Coton Chin

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Coton Chin History

The Coton is a type of small, long-haired, cottony-coated, hypoallergenic hybrid breed of dog developed in France by crossing the Bichon Frise and Havana Brown Terrier. The ancestors of the Coton can be traced as far back as to 1575, when King Henry IV of France imported two types of water dogs from Portugal and named them both “Cotton Dogs”. These early Cotton Dogs were a mix of various water dogs and most likely contributed to the development of the modern Coton. The modern Coton is thought to have first been bred in the 18th century, however its exact origin is unclear. The breed is most famous for its friendly and extroverted nature. The Coton is a true lapdog and is well known for its ability to form strong bonds with its owners. The breed is also highly social, and is often the first to greet its owner when returning home from work. The coat of the Coton is hypo-allergenic, and for this reason is a popular choice for people who have allergies.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Coton Chin Physical Characteristics

The Coton is a petite, medium- to large-sized breed of domestic rabbit. They are long-bodied with low set, wedge-shaped ears that hang close to their heads. The thick, tightly curled, double coat of a Coton comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Their large, round eyes have striking markings. The fur is so long that it forms a pompon on the end of the tail. The fiber of the coat, which grows continuously, is thick and undercoating is sparse. The fur is used in the production of mohair.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White, Red, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 7 – 10 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 13 lbs

Female Weight Range: 7 – 12 lbs

Coton Chin Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Coton Chin Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Heart Murmur, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Epilepsy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Coton Chin Temperament and Behaviour

The Coton is a playful, happy, and lovable pet that makes a great companion. They are gentle, loving, and sensitive, but they can also be stubborn. They get along well with children and other animals.

Coton Chin Activity Requirements

The Coton is a playful, friendly little dog who makes a great pet. They are small, compact, and cheerful, making them a popular companion. Despite their small size, Cotons do require regular exercise. They are a high-energy, curious, playful breed who can be prone to boredom and bad behavior if they aren’t given enough to do. A short daily walk or jog is great for a Coton, and they also enjoy chasing balls, playing games, and going for rides in the car. If you are thinking about adopting a Coton, be sure you are able to provide them with the exercise and attention they need. They are an energetic, active, and happy little dog who thrives in an environment where they are allowed to explore and engage in play.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Chin is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Chin is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Coton Chin is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Chin is part of the Unclassified group.

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