THE COTON de Tulear Club of the UK has been successful in its application for full breed registration. The Kennel Club tell us they are to come off the Imported Register on 1st January 2006.
Although this is over a year away, the club already has breed open show dates booked for 18th February and 11th November 2006.
The photograph shows one of the top winners of recent years, Ysaura of the Swift Coton, twice world champion in 2001-2002, owned and handled by Helene Tibbe of Belgium. Helene is well known for bringing her Chihuahuas to Crufts, and will no doubt be one of many continental exhibitors to bring their Cotons to top shows in the UK.
Originating from Madagascar and known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, its parent country in Europe is France. One of the Bichon family it is a cousin of the Maltese and Bichon Frise, but with a dry-to-the-touch cottony textured coat, with some colour allowed.
The Coton de Tulear is a very glamorous dog, and one of the most popular in FCI Companion Dogs (Group 9). Extremely popular in France, Germany and eastern Europe, they are amongst the top breeds in Scandinavia and have achieved top winning dog, all breeds, in Finland. In recent years, their entry at the Helsinki World Show was amongst the highest of all breeds, with over 140 entered.
The Coton de Tulear’s main asset in the UK is the quality of the foundation stock already here, and it is a breed that will go from strength to strength and should become a top favourite at shows within a few years, capable of emulating the continental experience with group and show wins.