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    Coton De Tulear |Madagascar|

    Coton De Tulear |Madagascar|

    These rare dogs from Madagascar have been bred for centuries specifically as companions, and this is what they do best. They take their name from the cotton-like appearance of their coat and the town of Tulear. Cotons want to be with their families at all times and, given their friendly nature, will take part in any activity offered. They are bright, trainable, cheerful dogs, but will bark to sound an alarm to a doorbell or stranger. The Coton is a sensitive breed, however, and requires lots of early socialization to thrive.


    Many colorful tales of shipwrecks and heroics tell how the Coton first came to the island of Madagascar. In truth, the breed most likely developed from small Bichon-type dogs that were popular with sailors and sea merchants. Bichons trace back to the fifteenth or sixteenth century when Tulear, in Madagascar, was a thriving port. Once on the island, the different Bichon-types bred and, over time, a distinct type developed that was unique to the island. Cotons were given to the Malagasy royals and nobles as gifts, and by the seventeenth century, the breed had been adopted by the ruling “Merina” dynasty, only royalty could own them. Cotons became known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar and are now the official dog of the island.

    Coton puppies start to get their adult coats between seven and twelve months of age.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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