would be best to keep the bangs just about the eyelashes, cut it short, and let the longer pieces hang over their eyes. This will allow Cotons to have a normal sight and their eyes will not produce staining tears.

A Coton de Tulear Needs to Socialize

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:39:51 PDT

Breeders and owners have reported uncharacteristic aggression and/or fearfulness of some Cotons. Unfriendly by nature, Coton de Tulear needs extensive socialization to people and needs exposure to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise, they can become more shy and suspicious which can be difficult to be dealt with in the long run.

Also, Coton de Tulear puppies are not suitable to small children no matter how well a child shows good intentions. A child may give comfort to Cotons yet can be clumsy sometimes -- they accidentally step on, sat on, rolled on, squeeze, or drop a puppy. Even Coton adults may feel overwhelmed by loud voices or quick movements that kids would make and distressing a dog may be the result.

7 Things to Consider before Buying a Coton de Tulear Dog

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:14:27 PDT

The Coton de Tulear requires love and devotion from its owners. Here is a list that you must consider before buying a Coton dog for you or your family: A Coton de Tulear does not want to be left alone for more than a few hours, they need companionship. When they become anxious, they will keep on chewing and barking. If you are working the entire day, a Coton de Tulear breed is not for you to own.A Coton de Tulear dog needs to be exposed to people, sights and sounds. If they lack socialization, they can become shy, suspicious and could have defensive biting.Coton de Tulear puppies and adult dogs are not suitable to small children. They may feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can’t have making, and this can stress them out and be shy.A Coton dog needs to be brushed and combed frequently. If you can’t commit in grooming a Coton de Tulear, it becomes a matted mess. Frequent trimming is required to keep the coat short, neat and healthy.Housebreaking is a problem for Coton de Tulear dogs when staying at home. You might consider having a doggy door and consistent crate training.You must be quick in stopping a Coton dog from barking. They quickly react to the sound of the alarm at every new sight and sound. A “Dog Respect Training Program” is mandatory so your dog will listen to you. Consider enrolling you and your puppy in a basic dog training course.A Coton de Tulear puppy is available in the United States and the price is expensive. Coton breeders sell a high price of $1,500 or more. [...]

Buy a Coton de Tulear Dog

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 07:20:56 PST

A Coton de Tulear may be right for you if you want a dog who...

  • Is small but sturdy
  • Has a long, soft cottony coat that doesn't shed (one of the best breeds for allergy sufferers)
  • Doesn't need a lot of exercise
  • Is polite with people and other animals
  • Is healthy and long-lived

A Coton de Tulear may not be right for you if you don't want to deal with...

  • "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) if left alone too much
  • Shyness or suspiciousness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
  • Frequent brushing and combing
  • Housebreaking difficulties
  • Barking
  • A high price tag

If you're considering an adult Coton de Tulear...

There are plenty of adult Coton de Tulears who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics. If you find such an adult, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you.

When you acquire a puppy, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important. But when you acquire an adult, you're acquiring what he already is.

Coton de Tulear Physical Characteristics

Sun, 22 Jul 2007 02:16:24 PDT

Coton de Tulear HeightThe height of a Coton de Tulear is measured at the withers. A male Coton ranges from 9 7/8 inches (25 cm) to 12 1/2 inches (32 cm), with 11 inches (28 cm) being the ideal. A female Coton ranges from 8 1/2 inches (21.5 cm) to 11 inches (28 cm), with 9 7/8 inches (25 cm) being the ideal. The FCI Standard of the Coton de Tulear is... Males 26-28 cm, and Females 23-25 cm.Coton de Tulear WeightThe weight of a male Coton de Tulear ranges from 8 7/8 to 13 1/4 pounds (4 to 6 kg). The female Coton de Tulear weight range is from 7 3/4 to 11 pounds (3.5 to 5 kg). Weight is proportional to height, but must not exceed the maximum. For example, a male Coton of 11 inches in height will weigh approximately 11 pounds, while a male Coton of 12 1/2 inches in height will weigh approximately 13 1/4 pounds. Coton de Tulear ColorsA few slight shadings of light grey color (mixture of white and black hairs) or of red-roan (mixture of white and fawn hairs), are permitted on the ears of a Coton de Tulear.White, with a few spots of yellow or light-to-medium gray permissible. A few spots of the following colors, with a variety of darkness and intensity, are acceptable on a white background on young Coton de Tulear dogs (under 1 year) only: yellow, rust, dark red, black, brown, and brown/black mixed together. The color is very light at the base of the hair shaft, indicative of acceptable adult coloration. The ears of the Coton de Tulear puppies are covered with white hair or with hair of the following three shades: yellow taints, more or less dark; a blend of yellow and black hairs; or, a few black hairs, giving the impression of a light grayish stain. Coton de Tulear CoatThe Colors of the Coton de Tulear puppies are white or white and black. But, white is preferred. The long, fluffy, cotton coat should be brushed daily. The fine coat is slightly wavy, with a cottony texture. It is approximately 3 1/3 inches (8 cm) in length. A Coton's long, dry, nearly straight hair requires brushing periodically to remove an undercoat and prevent matting. Cotons remain relatively clean without a bath for a long time. Most owners prefer a monthly trip to a groomers, with casual brushing about every other day or so. Single coated Coton de Tulear dogs are approximately 3 - 3 1/2 inches long, fine, slightly wavy, texture of cotton, shown in natural state. Slight lemon or gray color on ears acceptable; dark pigmentation. There are three color varieties of the Coton de Tulears that are common: White (all white with perhaps cream-biscuit/champagne patches on the ears and saddle region); Black and White (brilliant black patches which sometimes appear to gray with maturity), and Tri-color (white, tan, and black pups which generally turn off-white with a dusting of black hairs later in life). Hair length is about 4-5 inches and does not reach the ground from the belly. The long hair protects the Coton from equatorial sun in its native, semi-dessert lands surrounding Tulear, Madagascar. Show Cotons tend to be extremely over-groomed, often heavily doused with hair sprays and without sufficient undercoat removal. Some show dogs resemble a Bichon Frise whose paw was caught in a live electric light socket. Other information of the Coton de TulearThe other name of a Coton de Tulear is Coton.Life span of a Coton de Tulear is about 14-16 years.A Coton de Tulear has an average litter size of 5.The Coton de Tulear group: Gun Dog, Companion Group, not toy dogsThe Coton de Tulear is described in the literature as non-shedding, we would more accurately describe them as minimal shedding.Coton adapts perfectly to all ways of life and climates.Coton de Tulear RecognitionCKC(Continental Kennel Club), FCI(Federation Cynologique Internationale), NKC(National Kennel Club), APRI(American Pet Registry Inc.), ACR(American Canine Registry), UKC (United Kennel Club)[...]

