The extremely rare TALL Coton de Tulear is historically an ancient part of the Malagasy Coton de Tulear pure breed dog.  Tall Malagasy Cotons have been produced in litters of Standard sized Cotons in Madagascar, North America and Europe. The Malagasy natives and French colonists reported Tall Cotons in litters on the island more than 40 years ago. Virtually every known bloodline can produce a Tall Coton.

Tall Cotons are long-legged and graceful, much like a very small sight hound (albeit Malagasy Cotons are not hunters and lack a prey drive). Tall Cotons have all the many excellent traits this breed is known for; many owners claim that these Cotons are even gentler than the standard Coton.  Back in 1996, the Coton de Tulear Club of America (the CTCA) and some of its Code of Ethics Breeders created a serious scientific experimental breeding protocol in an attempt to understand the genetics of Coton tallness.  As of yet, there has not been a Standard written for the Tall Coton.  Tall Cotons are exceptionally rare, but more are being produced every year.


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