Are you the lucky owner of a Coton de Tuléar – popularly known as cotton dog? Or are you just curious about what kind of dog breed it is? Then you should read along here, where we come up with interesting and fun facts about the little lump of fur.
Did you know, for example, that the cotton dog is one of the most Googled dog breeds in Denmark? It has therefore achieved almost star status in a relatively short time - partly because of its cute appearance and typical allergy-friendliness. However, be aware of what people really mean when they say a dog is 'allergy-friendly'.
A somewhat funny misunderstanding is typically that cotton dogs are "just" small dogs with soft, white fur, but the cotton dog is only one specific breed, namely the Coton de Tuléar.
So let's dive into all the fun information about the Cotton Dog - stay tuned!
The exciting history of the cotton dog
A cotton dog comes with a long and exciting history in its backpack. However, one is not one hundred percent sure where and when it was born for the first time, but there have been many guesses as to the origin of the little dog. It is said to have a sea of ancestors – namely other well-known and small dog breeds such as the Maltese, Papillon and Bichon Havanais.
First, let's address the name – Coton de Tuléar – which actually means cotton from Tuléar. This is also why it is typically called the cotton dog in Denmark. Tuléar was the former name of the city of Toliara, which is still a city in Madagascar. The robber story goes that the cotton dog landed in the town because a ship ran aground on the neighboring island of Réunion sometime in the 15th century. In Tuléar, the cotton dogs were typically used as farm dogs. Some sources believe they were also used for hunting back then, but the Cottonhound was not bred for hunting and probably did not kill much more than a few rats in its time.
The cotton dog then came to France in the 1950s and to Denmark in the 1990s. It is therefore a relatively new dog in Denmark, but an old dog worldwide.
6 fun facts about the cotton dog
There are many fun facts about the small, white lump of fur. Maybe there are even some you haven't thought about before. Here we mention the six most interesting facts:
- The cotton dog has several funny nicknames. In France, they often call a cotton dog an anti-stress dog because of its friendly nature.
- The dog's cotton fur is very special and is created by a genetic mutation.
- In Madagascar, the cotton dog has been on their stamps in the past, and you can still find stamps with the cotton dog on them today. It is therefore clear that the cotton dog has played a major role in Madagascar. It also matches the cotton dog's other nickname, 'the Royal Dog of Madagascar'.
- Several famous people have owned a Cotton Dog throughout the ages, including Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others.
- In the vast majority of cases, the cotton dog is almost entirely chalk white. However, it is available as multi-colored and black, but it is one of the dog breeds that is the "purest" when it comes to their white color.
- Although you might not think of the cotton dog as a swimmer, they are actually incredibly good swimmers and are typically very happy for a trip in the water. Read about our drysuits for all water-loving dogs here.
One of the most popular dog breeds
The cotton dog is not just a favorite of many people – including perhaps yourself. It is actually on the top list of the most popular dog breeds in Denmark . In 2021, it was the eighth most popular dog in Denmark.
That's why we love the cotton dog
There are many good reasons to love the Cotton Dog. Perhaps you can nod in recognition to the reasons below if you are the proud owner of the breed yourself.
A velcro dog that follows you through thick and thin
One of the biggest reasons why we love the Cotton Dog is that it is incredibly sociable. It doesn't just mean that it likes to be with people. This means it will stick with you like Velcro and follow you wherever you go. A companion that will follow in your footsteps, no matter where you are at home, in the forest or on a walk. So if you want an extremely sociable dog, you should definitely consider a cotton dog.
It follows not only you, but your entire family. It also means that it is a real family dog that you can count on to always be there for you and your family. Therefore, it is also a dog that thrives with children. Despite its small stature, it is sturdy enough to play and tumble around with the children. However, as with all dog breeds, it is important to teach the children to treat the dog with respect and care.
However, this also means that the dog needs a lot of social contact in order to thrive. It is therefore important that you give it enough attention.
An extremely cute dog breed
There is no doubt that a cotton dog is something close to the cutest thing there is. Throughout its life it retains its puppy look. A cotton dog puppy is simply so cute, but while other dog breeds can be said to quickly outgrow the puppy look, the cotton dog retains its charm. The cute glass ball eyes keep sending pleading puppy dog eyes that are impossible to stand.
An allergy-friendly dog breed
Do your eyes also water when you are around dogs? (Not only because of their cuteness, but also because of your allergies). The cotton dog has no undercoat and can therefore be said to be hypoallergenic . Because it has no undercoat, it almost does not shed or shed. Again, of course, it depends on the individual dog and your own allergy, and you can therefore not be 100% sure that you will not have an allergic reaction. But as a starting point, the cotton dog is a good option for the dog owner with allergies.
