Coton de Tulear


Happy and affectionate little dog and extremely loyal to its owner. It is very intelligent and quite a clown and will 'play to the crowd' if given the opportunity, such as standing on its hind legs and waving its paws in the air. When happy it has an unusual characteristic of 'grunting'. It loves people. Is the largest of the Bichon group.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Low to Medium. They appreciate a daily walk of an hour and will appreciate playtime on top. They do have the stamina for a long hike.

Size: 9-12 inches

Weight: 10-18 lbs

Colour: Mainly white or cream, sometimes with tan or grey patches

Town or Country: Both

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A city or town family with respectful children, or singles and couples, all with limited home space, low to moderate time for exercise and where someone is around for much of the day. First time owners.

Group: Toy

Originally From: Madagascar

Original Purpose: Unknown – it is said that the original dog survived a shipwreck and bred with the island terriers. Now a companion.

Living Space: Low

Coat: Medium to long, soft, cotton-like (hence the name)

Grooming: High. Requires brushing or combing every day.

Children: High. Loves fun.

Sociability with strangers: High. Loves people. Can be a little cautious but this can be overcome with good early socialisation.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High

Trainability: High. Loves to please. Very trainable if using positive rewards.

Noise Level: Medium. Will grunt when playing and happy.

Known Health Issues: Heart, eye, liver and some back problems

Lifespan: 14-16 years

Special Needs: Bonds intensely with owners therefore can easily develop separation anxiety. Will need help and training to overcome this.

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