Cotons are lively, alert companion dogs. Their sweet temperament, cute appearance and clownish antics belie their intelligence, quick wit and stamina. They love to be with their humans and have a tendency to become quite attached to them. Temperament is one of the main characteristics of the breed. They are happy, stable and sociable with humans as well as other dogs. It has been said that they are Labrador Retrievers in a small package.

They can be very clownish and have a habit of walking on their hind legs, which many fanciers find very endearing. Some cock their heads to one side when listening, while others have quite a vocabulary of sighs, whimpers and rumbles to make their desires known. Their remarkable intelligence lends itself to a variety of activities, including obedience, agility, musical freestyle and even tracking. Generally, they are easily trained, but house-breaking can sometimes be a challenge. Coton fanciers agree that the phrase “happy, boisterous, little clowns” very aptly describes the personality of these delightful little creatures. But for all their fluffy, stuffed-toy looks, Cotons are very rough-and-tumble, hardy little dogs. They are equally at home in snow, or mud or rain, or anything in between. A firm, consistent and gentle hand is required to keep these little guys from becoming little monsters. If they think they are the boss, it will be very difficult to train them in any respect.

Credit;    Canadian Coton de Tulear Club.

When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.

BUYER BEWARE: Some breeders listed here may not be members of a Coton de Tulear Breed Club, there may be good reasons for this, but ask the question ‘before’ you leave to visit the breeder or enter into any transaction

Coton de Tulear –  Breeders of Merit


DERBYSHIRE; HAPPYPAWS; Michelle Watson, +01332 754965;

GLOUCESTERSHIRE; COTONCANTO; Amber Ennise +01453 450049;

IRELAND; COTONSTAR; Peter Summersgill, +00353 872795690;

NORFOLK; BLOSSCOTON , Madeline Knight +01362 692440,


YORKSHIRE; COTONKISS; Hazel Gill, +01947 893773;


AZ, Surprise; Whispering Lane Joyce Myers & Susan Sipe 717 451 42
CA, Corona; Bluebell Susan Hallums 951 479 5336
CA, Woodland Hill; Coton Downs Kathie Chambers 818 225 0711
CA, Santa Rosa; Grapevine Nicola Pape & Jesse Deck 707 634 7213
CA, Mendocino; Heavan Sent Cheryl Conwell 707 937 2643
CA, Fresno; Helmvine Pam Helmuth 559 846
CA, Pearblossom; Savikko Coreen Savikko 661 261 9
OH, Sunbury; Maplewood Dellann Kuhn 614 595 8336