Coton de Tulear

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Male

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


High-maintenance but well worth it


Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Posted May 24, 2015

Aside from being totally adorable, the coton I know is man's (and everyone else's!) best friend. He loves people and is absolutely heartsick every time someone leaves. Of course, this is something of a problem -- he's not happy to be left alone, and is especially upset when family members are absent. He definitely has the separation anxiety that seems to be typical of the breed.

One of the biggest non-personality pluses with this breed is the lack of shedding. That said, daily grooming is a necessity if the dog's fur is not clipped, as it gets quite long and prone to tangles. Whether clipped or not, they have very soft fur that's lovely to pet.

The biggest negative aspect for me would be the knee problems that cotons tend to have. This pup was no exception, eventually needing expensive knee surgery. He's had excellent health otherwise, though, and is very energetic.

Overall, he's the friendliest, happiest dog I've ever known. He's fantastic with kids and loves to play with them, has enough energy for hikes and long days out but is just as happy to cuddle on the couch, and is so sweet, loyal, and funny. I'd definitely recommend the breed to anyone looking for a small, non-shedding dog, provided the high-maintenance aspect isn't an issue.

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