Wild tales of 16th Century pirates and shipwrecks surround the origins of the Coton de Tulear. Developed by natural selection on Madagascar, the “cottony texture” of the white coat, rectangular silhouette and convex topline defines the breed. Intelligent, quirky and clown like, Cotons became a favorite of the Island’s aristocracy, who proclaimed them, “The Royal Dog of Madagascar.” Sturdy and athletic, they excel in agility and obedience training. Readily adapting to all lifestyles, Cotons are ideal companions. With long flowing coats in the show ring, family pets are often kept in “easy care” short clips.