Coton de Tulear


From its appearance the Coton de Tulear looks like a small bundle of dry, white hair. The coat is definitely the breedтАЩs most distinguishing characteristic. Its name, which references its origin as well as its general appearance, means Cotton of Tulear (Madagascar). The muzzle is straight and leads into facial features that are dark, prominent, and set against profuse hair. The ears are fluffy and hang down alongside the face. In spite of its size, the breed is well developed and strong. Its tail is set low. When the dog is in motion the tail curls forms a small curl that rests on the back.


To the Coton de Tulear, its owner is king. Although it is not always obedient, it seeks to please its owner. Affection as well as playful tricks are tactics that the breed uses to get the attention of its owner. Other family members, including children and other pets, are considered worthy of its attention too. It tends to be responsive to training, but it may not housebreak easily and can be stubborn. The breed is well known for barking, but this behavior makes it an effective guard dog. It is not an aggressive breed. If it is not socialized as a puppy it can become timid and afraid.

Height and Weight

The average height of the Coton de Tulear is 10-12 inches.The average weight of the breed is 12-15 pounds.

Health Problems

The Coton de Tulear is not associated with any major or minor health problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Coton de Tulear is rare in that it can obtain sufficient exercise while staying indoors. The breed doesn’t doesn’t require a significant amount of space, so it is fine in a small yard.


The more physical the activity the more content the Coton de Tulear. It is a high-energy breed that makes an excellent exercise companion for long runs or walks. The breed also enjoys swimming.

Life Expectancy

An average of 14-16 years life expectancy.

Litter Size

An average of 5 puppies.


Daily brushing is required for the Coton de Tulear to remove loose fur. Washing the coat is required only occasionally. Trimming the coat will keep it healthy looking.




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As its name indicates, the Coton de Tulear has a white coat.