If you don’t gush at a little Coton de Tulear puppy, then you need to get glasses. These distant cousins of the Bichon Frise and the Maltese, these balls of fluff love having a good time. If you want a little cuddle, a Coton de Tulear dog won’t hesitate to jump into your arms every time. Get to know more about this toy breed and see if a Coton de Tulear is just the right pet for you!
Coton de Tulear Dogs, Fluffy Balls of Fun!
Pronounced “koTAWN day two-LEE are,” this toy breed is an intelligent and loving companion. They adapt to new environments well and can quickly learn routines, which makes them easy to train.
Once they’ve established their love for you, you’ll find them following your around the house. And of course, you won’t be able to resist their cute face and endless charm.
They have medium-level energy that makes them fun to be around. They’re sometimes comical with a happy-go-lucky streak. However, they won’t pester you to play with them. This breed is content to take a nap while you work but will excitedly follow when you leave the room.
Small breeds may sometimes cause problems for constant barking and yapping, but you won’t have that same issue with the Coton de Tulear. They’ll only bark when necessary, making them suitable for apartment-living. They even behave when traveling, not creating much fuss when you bring them out on outings.
Size & Color
Coton de Tulear dogs have a white coat that’s as soft as cotton, hence the name. This sturdy breed has a naturally long fur that fluffs, making them look like a ball of cotton. Although they get white 4-inch fur in adulthood, some puppies are born with yellow, brown or rust colored spots on their heads.
Male Coton de Tulear dogs only grow up to 10-12.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 9-13 pounds. Meanwhile, females can reach 8.5-11 inches and weigh from 8-11 pounds.
Although there are no specific diseases that afflict this breed, you still have to be wary of certain illnesses that affect dogs. If you want to get a puppy, make sure you go to a reputable breeder for assurance of a disease-free pet.
Some of the typical canine diseases that you need to be wary of include:
- Luxating patellas – This occurs when the knee joints slip in and out of place, causing pain whenever the dog walks. Small breeds, like the Coton de Tulear, are susceptible to this problem. Try to keep your puppy from jumping on and off furniture while their joints are still developing.
- Hip Dysplasia – This hereditary bone problem comes up when the thighbone doesn’t fit the hip joint. This causes arthritic pain and even lameness on one or both rear legs. You should have your pup checked out at the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP) to make sure that their bones and joints are healthy.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – This hereditary eye disease eventually causes blindness because of the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye. Although it can be detected years before the onset of blindness, no cure has been discovered for this degenerative disease yet.
If you want a dog that will grow old together with you or grow up with your kids, the Coton de Tulear could be an excellent choice. They can live up to 19 years, which means they can join you in sending your kids off to college.
Food & Diet
Feed your Coton de Tulear 3/4 cup of high-quality dog food divided into two daily meals. Make sure not to overfeed them to avoid obesity and other health problems associated with that.
- Groom weekly
- Brush coat 3-4 times a week
- Bath weekly, twice a month or monthly
- Use spray conditioner
- Pat dry hair
- Brush coat while blow-drying
- Trim nails once or twice a month
- Brush teeth 2-3 times a week
As they are hypoallergenic dogs, shedding very little, they can be great pets for kids. They require weekly grooming but brushing 3 to 4 times a week is necessary to keep their coat shiny and healthy. Make sure you clean behind the legs, ears, and elbows to avoid matted hair in those areas.
Bathing should be done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depend on how dirty they get. However, if you brush frequently, they won’t have to be bathed too often. Use a spray conditioner to keep the hair strong and shiny, avoiding breakage and split ends. You can also use whitening shampoo to keep the hair white and bright.
Do not rub their wet fur with a towel. Otherwise, their hair will tangle. Pat them dry instead and brush while blow drying.
Trim nails once or twice a month as needed. Apartment dogs especially need nail care as they don’t often get to trim down their nails by playing outside often naturally. Their teeth should be brushed 2 to three times a day to avoid cavities and tartar buildup.
According to the American Coton Club, breeders would price a companion Coton de Tulear puppy for $3,000. However, if you’re planning to enter your Coton to shows and other contests, you will have to shell out about $4,000.
Make sure you look for a reputable breeder to make sure your pet doesn’t have problems. Ask these questions to make your choice easier.
The Coton de Tulear is initially from Madagascar and is said to share blood with the Bichon Frise and the Maltese. Although the story of how they got to Madagascar remains to be a mystery, it’s known that they became pets to royalties and wealthy households of the island.
In the 1970s, a visiting Frenchman brought Coton de Tulear dogs back to his hometown. They were eventually bred to became pets of the French. However, the breed was only recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014.
Coton de Tulear dogs “talk” to their human parents by using unique vocalizations. They love it when people respond to them.
Get to know these cute pooches more in this video from Animal Planet.
Do you like small dogs that live long and don’t shed? A Coton de Tulear might take just the perfect pet for you and your family! You won’t have to worry about living space, aggression against other people and dogs or aloof pets, too. Most importantly, they look so cute!
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