Monday, July 30, 2012

Coton de Tulear Information and Pictures

Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

 The Coton de Tulear, also known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, was first recognised in 1990 but he has existed in his native Madagascar, particularly on the island of Tula, for several hundred years. Although very few have been exported from Madagascar, the breed is becoming more popular in the USA, Europe and the UK. Primarily a household companion, he is loyal and friendly, as well as intelligent. He has the advantage of not shedding his distinctively textured coat. Though he is usually all white in colour, his ears may be lemon or grey in colour.

Health Coton de Tulear
You may be aware that some breeds of dog (and crossbreeds too) can be susceptible to inherited disease. Of course you want to be sure that the dog you choose is as healthy as possible, and you would like to know that it has not inherited any undesirable disease-causing genes from its parents. There is some help in that DNA tests for diseases in purebred dogs are available for some conditions in some breeds, but there are not very many such tests just yet! There are also, however, a number of clinical veterinary screening schemes that dog breeders can use to increase the probability of producing healthy puppies.

Coton de Tulear
Coton de Tulear

Potential dog owners should be aware that, at present, the application of various health screening results to breeding programmes is not always straightforward, and breeders may make choices for various reasons. A responsible breeder though, will always be willing to discuss relevant health issues with you. Breed clubs are often useful sources of breedspecific information.

There are not currently any veterinary screening schemes or DNA tests for disease relevant to this breed under the Assured Breeder Scheme, however you should still ask breeders and refer to breed clubs about health issues in the breed.

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