A cross between a Coton de Tulear and a Shih Tzu and a, is a small, friendly, and playful breed, whose adorable appearance will quickly win over your heart. They have medium-to-long coats that are silky and fluffy, with large and expressive eyes. Depending on their parents, they can have pointy triangular ears or dropped ears with long fur and have tails that curl over their backs.
The Coton de Tulear, also referred to as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar,” has an interesting and exciting history. They were survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar and thought to have swum across the Malagasy channel. The heroic survivors were named after the city of Tulear where they landed, as well as for their cotton-like coats. They remain Madagascar’s national dog. They were then bred exclusively as companion dogs. They have little or no prey drive and are not known for hunting.
The Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed that originated in China. They are thought to be a cross between a Pekingese and Lhasa Apso and were so prized by Chinese royals that for years, the Chinese refused to sell, trade, or give any of them away. They were first imported into Europe in the early 1930s and then into the U.S. in the mid-1950s. They are also known as the “Chrysanthemum Dog,” due to the way their hair grows as a puppy, extending in all directions and resembling a flower. This adorable little lapdog will rarely bark, is a low shedder, and is known to be hypoallergenic, so they are perfect for owners with allergies.
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