Coton de Tulear

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
Space needed:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:
Tendency to bark:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Non-Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 12-15 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 14-16 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for warm climate.

Breed Details


The Coton de Tulear breed is a pure breed dog. The breed is related to the French Bichons and the Italian Bolognese. Coton being the French for the word cotton is pretty much picked up from its coat that is cottony or fluffy.

These dogs are naturally very friendly, alert, gentle and affectionate. They get along very well with children and other house pets which makes them suitable as family dogs. They are great watchdogs even if they are small.

The dog is highly active that they can go for very long walks along their horseback riding humans. They will remain happy, content and balanced dogs if their pack leader will provide them with enough activity to drain their energy.


The Coton's color usually comes in Black/White, White and Tri-colored. Show breeders prefer them in White. Other Cotons have a little yellowish markings on their ears.


This dog's coat hair is long and light-textured. Just like it's name, their coat is cottony or fluffy rather than silky. They have long topcoat while fluffy hair covers the thin, lightly muscled fore legs. Brushing and combing out their dead hair is required to keep it looking good, healthy and tangle-free. Their coats should never be cut with scissors. The Cotons shed little to no hair making them suitable for persons or families who have allergy issues or do not want to deal with dog hair.


The Coton de Tulears are very gentle, friendly, alert and affectionate in nature. They are also very sociable dogs that they do well along with children as well as other animals or house pets. Even for their small size, they are wonderful watchdogs.


This dog needs to be groomed carefully everyday. Bathe more than once or twice a year. This should be enough to keep them clean. The excess hair between the pads of the feet and in the inner ears requires removal.


The Cotons are very attached to their home and humans. They love to be with them and please them always. They tend to jump and walk on their hind legs, almost like impersonating their humans. They have lots of tricks and surprises to delight their master. They are quick learners in nature for their intelligence and eagerness to work; however, they need a strong pack leader to keep them from being stubborn. Do not allow these dogs to take over a home. A human pack leader should give them proper leadership to avoid them from developing behavioral problems. Keep them content and balanced dogs to have a happy household.


The Coton de Tulear dogs make wonderful apartment companions. They can be active when indoors and should be fine even without a yard as long as their primal instinct to walk is satisfied. These dogs enjoy playing and swimming. They love open space and are active enough to run alongside their humans while on long horseback rides. They are great with agility skills, trials and catch.

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