Hybrid Breed

Coton de Tuléar + Maltese


The Cotonese - a hybrid breed

The Coton de Tuléar-Maltese mix is a hybrid breed created from a cross between the Maltese and the Coton de Tuléar.

The Coton de Tuléar has a soft, long white coat that makes him look very graceful. He is a very bright, affectionate and always cheerful companion. His character is considered gentle and people-oriented. The Maltese is a very old breed, originally produced on the island of Malta. His soft, snow-white coat makes him a fun and handsome dog. It is an intelligent, attentive and loyal animal that loves to play and interact with people. Both breeds are characterized by their high level of intelligence, their fine sense of harmony and their sweet nature.

Alternate Name -
Origin France - Malta
Life expectancy 12 - 17 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level low
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Possible character traits of the Cotonese

The Cotonese is a popular, exotic mixed breed. This small, lovable dog breed is known for being outgoing, brave and affectionate. They are playful and energetic and love the company of other dogs and people.

They have a very social nature and are very easy to train. Their attention span is quite short and they like to be kept busy. They also have very good alertness and are very loyal to their humans.

With so much energy in the mixed breed, they are best suited for a family that can give them the love and attention they deserve. Although they are in good spirits, they can also show naughty sides due to their robust nature. Therefore, it is important to teach them discipline from the beginning.

Although they are lovable and playful, Cotonese are also very stubborn and need to be raised with a gentle but firm tone. They also tend to take on leadership roles, so it is important to treat them as the leader in the household.

Overall, the mixed breed is a fun, affectionate and loving dog. They want to be affirmed, loved and challenged. With the right training methods and the right home, this breed can become the ideal companion.

Typical breed diseases of the Cotonese

These mixed breeds are a popular blend of two lovely breeds. This mix brings together the best qualities of these two slightly more exotic breeds and delivers an incredibly lovable and loyal companion. Although they are a hardy breed, Coton de Tulear Maltese mixes can also have health issues. These include such conditions as ataxia, patellar luxation, allergies, and liver disease.

Ataxia is a neurological disorder that affects the entire nervous system and results in loss of agility and balance. It can cause dogs to be sluggish and not move properly. Patellar luxation is a condition where the kneecap is pushed out. This can be painful and it can lead to arthritis and poorer movement qualities in the dog. Allergies can also be common in Coton de Tulear Maltese mixes, unfortunately. They can be allergic to certain foods, pet dander, and other substances. Lastly, Coton de Tulear Maltese mixes can also suffer from liver disease. In severe cases, they can suffer from various symptoms such as fatigue, vomiting, loss of appetite and jaundice.

Although these diseases can be serious, they can be successfully treated with proper medical care. Therefore, it is very important that owners make regular vet visits and keep an eye on their dog and report any sign of illness to the vet immediately. With timely treatment and control, owners can ensure their dog's well-being and help prevent various serious diseases.

This breed has a very soft, quite long coat, which is mostly white. It has black noses and ears and usually black eye rings, which give the face a beautiful appearance. The body is quite short and compact, and the height ranges from 20-28 cm, while the weight is usually between 2 and 4 kg.

What does this mixed breed look like?

This rare but beautiful breed is known as Cotonese. They are small, but with the right genes from both breeds, they can also grow into handsome quadrupeds.

The coat of the Cotonese is white, silky and dense, which gives them a very special and distinguished look. The texture of the coat is soft and fluffy, making them extremely comfortable to touch. Often they can show a mixture of light cream or slightly yellowish hues, but other shades are also possible.

Due to the rich undercoat and fuzzy appearance, this breed requires daily grooming, which means brushing, washing and trimming them regularly to maintain their look.

Fur length long - medium
Fur wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear - Triangle
Tail fanned out
Anatomy dainty, dainty
Size ♀ 20 - 25 cm
Weight ♀ 3 - 5 kg
Size ♂ 21 - 28 cm
Weight ♂ 3 - 6 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers, Beginner, Children, Seniors, Beginner, Seniors
  • Overweight

    Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!

  • Patellar luxation

    Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.

  • Patellar problems

    Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Skin inflammations

    Can be hereditary in certain breeds.

  • Heart disease

    Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.

  • A Cotonese is a dog created by crossing a Coton de Tuléar with a Maltese.

  • The Cotonese has a light-colored, long-haired, soft coat with a gentle facial expression. He has mostly short legs and a compact build.

  • A Coton de Tuléar-Maltese mix has an outgoing, lively and friendly temperament. He is very affectionate and playful.

  • This mix reaches a size between 20-28 cm, with a weight usually between 2 and 4 kg.

  • A Cotonese requires regular coat brushing, regular dental care, and occasional professional haircuts to keep his coat groomed.

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