Coton De Tulear vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison

Coton De Tulear vs American Hairless TerrierCoton De Tulear is originated from Madagascar but American Hairless Terrier is originated from United States. Coton De Tulear may grow 15 cm / 5 inches shorter than American Hairless Terrier. Coton De Tulear may weigh 6 kg / 13 pounds lesser than American Hairless Terrier. Both Coton De Tulear and American Hairless Terrier has same life span. Both Coton De Tulear and American Hairless Terrier has almost same litter size. Both Coton De Tulear and American Hairless Terrier requires Low maintenance.

Basic Information

Group:
Companion dog
Terrier dog
Origin:
Madagascar
United States
Height Male:
25 - 30 cm
9 - 12 inches
18 - 45 cm
7 - 18 inches
Height Female:
25 - 30 cm
9 - 12 inches
16 - 40 cm
6 - 16 inches
Weight Male:
3 - 6 kg
6 - 14 pounds
3 - 12 kg
6 - 27 pounds
Weight Female:
3 - 6 kg
6 - 14 pounds
2 - 10 kg
4 - 23 pounds
Life Span:
14 - 16 Years
14 - 16 Years
Litter Size:
4 - 6
3 - 5
Size:
Small dog
Small dog
Other Names:
Cotie, Coton
AHT, American Hairless Rat Terrier
Colors Available:
fawn, black and white, apricot, White
variety of colors and patterns (blue, black, brown, pink, sable and tan) with white
Coat:
Medium to long - can be straight , wavy or curly
hairless, coated variety has a short dense coat
Shedding:
Minimal
Minimal
Temperament:
Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Courageous, Curious, Energetic, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Lively, Loving, Loyal, Outgoing, Quiet, Responsive, Social, Sweet
Affectionate, Alert, Energetic, Lively, Loving, Territorial
Grooming:
Low maintenance
Low maintenance
Trainability:
Easy
Easy
Hypoallergenic:
No
Yes
Kids Friendly:
Yes
Yes
New Owners Friendly:
Yes
Yes

History

coton de tulearThese cute little Coton de Tulear dogs originate from Madagascar and have in fact been named the ‘official dog of Madagascar’.

The Coton de Tulear actually takes his name from the seaport city of Tulear. In the 1970s a Frenchman brought a puppy to France, with the idea of establishing them as a breed. It was also at this time that the dogs were brought to North America.

This small fluffy white dog was also found on the island of Malta, becoming known as the Maltese. They were mated with other dogs such as the Barbet, a curly haired dog and other coat colors exist such as apricot, black and white and fawn. Other breedings led to the Barbichon family of dogs which includes the Bichon Bolognese and the Bichon Teneriffe. The modern day breeds are the Maltese and the Coton de Tulear.

As with many dog breeds, there are different tales about the origin of the dogs and one version is that the white cotton-ball type of dog survived a shipwreck off the Madagascar coast.

american hairless terrierDerived from the Rat Terrier, the American Hairless Terrier was born in a litter of Rat Terriers in 1972.

The evolution of this breed is very different from other hairless breeds. The American Hairless Terrier was independently developed when a hairless pup was produced in a litter of normal Rat Terriers. The owners of this pup, Edwin and Willie Scott attempted to breed her to other Rat terriers but were not successful in having another hairless pup until years later. Then they had a litter with one male and one female hairless puppy.

From that point on they worked with a veterinarian and a geneticist to develop the breed until it was accepted as a separate breed from the Rat Terrier in 2004 and accepted into the AKC in 2016.

The breed is very rare and with hairless dogs breeding only produces about two thirds of the litter as hairless and one third as coated. If a hairless is bred to a coated terrier, the chances of getting hairless puppies are 50% hairless and 50% coated. It is very rare to get a hairless when breed two coated terriers. The difference between the American Hairless Terrier and other hairless breeds is that the hairless gene in most breed is a lethal dominant gene, but in the AHT it is a recessive gene.

Description

coton de tulear puppyThese little dogs make perfect companions. They stand about 25–30cm with the female sometimes being slightly smaller. They weigh anything between 3 – 6kg. They’re robust little canines and can live up to 19 years or so when looked after well.

If you want puppies, you can expect yours to deliver between 4 – 6 puppies.

The Coton de Tulear is easily recognized because of his soft, fluffy coat. Many people take their dogs to the dog salon to have him washed and his hair trimmed. His legs are short and straight as well as being muscled under the hair. The ears are floppy and the tail of the Coton de Tulear is carried straight or slightly curved.

Temperament:

The Coton de Tulear is a friendly, affectionate dog who has a gentle, cuddly side to him. They are social dogs and get on well with their human family and with the children in the home, loving the games they provide.

He will also get on well with other pets in the home and becomes amicable, relaxed and obedient with socialization and training. Small though he is, he makes a great watchdog too and is full of tricks, making him an entertaining pet to have around.

american hairless terrier puppyThe American Hairless Terrier is similar to it’s breed of origin, the Rat Terrier, and the coated AHT looks very much like a Rat Terrier. They are small to medium in size, very muscular and have more refined features than the Rat Terrier. Their round eyes can be a variety of colors including amber, brown, grey, turquoise and blue. The tail is not docked but rather long and thin.

The AHT might have eyebrows and whiskers or they might only have whiskers. Their head is broad, and wedge shaped with upright ears. They are an energetic, social and intelligent dog.

