Coton de Tulear review

Neutral reviews


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.


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." Read more about respect training.


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.


The Coton De Tulear is a bichon-type breed that is related to the French Bichons and the Italian Bolognese. Some believe that additional dog breeds were also included in the Coton De Tulear’s development. The breed most likely came to Madagascar alongside the French troops or with the administrator that shortly followed. The Coton De Tulear was virtually unknown until it came back to Europe in America over the course of the last two decades. For centuries prior, this breed was kept by the wealthy residents of Tulear, in southern Madagascar. It was in this location that the breed was developed. The original bichon-type dog was believed to have existed as far back as 1,000 years ago. While the Coton De Tulear is still a rare breed, it has been very popular with the upper-class in Madagascar for quite some time. They are also increasing in popularity in the United States. The Coton De Tulear achieved official recognition by the FCI in the year 1970.


The Coton De Tulear is content to live in a small household or apartment. They are a comparatively active breed indoors, and they will live happily without a yard. They do, however, enjoy exercising and playing. They like to swim and go for walks, and they enjoy running around in open spaces. They excel at sports and adapt well to many environmental situations.


One lives next door to my parents, very loveable little thing, always trying to play with my 12 stone mastiff! They've had 4 of them and they've all been loveable and they're brilliant with their LO's


I'm looking at Cotons at the moment for our family but am waiting until our incredibly old rescue terrier makes the great change before introducing a new puppy into the household. This gives me loads of time to drool over Cotons on the internet ... but I'm still not sure about choosing the best Breeders. I am very prepared to put in the time to research myself, but recommendations are very helpful as well. Would you mind me asking, Shhhgobacktosleep, which breeder you got your gorgeous-sounding Coton from? I'd be very grateful for any guidance you might be able to offer. Many thanks!


A coton does seem like a good choice. Also a Chinese crested, or a bichon. The only thing that might be a problem is if you are home all summer and suddenly leave in the fall to work, your dog may not be able to handle that as well as you would like. So it would be important to train your dog to handle being left alone for a few hours at a time before you start to work. Crate training should help with that as well. I hope you find your perfect puppy!


The Coton de Tulear breed has been in America for almost 40 years and purebred Cotons are rarely found in rescue or pet shops. Thank you for shining a light on our efforts to protect the breed from AKC and puppy mills.

Positive reviews


Happy, clownish, and inquisitive, the Coton de Tulear enjoys clever games of dexterity such as "pull the stale bit of fallen cheese from under the refrigerator with your paw."


The Coton De Tulear is gentle, affectionate, and cheerful. This breed loves to play and is very sociable, and they easily get along with children and other dogs and animals. They are very loyal and attached to their owner(s), and they constantly aim to please. They are alert and make great watchdogs. They are clever and will go to great and creative lengths to fulfill the wish of their master(s). They are known to jump and walk around on their hind legs. They are intelligent and learn quite quickly, but they do have a stubborn streak and a mind of their own.


I have coton named JUNO . I find her very intelligent and playful.Enjoys her company a lot .A great family toy.


Mine is very intelligent; had him from a puppy; 6 plus years young; still very playful, was very quickly housebroken; tests me on many things but in a cute way; he is patient but tenacious when he thinks he is owed a treat for something; memory like an elephant; thinks things out, plans things in advance; like having another human in the household; understands things I say in full sentences & responds to them. He challenges me daily.

Deb, Pacific Northwest

These are wonderful dogs to live with - our Sadie is a little clown, and her 'yodeling' way of talking to you is SO much fun. If Sadie is walking, her tail is wagging non stop. A big cuddler, very playful, and yes, I agree with the video, she absolutely ADORES my husband. She 'watches over' her humans, and its 5+ minutes at night after we've settled in bed that she sits up, listens, scans the room & makes sure 'all is right' before she cuddles up to one of us and goes to sleep. A great choice for a family of any size!


We have a coton and she is adorable. She is incredibly intelligent and as a result has been really easy to train. She adores everyone and has fitted in to our previously pet free family with ease. Loves cuddles and attention which works well with my 3 children. The grooming really isn't an issue, as long as you're using the right products, and she gets brushed most nights while sitting on my knee which we both enjoy. Be prepared for A LOT of attention when you go out as everyone stops to comment and have a stroke as they're such a cute looking and quite rare breed to see around (certainly in the uk). My friend recently described why she loved our dog as "she's a little dog with a big personality and although she looks like a princess she just loves to play with the big dogs and it's great you let her get muddy and enjoy her life." If there's anything specific you'd like to ask or know I will do my best to answer.


The Coton de Tulear, also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar”, is a hardy, sturdy small white companion dog. The Coton de Tulear is characterized by a natural long, white, dry, profuse, cotton-like coat, rounded lively dark eyes, black on white joie de vivre expressive smile and witty personality. The breed is somewhat longer than tall. The topline is very slightly arched over the loin with a happily carried tail curved over the back on the move. At rest, the tail is down with an upward hook at the tip revealing the distinguishing outline of the Coton de Tulear.


Cotons are companion dogs and they thrive on human attention and affection. The words ‘too much love’ is not applicable for a Coton!