Parlez-vous français? Even if you don’t, you shouldn’t have a problem pronouncing “coTAWN day two-LEE are”.
Coton de Tuléar is a breed of small dog that’s named after the city of Tuléar in Madagascar. The name Coton (French for cotton) is a fitting name for the dog as it has white, soft, cotton-like hair covering its entire body. They generally are about 9 to 11 inches tall and weigh somewhere between 8 to 13 pounds.
Coton de Tuléar
This white puff ball originated in Madagascar in the 16th century. The breed was unexpectedly created when the dogs aboard pirate ships mated with their island counterparts. Cotons were closely controlled by the tribal monarchy of the island as they were favored by the kings and nobles. They are called the ultimate companion dogs as they show an extraordinary connection to humans.
Did you know Cotons are the ‘Royal Dog of Madagascar’?
Cotons may be small but they are sturdy. Despite their small size, they are very lively. The French call them as ‘Joie de vivre’, an apt description if I do say myself. With remarkable agility and a bright, happy-go-lucky personality this breed is the perfect companion for anyone. Cotons love to learn new tricks and also excel at dog sports.
They are a non-shedding breed and considered hypoallergenic. Grooming Cotons can be a nightmare (think of brushing all that hair!). But on the bright side, they don’t have the typical dog-smell and after a good bath, they retain no odor.
American Kennel Club family welcomed the Coton de Tuléar breed in 2014. Many fans have described that Cotons seem to listen when spoken to, and with their unique bark, may actually answer back. They are witty and playful by nature.
Cotons are companion dogs and they thrive on human attention and affection. The words ‘too much love’ is not applicable for a Coton!
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