Coton de Tulear breed information, pictures and more...


AKC Toy Dogs, FCI Group IX.: Companion and Toy Dogs
Dogs 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Bitches 8-10 inches (20-25 cm)
Dogs 12-15 pounds (5-7 kg)
Bitches 10-13 pounds (5-6 kg)
14-16 years
3 to 8

The Coton de Tulear is a relative to the Bichon-type dogs and the Italian Bolognese. Coton is the French word for Cotton. Like the name suggests the most conspicuous feature of the Coton De Tulear is its coat, which is cottony or fluffy rather than silky; it has a long topcoat.

Some have slightly yellowish markings on the ears. This little dog is very affectionate and gets along well with children, other dogs and animals.


Colors come in white & black and white (white is preferred by breeders).


Single coated. The coat is approximately 3-3 inches long, fine, slightly wavy, texture of cotton, shown in natural state. Slight lemon or gray color on ears is acceptable; dark pigmentation. Requires daily, careful grooming, the dead hair should be brushed and combed out. It does not need a bath more than once or twice a year, which will be adequate to keep it clean. The coat should not be trimmed. This breed sheds little to no hair; it is good for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues:

No genetic defects. However, to make sure that you get a healthy puppy, you should buy a Coton puppy from a reputable Coton de Tulear breeder.

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