Coton De TulÈar
The Coton de Tuléar got its name because of its unique coat and is also called the cotton dog. The fluffy breed was called the "antidepressant dog" by the French because of its infectious zest for life.
A Coton de Tuléar can usually grow up to 30 cm tall and weigh up to 6 kg. The dog is described as a rectangular breed with a slight loftiness over the loin.
Probably the most decisive feature of this breed is the cottony and continuous white coat of the dog. This white may be mixed for breeding only with gray or fawn touches, if the overall appearance of the color is not disturbed by it. However, black and white and tri-colored coats are also generally accepted. The triangular hanging ears usually blend almost seamlessly with the long coat. The Coton de Tuléar does not have an undercoat.
The black nose, as well as the dark eyes stand out, but are not infrequently hidden by the long hair. The legs of this breed are rather short, but the Great Coton has longer limbs. The tail of the dog should curl over the back according to the standard.
The eyes also reflect the disposition of this breed. The Coton de Tuléar is invariably described as a lively and visibly happy breed. Cotons have a habit of standing on their hind legs to please their owners.
The dogs are very adaptable, but also very sensitive to their environment. They are always looking for resonance and tend to develop fear of loss if left alone. Therefore, it is recommended to have two dogs or hire a guardian if you are working a full-time job.
The right food
The Coton is generally a very healthy dog and therefore hardly needs special food. However, care should be taken that the food has a high meat content. Due to their sensitivity, a change of food should always be done slowly and only gradually.
Two meals should be sufficient for an adult Coton. Regular weighing helps to detect weight gain in time. With the naked eye this is difficult to detect because of the long coat.
Coton De TulÈar Care
The Coton de Tuléar is a breed that does not shed. Nevertheless, the dog must be combed at least once a day for about 15 minutes, otherwise tangles will form quickly and can only be removed by shaving. Moistening the coat before combing is important to keep the hair healthy and avoid breakage.
Furthermore, the Coton needs a bath regularly, where mild dog shampoo can also be used to enhance the effect.
In addition, the length of the claws should also be checked from time to time, as small breeds of dogs often do not wear them out sufficiently and need to have their claws shortened.
In addition to a collar and leash, the Coton de Tuléar needs a grooming kit consisting of a brush, shampoo and claw nippers. For bathing your dog, a baby bathtub can be used. In addition, a quiet hair dryer for dogs would be recommended to prevent diseases, despite its robustness.
Origin & History
Originally, the Coton de Tuléar was kept on the Malagasy island of Tuléar as the lap dog of the nobility. Lower classes were forbidden under penalty to own a dog of such breed.
It is believed that pirates or simple sailors brought the original breed from France to this island in the 16th and 17th centuries and they mated with native dogs, which subsequently gave rise to the Coton de Tuléar.
In 1972, the first specimens were brought to America by Dr. Robert J. Russel.
Until the late 1990s, the dog was largely unknown in Europe, as well as in America, and was traded rare rarity.
Even today, the Coton is considered the national dog of the island of Tuléar.