We are long-time breeders of Coton de Tulear. Our purebred Cotons have champion line pedigrees, beautiful coats and wonderful temperaments. They are raised in our home and well socialized.
We aim to make bringing your new puppy home a smooth and enjoyable experience. When you choose a My Darling Dogs Coton puppy you become a part of our Coton family. We are available to answer your questions before and after your new Coton puppy arrives!
Coton de Tulear dogs are known for their light, cottony-like coats. The coats are usually straight or slightly wavy. Cotons almost look like a miniature sheep dog, peeking at you with their dark beautiful eyes from under their long bangs. Cotons are cheerful and charming. They are known as the anti-depressant dog. They are calm and yet very confident. They pat their paws on the floor and perform humorous antics. They are like a big dog in a small body. Coton dogs are hearty, robust, enthusiastic and celebrate your homecoming after separations. They exclude happiness and harmony. Even though they love you to pieces they also have an independent spirit. Cotons are non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs.
Coton means “cotton of Tulear”. Tulear, a port city on the island of Madagascar, is where the rare, ancient, pure breed Coton originated more than three centuries ago. The Coton is a member of the Bichon family and is rightfully called “The Royal Dog of Madagascar”. When France claimed Madagascar in the 17th century, the French aristocracy surrounded themselves with uncommon treasures, one of these being the little white playful dog who loved to dance upright and show off. It was made law that non-noblemen were not allowed to own Cotons and even today, it is a rare breed and usually owned by residents of distinction on Madagascar. There are many old legends about the Coton’s survival, how it came to Madagascar, and its unusual intelligence.
Glenda, a retired elementary teacher and Coton de Tulear breeder of My Darling Dogs wrote this book. It features a map and history of where the Cotons originated from, and an endearing story about Emma, a Coton de Tulear puppy.
Watercolor painting done by one of our Coton families