Coton Du Tulear History
The Coton de Tulear originated in Madagascar , an island situated off the east coast of Africa more than three centuries ago. It is believed that sailors from Spain and Portugal had small white, curly dogs in the galleys of their ships. Some of these Bichon type dogs were left on the island of Madagascar where they bred with dogs of the island. As a result the Coton de Tulear was born. Named after their cottony coat and the main port city of Tulear , the Coton de Tulear has been a charmer ever since.
The Coton de Tulear history in Canada is relatively young; it all started in 1989 in the Maritime province of New Brunswick. A gentleman by the name of Mr. Merville Landry, a French Acadian, was the first to introduce a new and rare breed in Canada, the Coton de Tulear.
The Coton de Tulear’s official recognition did not come about until 1975 when the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) accepted them into their registry. At about this time the first Coton de Tulears came in North America . To date the Coton de Tulear is recognized worldwide. However, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have not yet given full recognition to the breed. Thus, there are several registries in the U.S. that register the Coton de Tulear, and in Canada , the Coton de Tulear is registered with the Canine Federation of Canada.