Are you looking for a furry new family friend? Well, whether you are looking to adopt, or simply interested in learning more about Coton de Tulears, this list of 7 facts will provide you with a deeper understanding of these adorable creatures.
Coton de Tulears are known to be among the most friendly species of dog. Not only do they typically get along well with other pets, but they also get along well with children and even strangers.
Coton de Tulears have been ranked among the best dogs for inexperienced owners because they are highly trainable. Since cats and other pets are not known to fight with Tulears, they are great additions to large properties or farms.
Their inherent friendliness is a consequence of their social nature. However, these dogs also adapt well to smaller territories as well.
So, although these dogs can be a great pet for a farmer, if you are thinking about bringing one into your household and you do not own a large property, do not be discouraged. Coton de Tulears are highly adaptable. They can live just as comfortably on large farmland as they can in a small apartment.
Coton de Tulears have been known to even adapt to life at sea, living on boats with their owners. However, Cotton de Tulears are very social animals and need to be part of a pack. Coton de Tulears have been shown in studies to handle situations of isolation quite poorly. And so, anyone who is considering bringing a Coton de Tulear into their home should make sure that when they are away, their pet has company. For the cotton de Tulear, companionship is more important than having a large territory.
The Coton de Tulear may be internationally famous now, but its roots trace back to Madagascar. Madagascar is also where the dog receives the second half of its name. The word ‘cotton’ translates into English from French as ‘cotton’. Tulear, however, is the name of a city near the southern coast of Madagascar. Cotton de Tulears are still very popular in their land of origin. They are considered the national dog of Madagascar.
Coton de Tulears are among the newest discovered dog breeds, having only been officially recognized in the 1970s. According to scientists, the genetic predecessor of the Coton de Tulear seems to have been the Tenerife, which arrived at the island of Madagascar in the 16th or 17th century.
However, the exact origin of this species of dog is currently being debated among experts and is shrouded in mystery. Although scientists have agreed that this species originated in Madagascar, it is still a mystery how the Tenerife arrived at the continent in the first place.
There are three main theories among scientists as to how this could have happened.
The first theory is that the dogs belonged to pirates who had traveled to the island. The second theory is that the dogs were brought to the island by the wives of French elites on a voyage. The third and final main theory seems to be the most accepted by biologists and historians.
Finally, the third theory states that the Tenerife escaped a shipwreck that happened close to the coast of Tulear and swam ashore.
Coton de Tulears are among the smallest dog breeds. Only reaching, as adults, a height of 11 inches on average and a weight of approximately 18lbs, these dogs are a lot better suited as lovers than fighters.
As you could imagine, Tulears are not particularly intimidating and most likely will not serve very well to ward off intruders. These dogs require less exercise daily than most dogs do.
Tulears are neither ranked among the strongest nor speediest dogs on earth, but they are known to be very intelligent.
Maybe we can just assume that where the Tulear lacks in brawn, it makes up for in looks and personality.
These friendly animals have a beautiful, white coat (as suggested by the word ‘coton’ in their name). The coat, however, contrary to what the name may imply, is soft and fluffy instead of brittle like a cotton ball.
These dogs can be quite expensive since they are considered a rare breed of dogs. Their coat requires maintenance every day. Their coat does not shed, but it knots frequently.
Coat maintenance will require at least 10-20 minutes of brushing out knots per day. Although this may seem like a lot of work, Coton de Tulears usually do not need frequent visits to the vet and are considered healthy dogs on average.
These dogs typically score very well on healthiness/wellness tests and are known to live long, energetic lives. The average lifespan of a dog below 90lbs is 11 years. However, Coton de Tulears have an above-average lifespan of 14-16 years.
This means if you choose a Cotton de Tulear as a companion, that decision will be with you for the long haul. This is yet another trait that makes Coton de Tulears great additions to a family that has children since the children will, of course, grow attached to their pet.
In summary, Coton de Tulears are among the most adaptive and friendly dog breeds. They are energetic, happy dogs that do not handle isolation well. These dogs get along with other animal species and are known to be good with children.
Coton de Tulears root from Madagascar, but scientists have had a hard time tracing back their exact ancestry. Coton de Tulears are small dogs with softy white coats. Since they are listed as a rare breed, they can sometimes be expensive.
This breed makes up for it’s like of physical intimidation with intelligence and trainability.
I hope that this list helped to provide the reader with a greater knowledge of the Cotton de Tulear and insight to help understand these furry friends better.