Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Coton de Tulear puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Cotons de Tulear, the best dog food diet for feeding Coton de Tulear puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Coton de Tulear dog breed

Coton de Tulear Health Problems and Raising a Coton de Tulear Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Cotons de Tulear:

Allergies that cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma) are the #1 health problem in the Coton de Tulear. Ear infections are also common due to profuse hair in the ear canal.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) occurs in Cotons, and it's reasonable to be concerned about cataracts, since they appear in related breeds such as Bichons.

The most common orthopedic disease in the Coton de Tulear is luxating patella (loose knees). The Orthopedic Foundation of America reports a 7% rate of hip dysplasia, which is high for a small dog – and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Heart disease is a worry in the Coton de Tulear, and so is hypothyroidism.

The following health problems occur in Bichons, so should be watched for in your Coton de Tulear: epilepsy, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, urinary infections and urinary stones, pancreatitis, and diabetes.

Bandera's syndrome is a rare neurological disease that occurs in newborn Cotons, where they are unable to walk. Unless you're a breeder, you won't have to worry about this disease because it is detectable so young, but it is a serious concern because it is clearly hereditary.

Like many other small dogs, the Coton de Tulear is prone to dental disease (which can be serious) and episodes of reverse sneezing (which is harmless).


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Coton de Tulear?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Cotons de Tulear today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Coton de Tulear puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Coton de Tulear puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Coton de Tulear puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Coton de Tulear lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Coton de Tulear
The best diet for feeding your Coton de Tulear is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Coton de Tulear. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Coton de Tulear
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Coton de Tulear. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Coton de Tulear puppy really need? Does your adult Coton need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Coton de Tulear. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Coton de Tulear. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Coton de Tulear.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.