Seeing Coton puppies for sale, you may be tempted to buy one of these little dogs. Their fluffiness is the very reason why they are referred to as "coton," which is French for cotton. They are also very soft and snuggly, like a pile of cotton. However, before you throw all your money onto the sale of any puppy, you should know some things about them. Here are some facts about the Coton de Tulear dogs.
Their Closest Cousins Are Bichon-Frises
Not surprising, but the closest genetic cousins to the Cotons are Bichon-Frises. When the French explorers came to Madagascar, they brought their Bichons along. The Bichons mated with some of the local small dogs, and eventually, the Cotons were born. If you want the look of a Coton, but not the price of a purebred Coton, get a mixed breed pup from a Coton and Bichon.
The Most Popular and Most Common Color Is White
Given their name, it should not surprise you that the most popular and the most common color for this breed is white. However, if you want to mix things up, you can get a cream, two-tone black and white, brindle, or gray puppy. You may have to wait a while, as these other colors and coat patterns are dominated by the dog's tendency toward solid white.
They Are as Stubborn as Dachshunds
Coton pups share their training temperament with dachshunds. They are willing to please their masters and mistresses, and will learn tasks for praise and treats. However, they are very stubborn about potty training, so you will need to be regular and consistent with their potty schedules for the first year you have them.
They Require Consistent Grooming
As you would imagine with any fluffy, long-haired pooch, these little dogs need to have their coats brushed daily. You may also want to keep their coats trimmed a little shorter to avoid getting dirt and debris in their fur as they walk. They generally like sitting for a daily brushing and will tolerate it quite well.
They Are a Recognized Breed, but Cannot Be AKC-Registered
Coton dogs are recognized as a breed, and may even be used as show dogs. Yet, the American Kennel Club will not allow you to register them. That said, any AKC-sponsored show event for registered dogs is out. If you only intend to buy a puppy and raise it as a family pet, then this is really not a big deal.