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Combai History

The Combai, also known as the Coton de Tulear, is a hypoallergenic breed of lap dog from Madagascar. The Combai is a naturally occurring hybrid between an ancestor of the present-day Bichon Frise and a portion of the now-extinct St. Vincent Spaniel. The Combai is a medium-to-large sized, low-shedding, non-allergenic, and curly coated, wrinkly-faced member of the Bichon family. The Combai is believed to have first been domesticated in Madagascar. It remained relatively unchanged throughout the centuries until the second half of the 20th Century, when the dog was first introduced to Western Europe and North America. The Combai is bred in small numbers today, but its popularity is expected to rise in the future. The popularity of the Coton de Tulear is expected to increase even further once a genome project for this rare and unique species is completed.

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Combai Physical Characteristics

The Cobai is a small, medium-sized, and long-haired breed of dogs that is bred for hunting and companionship. They have a muscular, active body and a strong, sturdy head. The Combai has a thick, profuse, and wavy coat of medium length that is usually red, brownish-red, or reddish-brown. The breed also has erect ears, a straight tail, and a bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Red, Brown, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 17 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 30 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 50 lbs

Combai Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Combai Health Concerns

Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Sensitivity or Allergy to Anesthesia

Combai Temperament and Behaviour

The Combai is a small, short-haired, and hairless breed of dog that originated in Portugal. They are a highly intelligent, gentle, and protective breed of dog that makes a great pet. They are kind, patient, and sometimes quiet.

Combai Activity Requirements

The Combai is a designer dog created by crossing a Cocker Spaniel with a Bichon Frise. Both parent breeds are fairly low energy, so their crosses tend to also be low- to moderate-energy. The Combai enjoys a daily walk or some play time. While they don’t need a ton of physical exercise, they do need an outlet for their energy. A brisk walk around the block or a game of tug-of-war can be a great way to let your Combai burn off some energy. A Combai can be a good choice for a family that doesn’t have a lot of time or space to devote to exercise. This dog tends to fit well in households where one person stays home during the day.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Combai is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Combai is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Combai is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Combai is part of the Unclassified group.

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