10 Things Only Coton de Tulear Lovers Will Understand

The Coton de Tuléar is a very small, low-legged dog. “Coton de Tuléar” is often translated as “cotton dog” (French coton = cotton, more see below). He is a small companion dog with long hair. His old homeland was Madagascar. The Coton de Tuléar is characterized by its lush, white hair with a cotton-like texture. In addition, his dark, round eyes with lively, intelligent expressions literally catch the eye. Its ears should be hanging, triangular, and set high on the skull. As the breed name suggests, one of the Coton’s most distinctive characteristics is that its coat resembles natural cotton. It should be very soft and supple, just like cotton. The coat is also dense and may be slightly wavy. A Coton has no undercoat. He shows no seasonal change of coat and therefore hardly sheds. The hair color is white but may show a gray coat. Interestingly, the puppies are often born gray and then turn white.

#1 How big is a Coton de Tulear?

The Coton de Tulear is between 26 and 28 centimeters at the withers for males and between 23 and 25 centimeters for females. Accordingly, the weight is between 3.5 and 6 kilograms.

#2 How old does a Coton de Tulear get?

A properly bred Coton de Tuléar has an exceptional life expectancy of 15 to 19 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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