Coton de Tulear

USD $2400-$3000 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type



14-16 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 81
Origin Madagascar
Other Names Cotie, Coton
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $2400-$3000
How much does a Coton de Tulear cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $2400 to $3000 on your Coton de Tulear if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Coton de Tulear from a shelter.
Size Small
Weight 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg)
Height 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Lifespan 14-16 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed. And FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Purpose companion
Date of Origin 1600s
Ancestry Bichon Frise, Havanese, Maltese

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Soft
Coat Colors White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Gray, Red, White
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Caring, Intelligent, Lively, Playful, Productive, Sportive, Trainable, Vocal
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia, Luxating Patella, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic Yes
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 0.7 cups
Daily Cost $0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost $25.00 - $30.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Coton de Tulear have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Coton de Tulear is a small, fluffy breed of dog that originated in Madagascar. They are known for their friendly and affectionate personalities, as well as their unique appearance. The Coton de Tulear has a long, silky coat that is usually white or cream-colored with patches of gray or black. They have large eyes and ears that stand erect on the sides of their head. The Coton de Tulear stands between 9 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 8 and 14 pounds.

The lifespan of the Coton de Tulear is typically 12 to 15 years, making them a great companion for many years to come. They are an active breed that loves to play and explore, but they do not require much exercise or space to stay healthy.

The personality of the Coton de Tulear is one of its most endearing qualities. They are very loyal and loving dogs who enjoy spending time with their owners. They are also intelligent dogs who can be trained easily with patience and consistency. The Coton de Tulear loves being around people, so they make great family pets as well as companions for single people or couples without children.

Cotons are very friendly with other animals, including cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, etc., but they should always be supervised when interacting with other animals due to their small size. Cotons also get along well with children if they have been properly socialized from an early age; however it’s important to remember that all interactions between children and dogs should be supervised by an adult at all times for safety reasons.

The temperament of the Coton de Tulear is generally calm yet alert; they will bark if something unusual happens but otherwise remain quiet indoors unless playing or being active outdoors in which case they may become quite vocal! Cotons love attention from their owners so it’s important to give them plenty of love throughout the day in order to keep them happy and contented in your home environment

The health of the Coton de Tulear is generally good; however there are some health issues associated with this breed such as hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint does not fit properly into its socket), patella luxation (wherein the kneecap slips out of place), eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma, heart murmurs/disease/defects etc., so it’s important to ensure your pet receives regular checkups from a veterinarian in order to catch any potential problems early on before they become serious issues down the line

Cotons have a high level of adaptability which makes them suitable for many different types living environments including apartments/condos/townhouses etc., provided there is enough space available for them to move around freely indoors without feeling cramped up! Additionally Cotons do not require much grooming due to their short coats which makes them ideal pets even for those who don’t have much time on hand for grooming duties!

Overall Cotons make wonderful pets due to their loving personalities combined with low maintenance needs – plus you get all these benefits without having too much space taken up by this small yet mighty breed!


The Coton de Tulear is a small, white, fluffy dog breed that originates from the island of Madagascar. The breed is named after the cotton-like coat of its fur and the city of Tulear on the island. The Coton de Tulear is related to the Bichon Frise and the Maltese breeds.

The Coton de Tulear breed almost became extinct in the 1970s due to a lack of interest from dog breeders. However, a few dedicated breeders kept the breed alive and eventually, the Coton de Tulear became popular in France and other parts of Europe. In 1984, the Coton de Tulear was recognized as a breed by the French Kennel Club.

The ancestry of the Coton de Tulear is unknown but it is thought to be descended from dogs brought to Madagascar by sailors in the 16th century. The Coton de Tulear was originally used as a hunting dog but today it is mostly kept as a companion animal.

The Coton de Tulear is a relatively rare breed but it has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its friendly and affectionate nature. If you are looking for a small, fluffy companion dog then the Coton de Tulear may be the perfect breed for you!