SWEET TEMPERAMENT AND BOLD CHARACTER OF MADAGASCAR’S DOG
“There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog.”
The fact is that every dog is beautiful and amazing but the Cotons are simply adorable. They are almost like teddy toys we have forgotten in our childhood and missed them the whole life long. The Cotons are friendly, cute and always so happy. One lady, the proud owner of one, little, white wonder called Fifi, has informed me that her dog had saved her life so many times and inspired her soul with new hope. I know that is a true because each time I see a dog, I miss having that loyal creature that is ready to love you more than anyone or anything on this world. I am here to admit, especially as a slave of cats, that the cats are awesome but the dogs are one of a kind.
Why we love dogs ? Because they show us the endless love, the meaning of sacrifice and they teach us about giving and not only about taking. The dog’s love is a base for compassion and affection, for development of pure emotions in the good direction. If you let your kid grow up in the dog’s company, you will shape the great person with lot of creative and constructive skills and , above all, with big heart to embrace the sad world we live in. The dogs give us so much and they want nothing in return….unless a bone sometimes.
Fifi was a reason I have studied this breed a bit and wanted to share my impressions with people. The small Fifi has opened the big book of the Coton de Tulear dog’s breed and took me in the breathtaking Madagascar, the homeland of those precious, smiled dogs. According to the writing of breeders, the Coton is a Bichon-type related to the French Bichons and the Italian Bolognese. The word “coton” is a french word for cotton itself. Fluffy coat gives the unforgettable look to our four legged friend. The breed recognizes white, black and tricolor but the white Coton is still the most valued:“It most likely arrived in Madagascar with French troops, or with the administrators who followed. The breed was virtually unknown until it was reintroduced to Europe and America in the last 20 years. For centuries, the Coton was a favored companion of the wealthy residents of Tulear, in southern Madagascar, where it continued to breed to type. A dog with similar origins was popular on the French island of Reunion, off the east coast of Madagascar, but became extinct.The original Bichon-type extended back possibly one thousand years ago or more. Although still rare, it has enjoyed considerable popularity with the Madagascar upper-class for some years and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The breed was recognized by the FCI in 1970. The Coton is the ‘Official Dog of Madagascar,’ and a tricolor Coton was honored on a postage stamp in 1974. The Coton de Tulear was officially recognized by the AKC in 2014.”
The Coton seems to be easy-going dog with friendly nature but that shouldn’t let us believe that this dog doesn’t need training and socialisation. This breed is very well known as gentle, alert and affectionate. They get along well with children, other dogs and animals and they are very sociable dogs that need their master and home and participation in all activities. They need to be included in all what is happening in one home and they do not tolerate being alone or at least, they aren’t happy about that. Some dog trainers have warned that people who don’t know how to deal with small dogs are directly responsible for those dogs being developed into destructive canines with so called Small Dog Syndrome. They are small but they have stubborn personality and they need an alfa in their life so they can follow him and respect his presence and wish. Without leadership, they turn to be very difficult for further training and social behavior.
The royal history of this dog shows us that the beauty needs hard work to be profiled as a perfect family member, without wild reactions and bold response to the given rules. They want to please their people but they do not accept so easy the limits for their curiosity. The Coton is a good traveler, quick learner and independent thinker. This breed is enjoying to play, learn new tricks, recharging the energy indoor or outdoor, as long as they’re not lonely or feeling separated from their owners. This dog is an ideal solution for people who do not have a stressful life rhythm or people who are at home, taking care of small children and having enough time to have an influence on life of this cute, white teddy bear. Those who work a lot or they are busy with their after work activities should not consider having this kind of dog because it would be a hell for both. This breed needs active approach and 100% present of the owner for all of their 14-16 years of life.
The Coton dog is good looking but requires a lot of care. The grooming must be regular as well as the trimming and bathing when the right time is. Since this dog is very playful and energy boosted, they are getting dirty very easy and they have to be bathed. They must learn, from their puppy age, that the bathing will be a part of their life. This dog must be introduced carefully with all family members, including other pets, so they can learn to accept their pack from the early beginning.
They are relatively healthy dogs but it depends on the breeder you are dealing with. The most important thing is to avoid to support puppy mills and to take care of abounded dogs from the shelter. There are people who take Coton and then they cant handle this dog so they send them to the shelters. This dog needs training and time and everyone who is thinking of having another Fifi, must be ready to be devoted to the dog’s development and not to take him and give up on him when there are some difficulties.
At the moment when we make a decision to take a dog, we are opening our hearts and souls for another living being, for a family member that will share our bright and dark moments. Make sure you are honest in your intentions and ready to embrace the whole new life with lots of love, loyalty and responsibility. The dogs love is never ending, just make sure that yours is too.