Cotton Tulear

Other names: Coton, Cotie

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The Coton de Tulear is a rather lively and very intelligent little dog, perfectly built and muscular. It is recognizable by its abundant white fur, as soft as cotton. His affectionate and somewhat mischievous character makes him a pleasant little companion dog, especially for families.



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Hair type Long
Origin Madagascar
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 5 kg From 23 cm to 26 cm
Male From 4 kg to 6 kg From 26 cm to 28 cm
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History of the breed

Coton de Tulear finds its origins in the region of Tulear in the south of Madagascar . Like many breeds, its history remains uncertain. Nevertheless, his descent with various types of lapdogs, present on commercial vessels of French settlers in the 16th century, is obvious. The first specimen brought back to France dates from 1977. The breed standard was recognized in 1970.

Coton de Tulear Pictures

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Physical features

Its hair : fine can be slightly wavy. As the name suggests, its coat has a cottony texture.
Its color : mainly white which can show gray or tan spots on the ears.
His head : triangular in shape seen from above. The skull is rounded and the muzzle remains shorter than the skull.
His ears : thin, drooping, triangular and about 7 cm long.
His eyes : round, dark and sparkling His body: short on legs. Her body is a little longer than it is tall.
Its tail : set very low, but when the dog is excited, it is curved over his back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Coton de Tulear is a very pleasant dog of character, affectionate and cheerful . It is the perfect pet. Playful and spontaneous with his master as with children, this dog can, on the other hand, be suspicious of strangers. He doesn’t like loneliness and needs a presence with him. It embodies the ideal compromise for bringing together several animals in a home.

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Seductive at heart , this dog requires a certain firmness . Cunning as he is, he knows how to use his charms to get what he wants . Sometimes you have to control your extravagance , because he is a curious dog and always lively. Very intelligent, he quickly assimilates the orders given to him. Once acquired, he preserves them all his life. The positive dog training method is to be favored , that is to say that the Coton de Tulear must be rewarded with caresses, games or even praise during his training.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Coton de Tulear remains a very adaptable companion dog . He can live in an apartment as well as in a house . It harmonizes very easily with your lifestyle as long as you don’t forget your walk. It is suitable for family life and children. Thanks to its particular hair, Coton de Tulear is not afraid of cold or heat.


Ease of gaining weight

This dog enjoys excellent health . Very solid and of good constitution , the Coton de Tulear remains prone to allergies causing itchy skin up to the risk of bacterial infection.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 12 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Minor concerns
Neonatal ataxia
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Patella dislocation
Willebrand disease
Degenerative myelopathy
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Coton de Tuléar dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 14 years old

Maximum: 16 years

The life expectancy of a Coton de Tulear is, on average, between 14 years and 16 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The coat of the Coton de Tulear requires a lot of attention . This breed does not experience seasonal shedding , just very little hair loss all year round.

Almost daily brushing is required to avoid irreversible knots , with about one bath per month to preserve the texture of the hair and its plush appearance. Coton de Tulear must be used to this healthy lifestyle from an early age. Brushing will quickly become a beautiful moment of sharing between the dog and his master. However, you must make sure to use a shampoo suited to your hair and dry it properly with a hair dryer. If the dog’s fluffy coat isn’t groomed regularly, even a professional groomer won’t be able to do anything about it. He will then have to shave it.

Brushing your teeth regularly helps eliminate tartar buildup and the growth of bacteria. If her fingernails do not wear out naturally, it is best to trim them. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian. Finally, his eyes and ears should be checked every week to make sure there are no traces of dirt or any infection.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Coton de Tulear is between € 1,000 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
800 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Coton de Tulear is between € 600 and € 800.

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Coton de Tulear needs high quality kibble . Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day , of which the first ration in the morning can be lighter than that served in the evening, more provided. Their diet should be adapted to their age, weight, size and level of activity.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Coton de Tulear needs, like all dogs, to exercise. His constant good humor often leads him to exert himself by playing with his master or children. He is also a fan of walks and especially swimming .


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1970


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