The Coton de Tulear is a small dog originating from Madagascar where he is also known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar and is the country’s National dog. Very few have been imported but the breed is growing in popularity now in the UK and across the pond in America, although it is still quite a rare breed.
Similar in looks to the Maltese Terrier or Bichon Frise, the Coton de Tulear is usually white but can also be black, tri-coloured, apricot or grey in colour with long, soft hair that doesn’t molt. The coat needs to be brushed or combed daily to prevent it from matting. The dog gets its name from its soft, cotton like hair.
His face is small with ears that flop down at the sides of its face. His body is compact with a slightly arched back, the legs are short and the tail is straight and points down. He can grow up to 30 cm in height from the shoulder and weigh between four and six kg.
Bred as a household companion, the Coton de Tulear is a happy, intelligent dog. He is also a sociable dog, he gets on well with children and is eager to please making him an easy dog to train. He needs around half and hours exercise a day and can happily live in a town flat or a country house. The Coton has few health issues and a life span of up to 12 years or more.