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Coton de Tulear is a pretty interesting name. Coton is the French word for cotton, which describes the texture of their fur, and Tulear is a port town in Madagascar, where they originated.
Madagascar was a popular center of trade for many sea farers. These travelers brought small bichon type dogs on their ships in order to eliminate rats and mice. There they mated with some local terriers, and the Coton de Tulear evolved.
France claimed Madagascar in the 17 century, and the island became home to French aristocracy. It became fashionable to surround themselves with rare treasures, so it became unlawful for commoners to keep a Coton de Tulear. That is why they are called the Royal Dog of Madagascar. Although from Madagascar they are patronages of France.
It is presumed (although somewhat hard to believe) many Cotons lived on their own in Madagascar. They became very resourceful at avoiding crocodiles. It is said, if a Coton needed to cross the river, the dog would bark loudly a ways away, attract all the crocodiles, and then race 100 meters back, swim across the river without harm. This decoy instinct is alive today, you can see it when they play (or when you sit down to eat dinner, ;-D), especially when they are playing with other Cotons!
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