Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Coton de Tulear - A Friendly Small Breed Originally From Madagascar
Dave Chupp is a longtime Nappanee, Indiana, dog breeder who raises breeds such as Havanese, French bulldogs, and golden retrievers in a healthy, loving environment. Among the sought after breeds Dave Chupp has experience raising is the Coton de Tulear. A member of the Bichon family, the breed is said to have arrived in Madagascar through a shipwreck or with traders, and interbred with local dogs.
With a fluffy white coat, the diminutive Coton is friendly and gentle, and enjoys playing. An intent listener, the breed differs from many smaller breeds in not being liable to bark frequently or yap. Taking well to training, the Coton often maintains a puppy-like joy in life well into adulthood and can often be found balanced on its two hind feet.
The most arduous aspect of maintaining an indoor Coton for many owners is finding time to groom its fluffy, luxuriant coat. Another important aspect of having a Coton is socialization and obedience training, which helps keep the breed’s sometimes headstrong nature in check.