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Coton de Tulear

Origin Madagascar
GroupCompanion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Coton de Tulear have? The breed also known as...
Coton, Cotie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Coton de Tulear puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$2400-$3000
If you choose to purchase the Coton de Tulear, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Coton de Tulear gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Coton de Tulear's size? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Coton de Tulear weigh?
12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
13.5 pounds (5.6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Coton de Tulear?
10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Coton de Tulear have? What does this canine coat look like?
Soft
Colors
What color is the Coton de Tulear's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Coton de Tulear and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Coton de Tulear requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Coton de Tulear is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Coton de Tulears shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Coton de Tulears shed quite a little. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type. Coton de Tulears could be a good choice if you don't really like dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Coton de Tulear have?
AffectionateLivelyTrainableIntelligentPlayfulVocal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Coton de Tulear?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Coton de Tulear obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Coton de Tulears easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Coton de Tulears are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Coton de Tulears are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Coton de Tulears bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Coton de Tulears good watchdogs?
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Coton de Tulears are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Coton de Tulear do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Coton de Tulears need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Coton de Tulear to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Are Coton de Tulears good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Coton de Tulears are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Coton de Tulears kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Coton de Tulears get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Coton de Tulears get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Coton de Tulear can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Coton de Tulears have health problems?
Coton de Tulears are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Coton de Tulears live? What is this dog average life span?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Coton de Tulear breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Coton de Tulears do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Coton de Tulear have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Coton de Tulears have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Coton de Tulears require per day?
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Coton de Tulears sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Coton de Tulear need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Coton de Tulear has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Coton de Tulear's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Coton de Tulear could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Coton de Tulear. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Coton de Tulear: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Coton de Tulear have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Coton de Tulear have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Advantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Coton de Tulears do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Coton de Tulears shed quite a little.
  • Drooling tendency: The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Apartment Friendly: Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.

Disadvantages

  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.

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