One of the Bichon breeds, it's said the Coton descended from a little white dog that was shipwrecked, possibly by pirates, and swam to the Madagascar shore. The Tulear region faces the Mozambique Channel, a busy trading route for Europe and Africa, and it's more likely that the fashionable white dogs from Europe reached the island by traders, though the shipwreck tale adds a good bit of drama.
Dog-loving pirates. Or most people, in fact.
Those who want a low-maintenance coat. The magnificent, cotton-like coat needs daily brushing even if a professional groom is sought every few months.
Small - but bigger than most cats
Low (Under 30 minutes)
A walk and a good sniff can be like reading a novel while doing a marathon for a little dog.
Professional help needed. Curly, keeps growing and needs cutting.
Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok
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