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Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

  • WEIGHT: 25 to 45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 17 to 20 inches
  • COLOR(S): Red, red and chestnut, black and chestnut, black, tan, blue-gray
  • BREED GROUP: Herding

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Coton de Tulear

WEIGHT: 12 to 15 lbs
HEIGHT: 10 to 12 inches
COLOR(S): White or white and black.
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The Coton de Tulear is a relative to the Bichon-type dogs and the Italian Bolognese. Coton is the French word for Cotton. Like the name suggests the most conspicuous feature of the Coton De Tulear is its coat, which is cottony or fluffy rather than silky; it has a long topcoat. Some have slightly yellowish markings on the ears. This little dog is very affectionate and gets along well with children, other dogs and animals.


The Coton De Tulear is very friendly, gentle, affectionate, and alert. This breed is very sociable. It is very devoted and attached to its home and masters - wanting always to be in their presence and trying its best to please; one of its most endearing traits is a tendency to jump and walk on its hind legs. Full of tricks and surprises to fulfill its master's every wish. The Coton makes a perfect family dog and great watchdog. The Coton learns quite quickly but can be a little bit stubborn. Although it is intelligent and eager to work, it does have a mind of its own. It makes a very good companion to children.


Single coated. The coat is usually long, fine, slightly wavy, texture of cotton, shown in natural state. Slight lemon or gray color on ears is acceptable; dark pigmentation. Requires daily, careful grooming, the dead hair should be brushed and combed out. It does not need a bath more than once or twice a year, which will be adequate to keep it clean. The coat should not be trimmed. This breed sheds little to no hair; it is good for allergy sufferers.


No genetic defects. Other health concerns include eye problems, kidney disease and thyroid disease.


Coton De Tulears are very devoted to its master, the Coton always wants to be in their presence and tries its best to please. They are joyful, playful and sometimes clownish. They have been known to walk on their back legs. They are lively, gentle, and affectionate. They are very alert, cheerful and agreeable. They are friendly to all but are especially attached to their family. They are friendly with children and other pets as well. They are also intelligent and can adapt to almost any environment.


Cotons love to please, making training easy. They are more than willing to do as you say and go where you go. Positive reinforcement is probably best with this breed.

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