Coton de Tulear

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The Full Coton de Tulear Description

This dog's name comes from the french word for cotton. The Coton de Tuleara has a long topcoat and covers its thin but slightly muscular body.

The Coton De Tulear's coat is cottony and fluffy. The coat should not be cut, but should be brushed daily to remove dead hair. This breed only requires bathing once or twice a year to keep it clean. Coton de Tulearas shed little and make a good breed for allergy sufferers.

The Coton De Tulear is a gentle and affectionate dog that loves pleasing its master. Coton de Tulear's get along well with children and other pets and become very attached to their homes. This breed has been known to jump or walk on its hind legs as a trick.

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General Appearance

Small, white dog. Slightly longer than high. Long coat of distinctive texture.


Lively, boisterous and intelligent.


Loyal and friendly.

Head and Skull

Medium short foreface. Ratio of muzzle length to skull length 5:9. Skull slightly convex. Slight stop. Nose black. 


Round, dark and expressive. Well spaced. Black eye rims.


High set on skull, pendulous, slender, well covered with fine long hair.


Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips black.


Medium length, slightly arched. Tight skin. 


Shoulders well laid back. Forelegs straight.


Good depth of brisket, medium tuck-up, slight rise over loin.


Well muscled legs, parallel when viewed from behind. Moderate angulation.


Small, round and tight. Black pads.


Well feathered. Low set, tapering, never coiled. When at rest, tip slightly raised. Carried above back when dog is moving.


Smart and free; parallel movement fore and aft. 


Single coated. Approximately 8-9 cms (3-3½ ins) long, fine, slightly wavy, texture of cotton, shown in natural state. Colour White. Slight lemon or grey colour on ears acceptable; dark pigmentation.


25-32 cms (10-12½ ins).

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