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Coton de Tulear

Breed origin: Tulear, Madagascar
Original purpose: Companion dog.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: males 9½ to 13 lbs; females 7½ to 11 lbs
Size: Height: males 10¼ to 11 inches; females 9 to 9¾ inches
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Color: White, black and white, brown or reddish and white, or tri-color.

Life span: 14 to 17 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Coton de Tulear is originally from Madagascar and is the "Official Dog of Madagascar". They are intelligent, alrt, happy, stable, very sociable with both people and other dogs, and adapt very well to different lifestyles. They are not yappy, but are naturally territorial and will bark when necessary.

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Good with other dogs? Yes

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Good watchdog? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Exercise requirement: Short walks and/or play sessions daily.

Grooming requirement: Individual Cotons vary in the amount and length of their hair, some having longer and thicker hair than others. In general, brushing or combing once or twice a week should be sufficient to prevent mats, but thicker coats may require much more frequent grooming (sometimes daily). They are considered a very low shedding breed and have little or no doggie odor. Bath about once a month.

Known health problems: Progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrands disease, canine multifocal retinopathy, liver shunts.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Coton De Tulear (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Wolfgang Knorr, Elke Ulber, and Thomas Ulber
Published in 2003
158 pages

Care and Grooming of The Coton De Tulear
By Monique Carriere
Published in 1994
211 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
United States of America Coton de Tulear Club
Coton de Tulear Club of America
American Coton Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Coton Club Rescue

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