The Coton de Tulear

Happy, clownish, and inquisitive, the Coton de Tulear enjoys clever games of dexterity such as "pull the stale bit of fallen cheese from under the refrigerator with your paw."

Coton de Tulear Breeder – Pure Heaven Cotons

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Coton de Tulear Breeder – Pure Heaven Cotons is a breeder of the rare dog breed called the Coton de Tulear.

We have dedicated ourselves to excellence in breeding your next family member, four legged one of course (A new two legged family member would take a governmental agencies help)! Our Cotons are Health tested Coton de Tulear Champions from Champion bloodlines, bred to the FCI Standard, are the only Cotons used for breeding at our kennel.

The Coton de Tulear is lovingly referred to as the Royal Dog of Madagscar. Madagascar is a large island off the coast of Africa. This breed is a distant relative of the Bichon. The Bichon Tenerife traveled from the old world to Africa on ships. Often used to comfort the ladies on long journeys and keep pest populations down on the ships. Along those travels they visited Reunion Island where the now extinct Coton de Reunion evolved, which then traveled to the nearby island country of Madagascar and became the Coton de Tulear.

The Coton de Tulear, named primarily because its hair feels like freshly spun Cotton. The second part of it’s name comes from the port city of Tulear on the island of Madagascar (now called Toliara). The Coton de Tulear is one of the few modern breeds that developed through natural selection and therefore comes in a range of colors.

This small to medium, friendly dog, caught the fancy of the Malagasy royalty and they were the only people allowed to keep Cotons. When Dr. Robert Jay Russell discovered the breed in Madagascar in 1973 and brought the first ones to America, he coined the phrase the Royal Dog of Madagascar and the name has stuck. They were also imported occasionally into France by returning French colonists but were not officially imported to Europe until the 1970s.

Found all over the world now, this breed is a loving, active and genial breed. With a happy, go lucky personality. These dogs are very adaptive to the needs of their owners and have very few genetic issues.