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The breed

Breed description

The Coton de Tuléar is a white dog with sometimes spots in another hue, very faint. You will notice grey, beige or champaign. He's got pitch-black nose and lips, also the eyelids are black encircled. The Coton de Tuléar is originally from Madagascar, named afther the local port of Tuléar and the coat witch looks cotonfluff. He belongs to the Bichon-group. The Coton de Tuléar is one bit of pure nature, full of joy. He keeps a health as strong as iron, few hereditary diseases, natural, bodile build, and a charitable character. They have a natural curiosity and are wakeful, social and very good pupil. They are well known as a children's friend. The Coton de Tuléar is very fond in pleasing his boss, playing around or going out for a walk. If you don't want to do anything, he feels great going only on the sofa. They are pleasant companions and very easy to take them with you wherever you want to. The Coton de tuléar expects from you : love, feeding, care and protection. All those factors tribute in the most important way to his health, life and happiness. In Exchange you will get a pleasant and cheerful companion. He is very devoted. The Coton de Tuléar doesn't need to be trimmed. His long coat is easy to keep up. Brushing three times a week is enough, every six weeks you give him a bath. In between you can take off the dirt by brushing when needed. You can let them romp outside whitout any problem. The Coton de Tuléar barely loses hair, the died off hair can be easily removed during brushing. It take more or less 8 months before the Coton de Tuléar has a complete coat, but the coat is only complete grown when they reach the age of three. You may trim the coat, but this would be a shame, because it is just this luxuriant hair that makes the dog so unique. The Coton de Tuléar shouldn't awake allergic reactions, even not with sensitive people. The Coton de Tuléar is " a big dog in a small package " they say. If you look for a real lap-dog or you don't like brushing and clean the coat, you should look for another breed.


Head and skull: triangleformed upper-face, slightly round, little accentuated skubble

Eyes: round, darkly, bright eyes

Ears: triangleformed hihg-growing lop-ear, worn very close against the cheeks

Set of teeth: perfect, small, white theeth - a complete set of theeth consists of 42 theeth

Neck: well muscled

Back: slightly bowed

Belley: slightly pulled up

Feet: small and round with pigmented footsoles

Jog-trot: short trot

Tale: low growing, at ease worn pulled down

Withersheight: 26 to 28 cm for males and 23 to 25 cm for bitches

Weight: 4 to 6 kg for males and 3,5 to 5 kg for bitches