Characterized by his fluffy, cottonlike coat, the Coton de Tulear is a bright and charming little dog that thrives on human companionship. His name is derived from the French word “coton,” meaning “cotton,” and the port of Tulear in Madacasgar, where the breed originated. He has a knack for performing tricks, and his sweet, smiley expression conveys his happy, personality. The Coton de Tulear’s soft, supple coat should be brushed several times a week.
Also known as the “royal dog of Madacascar,” the Coton de Tulear was bred to be a companion dog to the native Malagasy and Merina tribal nobles.
The breed is so highly regarded in his country of origin that he was portrayed on a postage stamp.