Breed Standard - Coton De Tulear (FCI)
UTILIZATION: Companion dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs. Section 1.2 Coton de Tuléar. Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY :
Introduced to France long before its official recognition in 1970. this newcomer from Madagascar quickly acquired a prominent position amongst the companion dogs of this country; today it is widespread all over the world.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Small, long-haired, companion dog with a white cotton textured coat, with round, dark eyes and a lively, intelligent expression.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :
Of a happy temperament, stable, very sociable with humans and with other dogs; it adapts perfectly to all ways of life. The temperament of the Coton de Tuléar is one of the main characteristics of the breed.
HEAD : Short, seen from above triangular.
Skull : Seen from the front slightly rounded; rather wide in relation to its length. Superciliary arches only slightly developed. Slight frontal groove. Occipital protuberance and crest only slightly accentuated. Well developed zygomatic arches.
BODY : Topline very slightly convex. Dog longer than high.
TAIL : Low set, in the axis of the spinal column. At rest : carried below the hock, the tip being raised. On the move : Carried ((gaily))curved over the back, with the point towards the nape, the withers, the back or the loin. In dogs with abundant coat, the tip may rest on the dorsal-lumbar region.
FOREQUARTERS : The frontlegs are upright.
Shoulder and upper arm : Oblique shoulder, muscled. Scapulohumeral angle about 120 degrees. The length of the upper arm corresponds approximately to that of the shoulder blade.
Lower arm : Humero-radial angle : about 120 degrees. Lower arms vertical and parallel, well muscled, with good bone. The length of the lower arm corresponds approximately to that of the upper arm.
Carvus (Pastern joint) : A continuation of the line of the lower arm.
Metacaroals (Pastern): Strong, seen in profile sloping very slightly. Forefeet: Small, round, toes tight, arched; pads pigmented.
HINDQUARTERS : The hindlegs are upright. Though dewclaws are not sought, their presence is not penalized.
Upper thigh : Strongly muscled; coxo-femoral angle about 80 degrees.
Lower thigh Oblique, forming with the femur an angle of about 120 degrees.
Hock joint: Dry, well defined, angle of the hock about 160g.
GAIT MOVEMENT :
Free and flowing, without covering a lot of ground; topline retained on the move. No sign of uneven movement. SKIN : Fine, stretched tight over all the body; although of pink color, it can be pigmented. COAT HAIR This is one of the main characteristics of the breed from which its very name derives. Very soft and supple, with the texture of cotton, never hard or rough. the coat is dense, profuse and can be very slightly wavy. COLOR : Ground color White. A few slight shadings of light gray color (mixture of white and black hairs) or of red-roan (mixture of white and fawn hairs), are permitted on the ears. On the other parts of the body, such shadings can be tolerated, if they do not alter the general appearance of white coat. They are however not sought after.
Brief description of breed standard Coton De Tulear - (detailed description - above) Appearance Multiple registries with differing standards describe the Coton de Tuléar, but in general, it has very soft hair, comparable to a cotton ball, a prominent black nose, large expressive eyes (usually covered by bangs) and somewhat short puffy legs.
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