A high average age
The worst nightmare for a dog owner is that you will only be allowed to live with your dog for a few years. If you want a dog with a relatively long lifespan, you should get a cotton dog. Many people ask the question: How old does a cotton dog get? And the answer may surprise some. Its life span is longer than most dog breeds - the average age can be up to 14-16 years. It therefore gives you many good years in which you can enjoy the company of your dog. Then it hardly gets any better.
The cotton dog is good at agility
Although you might not believe it, the Cotton Dog is surprisingly good at agility training. In other words, training with many obstacles. In addition, they generally love everything called play and activities. So don't be fooled by the dog's otherwise small stature. It loves to be active - especially with its owners.
If you want to start agility training with your cotton dog, it is recommended that you wait until the dog is no longer a puppy. It is important that all its muscles and joints are fully developed before you start serious agility training.
An almost odorless dog
Another advantage of the cotton dog is that it hardly smells. Dogs can sometimes smell a little off – yes, wet dog – but not the cotton dog. Although the dog typically has very long fur, and even if it is wet, it rarely smells very much compared to other dogs.
Cotton Dog: the class clown
In terms of personality, the cotton dog may be a bit like the class clown. It is always happy and bubbly and will do anything to make you smile. They are very playful and have an incredible zest for life that is easily contagious.
The dog that can adapt to (almost) everything
One of the best qualities of the cotton dog is that it is good at adapting to most situations, homes and people. It can live in both apartments and houses and can adapt to most places and personalities. This makes it easy to deal with, no matter what your lifestyle is - as long as you give it enough attention.
The same applies to the level of activity. Your cotton dog can easily adapt to your activity level. It loves to entertain itself while you do other things, and to snuggle with you on the sofa - while it can also go on long walks or even take you on hikes. It is eager to please its owners and will do almost anything to be with you.
You must be aware of this with your cotton dog
There are several things you need to be aware of when it comes to your cotton dog. This applies, among other things, to fur care, which can be demanding compared to other dog breeds.
Ensure regular and thorough fur care
The fluffy fur is not only pretty to look at and soft to the touch. It requires a lot of work - and as a cotton dog owner you are probably fully aware of that. The cotton dog requires regular brushing and care of the coat so that it continues to be as soft and smooth.
It may be a good idea to brush its hair once a day if possible. When you brush the dog, it is a good idea to do it thoroughly so that you get all the way down to the fur. There are several places on the dog that you need to pay extra attention to when you brush it. These are places such as the neck, groin and shoulders, as the fur tends to tangle extra in these areas.
At the same time, your cotton dog needs regular trimming so that the coat remains healthy and soft. Both clipping and regular brushing can help prevent matted fur and hair knots, which would otherwise accumulate and cause discomfort for the dog. Among other things, it can also lead to skin problems. There are therefore many reasons to set aside some time for fur care if you have a cotton dog.
There is no such thing as a short-haired and a long-haired cotton dog - although you might have thought so if you met one on the street. It's just the haircut that makes it either short-haired or long-haired. If you want to make sure that the fur will be easy to hold, it is an option to cut it with a teddy bear cut, where the fur is no longer than 5 cm. But it is of course entirely up to you whether you want to let the dog be short-haired or long-haired.
A breed with a tendency to bark
If you have a cotton hound, you're probably well aware that this breed can be a bit of a troublemaker. It can bark quite a lot - but typically with some small barks. However, you can prevent it with the right training. It is therefore something you have to consider if you live in an apartment with your cotton dog.
Your cotton dog quickly feels abandoned
Because the Cottonhound seeks so much social contact, it can also quickly feel that it has been left behind. This is one of its great advantages, but it can also be a disadvantage if you are rarely at home. Therefore, make sure that your dog is not left alone for too long periods at a time . This can lead to it becoming completely unhappy and may start barking or urinating inside. It thrives best when it is with people it is comfortable with. So feel free to take the dog with you whenever possible.
All in all – an indispensable family dog
If we put all this information about the cotton dog together, there is no doubt that it is a charming little dog. A dog that will follow you like a shadow and will always be there for you. A dog with the softest fur and the sweetest being. So if you are already the owner of a cotton dog or are considering becoming one, there is only one thing to say - you will not regret it.
However, as with all other types of dog, it is crucial that you get your cottonmouth puppy from a safe and approved breeder, so you are sure that everything is as it should be. Make sure you get as much information as possible about the dog and its life. It gives you the happiest little lump of fur to take home.