We invite you to explore the world of
the charismatic Coton de Tulear.
The center of a Coton’s universe is his or her owner. Frequently Cotons shadow their human companions from room to room. They are avid listeners occasionally cocking their heads with engrossed attention to their owner’s conversation. In terms of temperament, Cotons have a playful, active, and affectionate nature. They are often little kissing machines. The Coton de Tulear has a curiously deep toned bark for such a compact body. Cotons sound an alarm to announce the arrival of a visitor at their door. However, they are normally friendly towards people and often delight houseguests with their frolicking antics.
The Coton de Tulear is an intelligent dog, eager to please, training easily to simple commands. Some Cotons truly enjoy dancing on their hind legs. Since they take pleasure in the great outdoors, housebreaking puppies is simply accomplished with the diligent attention of the owner. Cotons love daily walks benefiting from the extra exercise and new opportunities for social interaction.
A hallmark of the breed, the Coton’s fluffy cotton coat tends to attract attention. This minimally shedding coat of hair is dander free. Beneath the puffy coat, the Coton is a small, agile dog. The Federation Cynologique International (FCI), AKC and UKC breed standards describe the height of the Coton de Tulear as approximately nine to just under twelve inches. Cotons average weight range is between ten to fourteen pounds. Although, some Cotons weigh a little less and others weigh a bit more.
Puppies may be born with white, champagne and white, tricolor, or black and white coats. As adults though, coat color typically fades out to the appearance of white. A small number of Cotons do remain colorful throughout their lives. Their dark eyes, appearing to be rimmed with black eye liner, are part of the Coton’s extraordinary appeal.
The Coton’s unique coat, captivating eyes, and happy-go-lucky personality are a magnetic combination. Indeed, it is easy to be swept off your feet by the Coton de Tulear!
As a beguiling companion dog, the Coton de Tulear now faces increasing public awareness in
North America. Popularization of the breed leads to a clear and present danger of accelerated
puppy mill, pet store and broker interest.
Concerned pet owners and Coton breeders launched the Cotons Against Puppy Mills website in an effort to safeguard the authenticity of the breed and protect it's future temperament, health, and physical characteristics. If you are searching for a puppy and wonder how to find a reputable breeder, this site provides worthwhile advice.
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