The Coton De Tulear is a happy-go-lucky, charming and bright breed of dog with a sweetly expressive face. They are small sociable dogs that are robust and sturdy for their size.

The name is pronounced “KO-Tone Dih TOO-Lay-ARE” which means “Cotton of Tulear”. Tulear is the city in Madagascar where they are from. Although still rare in the US, and just officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014, it is well known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar” and is the Official Dog of the country. It is believed that the ancestors of the Coton de Tulear were brought to Madagascar on the pirate ships in the 17th century.

Nicknamed “Cotons”, they are immensely charming companion dogs with profuse white coat that is non-allergenic hair (not fur) and feels as soft as cotton.

Appearance, Temperament & Training

The Coton is characterized by a natural long, cotton-like coat, rounded lively dark eyes, finely featured black lips and nose, expressive smile, and a witty personality.

Cotons are happy, clownish dogs that thrive on human companionship. They have been referred to as the “anti-depressant” breed. With good socialization, they get along with other dogs, cats, and children. They are extremely sturdy and versatile and excel in all types of of dog activities, including as therapy dogs.

Breed Standards

The Coton de Tulear is a hardy, sturdy and small white companion dog. One of the main attractions to this breed is the fluffy, cotton-like coat that is non-shedding with low dander and is considered hypoallergenic. Their expression is lively, inquisitive, alert, smiley and happy. The “joy of life” is displayed in their expression. The Coton is naturally clownish and lighthearted as well as calm and easy going.

Cotons stand between 9 and 11 inches high and weigh anywhere from 8 to 15 pounds. Life expectancy is 15 to 19 years. The breed is somewhat longer than tall. Their happy wagging tail is curved over the back.

AKC Registration Information

Our Coton puppies are registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club). We have given them an “AKC Limited Registation.” They are perfectly suited as home companion dogs and are not raised for breeding. New owners should arrange for neutering according to early age veterinary guidelines shortly after their puppy has gotten settled in its new home. Your Coton de Tulear puppy is a purebred Coton through and through. Upon purchase you will be given the registration paperwork to finish registering your puppy, along with a copy of the litter certificate (pedigree).

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