Coton de Tulear
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FCI nummer: 283
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Foundation Stock Service (FSS)
Each of the following breeds has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®. The AKC provides this service to allow these purebred breeds to continue to develop while providing them with the security of a reliable and reputable avenue to maintain their records. FSS® breeds are not eligible for AKC registration. Several of the FSS breeds are approved to compete in AKC Companion Events. To review the complete list of breeds approved to compete in companion events, click here. Contact information is available for a majority of the Foundation Stock Service® breeds. The AKC does not recommend one club over another. None of the clubs are affiliated with the AKC at this time (except for the coonhound national breed clubs).
ANDRE NAVN: Bommullshund
VEKT: Hann: 9-13 kg
Tispe: 8-11 kg
HØYDE: Hann: 25-30 cm
Tispe: 22-27 cm
FARGE(R): hvit-hvit med fargede partier
PELSLENGDE: Mellom - til langhåret
PELS: Bomullaktig

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Coton de Tulear

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Eligible Registries: United States of America Coton de Tulear Club, Coton de Tulear Club of America, American Coton Club, Any Acceptable Domestic or Foreign Registry

Contact: United States of America Coton de Tulear Club, Barbara Adcock, USACTC President, 7904 Bosque Blvd., Woodway, Texas 76712, 254-722-9222;


December 2003 - The Board approved the eligibility of some Foundation Stock breeds, which meet certain criteria, for competition in AKC Companion Events (Obedience, Tracking, and Agility), effective January 1, 2004. The breeds must have a minimum of 150 dogs with three generation pedigrees recorded in the FSS®, a national breed club with members in at least 20 states, and an AKC approved breed standard. The breeds that currently meet the criteria are the Irish Red and White Setter, the Cesky Terrier, the Coton de Tulear, the Norwegian Lundehund, the FSS® Black and Tan Coonhound, the Bluetick Coonhound, the American English Coonhound, the Treeing Walker Coonhound, the Peruvian Inca Orchid, the Sloughi, the Dogue de Bordeaux, the Tibetan Mastiff, the Perro de Presa Canario, the Chinook, the Norwegian Buhund, the Swedish Vallhund, the Finnish Lapphund, and the Pyrenean Shepherd. Requests by breed clubs to have their breeds compete in the various Performance Events would be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The history of the Coton de Tulear is poorly documented. But, the most common belief is that they are descendants of dogs who survived an ancient shipwreck near the Madagascar coast. Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island, and lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. The little white dogs who swam ashore to the port of Tulear were the now extinct Coton de Reunions. The dogs settled on the island and bred with the local terriers resulting in what we now know as the Coton de Tulear.

During the 17th century, the Merina, who were the ruling tribal monarchy in Madagascar closely controlled the breed. They forbid both coastal tribesmen and non-noblemen from owning the dog. The Coton became known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar." Later, conquering French colonists adopted the dog as well, and only those persons in the top echelon of society were allowed to own a Coton de Tulear. Political and economic crises in Madagascar now threaten the dog with extinction in its own native land. The Coton was honored on a Madagascar postage stamp in 1974.

Also in 1974, Dr. Robert Jay Russell, a biologist studying Madagascar's lemurs, sent Coton breeding stock to America. Three years later they were introduced in Europe. The dogs were enthusiastically received, and are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing rare breeds in America and Europe.

Farger og egenheter:

Description Type Code
White S 199
Black A 007
Description Type Code
Gray Markings S 028
Yellow Markings S 107
Tri Color Markings A 024
White Markings A 014



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  • The Coton de Tulear has been assigned the Non-Sporting Group designation.
  • The Coton de Tulear has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1996.
  • The Coton de Tulear is originally from Madagascar. The Coton is the "Official Dog of Madagascar" and is also known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar."
  • The breed's name is from the French word coton, meaning "cotton," and from the Madagascan port of Tulear.
  • In its country of origin, the breed has been portrayed on a postage stamp.
  • The name is pronounced coTAWN day two-LEE are.
  • The Coton de Tulear can compete in AKC Companion Events (Obedience, Rally, Tracking, and Agility).