Basics of Dog Breed: Coton de Tulear
Posted on December 04 2018
Coton de Tulear is a small dog, quite lively and very intelligent, perfectly built and muscular.
Coton de Tulear has its origins in the region of Tuléar in southern Madagascar . Like many breeds, the history of this breed remains uncertain. Nevertheless, his offspring with various types of Bichon, present on commercial vessels of French settlers in the 16th century , is obvious. The first specimen brought back to France dates from 1977. The standard of the breed was recognized in 1970.
Its hair : fine may be slightly wavy. As the name suggests, its coat has a cottony texture.
Its color : mainly white, which can reveal gray or tawny spots on the ears.
Its head : triangular shape seen from above. The skull is bulging and the muzzle is shorter than the skull.
Its ears : thin, drooping, triangular and about 7 cm long.
Its eyes : round, dark and sparkling His body: short on legs with a body a little longer than high
Its tail : tied very low, but when the dog is excited, it is bent over his back.
Behavior with others
Coton de Tulear is a very nice dog of character , affectionate and cheerful . It's the perfect pet. Player and spontaneous with his master as with children, this dog can be suspicious of strangers. He does not like loneliness and needs a presence with him. It embodies the ideal compromise to coexist several animals in a home.
Seductive in the soul , this dog requires a certain firmness . Cunning as he is, he knows how to use his charms to get what he wants . Sometimes you have to master his extravagance , because he is a curious dog and always full of energy. Very intelligent, he quickly assimilates the orders given to him. Once acquired, he will preserve them all his life.
Coton de Tulear remains a very adaptable pet dog . He can live in an apartment as well as in a house. It harmonizes very easily with your lifestyle provided you do not forget his walk.
This dog enjoys excellent health . Very strong and of good constitution , Coton de Tulear remains subject to allergies causing itching of the skin up to the risk of bacterial infection.
Maintenance and hygiene
The Coton de Tulear coat requires a lot of attention . An almost daily brushing is essential to prevent irreversible nodes . If the dog's fluffy hair is not regularly maintained, even a professional groomer will not be able to do anything about it. He will then be forced to shave it. Finally, this breed knows no seasonal moult , just a very small loss of hair all year round.
A brushing almost daily is required with a bath per month approximately to preserve the texture of his hair and his plush appearance. Coton de Tulear must be used to this lifestyle at a young age. Brushing will quickly become a beautiful moment of sharing between the dog and his master. However, care must be taken to use a shampoo adapted to his hair and dry it properly with a hair dryer.