Fun Coton Facts

Here are some fun Coton facts to help you learn more about this lovable and rare breed. Anyone who has met the Coton de Tulear knows just how adorable, sweet, smart, and funny they are - but here are some things you may not have known:

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Fun Coton de Tulear Facts:

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Famous Coton de Tulear owners: Barbra Streisand, Debra Messing, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Carrie Fisher

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In France, the Coton is sometimes referred to as the 'Anti-Stress' dog of the 21st Century.

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Native Madagascans refer to the breed affectionately as the “comedian” or “royal dog”.


In Madagascar, its country of origin, the breed has been portrayed on a postage stamp. 

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The Tall Coton is very rare and can come in 3 different colors. These dogs can be up to 17 inches tall and can come from normal sized parents.

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The Coton Dog usually does very well in agility training. Despite their relatively small size, they do well because of their desire to please their owners and their enjoyment of jumping and climbing.

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Many Cotons are good swimmers and take to water very naturally. They are kissing cousins to the Bichon breeds who are related to the water dogs.

Coton de Tulear swimming, art rendering
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The most similar breed to the Coton is the Bolognese of Italy.

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The Coton de Tulear doesn't shed and produces less dander than most other dog breeds, so many allergy sufferers do well with this dog.

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Cotons have a low tolerance for loneliness. They don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods and prefer being with their humans.

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The Coton comes in different colors, and they often change colors as they get older. 

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They have very expressive eyes. Owners often describe their eyes as "communicative”. My Coton, Lucy, is skilled in the side eye.

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One of the most fun Coton facts is that every single dog is unique and special in their own way.

  • Some are shy; others are outgoing.
  • Some are sneaky and like to steal your underwear while others would never do such a thing.
  • Some Cotons will sleep in your bed and others must have their own space in a crate or comfy dog bed.
  • There are Cotons who are fiercely protective and bark at anyone invading their territory and there are some who are happy to meet everyone.
  • Some Cotons are finicky eaters and some are on constant guard hoping you'll accidentally drop some food on the floor.

While these beautiful dogs are funny and sometimes quirky, they all bring unconditional love into our lives. 

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