The Coton de Tuléar is a dog with a very soft coat. It is said that the coat of this dog is as soft as cotton. That is what his name refers to. The Coton de tuléar is a nice companion dog. The dog has a great capacity for empathy. That is why the dog is also used as a therapy dog.
This breed of dog has its origins in Madagascar, where it was once the dog of the rich. Madagascar was a French colony in the past, which is how the animal got its French name. The Coton de tuléar was really a dog for the nobility of the island. The ordinary citizen was literally not allowed to own the dog, it was forbidden. We know very little about the ancestors of this breed. The story goes that a ship sank off the coast of Madagascar. A pack of Coton de tuléars survived and swam to the coast of Madagascar. We do not know for sure if this story is true. However, it could be true, because small dogs were often present as merchandise on merchant ships. In the end, it was (French) tourists who introduced this dog to Europe.
Cotons have a fairly easy character. In principle, they like everything, as long as they are with their owner. The latter is very important. They do not like to be left alone. They are sociable creatures and belong in a family. For example, they like to lie on their boss' lap. However, when they can go on an adventure with their boss, they like to be there.
Most small dogs need to be brought up in a positive way. This also applies to the Coton. By nature, they are quite watchful and very focused on guarding their territory. It is therefore wise to socialise the pup well at a young age and teach it obedience. However, beware: the Coton de tuléar is easily distracted. Therefore, make sure you keep the training lively and refreshing.