Daily Paws reporter Hilary Braaksma reached out to Lakeside Animal Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Frione to find out more about the rare dog breed, Coton de Tulear.
“Oral praise and a treat can go a long way in training the people-pleasing coton. “They generally are quick to learn and easy to train,” says Jennifer Frione, DVM, owner of Lakeside Animal Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Your coton should eat dog food made from high-quality ingredients. Monitoring food and exercise is an important part of care, as cotons have the ability to gain an unhealthy amount of weight. A visit to your vet can help you determine how much and how often to feed your coton.
Coton de Tulears are generally healthy dogs with a lifespan of 14–17 years. The most common health issues for cotons are skin allergies, which can lead to bacterial infections, and ear problems if not cleaned properly. Cotons are prone to a few minor medical conditions including hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and “luxating patella (knee issues) and ocular issues,” Frione says.”
For more information about specific dog breeds and their characteristics, contact us at Lakeside Animal Hospital.