Learn More About the Coton De Tulear Breed
Maybe you've never heard about this unique and wonderful rare breed and are curious what they are all about. On this page we will share with you where this breed originated from and their breed characteristics. The first Coton de Tulears were brought to The United States by Dr. Jay Russell. They were accepted into the American Kennel Club in 2014 and have gained in popularity since.
The Coton de Tulear Breed History & Characteristics
The Coton de Tulear, also known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, is a small and friendly dog breed that originated in Madagascar. These charming dogs have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their adorable appearance, cheerful temperament, and hypoallergenic fur.
In this article, we will explore the history of the Coton de Tulear, their temperament, family friendliness, habits and traits, colors, and hypoallergenic fur.
History of the Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is believed to have originated in Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of Africa. The breed's name comes from the French word "coton," which means cotton, referring to their soft, cotton-like fur, and "Tulear," the name of the city on the west coast of Madagascar where they were first discovered.
The Coton de Tulear was originally bred as a companion dog for the wealthy aristocracy of Madagascar. They were highly prized for their charming personality, loyalty, and hypoallergenic coat. The breed was so valued that it was forbidden for anyone outside of the aristocracy to own one.
The Coton de Tulear remained relatively unknown outside of Madagascar until the 1970s when a Frenchman named Dr. Robert Jay Russell discovered the breed while on vacation. Dr. Russell was so taken with the dogs that he began importing them to Europe and North America. Today, the breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is becoming increasingly popular as a family pet.
Temperament of the Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is known for its friendly, affectionate, and playful personality. They are highly social dogs that thrive on human companionship and attention. They are also intelligent and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train.
Despite their small size, the Coton de Tulear has a big personality. They are outgoing and confident, often making friends with everyone they meet. They are not typically aggressive, although they may be wary of strangers.
Family Friendliness of the Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is an excellent family dog that gets along well with children and other pets. They are highly sociable dogs that love to be around people and crave attention. They are also gentle and patient, making them a great choice for families with young children.
While they are generally friendly with other pets, early socialization is still important to ensure that they get along well with other dogs and cats. They are also well-suited for apartment living, as they are relatively small and do not require a lot of space to be happy.
Habits and Traits of the Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear has a number of habits and traits that make them unique among dog breeds. Some of these include:
They are highly adaptable: The Coton de Tulear is a highly adaptable breed that can thrive in a variety of environments. They are equally happy living in an apartment or a large home with a backyard.
They are good watchdogs: While they are not typically aggressive, the Coton de Tulear is an excellent watchdog. They are alert and will bark to alert their owners of any potential threats.
They love to play: The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed that loves to play with toys and games. They are also highly active and require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.
They are hypoallergenic: One of the most unique traits of the Coton de Tulear is their hypoallergenic fur. Their coat is made up of hair rather than fur, which means that they shed very little and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people with allergies to dog fur. However, it is important to note that no dog is completely hypoallergenic, and some people with severe allergies may still have a reaction to the Coton de Tulear.
- They are easy to groom: Despite their long, fluffy coat, the Coton de Tulear is relatively easy to groom. Their hair does not mat easily, and they only need to be brushed once a week to keep their coat looking healthy and shiny.
- They are sensitive to their owner's emotions: The Coton de Tulear is a highly sensitive breed that can pick up on their owner's emotions. They are known for being very empathetic and will often try to comfort their owner when they are feeling sad or upset.
Colors of the Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear comes in a variety of colors, although the most common color is white. They may also have markings in black, brown, or a combination of these colors. Some of the other colors that the Coton de Tulear may come in include:
Tricolor: This color includes white, black, and brown markings.
White and black: This color features a white coat with black markings.
White and brown: This color features a white coat with brown markings.
Hypoallergenic Fur of the Coton de Tulear
The hypoallergenic fur of the Coton de Tulear is one of its most unique features. Unlike most dogs, the Coton de Tulear has hair rather than fur. This means that they shed very little and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people with allergies to dog fur.
However, it is important to note that the Coton de Tulear still produces dander, which is the primary cause of pet allergies. People with severe allergies may still have a reaction to the breed, although they are less likely to do so than with other breeds.
To maintain their hypoallergenic coat, the Coton de Tulear should be brushed once a week and bathed once a month. Regular grooming will help to remove any loose hair or dander and keep their coat looking healthy and shiny.
Overall, the Coton de Tulear is a wonderful companion dog that is well-suited for families, singles, and seniors alike. Their playful personality, gentle nature, and hypoallergenic fur make them a great choice for anyone looking for a furry friend to share their life with.
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