Health Problems

coton de tulear dogWith proper care, your Coton can reach a ripe old age of 15 – 20 years of age. However, even this robust little dog will need to be watched, as he can fell prey to some common dog ailments -

Dental Disease:

Bad Breath with your pet can be a sign of dental decay. Dental plaque for instance, caused by bacteria, can give your pet a terrible breath. It is important to brush your pet’s teeth 2 or 3x a week. Your vet can provide tips on how to brush your pet’s teeth with a special canine toothbrush and toothpaste.

Other things to look out for are hip dysplasia and chronic allergies. Allergies can cause itchy and dry skin as well as ear infections because of so much hair being in the ear canal. Speak to your vet about how to clean your pet's ears to avoid ear infection.

american hairless terrier dogThere are not many health problems bothering this sturdy little dog.

The American Hairless Terrier has limited breeding stock and it is still a rare breed. Its health problems are mostly related to its hairless state. The breed is highly susceptible to sunburn, rashes, pimples, and allergies. They often need clothing in all seasons to protect them from the heat of the sun or from the cold. The skin must be cleaned regularly often daily with soap and water. This is especially true if sunscreen is used as they are open to skin infections.

Hip dysplasia is also a common issue for this small breed.

Caring The Pet

Exercise:

coton de tulear puppiesCoton de Tulears will need some exercise if you want him to remain lean and fit. It is important to provide exercise and games for your dog to prevent boredom. Activity levels for any dog, including the Coton, will depend on his age and health.

A walk every day and some ball games will keep your pet happy and prevent him from resorting to destructive behavior from sheer boredom and frustration.

Grooming

The long coat will require some careful grooming and you will need to be on the lookout for excess hair around the paws and in the ears.

He is not a great shedder and brushing twice a week will remove loose hairs and provides the perfect opportunity to check for fleas and ticks.

Just like any other dog, your Coton de Tulear will need a warm, dry place to sleep. If you haven’t already invested in a doggy basket or dog bed, you can use a cardboard box for now, before making up your mind what you want for your pet.

Training:

A well behaved, obedient dog is a pleasure for everyone, and training and socialization is important, even for a small dog. Your dog will understand simple commands such as ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘come’ and also know how to walk well on a leash.

american hairless terrier puppiesThe American Hairless Terrier has some food needs that might be different from other breeds. They should not be given food that contains soy, wheat or corn. They need to be fed at least 3-4 times a day in small amounts as puppies and twice a day as adult. Be sure to avoid overeating and obesity. Puppies need about 400 calories a day whether you feed four times or two times. The adult American Hairless Terrier needs about 500-600 calories per day. This might be half a cup to a cup per day.

Health issues

As previously mentioned the American Hairless Terrier has skin health issues and is also prone to hip dysplasia.

Exercise and games

This is a great breed for games if you make them small to match his size. He is energetic, athletic and playful. He loves agility, lure chasing and barn hunt activities. They need a good half hour of vigorous exercise per day.

Characteristics

coton de tulear dogsThe Coton de Tulear just wants to please his human family and spend unforgettable moments with them, hating to be separated from them. He is such an adaptable little dog and will fit well into city- as well as country life.

He is smart, comical, playful, independent and fun to have around as he is known for his clownish personality. Treat him well and he’ll repay you with plenty of love and loyalty.

american hairless terrier dogsThis is a curious, intelligent, little dog. They are terrific family dogs with a note to say they are better with older children than with younger. If they are raised with small children, then they are terrific with them. They are territorial, and the children become part of their territory. They will guard and protect them.

They need to play, and this is the biggest requirement for owners. Be sure you have time for them. This is not a couch potato dog. They have a lot of energy and can be destructive and “barky” if that energy is not dissipated. They are terriers through and through and love to “go to ground” whether going in holes they find or digging the holes themselves. They will go after small rodents like chipmunks. They need to be protected in these activities since their skin is vulnerable to scratches and cuts from brush. Their prey drive is strong, so it is important to protect them from themselves in this respect.

They are curious and feisty and every inch the terrier. Affectionate, friendly, and social it is also important to remember they can be scared easily, hurt if play is too rough, and this will trigger barking. They make very good watch dogs.

Comparison with other breeds

  1. Mal-Shi vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  2. Coton De Tulear vs Bichon Frise - Breed Comparison
  3. Coton De Tulear vs Alaskan Klee Kai - Breed Comparison
  4. Japanese Spitz vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  5. Malti-Pom vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  6. PekePoo vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  7. Schipperke vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  8. Fruggle vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  9. Schweenie vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  10. Lhasapoo vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  11. Meliteo Kinidio vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  12. Hawaiian Poi Dog vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  13. Prazsky Krysarik vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  14. Pugalier vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  15. Kyi-Leo vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  16. Tsvetnaya Bolonka vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  17. Muggin vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  18. Pomeranian vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  19. Maltese vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  20. Pug vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  21. Maltipoo vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  22. Dachshund vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  23. Jack Russell Terrier vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  24. Miniature Schnauzer vs Coton De Tulear - Breed Comparison
  25. Boston Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  26. Jack Russell Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  27. Miniature Schnauzer vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  28. Cairn Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  29. Border Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  30. Rat Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  31. Scottish Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  32. Patterdale Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  33. American Hairless Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier - Breed Comparison
  34. American Hairless Terrier vs Australian Terrier - Breed Comparison
  35. Bull Terrier Miniature vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  36. Norwich Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  37. Norfolk Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  38. English White Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  39. Parson Russell Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  40. Russell Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  41. Feist vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  42. Manchester Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  43. Dandie Dinmont Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  44. Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  45. Cesky Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  46. Glen of Imaal Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  47. Schnorkie vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  48. Sealyham Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison
  49. Chilean Fox Terrier vs American Hairless Terrier - Breed Comparison

View/Compare Breeds

Popular Dog Breeds