Coton de Tulear

Cotons are big personality dogs. They are communicators. Like a Siamese cat, they will talk back to you. They have a wide range of barky, growly, howly sounds and they can understand a wide language vocabulary.

Cotons not only follow you around the house, they watch what you are doing and they listen very carefully to what you say. They watch your face as you talk with intense concentration. They work so hard to comprehend the situation and to understand what you are saying that it is comical.

Cotons are athletic and are generally described as robust. They love to go for walks and they can walk long distances. They are very sociable and love to run around a large yard as a pack — like a herd of wild mustangs. They can stop on a dime, reverse and the whole group takes off in a different direction. They run for the love of running. They are also good jumpers and many like to swim. They have a great joy of life. They are exuberant and enthusiastic. They are often described as boisterous. Watch out! If your Coton has not gotten any exercise he will be attacking your pant leg with mock ferocity.

Cotons are terrific family dogs. They get along well with children. They are clowns and entertainers. They live to play and they are extremely funny., They love their balls and stuffed animals and squeaker toys. They are intelligent and very affectionate.

Cotons may have straight or curly hair. They are mostly white but they may have apricot coloring on their ears and even black markings. Generally they stand about 10" to 13" at the shoulder and they weigh between 11 and 15 lbs.

Cotons love to socialize with other Cotons. Click on this Cotton Club link to see photos of the weekly Coton Playdates held in the San Franciso bay area.
Rudi, 6 months, at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero, CA
Rudi, 1 year
Rudolph Nureyev of Maisons des Cotons, 3 years