When biologist Dr. Robert J. Russell was studying lemurs in Madagascar, he fell in love with the little fluffy dogs we now know as the Coton de Tuléar. He was the first to export several dozens of these tiny canines to America in 1974. He and his father took care of and bred them in New Jersey under the Oakshade Kennel, and eventually he started the Coton de Tuléar Club of America (now the mCTCA) in 1976. The mCTCA is currently the largest Coton club in the World. Dr. Russell now has his own kennel called the Alika Cotons, and the Vice President of mCTCA, Laurie Spalding-Russell, who has been breeding and working with Dr. Russell for years, has her own Coton rescue program.

    There is no other dog club that has the Madagascar Coton de Tuléars. The mCTCA does not accept any registered Cotons that European breeders have crossed with the Maltese and Bichon Frise breeds of dogs. These breeders produce more white show dogs and ones that are smaller than mCTCA standards, referred to as “Eurocotons.” We, the mCTCA breeders and owners, strongly support and protect our Cotons from the American Kennel Club (AKC) and puppy mills.

    The Madagascar Coton de Tuléar is a hearty, non-shedding breed with low dander, and has a beautiful, fluffy, cotton-like coat that requires grooming two to three times a week. The height of the Coton is between 9 and 13 inches tall, and one dog usually weights up to 18 lbs. Some standard Cotons carry “tall” genes, which allow the height to reach between 14 and 16 inches. The mCTCA recognizes three official colours: “Tri-colour,” “White,” and the uncommon “Black and White.”

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