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A healthy Coton de Tulear puppy must have good appearance, playful character and sweet comportment, not signs of diseases or sickness.
A good COTON DE TULEAR must have:

Convex back, characteristic of this breed.
The eyes are like hazelnuts and they are dark, never clear colour.
Happy character.
White, cotton, long and soft coat.
Black pigment in eyes, nose, lips and pads.
Eyes tabs.
Its other virtues:
The coton de tulear is a COMPANION DOG.
The breed is a THERAPHY DOG. It is smart and can be easily trained.
A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations, such as disaster areas. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident and gentle.
The coat of this breed is White and long. And the texture is cotton coat..
They are hypoallergenic dogs.
The coton is a healthy breed.
The coton de tulear is a small size breed.
The colour of the coat is white, some dogs can have honey spots or brown spots on the ears and head, but these spots will be disappeared in adult age, and you can see only a light shadow. In Muguiris we breed only all white coton de tulear and white coton with honey ears. We have not worked with bloodlines with dark spots.
The coton de tulear has the next names, for its charismatic personality: ANTISTRESS DOG, ANTIDEPRESIVE DOG, 21TH CENTURY DOG or ROYAL DOG OF MADAGASCAR.



The breed is sweet, intelligent and easily trained. The Coton de tulear is a playful, affectionate and intelligent breed.

Maite Domínguez

The two most important characteristics of the coton de tulear breed are the type of coat, with COTTON texture ( cottony, white and long hair ) and its lovely character, its biggest virtue. This unknown breed is the perfect friend!

The Coton de Tuléar is a small size breed. It is named for the city of Tuléar in Madagascar and for its cotton-like coat.

The history of this race is exotic as Madagascar island, where the coton de tulear is native. The name of the breed comes from the French word "coton" meaning cotton, and the port of Tulear in Madagascar. Tulear was a popular port of merchant ships sailing the Indian Ocean and is believed to be around the XV-XVI centuries, European merchants introduced to Madagascar several companion dogs.

According to legend, some of these adventurers, with their dogs swim to Reunion Island, were born the Coton of Reunion, an extint breed, but their descendants in Madagascar were developed through a breeding program. These dog pioneers, mingled with the local dogs, and with this union born a new race, which was marked by the cottony textured hair from which its name.
This produced the now known as Coton de Tulear in the city of Tulear in Madagascar. The small Coton became known as the Royal dog of Madagascar because it was the favorite of the French nobility who lived in the islands during the colonial era. Their beauty and the affectionate personality, these dogs were offered to the King and nobles. In the seventeenth century, the Coton de Tulear was adopted by the tribal monarchy "Merina" and only the Aristocracy could have one coton. This gave him the title of "The Royal Dog of Madagascar." Before the 21th Century was an offense had one coton if you are not member of Top Society in Madagascar. It is likely that the race has evolved from crosses between Bichons and other breeds.
The Coton de Tulear was recognized under the standard n º 283, in group 9, Companion Dogs. It is now a rare breed, but the breed is increasing its popularity in all countries worldwide, with reputable breeders.


This breed is know, like ANTISTRESS DOG, ANTIDEPRESSANT DOG, 21th CENTURY DOG or ROYAL DOG OF MADAGASCAR, for its charming character. They are the perfect companion for children, older people and other pets. They have balanced personality, very obedient breed and very sociable dog.

It is easy to train the coton de tulear, as noted for his intelligence and ability to learn. One simple change in the tone of the voice will help it understand what is right or wrong, and it shows its behavior, with those expressive eyes that seem to speak.

They are THERAPY DOGS, because they have sweet character and they are easily trained because they are very intelligent dogs. The coton de tulear is a small size breed, they love the people and children, other pets and animals.

It is affectionate, calm and loving breed. They are sweet, playful, educated and noble. The standard defines it as a little clown, for its funny personality. The breed has all the virtues of a good pet, small size and it has big patient with children. Coton dogs are devoted to their owners.



This breed is like a coton ball but they have strong health with a long life expectancy ( around 15-18 years old )

The breed is very intelligent and they live happily in all life-styles.

The work of the breeder with their puppies is very important to have healthy, well equilibrated and beautiful puppies.

All our dogs are tested by an official veterinary of eyes, heart and elbows and knees, and testicles ( males ).


The grooming of the coton de tulear is different if you have one show dog coton ( with long hair ) or one pet coton ( with puppy cut ).

The coat needs to be combed at least twice per week. You can use special combs or brush for this type of hair. You are welcome to ask me for advices to keep perfectly to coton de tulear dog or puppy.

This breed is hypoallergenic.

The coat is soft, white, long, fluffy and with coton texture.

If you want know more about Coton de Tulear Standard, click here and download it
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