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Coton De Tulear
This small long haired dog is very likely confused with Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, Havanese and other smaller, heavier coated breeds with a great deal of white.

Indeed, the Coton de Tulear has been developed in much the same way, a small companion of enthusiasm, energy and fun.  Originally from Madagascar, the breed was quite popular in France long before it's recognition in 1970. 

Temperamentally, an exceptional choice for many families.  The prospective home must keep in mind the grooming demands of such as coat, as well as the careful handling (only by children when supervised) that Toy dogs require and deserve.

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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 9-11 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 7.5 - 11 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: predominantly white some gray, biscuit or browns may be mixed in Coat type: long and lush, cotton like
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Compact, relatively long bodied dog (length 3:2 for height) with dark points and bright expression. Coat is primary breed characteristic in color, lushness and texture.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: Happy and very social
  with Children: generally very good if the children understand how to properly behave
  with other pets: generally very genial
  with dogs: generally quite good
Socialization requirements: moderate- easy to overindulge and under socialize so that the adult dog is fearful and anxious
Ideal home characteristics: one that appreciates the confident, happy adult that should result and takes steps to avoid over indulging, carrying all the time and focuses on appropriate guidance and training
Temperament Notes: Happy and very social
Training requirement: moderate
Trainer notes:
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1970 France
Country of Origin: Madagascar
Original Function: Companion
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Questions to ask Breeder: http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
Web Sites:

American Coton Club Rescue including available dogs

Other Resources
Breed standard: FCI Standard of the Coton
Breeder Ethics: American Coton Club Code of Ethics for Breeders
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Like other breeds before and other sure to follow, the Coton breed is torn by a philosophical difference in how to best serve the breed.  Some wish to pursue AKC recognition and others do not.  Certainly a case can be made that AKC recognition increases popularity of a breed (through the exposure on televised Dog Shows and the AKC website/books, etc.) - However it is also easy to see in many breeds that have been recognized particularly in the last 15 years, that popularity and quantity of the breed in society does not translate into good news for every breed.  Since this popularity comes with the price of gaining the attention of irresponsible breeders who will undermine the quality of the specimens available as well as continuing breeding programs regardless of the health, temperament or quality of the dogs involved.

Certainly, educate yourself on the impact of this issue on the breeding program or source of any Coton you might consider as a companion.

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