JR Our rescue Dog

by Joyce
(Michigan)

This Favorite Spot in Front of Our Window Guarding the house.

This Favorite Spot in Front of Our Window Guarding the house.

When we got him from the Animal Shelter they told us he was Maltese - Poodle - but I think he's a Coton de Tulear. How can you really tell? He's between 4-5 years young and a REAL TREAT. He has shorter legs in front than rear, he loves to climb on everything including our dining room table and he loves to sleep on his back stretched out. When we return from a short trip - he jumps on his hind legs and thinks we've been gone days instead of a half hour.


His tail is like a maltese - but his frame isn't like a poodle or maltese; we had a toy poodle too, along with our Lhaso. Is there any test we can give him to determine if he is really a Coton? Thank you for any help you can give me.

In Michigan I don't believe most vets know about them.

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Nov 26, 2011
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JR Coton habits
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Ur desc. of JR sure sounds like a Coton or Maltese since my Maltese used to have the same habits LOL. He sure is cute. When i go to u tube & watch video's of Cotons there are a lot of different pictures of them. My old "Simon & Schuster" dog book lists them as a Maltese Poodle mix originally. Enjoy

Sep 04, 2011
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Joyce
by: Anonymous

We know that whatever JR is - and I believe he's a Cotton - he's a wonderful, great tempered dog. He loves our Grandchildren and of course US. He's protective of our almost 17 year old girl since his brother Little Boy the Maltese isn't happy with her. (we received Little Boy from a dear friend) but JR is certainly a blessing for our family. Little Boy has papers saying Maltese, but everyone that sees them together think their brothers. I know JR isn't Maltese - he's too big and broader than Little Boy. Of course we love them all. THANK EVERYONG FOR THEIR COMMENTS.

Sep 03, 2011
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dna test failed coton mix
by: Nancy

I was told my rescue was a coton mix, and submitted the mixed breed dna test just for fun, it came back as 100% rat terrier x 3 generations. I already knew the test did not cover Coton but I thought it might get something close like havanese or tibetan terrier. My Jake is the cutest little guy, I'll post a photo and see what y'all think he might be. I guarantee he is NOT 100% rat terrier!!

Aug 17, 2011
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What breed is my baby? :)
by: Anonymous

Hello! Same type of question as others. We have a 6 and a half month old puppy that was a rescue pup. We had him at 8 weeks- they found his mom and dad in a park and mom was about to give birth. Since we have had him we have been told he looks a lot like a havanese, some say maltese (but he seems too big to be a maltese- height wise and he's already 11 pd at 6.5 pds) and then one day some guy in the park jumped off his bike to ask if he was a coton de tulear. He said hes been doing so much research on the breed and Comet matched all his pictures- so he began snapping photos of my pup. I want to do a dna test but sadly many of the ones I looked at don't include coton de tulear in the results. The one i looked at for havanese got really low reviews. So if anyone that can recommend a excellent dna test id appreciate it soo much. I just find it helpful to know his breed in terms of what to expect with health, training, diet, etc. Thanks again :)

Oct 20, 2010
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JR has an adorable face
by: Iris Miller

That face certainly looks like n expression of my Coton Tuffy.
good luck in your search.

Aug 13, 2010
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JR
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your help - I appreciate it. Whether he's a true Cotton or just our Special Boy - WE LOVE HIM DEEPLY. Joyce

Aug 13, 2010
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Coton DNA?
by: Gale

What a cute dog! This could be tricky since the Coton de Tulear is still pretty rare. I've researched some of the online breed identification web sites but they STILL don't recognize the Coton breed.

Today there are DNA tests available to determine a dog's heritage. Unfortunately, the DNA kits that are easily available only screen for about 30 to 60 different breeds and currently the Coton de Tulear is NOT one of them.






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