Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner, Books
Oregon, United States
Posted April 1, 2010
Cotons ( aka the Malagasy Coton De Tulear) are small but sturdy , usually 10 to 20 pounds. They are very happy natured, loving, loyal intelligent and very athletic. They have been bred for thousands of years specifically to be companions. They came to Madagascar with merchant sailors and pirates. On ships they served as companions and little living space heaters tucked into sailors bunks or into their jackets. In time they became favorite companions to the Malagasy Royal family, and served as little personal space heaters in the beds of small children.
In general they are very sturdy and healthy dogs, very few inherited disorders in this breed. Due to their long hair coat they do require regular grooming. To stay in full coat a minimum of weekly brushing and combing is needed. Many Coton owners prefer to keep their dogs trimmed in a shorter, lower maintenance hair style. Because of their small stature and strong attachment to their human family Cotons need to be house dogs, and are not suited to the outdoor-backyard dog lifestyle.