How Much Does a Coton de Tulear Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Coton de Tulear, named after the city of Tulear in Madagascar, is known for its coat that is often compared to a cotton ball.  This breed also has a prominent black nose and large expressive eyes, along with short legs that look thick with hair.  This dog is a great choice for those with allergies since it has hair, not fur, and is considered to be hypoallergenic.  These dogs are also loyal, fairly quiet, low key and low in maintenance.

Coton de tuléar puppy by TomiToivio, on Flickr
Coton de tuléar puppy” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  TomiToivio

How much does a Coton de Tulear cost?

Due to the rarity of this breed, Coton de Tulear puppies can cost anywhere from $600 to as much as $2,100.  Dogs that are non-show material will be near the lower end of this estimate, while those that are show material can be well over a thousand dollars.

On, at the time of this writing, there were close to 200 active listings, with prices ranging anywhere from $700 to $2,200.

The American Coton Club says you should be prepared to spend $2,000 to $3,000, but a show-quality breed could cost upwards of $4,000.  While this estimate does seem high, we didn’t find too many breeders charging more than $2,500, even for a high-quality breed.  In fact, to prove our point, the official AKC Marketplace had about 50 registered and reputable AKC breeders listing their puppies for $2,000 to $2,700.  The Coton De Tulera obtained official recognition by the AKC in July of 2014.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder, at a minimum, should include registration papers, up-to-date vaccinations, a certified veterinarian exam and a health guarantee.

What are the extra costs?

Due to the fact that their coat needs to be brushed and groomed daily, it is so important that you get them professionally groomed monthly to avoid matting and any tangling.  While this breed does not shed a lot, the hair does get caught in their coat.  If the matting gets out of hand, you may be forced to shave it.

While the dog may intelligent, it does not mean that you can skip out on dog training classes.  Be prepared to pay $75 to $150 for a complete set of training classes while the dog is younger.

Having a dog shipped via ground or the air can cost as much as $200 to $400 per trip.

Do not forget about the long-term recurring expenses such as routine vet checkups, license, food, accessories, toys, boarding and unexpected vet bills.  A healthy dog can cost about $800 to $900, but it could be much more than this if your dog were to come down with a dangerous illness.

Tips to know:

The Coton de Tulear will have a cotton-like coat that can range anywhere from a medium to a longer length.  Unlike most dogs, their coat is similar to human hair rather than the fur we’re accustomed to petting on a dog. The most common colors that this breed comes in includes white, black and white, tan and some tricolors.

The average Coton de Tulear can weight up to 9 to 14 pounds, and males will usually weigh two to three pounds more than their female counterparts.  The average height can exceed 8 to 12 inches.

If healthy, its lifespan is anywhere from 14 to 16 years.

Its temperament, according to its owners, can be said to be affectionate, intelligent, lively, vocal and very playful.

This breed may look hairy, but when compared to other breeds, it rarely sheds.

Unlike other dogs, owners state that this type of dog does not have the typical “dog smell.”

The Caton de Tulear is known to be a very intelligent and an affectionate breed, but they are known to keep to themselves sometimes.

The Coton is well suited for apartment life, but like most dogs, it’s still recommended you take it on an occasional short walk for exercise purposes.

Common health issues found may include luxating patellas, hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy.  Any reputable breeders should provide an OFA certification for the hips, elbows and knees, as well as a certification for eye health.

They do get along well with other household pets and children as long as they handled with care.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting an older dog to save money at either a local shelter or rescue group.  While you may not find the dog of your dreams, you may be able to find either a dog that closely resembles this dog or an older dog that needs a forever home.

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