Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: 12-15 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The Coton de Tulear gets along with everybody, including children, strangers,
and other animals.
Gentle, affectionate, cheerful, and intelligent, this breed does well in
obedience classes and can adapt to city, suburban, or rural living.
The fine, slightly wavy, fluffy coat is about three inches long and has
a cottony texture. Coat color is white overall, white body with champagne
head, or black and white.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Coton de Tulear needs to be brushed and taken on long walks daily.
European merchants probably introduced bichon-type companion dogs to the
island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean off the African coast, in the
16th century. The interbreeding of these dogs resulted in the Coton de Tulear.
Coton is French for "cotton," and Tulear is the name of the Madagascan
port where the Europeans landed. Only royalty and the Madagascan upper classes
were allowed to own Cotons.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club