Cotons are FUN! They love to play, meet new people and worship their owners. They will adore your children and your grandparents. Many Cotons are trained as therapy dogs to visit nursing homes, sit on laps and provide unending adoration. While that may sound a bit sedate, do not be fooled. When appropriate, Cotons will show unending stamina for playing. While they are a small dog, they are incredibly sturdy and muscular. Cotons are highly intelligent and intuitive.

Cotons have dark brown, round well space eyes, rimmed in black, that sparkle with expression. Cotons have a medium length muzzle with a black nose. Their lips are thin, also rimmed with black. The ears are dropped, thick, triangular and covered with long hair. The Coton averages between 10 - 12.5 inches in height and between 9 - 13 pounds in weight.

The majority of Coton de Tuléars are predominantly white although some have colored markings. The Coton is unique in that sometimes when the puppies are born they possess heavily colored markings. These markings normally fade with maturity, quite often to white. The average lifespan of the Coton is 15-16 years. The Coton earned its name from its unique cotton-like hair. The hair is long, dry and soft to the touch, oil and dander free and has no doggy odor. The Coton is a non-shedding and hypoallergenic. If you have allergies, this is the companion for you.


As the story goes, this very elegant little ball of fluff came to be in the 15th century.  The Cotons were taken aboard ships for companionship and also proved to be great ratters.  Supposedly, during a very violent storm, the ship sank leaving no survivors.  The sturdy little Coton swam ashore to the Port of Tulear and began living in the wild until they were domesticated, trained and loved by the natives there. The Coton de Tulear was brought to France and later recognized by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) as a rare breed. Shortly afterwards the Coton came to America. The Coton is still a rare breed here in America and not recognized by the AKC.  Beware of puppymillers claiming that their Cotons are AKC registered.  That doesn't mean they are purebreds, just that the AKC will keep a registry if you pay them to. There are wonderful breeders throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.  I'd be happy to assist you as would many other reputable breeders. 


Although the Coton is not plagued with a lot of health issues, it's important that the breeder you choose does do health screenings, such as eyes, patella's, hips, elbows, hearts, and certain lab work, etc. Breeders that care about the breed and it's future may have a waiting list, but it's worth the wait!

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