The Coton de Tuléar, also known as the “cotton dog”, is an adorable breed of dog that has won the hearts of animal lovers all over the world with its snow-white, fluffy coat and gentle nature. Originally from the French island of Madagascar, this little four-legged friend is now conquering the sofas and hearts of families all over the world. The Coton de Tuléar is an ideal travel companion. Thanks to its small size and gentle nature, it can accompany you everywhere on trips and excursions. A dog backpack for Coton de Tuléar from TARIGS is a must-have to ensure you are well equipped for your adventures.

Woman carries the MountainRock Backpack - Medium, White (Vegan Leather) on her back in the ski area. A 9-year-old Coton de Tulear sits in the dog backpack.

Customer photo: Catherine and Plume
MountainRock Backpack – Medium, White (Vegan Leather)


Profile Coton de Tuléar

Origin: Madagascar
Weight: 3,5 to 7 kg
Shoulder height: 22 – 30 cm
Back length: 37 – 42 cm
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Fur: long, dense, fine, fluffy, softly wavy
Color: white, small grey or lemon-colored spots on the ears
Character: easy to lead, sporty, easy to train, manageable family dog that adapts to all circumstances, friendly nature, not a guard dog

The dog breed

The history of the Coton de Tuléar is closely linked to the history of seafaring. It is believed that the ancestors of this breed were brought to Madagascar by Portuguese and Spanish sailors in the 16th century. There they crossed with native dogs and developed into the breed we know today. Ordinary citizens were forbidden to own such a dog under penalty of punishment. Its cottony coat also gave it its name: Because “coton” means cotton.

The Coton de Tuléar is an extremely affectionate and loyal dog. He loves to spend time with his family and is always eager to please his owners. Its friendly and playful nature makes it an ideal family dog that is also good with children. Cotons de Tuléar are intelligent and docile. They are therefore easy to train and are also suitable for beginners in dog sports. Thanks to their cottony coat, they require regular grooming. This keeps their beautiful coat healthy and shiny. Brushing and combing should be part of everyday life.

Thanks to its small size, the Coton de Tuléar is ideal for traveling and outings. It can follow its owners wherever they go in a dog backpack.

Fluffy adventures

Whether hiking in the mountains, sightseeing in the city or a leisurely beach vacation – with the right equipment and a little planning, you and your Coton de Tuléar can experience unforgettable moments.

At lofty heights

Air travel with a dog requires some preparation. Find out about the flight conditions and fees for dogs well in advance. Small dogs usually travel in a transport box under the seat. Get your four-legged friend used to the crate early on and familiarize him with carrying it. This will make the journey a stress-free experience for your Coton de Tuléar. Good to know: The PeakStone Backpack meets the requirements for approved transport containers of many airlines. Despite hand luggage, you always have your hands free and can get to the gate quickly.

Coton de Tulear sits on Booster Seat for PeakStone Backpack.

Train adventures

On many trains, dogs are allowed in special compartments, (free of charge) in a transport box or on a lead (with a muzzle). Check the conditions of carriage and buy a ticket for your dog if necessary. During the train journey, make sure that your four-legged friend does not disturb other passengers. Nice to know: Dogs that are transported in a dog backpack, i.e. sitting or lying down, often travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle. And best of all, they always have their own “safe space” with them. It’s best to check with the relevant train company in good time.

Exploring the Walt on foot

Many cities offer dog-friendly restaurants, cafés and sights. Find out in advance and plan your route. Keep your dog on a lead and watch out for other passers-by. Take plenty of water and treats with you to keep your four-legged friend hydrated. Walking together in nature strengthens the bond between humans and dogs. Choose a suitable hiking route that suits your dog’s fitness level. Make sure you have enough water and snacks on the way. Carry your Coton de Tuléar in a dog backpack if the route becomes too long or too strenuous.

The perfect companion for on the go

TARIGS offers various models of dog backpacks that are designed to meet the different needs of dogs and owners. Whether for short walks or long hikes, TARIGS has the right backpack for you and your Coton de Tuléar.

The MountainRock Backpack in size Medium and the PeakStone Backpack in size Medium are suitable for most Coton de Tuléar. If your dog is smaller or larger, lighter or heavier than average, we will be happy to recommend the right backpack for you. Please fill out the form “The right size” if you are unsure which size is ideal for your dog. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

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