Coton de Tulear

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Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear Overview

What a treat it is to be around the charming and bright Coton de Tulear, a small, companion breed that are perfect for those looking for entertainment and friendship. Formerly known as the Royal dog breed of Madagascar, Coton de Tulears were discovered and brought to Europe only relatively recently in the 1970s, and are the long lost cousins of the Maltese or the Bichon Frisée—some of which are rumoured to have been shipwrecked on Madagascar to create what we now know as the Coton.

A non-shedding, hypoallergenic breed, the Coton de Tulear is known for its soft, fluffy coat (that looks like cotton, or “coton” in French). With its cuddliness and relaxed nature, it’s a great dog for a single owner or for an energetic family with kids, as its eager-to-please and entertain. And it’s no wonder why they were the breed of choice for Madagascar royalty, as the Coton de Tulear are well-known for their jester-like antics, often doing funny voices and dancing on their hind legs! Coton owners say their dogs are like little, affectionate humans, and are happiest when they are constantly by the sides of their humans. 

Did you know?

Barbra Streisand had her beloved Coton de Tulears named Samantha cloned which resulted in her two new Cotons, Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet.

Coton de Tulear Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Therapy dog Therapy dog

  • Service dog Service dog

Popularity ranking**
9-11 in / 8-15 lbs (S)
Average lifespan
15-19 years
Activity level
Little to none
Barking level
Little to none
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1 hour


Grooming frequency

Brushed Daily

Dog Food

Feeding your Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulears need food with high quality protein to keep up with their active lifestyle. Try to avoid food with artificial sweeteners, flavours or colouring. Adults one to two cups of food every day, depending on how many calories they burn. Coton de Tulears can be prone to gaining weight so watch how much you’re feeding yours. Dogs should always have fresh drinking water available to them. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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