Coton de Tulear is a small dog, with a long, cotton-like
coat and round, dark, intelligent, expressive eyes.
The ratio of height (measured at the withers) to body
length is 2:3.
are a little boisterous, cheerful, even a little clownish,
and are extremely attached to their masters. Their only
purpose is that of a companion. They are intelligent
and are easily trained. Their temperament is gentle
and not of a dominant nature. Faults are to be penalized
according to the degree of seriousness.
length is 2/5 body length. Skull length to muzzle length
ratio is 9:5. In profile, the head is short. The top
view is triangular. There is no perceptible occiput.
In profile, the top skull is slightly convex, with a
width of approximately 3-1/3 inches (8.5 cm). The brows
(superciliary ridges) not prominent.
central furrow is shallow. There is a shallow stop.
The muzzle is approximately 2-1/3 inches 6 cm) in length,
1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in height, and 2 inches (5 cm)
in width. The muzzle and lower jaw are straight.
thin, tight lips have black or dark brown (tobacco brown)
Faults - Flat skull. Round skull. Stop too pronounced.
Total absence of stop. Muzzle too small. Muzzle too
large. Roman nose.
A full complement of small, strong, white, perfect teeth
meet in a scissors, level, or slightly undershot bite.
Serious faults - Improperly aligned incisors. Square
teeth. Undershot bite more than the thickness of the
The round, dark eyes are bright and lively. They are
set well apart. Eyelids are fine, with dark pigment.
Serious faults - Light eyes. Eyes too close together.
Entropianism. Ectropianism. Protruding eyes. Vicious
The small nose has open nostrils. It is black in color.
Dark brown (dark tobacco) is tolerated, but not preferred.
The thin, triangular, dropped ears are approximately
2-1/3 inches (6 cm) in width, and 2-3/4 (7 cm) inches
in length. They are set high on the skull, are broken
at the base, and thin at the tip. Serious faults - Ears
too short. Too narrow at the base. Too wide at the base.
neckline is robust and strong, and slightly arched.
It is thick and muscular in shape. The ratio of neck
length to body length is 1:5. It is approximately 3-1/8
inches (8 cm) in length, and approximately 2 3/4 inches
(7 cm) in width. The neck skin is taut.
Serious faults - Slender neck. Neck too long. Neck too
muscular shoulders are approximately 4 inches (10 cm).
The shoulder assembly angulation is 120 degrees. The
muscular upper arm is approximately 3-1/2 inches (9
cm), sloping from front to rear. The vertical forearm
is well-boned and approximately 4 inches (10 cm) long.
Elbow angulation is 120 degrees.
From both the front and the side, the forelegs arestraight.
The area encompassing the carpal joint and the pastern
(metacarpus) is approximately 1-1/8 inches (3 cm) in
Serious faults - Straight shoulders. Out at the pasterns.
Pigeon-toed. Bow legs. Poor angulation.
muscular backline is slightly convex (slightly roached).
The withers are slightly pronounced. The ratio of the
thorax to the lumbar region is 10:6. The round belly
is not as broad as the chest. There is a slight tuckup.
Serious faults - Back too long. Underdeveloped chest.
angulation is 80 degrees. The muscular upper thigh is
approximately 4 inches (10 cm) in length. The lower
thigh is approximately 4 inches (10 cm) in length. The
ratio of the upper thigh to lower thigh is 1:1.
From both the rear and the side, the hind legs are straight.
Stifle angulation is 120 degrees. The hock joint is
approximately 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) in width. The vertical
rear pastern (metatarsus) is 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) in
length and 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) wide.
Serious faults - Horizontal croup. Narrow croup. Thighs
insufficiently muscled. Bow hocks. Bowlegs. Poor angulation.
small, round, well-formed front feet have tight toes.
The round, well-formed hind feet have tight, slightly-curved
toes. The front feet are approximately 1-1/8 inches
(3 cm) long. The pads are flat, well centered and pigmented.
low-set tail is thick at the base and thin at the end.
It is approximately 7 inches (18 cm) in length. When
moving, the tail is carried over the back. At rest,
the tail falls downward below the hocks, with the tip
Serious faults - Tail too long. Tail too short. Cylindrical
fine coat is slightly wavy, with a cottony texture.
It is approximately 3-1/8 inches (8 cm) in length.
skin is fine, with good adherence to all body parts.
It may be pigmented with gray spots, more or less dark.
faults - Short coat. Hair too long. Curly hair. Silky
hair. Hair on ears too short. Lack of abundance of hair
on tail. Insufficient coat on thighs. Wrinkled skin.
with a few spots of yellow or light-to-medium gray permissible.
few spots of the following colors, with a variety of
darkness and intensity, are acceptable on a white background
on young dogs (under 1 year) only: yellow, rust, dark
red, black, brown, and brown/black mixed together. The
color is very light at the base of the hair shaft, indicative
of acceptable adult coloration.
ears are covered with white hair or with hair of the
following three shades: yellow taints, more or less
dark; a blend of yellow and black hairs; or, a few black
hairs, giving the impression of a light grayish stain.
is measured at the withers.
range for males is from 9-7/8 inches (25 cm) to 12-1/2
inches (32 cm), with 11 inches (28 cm) being the ideal.
range for females is from 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) to
11 inches (28 cm), with 9 7/8 inches (25 cm) being the
range for males is from 8-7/8 to 13-1/4 pounds (4 to
range for females is from 7-3/4 to 1 pounds (3.5 to
is proportional to height, but must not exceed the maximum.
For example, a male of 11 inches in height will weigh
approximately 11 pounds, while a male of 12-1/2 inches
in height will weigh approximately 13-1/4 pounds.
walk is normal. The stride is shortened. The preferred
gait is the trot.
or bilateral cryptorchid. Extreme viciousness or shyness.
Nose too light. Butterfly nose. Insufficiently pigmented
lips. Pink spots on lips. Pink spots on eyelids, Double-hooked
tail. Straight tail, carried straight up or straight
out from the body. No tail. Males over 12 1/2 inches
in height. Females over 11 inches in height. Males over
13 1/4 pounds. Females over 11 pounds. Coat heavily
spotted with dark red (maroon) or true black for both
puppies and adults.