Sweet and cuddly dog breed with a clownish personality, the Coton de Tulear is always ready for a good time.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Coton de Tulear.
The Coton de Tulear has a lineage rooted in royalty. As the official dog of Madagascar, the Coton was only permitted as pets for royalty, and any commoner found keeping a Coton would be sentenced to death. The "Coton" in Coton de Tulear simply means "cotton", and the de Tulear means "of Tulear" which is a modern day city called Tolaria. Tulear is believed to be named after the port city through which the Coton entered Madagascar.
2) People Oriented
Cotons are very people-oriented and will push for as much attention as they can get. They are so sociable that they don't do well when left for long periods without companionship. "Not doing well" means unhappiness and boredom, which they try to vent through barking and destructive chewing.
Though he does have a mild stubborn streak, the Coton de Tulear is normally a "soft" dog and responds well to non-forceful training. He prefers learning tricks to formal obedience and is especially bright-eyed when occasional food treats are offered as rewards. Harshness only makes him wilt.
Like most small dogs, the Coton de Tulear is often quick to bark when he hears or sees something new. To prevent your Coton from developing a chronic barking habit, you must establish the right relationship between the two of you, where you are the leader and he is the follower. In other words, you should teach your Coton to respect you so that he will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No".
5) Separation Anxiety
More than most other breeds, the Coton de Tulear needs a great deal of companionship and does not like being left alone for more than a few hours. He is likely to express unhappiness by barking or chewing things up.
6) Family Dog
Though peaceful and gentle with everyone (humans and other pets), this breed forms a strong bond with his family and can be conservative with strangers. Socialization is important to build a confident, outgoing temperament, as there is a potential for excessive caution/timidity.
In Madagascar, its country of origin, the breed has been portrayed on a postage stamp. You can still find the Coton on postage stamps today.
Coat care is a major responsibility. Cotons require weekly brushing and combing, and also clipping and trimming every couple of months. Otherwise their coat keeps growing and turns into a matted mass.
The Coton Dog usually does very well in agility training. Despite their relatively small size, they do well because of their desire to please their owners and their enjoyment of jumping and climbing.
10) Life Span
Cotons are both lovable and lucky, so it seems. In general, the Coton de Tulear is a healthy animal that can live to be 18 years old. All that a Coton needs to live a long and prosperous life is a regular healthy diet. You should also steer clear of puppy mills that overbreed dogs, as it is likely that their dogs will have birth defects.