Coton De Tulear Breed Profile


It has a long topcoat. The fluffy hair covers the thin, lightly-muscled forelegs.


White and Black


Very friendly, gentle, affectionate, and alert. Cotons are very sociable dogs that get along well with children, other dogs and animals. Very attached to its home and master - wanting always to be in their presence and trying its best to please.


The Coton de Tulear originated in Madagascar dating back as far as the 16th century. An ancestor of the modern day Coton, the Coton de Reunion survived a shipwreck of the port of Tulear, Madagascar and swam to shore. There the Reunion mated with the native island terriers, creating the Coton de Tulear. Cotons were prized possessions of the Merina, the ruling monarchy. In 1974, biologist Dr. Robert Jay Russell was allowed to take the first breeding stock to America.

Care Level

Medium (some find difficult to housetrain)