The Coton de Tulear is a small bichon-type breed, with its long, fluffy, cotton like fur giving them the first part of their name. Tulear is a city and port in Southern Madagascar, where the breed is the island's national dog, having been introduced there around the 16th or 17th century. They are sociable dogs who like to please, and have an endearing tendency to jump and walk on their hind legs. They may only be between 9 to 11 inches tall, and weigh up to 13 lbs, yet they are still a robust breed, who although they do not need masses of exercise, are still capable of good hikes. Generally white, or black and white, the Coton de Tulear has a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years, and will produce a litter of up to 8 puppies.
The Coton de Tulear is an affectionate and devoted dog, eager to please. This eagerness, combined with their intelligence, makes them fairly easy to train, and they become great companions. They have a very playful nature, and can be active around the home where they do make excellent pets. They can become very attached to their home, and make good watchdogs, always looking to please their master. Being a sociable breed they tend to get along with other dogs too. This breed has an expression which is hard to resist, their dark, wide-set eyes drawing you in, complementing their friendly nature well.
A pleasant mix of boisterous and calm, this is a breed that should live...
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