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The Coton de Tuléar is a small breed of dog. It is named after the city of Tuléar in Madagascar and for its cotton textured coat.
The breed standard for the UK can be found on the Kennel Club web site:
In the UK the breed club is The Coton de Tuléar Club of the United Kingdom. Further information and links to various resources can be found on the clubs web site:
Multiple registries with differing standards describe the Coton de Tuléar, but in general, it has very soft hair, comparable to a cotton ball, a prominent black nose, large expressive eyes and somewhat short puffy legs.
Coat and color
The Coton de Tuléar has medium-length to long hair (about four to six inches), fluffy, cotton-like coat that is hair rather than fur. Since it is a non-shedding breed with low dander, it is hypoallergenic (like the poodle) which is perfect for allergy suffers such as Asthmatics and has no "doggie smell". The Coton de Tuléar comes in a small variety of colors, white, white with light brown spots, black and white, and black (not an acceptable color).
The Coton is a playful, affectionate, intelligent breed. It becomes attached to people and as a result can have separation anxiety. It is a very vocal breed, grunting and making other noises when having fun. Some Cotons have a habit of jumping up and walking on their hind legs to please people. Cotons may exhibit shyness or cautiousness in new situations, especially around strangers, but this can usually be overcome with training. Most Cotons love meeting new people and are very curious in new situations. The Coton de Tuléar has a large dog personality, a medium size bark and is very trainable with praise instead of punishment. Cotons are great with kids and love to play.
The Coton has a long coat which needs a thorough grooming almost everyday, and a bath about once a month. Cotons need a short walk every day for exercise, but will appreciate a play session as often as possible and have the endurance to go on a long hike.
The Coton is in general a healthy breed and has no disorders that may affect many other breeds due to little inbreeding, the source of many canine health disorders. Average life span is 16 to 20 years.
The Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association currently have no health warnings for the breed.