How does a cute, cuddly, bright, happy, charming, and devoted dog sound? Perfect, right? The Coton de Tulear is all this and more. Originally from a port city called Tulear on the exotic island of Madagascar, it is a breed that’s related to Maltese and Bichon Frise dogs.
Please keep reading to learn more about Coton de Tulears. The goal is to help you decide if a Coton de Tulear dog is right for your family and lifestyle.
Belonging to the AKC’s Non-Sporting Group, Coton de Tulears are 9-11 inches tall and weigh around 8-15 pounds. The average lifespan of this breed is 15-19 years.
Coton de Tulears are very playful and affectionate with family members and do exceptionally well with young children and other dogs. They are also very open with strangers and therefore do not make the best guard dogs. This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to changes in schedule, noise, weather, etc.
You can train a Coton de Tulear puppy relatively easily with gentle, but firm reward-based training. This breed is naturally territorial and needs early training to grow into a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult. Coton de Tulears have moderate energy levels and mental stimulation needs. Daily exercise needs for these dogs can be met with a walk around the block or a play session with a ball in the yard. Coton de Tulears need plenty of toys to keep them interested and mentally active and prevent destructive behaviors. This breed will bark only to alert.
Coton de Tulears have a long double coat that is wavy and looks like cotton candy, hence the name. It requires frequent brushing. However, it does not shed a great deal. These dogs do not drool excessively. They are overall low-maintenance and sturdy and therefore a good choice for novice pet parents.
If you want a witty, smart, clownish canine companion who is boisterous without being too demanding, then consider the Coton de Tulear. Puppy Hero lists reputable and responsible Coton de Tulear breeders that are pre-screened so you can bring home a puppy with complete peace of mind.