Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Coton; Malagasy Coton De Tulear
The royal dog of old Madagascar, the Coton de Tuléar is a playful, attention-hungry aristocrat that may have been developed from Bichon dogs originally brought to the so-called eighth continent on 16th and 17th century pirate ships.
The breed seems to have returned to Europe in the 1960s thanks to the lively tourist trade between France and Madagascar. An American studying lemurs in the 1970s imported them into the US. While everyone agrees that this dog is a charming companion, there are different breed standards being set by different organizations based on these different lineages. If you are planning to show or breed your dog, you will need to pay a lot of attention to the standards set by the registry you plan to work with. If you're just looking for a friendly pet, this debate is probably of less interest to you. All you really need to know is that this breed is widely regarded as a loving pet that responds to kind, positive training.
As far as the American Kennel Club is concerned, the Coton de Tuléar is a new member of the Non-Sporting Dogs group first officially recognized in 2014.
Appearance / health:
The Coton de Tuléar is a small dog with a beautiful cottony coat. The head is of medium-size with a short muzzle, well covered with cottony hair. The ears are set high on the head, always dangling and normally completely covered with lush cottony hair. It has dark round eyes that bear a cheerful expression in them always. The breed has a short body and a moderately long neck. The feet are small and muscular and covered with the dry fluffy hair. The tail is set low, quite long and stands upright in a sickle-like curve when alert.
The Coton de Tulear breed sheds little to no hair. Gentle brushing a few times a week helps prevent matting. An occasional bathing using an appropriate shampoo also helps keep the coat clean and healthy. The Coton's ears require cleaning once or twice a week.
The Coton requires low to moderate amounts of exercise everyday. Play sessions and regular walks are necessary to keep them physically and mentally stimulated.
The Coton de Tulear is generally a very healthy breed. Occasionally though, the breed may be prone to diseases such as neo-natal ataxia (a health condition that affects young puppies neurologically leading to lameness), progressive retinal atrophy (an inherent disease in which retinal tissue degenerates leading to loss of vision), luxating patella (dislocation of kneecap leading to lameness), and hip/elbow dysplasia (malformation of hip or elbow joints leading to limping).
Behavior / temperament:
Cotons are alert dogs and are responsive to their owner's verbal commands. They are very sociable, love human company, and are devoted to their family.
The Coton de Tulear is intelligent and responds well to obedience training. Forever eager to please, the Coton is not hard to train.
Housebreaking may be a challenge, and requires patience and consistency.
The Coton only barks when necessary. Excessive barking may be a sign of boredom, and requires adequate training and socialization.
smart, non allergenic companion, shedless coat, sociable, general cuteness, amazing family pet
separation anxiety, expensive breed, occasional haircut
long life expectancy, long hair coat, health testing, Ethics Breeders, lower maintenance hair
Coton De Tulear-A Terrific Family Pet
We purchased Sammi as a puppy from a breeder. After our yellow Lab mix passed away due to cancer, we decided, for the first time, to purchase a pure-breed rather than from a shelter. Our son had slight animal allergies, so we searched for breeds that were hypo-allergenic and shed minimally.
Sammi, now ten years old, has been a terrific family companion. Coton's are generally thought to have "clown-like" personalities. Sammi is no exception. When we get home, he immediately grabs the nearest shoe and runs all over the house with it. Then he hops on his back legs and howls until we give him a treat.
The care and maintenance for Sammi is middle of the road. His hair grows and sheds similar to human hair. He requires the occasional haircut, but is very easy to brush and wash at home. He was average to catch on to using the doggie door for bathroom breaks, but will do anything for a treat. We socialized him as a puppy to be around strangers, children, and other animals. He is very clingy to me, and prefers my company to any other family member. If I go to the restroom, he has to accompany me. If I go upstairs, he is right on my heels. That is not to say that he doesn't love his kids. He once (all 18 pounds of him) fought off a German Shepherd that was chasing our three kids.
Sammi has had very few large vet bills. He is prone to ear infections, about five a year. He had knee replacement surgery when he was six due to his tendency to "stop on a dime". He is very agile and healthy. At ten years old, he still runs in circles and scatters shoes all over the house!
I highly recommend a Coton De Tulear for anyone looking for a family pet, a best friend, a cuddler, and/or an agility dog.
*Note: Sammi has a pink nose and lips. This is not standard for the breed. Sammi was labeled "not show quality". We think he's perfect anyway!.
From Rett28 May 2 2015 6:47PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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