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Coton-Beagle History

The Coton de Tulear (French pronunciation: [kotɔ̃ dy tuloʁ]), also known as the Coton or the Cotu, is a medium-to-large, rough-haired, multi-sporting dog, that originated on the island of Madagascar. The Coton was originally bred to be a companion and hunter of vermin. The dogs have since become more popular with owners for their temperament, intelligence, and coat. The Cotons weigh 12 to 22 lb (5.4 to 10 kg), stand 16 to 20 inches (40 to 50 cm) at the withers, and have long, silky, straight or slightly wavy coats. Many have a white patch above their eyes, but some do not, and those that do may have other markings. The Cotons are known for their great adaptability. They are used as guide dogs and search-and-rescue dogs, and in narcotics detection, therapy work, and as family pets.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Coton-Beagle Physical Characteristics

The Coton-Beagle is a medium sized-to-large breed that is typically 17-19 inches at the withers and 30 to 50 pounds. They have long, smooth, corded coats. The head is rectangular in shape with a rather flat muzzle. The ears are medium in size and hang down, often close to the cheeks. The tail is docked and tapers to a point. The eyes come in two different colors, dark hazel or light brown. The nose is snub. The body is longer than it is tall.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Brown, Cream, Black, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 25 lbs

Coton-Beagle Health

Description of breed health.


12-16 yrs

Coton-Beagle Health Concerns

Pulmonic Stenosis, Cerebellar Abiotrophy, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Cataracts, Shaker Dog Syndrome, Cutaneous Asthenia

Coton-Beagle Temperament and Behaviour

A typical Coton-Beagle is loving, playful, and sociable. They are sweet and gentle and make wonderful companions. They are prone to separation anxiety and can do best in a home where there are people around them all of the time. They like attention and are happiest when living under direct supervision.

Coton-Beagle Activity Requirements

The Coton is an unusual-looking dog that originated in France. They have a long, soft coat that is white with colored markings. They are generally outgoing, friendly, and playful. Despite their small size and distinctive appearance, the Coton is actually a very active and energetic. They require at least an hour of activity every day, which can be split up into several short sessions. They do well in homes with fenced backyards. If you are thinking about adopting a Coton, be sure you are prepared for the energy that this pup will bring into your life. They are a fun, happy, and playful small dog, but they do require a lot of exercise and attention.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton-Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton-Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Coton-Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton-Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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