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.
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