Coton Schnauzer

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Coton Schnauzer History

The Coton de Tulear is a toy spaniel-type of dog breed. The origin of the name “Coton” is disputed, but most likely derives from “cotton”, as the long silky coat of the “Coton” is of similar texture to that of cotton. The “Schnauzer” part of the name comes from the Schweizer Laufhund, or Swiss Mountain Hound, a type of terrier that was crossed with the early Cotons to create the modern Chévalier des Flandres or Belgian Shepherd. The Coton is a happy, playful, loving, and devoted pet dog that is also highly intelligent and eager to please. The Coton is well suited for both city and country life. The Coton is a loyal, affectionate, and eager-to-please pet. They are attentive, loyal, and protective of their family and people they know. The temperament of the Coton is well balanced, and they are not aggressive or high-strung. The Coton is well suited to both city and country life and makes a great family pet.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Coton Schnauzer Physical Characteristics

The Coton de Tulear is a medium/large-sized breed that typically stands between 14 and 18 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 10 to 20 pounds. They have a round body and a medium length, curly, silky, or rough coat. They have a slightly tapered muzzle, short, straight ears, and a straight tail. Their eye color is almond shaped and ranges from a light hazel to dark brown. The nose can be any color including pink, blue, or green. The Coton de Tulear is an intelligent, playful, and alert breed.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Pied, Black, Silver

Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 9 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 9 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 15 lbs

Female Weight Range: 8 – 15 lbs

Coton Schnauzer Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Coton Schnauzer Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Pancreatitis, Patellar Luxation, Von Willebrand’s Disease

Coton Schnauzer Temperament and Behaviour

The Coton is a cheerful, calm, and gentle breed of dog. They are highly intelligent and are easy to train. They are affectionate and loyal to their owners. They are full of energy, but are also very laid-back and lazy. The Coton can be wary of strangers, but with proper socialization, can eventually warm up to them.

Coton Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Coton is a medium-size dog that originated in the French city of that name. They are known as happy, playful little dogs and are a popular choice as a companion. The Coton is a friendly, easygoing little dog. They often prefer to be carried around rather than walked, and they don’t require much exercise at all. A daily walk is usually sufficient, though playing with the family is also appreciated. The Coton is a good choice for people who live in city apartments or smaller homes. They don’t require a lot of space to play and they are typically content to stay indoors. If you are looking for a small, loyal dog, the Coton could be right for you.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

40 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Coton Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Coton Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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