meet theCoton de Tulear


Training &Temperament

Cotons are happy dogs that thrive on human companionship. Puppy kindergarten and obedience training are recommended. They should not be left unattended for long periods of time. They are extremely sturdy and versatile, excelling in all types of dog activities, from agility to therapy. The breed gets along well with other dogs, cats and children provided that proper socialization is given.

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Did You Know?

The Coton de Tulear is originally from Madagascar. The Coton is the "Official Dog of Madagascar" and is also known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar."

The breed's name is from the French word coton, meaning "cotton," and from the Madagascan port of Tulear.

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

The name is pronounced coTAWN day two-LEE are.

The Coton de Tulear can compete in AKC Companion Events (Obedience, Rally, Tracking, and Agility).

The Coton de Tulear is AKC's 179th breed.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
White 199
Black 007


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Gray Markings 028
Yellow Markings 107
Tri Color Markings 024
White Markings 014