The Coton de Tulear is a charming little white dog that hails from Madagascar where they are often referred to as the Royal Dogs of Madagascar. They were first recognised as a breed in their own right by The Kennel Club in 1990 although they have been around for centuries and in particular on the island of Tula. They are known to be loyal, affectionate and intelligent dogs that over recent times have gained popularity both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world not only because the Coton de Tulear is such a charming dog, but also because they don't shed.
Known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear has been around for centuries are were often found on the island of Tula way back in the 16th century. It is thought these little white dogs were taken to the islands of Madagascar by trading ships and pirates who sailed the seas during that period of history. The Cotie’s job aboard trading ships was to control vermin, but they were traded for other items and goods found in Madagascar and as such, these little white dogs remained behind once the trading ships had left the islands.
Coties soon became a popular choice with the island’s noble classes and were referred to as the Royal Dogs of Madagascar for this reason. They were given the name "Coton" thanks to their soft, fluffy white coats that resembles cotton and is similar to the touch. No dogs were allowed to leave Madagascar right up until the 1970's and then only very few select people were permitted to take a Coton de Tulear off the island with them.
Today, the Coton de Tulear is becoming more well known outside of their native Madagascar which includes here in the UK, although anyone wishing to share a home with one of these charming little white dogs would need to register their interest with a breeder because so few pedigree puppies are bred every year.