13 Interesting Facts About the Coton De Tulear Dog Breed

Is the Coton De Tulear the right dog for you?

If you’re a dog lover, the Coton De Tulear is definitely a breed worth getting to know. These little dogs are both playful and sweet, and they make great pets for people of all ages. But before you run out and add one of these cuties to your family, there are a few things you should know about this unique breed. Here are 13 interesting facts about the Coton De Tulear dog breed. Enjoy!

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1. The Coton De Tulear Dog breed is relatively unknown, even though it has been around for at least 400 years. The first Cotons are thought to have originated in the Philippines and were brought over to Europe by Dutch Trade ships and pirates.

2. Cotons are nicknamed cottony tailed dogs because their tails have a very fuzzy texture which looks similar to cotton. Their fur gets easily attached to everything they brush against.

3. The Coton De Tulear Dog breed has a gentle and loving personality, which makes them excellent family pets, especially with children. They get along well with other dogs and will play for hours on end with them. They are generally very good swimmers.

4. Because of their rarity and beauty, Cotons from a reputable breeder usually cost anywhere from $2000 to $4000. Scammers often try to pass of other similar breeds as Cotons-be careful!

5. The Coton De Tulear Dog breed typically weighs around 14-18 pounds and stands about 10 inches at the shoulder. Their coats are quite shaggy, with their fur growing to roughly 6 inches long. They shed very little, but can get mats if they spend too much time outside or in contact with dirt. Because of their light shedding, many allergy sufferers do well with this dog.

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6.The Coton De Tulear Dog breed is very intelligent and quite trainable, but they may be a bit slow to housetrain. They learn commands quickly, which makes them excellent for show dogs. Because they are so smart and in demand, there is a large underground market for stolen Cotons. Because of this, it is always advised that you microchip your dog in case they get lost.

7. Cotons have a relatively long lifespan, with some living up to 16 years old. They are very healthy dogs and often live well into their teens without any major health problems developing. However, it is important that you brush your Coton’s teeth daily to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.

8. In AKC running competitions (100 yards) the average speed of a Coton De Tulear was 16.4 mph. The fastest recorded running speed was 22.73 mph!


9. In Madagascar, Cotons are an integral part of village life and were used as working dogs. They were often used to keep rats away from grain storage and to stop animals like rabbits and chickens from eating crops. Even today, the Coton De Tulear Dog breed is still seen around Madagascar.

10. The Coton De Tulear Dog breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014, but it has long been widely recognized as a wonderful companion dog all over the world. The Coton De Tulear Dog breed was first recognized by the French National Kennel Club in 1970 and accepted by the FCI in 1972.

11. The Cotons were first brought to America by Bill Lane after he visited Madagascar on business. From there, they began to be bred with other small dogs to create a bigger dog, but this lead to the poor health of the breed. Because of this, all Cotons in America are now pure-bred.

12. The Coton De Tulear is a very affectionate dog and is prone to separation anxiety. They can be sensitive to noises in their environment and the tone of the human voice.

13. The rarest of all pure bred Cotons is the tall Coton which stands stands between 15 and 17-inches at the shoulders and are the result of a genetic mutation. They can be born of normal sized parents.

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