The Coton is a combination of beauty, excellent health, vitality, intelligence, calm, loyal and loving behavior.
A Brief Description of the Coton de Tulear (pronounced coe-TAWN day TULE-ee-r)
The Madagascar Coton de Tulear is a rare ancient pure breed that was developed on the island of Madagascar more than three centuries ago. Their ancestors were brought by merchant ships from Europe to the port of Tulear on the east side of the island of Madagascar (Africa). They were imported to the USA in 1974 by Dr. Robert Russell who is the founder and president of the Madagascar Coton Club of America. Please visit this website for a complete history and more information about the Coton de Tulear. mCTCA website
The Coton is a hearty, lively, small companion dog with a friendly, engaging personality. The Coton is less than 13 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 9 and 18 pounds.
The Coton has long unique hair (4-6 inches) that is very dry and cotton like in appearance. The hair is free of oils and the skin free of dander, so most people believe the breed does not provoke an allergic reaction. No dog is completely hypoallergenic.
The Coton has a calm laid back disposition. They are intelligent highly empathetic dogs who quickly become family members. They are extremely devoted to humans, and get along well with children and most pets.
Probably the most outstanding characteristic of the Coton de Tulear is its behavior. The Coton is a companion dog, bred for the pure delight of its intelligent, loving attention to its human family. Cotons are very intelligent, and study their human family with great care. The Coton is an alert, lively companion, but it is slow to anger.
The Coton may be one of the gentlest breeds ever created. The Coton de Tulear is one of the least aggressive, most desirable companion dogs in the world.