Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear is a small, friendly dog with a non-shedding coat. The Coton De Tulear originates from Madagascar and forms part of the toy group.

Coton de Tulear Breed Group


Size of the Coton de Tulear


Colour Varieties of the Coton de Tulear

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • White
  • White & Brown
  • White & Grey
  • White & Lemon
  • White & Tan  

Country of Origin


Time of original development

Around the 16th century.

The Coton de Tulear through history

Hunting vermin on ships. Companion dog.

Size and weight of the Coton de Tulear

Height bitch 25-30cms

Height dog 25-30cms

Weight (kilos) bitch around 5kgs

Weight (kilos) around 6kgs

Exercise requirements of the Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear requires around 30 minutes of exercise daily, making it an ideal choice of dog for the older or less active owner. Its small size makes it a good dog for city dwellers and owners who live in apartments.

Coton de Tulear temperament

The Coton De Tulear is generally placid, with a gentle, and slightly sensitive nature. It can be a little aloof with unfamiliar dogs, but rarely aggressive, and usually good with other pets if socialised properly from an early age. The breed is reputed to be excellent with children.

Is the Coton de Tulear a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, but potential owners should be aware of the high grooming requirements of this breed.

Cotton de Tulear coat length

The coat is long with a cotton- like texture and not silky or glossy.

Grooming requirements of the Coton de Tulear

High. The non-shedding coat requires daily grooming with a comb or soft slicker brush to prevent tangles and matts. The Coton de Tulear may require regular professional grooming sessions to keep it in good condition.


Yes. The Coton de Tulear does not shed, so may be suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear is a very hardy dog with no known inherited problems established in the breed at the present time.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Coton de Tulear

A healthy Coton de Tulear can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 18 years of age.

Approximate Coton de Tulear pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £1,000 for a puppy, and be aware that available litters of puppies are few and far between. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 4-5 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Coton de Tulear would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will require around 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment