The Coton is the "Official Dog of Madagascar" and is also known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar." In its country of origin, the breed has been portrayed on a postage stamp. The Coton de Tulear can compete in AKC Companion Events (Obedience, Rally, Tracking, and Agility).Why is the Coton de Tulear the Royal Dog of Madagascar?
The Merina, the ruling tribe of Madagascar, were the purported stewards of the breed. Ownership of "Le Coton de Tulear" was solely reserved for Malagasy nobility, wealthy landowners, and colonials. Thus the Coton was coined the Royal Dog of Madagascar in America. Another tale chronicles a disastrous shipwreck near the Tulear coast of Madagascar.What is the Societe canine de Madagascar?
The Societe Canine de Madagascar (Malagasy Kennel Club) was created in 1966 by Louis Petit. Lionel Coudre, a Coton de Tulear breeder and owner of d’Ivandry Kennel in Madagascar at the time, was also an early member of the club.When did the first Malagasy dog appear in Europe?
It has been written that during the 1950’s, a small breed dog from Madagascar began to appear in Europe. This occurrence would seem logical since Madagascar was a colony of France at the time. The Societe Canine de Madagascar (Malagasy Kennel Club) was created in 1966 by Louis Petit.