History of Cotons


The Coton de Tulear is a rare dog with origins from the island of Madagascar.  The name is of French origin based upon the dogs’ hair which feels like cotton (French – coton) and the royal court (Tulear) and port in Madagascar (Tulear is a small harbor town on the southwest coast).  The Coton de Tulear was introduced into Europe in 1971 with an introduction into the United States several years later.  The Coton de Tulear is a member of the Bichon family (Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Maltese, Havanese, Lowchen, and Coton) and the breed originated from the Maltese-looking Bichon, who were carried on sailing ships at the beginning of the 1500’s.  Due to sailing to India (East India Trading Company) and probable ship wrecks on Madagascar, these little dogs established themselves on the island and bred with the indigenous dogs of Madagascar (believed to be various terrier and possibly Papillon type dogs).  An excellent detailed history is provided at the United States of America Coton de Tulear Club (USACTC) website listed below:



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