The Coton de Tulear is one of thos dogs that if they don’t make you smile
when you look into their face, there may be something wrong with you


The Coton de Tulear is a small dog that averages a height of 10-12 inches at the shoulder and will weigh between 8-13lbs as an adult.


Grooming the adult Coton requires regular brushing with a special pin brush to maintain a full coat. Groomers can clip the coat to maintain a shorter hair look.


The primary occupation for the Coton is the amusement of their owners. The are a medium energy level dog, that enjoys walks and just genereally entertaining their people.


Conton de Tulears are generally a healthy breed and often have a lifespan that can range from 15-19 years.


Cotons are one of the most friendly and easy going
breeds around. Here are just a few stats on how they stack up to the competition

  • Energy 50% 50%
  • Intelligence 90% 90%
  • Health 90% 90%
  • Easy to Train 70% 70%
  • Good With Kids 100% 100%
  • Good With Pets 90% 90%
  • Lack of Shedding 90% 90%
  • Playfulness 80% 80%
  • Size 10% 10%
  • Affectionate 100% 100%
  • Climate 40% 40%
  • Grooming 50% 50%

If you are looking for a friendly, bubbly, intelligent small dog that will be a life long friend to your family, then you need not look any further. The Coton de Tulear is the breed for you.

For the smart and sweet-natured Coton de Tulear (Coton for short), the perfect day consists of nothing more than being with his person, whether it’s lying at her feet while she works, following her from room to room — not even the bathroom is sacred — or going for a ride to Starbucks.

This small, longhaired, cottony-coated dog was never bred to be anything but a companion, and to this day, that’s what he does best. He cocks his head intently when spoken to and will even try to answer back.

The Coton de Tulear takes his name not only from his cottonlike coat but also from the seaport city of Tulear (now known as Toliara), located on the African island nation of Madagascar, where the breed originated. He’s related to the Bichon Frise and Maltese but has his own distinct style.

People who love the Coton praise his intelligence, sociability, and easy-care coat. He’s an observant dog who quickly learns routines and adapts to his person’s needs. He sleeps while you’re busy, one eye cracked so he can follow if you leave the room. He’s known as a good and flexible traveler, perhaps a remnant of his seafaring days, when he accompanied ladies making long journeys by ship.

When it’s playtime, the Coton will grab his favorite toy and bring it to you for a rousing game of fetch. He loves to go on walks, but his exercise needs aren’t excessive. Playing inside or in a fenced yard will just as easily satisfy his need for activity, as long as he has plenty of human companionship. Because of his desire to please, he excels in activities such as obedience and agility.

The well-socialized Coton loves everyone. When your doorbell rings, the Coton may bark once, then politely accompany you to the door to greet your guest. The only risk a housebreaker faces is being licked to death.

He likes to “talk” to his people, using his own special language of unique vocalizations, including grunts and growls. He’ll love it when you talk back to him.

His soft, shaggy white coat may look difficult to care for, but once the adult coat has grown in, dirt falls out easily with brushing. Brushing three or four times weekly, plus bathing as needed, will keep your Coton clean.

The Coton aims to please, and whatever makes you happy makes him happy — as long as it doesn’t involve being apart from you. Consider this breed if you’re a stay-at-home parent, empty-nester, or retiree who has lots of time to spend with a canine best friend and will enjoy taking him places.