Coton Eskimo

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Coton Eskimo History

The Coton de Tulear is a medium-to-large, hypoallergenic, long-haired, toy-breed canine originating in Africa. The Coton is thought to have descended from African cottontail rabbits. The gene pool of the Coton includes the African cottontail rabbit, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Bichon Frise, the Maltese, and the Tibetan Terrier. The coat is non-shedding and forms curls at the end. The face is round and the tail is long. The ears are long and flat and stand erect. The eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown. The Coton can be trained to perform many tricks. The most notable of the breed’s talents is its ability to balance a ball on its nose. The Coton is often confused with the Peruvian Inca Orchid, which it also shares some similarities with. The origin of the name “Coton” is unclear, but it may be derived from the French word “cotonne”, meaning “cotton”.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Coton Eskimo Physical Characteristics

The Coton de Tulear is a small, medium-to-large-sized breed of dog that originated in the Republic of Madagascar. The breed is also known as the “Malagasy Dog,” the “Malagasy Silky,” and the “Coton de Tulear.” The Coton is a hypoallergenic breed of dog that does not shed much. The Cotons come in many colors and patterns. The breed is usually white with patches of gray on the head and legs, and with patches of solid color on the body. The head is round and the eyes can be blue, green, or light brown. The ears can be erect or floppy. The tail can be docked or undocked. The Cotons make great companions, family members, and pets.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Pied, Cream

Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 11 – 18 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 13 – 23 lbs

Coton Eskimo Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Coton Eskimo Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Heart Murmur

Coton Eskimo Temperament and Behaviour

The Coton is a sweet, calm, and adaptable dog that makes a great companion. They are comical and like to make people laugh with their goofiness and quirky behaviors. They are easy to train, but can be stubborn at times. They are playful, but not overly energetic. They get along well with children, other dogs and cats, and just about anybody.

Coton Eskimo Activity Requirements

The Coton is a very small, fluffy dog that originated in the French town of Le Coton. These adorable little dogs are playful, friendly, and outgoing. A daily good walk will help keep your Coton healthy, happy, and out of trouble. They don’t need a lot of exercise, but a short walk or quick game in the yard will be enough to keep them engaged and happy. A variety of small toys are also a good way to keep any dog happy and stimulated. A puzzle toy or treat dispenser can keep your Coton entertained while you’re not home. A fenced yard in your backyard is an ideal place to take your Coton for walks and to play. If you live in an apartment, a leash and a secure area to walk in may be enough for your cute, fluffy companion.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Coton Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Eskimo is part of the Unclassified group.

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