Coton De Tulear
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD
: September 2000
: Small, white dog. Slightly longer than high. Long coat of distinctive texture.
: Lively, boisterous and intelligent.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
: Loyal and friendly.
: Medium short foreface. Ratio of muzzle length to skull length 5:9. Skull slightly convex. Slight stop. Nose black.
: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips black.
: Round, dark and expressive. Well spaced. Black eye rims.
: High set on skull, pendulous, slender, well covered with fine long hair.
: Medium length, slightly arched. Tight skin.
: Good depth of brisket, medium tuck-up, slight rise over loin.
: Well feathered. Low set, tapering, never coiled. When at rest, tip slightly raised. Carried above back when dog is moving.
: Shoulders well laid back. Forelegs straight.
: Small, round and tight. Black pads.
: Well muscled legs, parallel when viewed from behind. Moderate angulation.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
: Smart and free; parallel movement fore and aft.
: Single coated. Approximately 8-9 cms (3-3½ ins) long, fine, slightly wavy, texture of cotton, shown in natural state. Colour White. Slight lemon or grey colour on ears acceptable; dark pigmentation.
: White. Slight lemon or grey colour on ears acceptable; dark pigmentation.
: 25-32 cms (10-12½ ins).
: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.