He was adopted by the ruling tribal
monarchy and became known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar". Only
the nobility were permitted to own a Coton and this dog is still relatively rare in North America.
Coton was bred to be a companion.
The Coton stands up to
12 1/2 inches high at the shoulder. He has a cotton-like, long-haired coat
that is relatively low maintenance. The coat does not shed and dries
quickly. It comes in white, black and white, and tri-colour.
befits a dog bred for companionship, the Coton is long-lived, lively,
happy, and loving. He has an amusing and
affectionate nature. He will cock his head attentively and even walk on
his hind legs to get a laugh! The Coton revels in his status as a lap dog
and enjoys nothing more than being curled up with his family. This dog is extremely willing to please and devoted to
intelligent, alert, easily-trained animal, the Coton benefits from early obedience
training and socialization. Cotons will coexist peacefully with other
pets. They also generally tolerate some childish rough-housing. Some will
act as watch dogs, but generally, Cotons bark infrequently. The Coton can adapt to almost any living style
and climate but is an indoor dog. He will retain his happy-go-lucky
attitude his whole life long.