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Coton de Tuléar

Coton de Tuléar

Rasa Coton de Tulear provine din Madagascar, mai exact din micul oraș port Tulear. Numele înseamnă tradus „bumbac din Tulear“. Nu se poate aproxima perioada în care micuții câini albi au început să fie crescuți acolo. În vremurile coloniale, nobili, funcționari și soldați francezi s-au stabilit în Tulear. Acestora le-a plăcut atât de mult micuța rasă, încât au numit-o repede „câine regal“ și au interzis cetățenilor obișnuiți să dețină acest tip de câine. Emigranții francezi au adus câinele Coton de Tulear cu ei când s-au întors în patrie, astfel încât un standard de rasă a fost creat doar în 1970. Câinele Coton de Tulear sunt deosebit de răspândiți în Madagascar în prezent.

Temperament

The Coton de Tulear is an affectionate and devoted dog, eager to please. This eagerness, combined with their intelligence, makes them fairly easy to train, and they become great companions. They have a very playful nature, and can be active around the home where they do make excellent pets. They can become very attached to their home, and make good watchdogs, always looking to please their master. Being a sociable breed they tend to get along with other dogs too. This breed has an expression which is hard to resist, their dark, wide-set eyes drawing you in, complementing their friendly nature well.
A pleasant mix of boisterous and calm, this is a breed that should live indoors, and is especially well-suited to apartment living.

Grooming and exercise

Being a low-shedding breed, the Coton de Tulear make good pets for allergy sufferers, and also, on a practical side, mean less hoovering up of dog hair. They still lose hair, though, but instead of shedding it on your carpets the nature of their coat means the hairs get tangled up within the coat instead. Therefore this requires a regular grooming regime, ideally on a daily basis, to prevent the coat quickly matting which may lead to them needing shaving. As well as a daily brush, the Coton de Tulear needs a monthly bathe to keep them in pristine condition.
Although a short daily walk will suffice for exercise, this breed does like to play often, which makes for an entertaining pet. As mentioned, they are capable also of accompanying their owners on a good hike, and love a swim when any water is spotted. They also have good agility skills for the various dog sports and shows, plus are equally proficient playing fetch.

More recently

The Coton de Tulear was re-introduced to Europe and America only in the last 20 to 30 years, and gained recognition by the FCI in 1975. On Madagascar they were originally the companion dog of royalty and the wealthy, but finally the wider world is getting to appreciate their charms. It was not until 1990, though, that that the breed was introduced in to the UK, and took until 2014 for the American Kennel Club to recognise the breed.

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