|Coton de Tulear from akc.com|
In the 17th century, the dog became the "Royal dog of Madagascar," and only nobility was allowed to have one. The Coton even made its way to a Madagascar postage stamp in 1974. The breed is nearly extinct in Madagascar, but gains popularity in both Europe and the US.
The breed is considered hypoallergenic, and they are fairly sturdy with an average lifespan of 14-16 years. They are lively, trainable, playful, affectionate, and intelligent. They're known for their curiosity, and love meeting new people. They also adapt well to any kind of living environment, and they are great with kids and other animals.
The coat does require brushing and combing almost every day. They don't shed, but unless they're brushed regularly, the coat mats quickly.