The Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a very hardy small-sized (8 to 13 pounds), long-coated companion. Happy and clownish, the breed is eager to please and very loyal. Meaning “cotton” in French, the Coton de Tulear has a soft, white coat.
The Coton de Tulear dates back around the 15th century in Madagascar, off the coast of eastern Africa. The breed takes its name from the port city of Tulear, where it was especially prevalent in the 1700s. While the exact origins of the Coton are unknown, the breed is said to have survived in packs in the wild, later used for ridding trade ships of unwanted rodents. These happy little dogs were also prized by the Merina nobles for their companionship and pleasant demeanor. Popular with the French who colonized Madagascar, the Coton later became prevalent throughout Europe.
Is this the breed for you? The Coton de Tulear is a happy dog that thrives on human companionship. They are extremely sturdy and versatile, excelling in all types of dog activities, from agility to therapy. The breed gets along well with other dogs, cats, and children provided that proper socialization is given. The breed’s long coat requires daily grooming and care. The Coton de Tulear is considered “hypoallergenic” and may be a good breed for allergy sufferers.