Facts & Origin
What is a Schip Coton?
The Schip Coton, also known as the Coton de Tuléar and Schipperke mix, is a rare and fascinating mixed breed. This canine cross combines two unique breeds and brings the best of both worlds into one lovable, loyal and energetic companion.
Origin and History
The parent breeds of the Schip Coton originate from different parts of the world. The Schipperke has its roots in Belgium, where it was originally started as a guard dog. He is known for his independent and watchful personality. The Coton de Tuléar, on the other hand, originates from Madagascar and is famous for its friendly attitude and entertaining nature.
|Origin||France - Belgium|
|Life expectancy||13 - 18 years|
|Activity level||low - average|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character traits and nature
The character of a Schip Coton is a combination of the two parent breeds. Schipperkes are known for their alertness, courage, and protective instincts. They are naturally curious and active. Despite their small size, they have the confidence and energy of larger dogs.
On the other hand, Coton de Tuléar are characterized by their loving, friendly and playful nature. They form deep relationships with their humans and love to be part of the family.
The combination of these traits results in a Schip Coton that is loyal, loving, attentive, and energetic. His affectionate nature means he is most comfortable close to his people.
Care and health
- Grooming and Coat: A Schip Coton requires regular brushing to prevent matting and knots. His coat can be long and flowing like the Coton de Tuléars or short and thick like the Schipperke. Regular coat care will keep it healthy and beautiful. Bathing should be done only as needed so as not to strip the natural oils in the coat.
- Nutrition: a healthy Schip Coton needs a balanced diet. High quality dry dog food mixed with some wet food are ideal. Special attention should be paid to adequate intake of vitamins and minerals.
- Health Risks: As with any breed, genetic health problems can occur in a Schip Coton. Eye problems, hip dysplasia and allergies are possible. Regular health checks and vaccinations are important to prevent or detect these health problems early.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The size of the Schip Coton varies, but mostly they can be considered small to medium sized dogs. They have a lush coat that is more reminiscent of a Coton de Tuléar and colors that can range from black, brown, white to combinations of these colors.
The appearance is a harmonious blend of both parent breeds. They usually feature black, brown or white coloring, with soft, curly or wavy hair that completes the handsome look. Their eyes are often dark and lively, reflecting their intelligent and alert character.
Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!
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.
Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.
The metabolic disease diabetes often occurs in overweight dogs.
Metabolic diseases (cystinuria)
Cystinuria is a hereditary metabolic disease. Affected dogs lack a transport protein for certain amino acids (protein building blocks). In the kidney, the task of this transport protein is a return transport of amino acids from the urine into the bloodstream.
The average life expectancy is 12 to 16 years.
Yes, Schip Cotons are active and affectionate pets.
This mixed breed requires a moderate amount of grooming and training.
It should be chosen food that is adapted to the size, activity level and age.