Coton De Tulear Health and Abilities

Sun, 22 Jul 2007 02:11:55 PDT

Coton de Tulear Diet

In Madagascar, the diet of a Coton de tulear was fed as a vegetarian and rice diet for nearly 300 years. Consequently, we recommend a vegetarian, low protein diet such as Natures' Recipe Vegetarian Diet.

Coton de Tulear Health

Cotons have about an average number of breed health defects, but they have a much lower incidence of them. That means that overall, this is a healthy, sturdy breed. A buyer should check with a breeder to determine things to look for in his/her lineage and details about the breeder's health guarantee. The breed is known to have a low incidence of heart defects (pulmonic stenosis), orthopedic problems associated with small breeds (luxated patellae, spinal disk disease), and the like. Recently, some few Cotons have been diagnosed with aggression problems, probably genetic. Most often, Cotons are not only non-aggressive, but deeply devoted to their human companions. Therefore, separation anxiety can become a problem unless careful training is followed.

Coton de Tulear Grooming Requirements

The long, light-textured hair requires regular brushing, careful grooming. The dead hair should be brushed and combed out. Excess hair between the pads of the feet and in the inner ears should be removed. They do not need a bath more than once or twice a year which will be adequate to keep them clean. The coat should not be scissored. Cotons sheds little to no hair. This breed is good for allergy sufferers. Requires rare bathing, only once or twice a year. Little-to-no shedding. Good for allergy sufferers. Coton de Tulear is okay for apartment life.

Coton de Tulear Train Ability

The Coton de Tulear can be difficult to house break. He benefits from early obedience training. A Coton is intelligent and learns quickly but can be a bit stubborn.

Coton de Tulear Exercise Needs and Activities
  • While the Coton de Tulear is an ideal apartment dog, he needs room to run to maintain his happy disposition and to stay healthy. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
  • Coton de Tulears require an average amount of room to run and play. They desire to be a part of a family. Weekly to bi-weekly brushing and occasional trimming and bathing will keep the coat in good shape.
  • A Coton de Tulear dog likes to play and swim. They enjoy wide open spaces and can follow their masters on horseback for many miles. They do well in various areas of dog sports such as agility skills trials and catch. As active as they are, they will adapt well to the family's situation.

Coton de Tulear... Awww... so cute!

Sat, 28 Apr 2007 06:19:07 PDT



Coton de Tulear Pictures

Wed, 05 Sep 2007 18:14:27 PDT

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Coton de Tulear Info

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:43:04 PDT

(image) Coton de Tulear History

The Coton de Tulear (pronounced "coe-TAWN day tool-ee-are"), which means "Cotton dog of the Malagasy Port City of Tulear". Tulear was once a popular port of merchant ships sailing the Indian Ocean, and it is believed that around the 15th or 16th century, European merchants introduced various Bichon-type companion dogs to Madagascar. It is one of the few African purebred dogs that has obtained popularity. The breed is descended from the now-extinct Coton de Reunion, a breed brought to Mauritius by sailors–including pirates–during the 16th Century. It is presumed that because of their beauty and affectionate personality, these dogs were offered to the King and Malagasy nobles. In the 17th century, the Coton de Tulear was adopted by the ruling "Merina" tribal monarchy, and it was forbidden that anyone other than royalty own the breed. Thus became the breed’s prevalent title of "Royal Dog of Madagascar." The breed was strengthened through crossbreeding with wild hunting dogs. The Malagasy value the Coton as a companion and a symbol of wealth. Dr. Robert Jay Russell, a biologist studying lemurs on Madagascar, exported the first Cotons to North America in 1974. The breed was imported into Europe three years later.

(image) Coton de Tulear Temperament

A Coton de Tulear is a typical bichon-type dog. They are intelligent, cheerful, alert, curious and easily-trained. These happy, spunky, affectionate, gentle and friendly Coton de Tulear dogs enjoy human companionship. Coton De Tulears are extremely willing to please its master and is very loyal to his family, the Coton always wants to be in their presence and tries its best to please. They are very sociable dogs that gets along with children, with other dogs and other animals. But early socialization is still recommended. The Coton de Tulear makes a great watchdog. Full of tricks and surprises to fulfill his master’s every wish. One of their most endearing traits is a tendency to jump and walk on their hind legs. Their teasing expressions enhance any home willing to spend a few moments a day in the necessary play and grooming routines. The Coton de Tulear learns quite quickly but can occasionally be a little bit stubborn. Although they are intelligent and eager to work, they do have a mind of their own. A Coton is known by the nickname of "anti-stress dog." Coton de Tulear puppies are also known for their beauty and happy-go-lucky dispositions. Perhaps the best characteristic of the Coton is its soothing and calm nature, and its ability to settle down and relax when you do.