16 Coton de Tulear Facts So Interesting You’ll Say, “OMG!”

The characteristic of the Coton de Tulear is the long, silky, sometimes slightly wavy coat. The only acceptable coat color is white. This may have at most small fawn-colored or light gray accents on the ears. The Coton de Tulear has no undercoat. The Coton de Tulear (Coton = cotton) owes its name to the cotton-like structure of the fur.

The origins of the Coton de Tulear are in Tulear, Madagascar. The Coton de Tulear belongs to the group of bichons and, like all representatives of this group, fulfilled the function of a lap dog for rich ladies. The white puppies were probably brought to Madagascar by French soldiers, whose homeland had had bichons for a long time. Outside of Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear only became known about 20 years ago. Even today he is a relatively rare dog that he is slowly becoming more popular in Europe and America.

#1 How big is a full grown Coton de Tulear?

The Coton de Tulear (KO-Tone Dih TOO-Lay-ARE) is a small, immensely charming dog standing between 9 and 11 inches high and weighing anywhere from 8 to 13 pounds. Cotons are known for a profuse white coat that is as soft as cotton (or, as the French say, 'coton' ).

#2 How do I stop my Coton de Tulear from barking?

Teach the “quiet” command. Let him bark once or twice and then use this command to let him know to stop barking. Reward him when he stops barking. Some dogs bark if they are left on their own too long and get bored.

#3 Are Cotons stubborn?

Cotons can be "stubborn." They like to "ask questions" about when and where a behavior or cue is needed. They do this by hesitating and watching for your reaction. A calm and firm restating of the request will often have him comply and teach him at the same time.

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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