Multiple registries with differing standards describe the Coton de Tuléar, but in general, it has very soft hair, comparable to a cotton ball, a prominent black nose, large expressive eyes (usually covered by bangs) and somewhat short puffy legs. Coton de Tuléar has a medium to long, fluffy, cotton-like coat that is considered hair rather than fur. It is a non-shedding breed with low dander. Like the poodle or Havanese (thought to be the Coton’s cousin), this breed has very low allergic affects, although not yet considered hypoallergenic. This breed has little to no shedding. Mats should be removed through daily brushing and combing. Go Pets America: Dogs that do not shed – Retrieved September 7, 2008 (see Moult). This breed does not have the common “doggie smell”, and when properly bathed and groomed does not smell at all. The Coton de Tulear comes in three accepted colors: white (sometimes with tan markings, all white preferred by show breeders), black and white , and tricolor. These colors generally do not fade, however the tan and white may become all white. The international Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard gives the Coton’s weight as from 4 to 6 kg (about 9 to 13 lb) for males and 3.5 to 5 kg (8 to 11 lb) for females. The Coton’s height (including tolerance) is from 25 to 30 cm (about 10 to 12 inches) tall for males and from 22 to 27 cm (8½ to 10½ inches) for females. By contrast, the Coton de Tulear Club of America standard specifies the weight as no more than 18 lb (8 kg) with the average being between 11-15 pounds. The standard height is 9 to 13 inches (33 cm), except for the rare Tall Coton, which is 14 to 16 inches (43 cm) high. The Tall Coton shows up in all three colors, and can be born to a litter with normal sized parents that carry the appropriate genes. These long-limbed dogs are exceptionally agile and graceful.[cit Data refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coton_de_Tulear Coton de Tulear Data United States of America Coton de Tulear Club – Promoting the breed through conformation shows. Club affiliations and membership application, FCI breed standard, health articles, rescue information, list of breeders, shows, and links. Coton de Tulear-Club e.V. – Der Verein berichtet über sich, seine Geschichte und über die Rasse. Desweiteren werden Züchterliste, Fotogalerie und Ausstellungserfolge veröffentlicht. Coton de Tulear Club Schweiz – Vorstellung des CTCS und seiner Aktivitäten. Dazu umfangreiche Rasseinformation mit Fotogalerien.
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