Perfect Dog Names for a Coton de Tulear

Updated on November 26, 2016
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Perfect dogs deserve perfect names: here are a few for a new Coton puppy.

The Coton de Tulear is an unusual little African breed that is almost perfect. The dogs originally come from Madagascar, but unlike the other African dogs, almost all of which are hunters, this little guy is small, affectionate, and perfectly suited for sitting on a lap.

They do not shed much, are clean, they do not stink like some other dogs, and many Coton owners even mention that their dogs are not yappy like a lot of small breeds.

Despite some of those stories about his once being a boar or crocodile hunter, this Bichon-type dog has been small since the time he was first brought to Madagascar by the pirates. If you are lucky enough to have found one of these rare and expensive dogs and have brought him home, the first thing you need to worry about is finding a good name that he will respond to.

Do you need some perfect choices?

Perfect White Names

 
 
 
Blizzard
Crystal
Powder
Cotton
Eggshell
Snowy
Cotie
Frosty
 

French is the most common foreign language spoken in Madagascar so of course your new Coton may feel comfortable with one of those names:

French Names

 
 
 
Baguette
Cristal
Lamour
Brie
Eclair
Merlot
A young Coton de Tuléar dog.
A young Coton de Tuléar dog. | Source

A couple of tough African names also suit some Coton pups:

African Names

Name
Tribe
Meaning
Dada
Xhosa
Swimmer
Polo
Sotha
Alligator
Mika
Malagasay
Honest
Dula
Xhosa
Expensive
Nandi
Xulu
Sweetie
Sipho
Xulu
A Gift

There are not a lot of Malagasay names (from Madagascar) because most of them are long and difficult to pronounce. If you want to call your dog Razafindrandriatsimaniry or Antananarivo, he may respond to the sound of the first two syllables but after that he is going to blank you out when you finish.

I probably would too!

A Coton de Tulear relaxing at home.
A Coton de Tulear relaxing at home. | Source

I think the Coton de Tuléar will also do well with some of the old sitcom names:

Sitcom Names

Name
TV Sitcom
Cosmo
Seinfeld
Jethro
Beverly Hillbillies
Horshak
Welcome Back Mr. Kotter
Latka
Taxi
Squiggy
Laverne and Shirley
 
 

And, even if he is an African dog, every little Coton deserves a good Brazilian name!

Even Brazilian Names

Name
Pronunciation
Meaning
Branca
Bran-ka
Whitey
Doce
Dah-see
Sweetie
Feijão
Fay-jawn
Beans
Leite
Le-che
Milk
Mingua
Meen-gaw
Oatmeal porridge
Queijo
Qay-jo
Cheese
Pedra
Peh-dra
Rock

There are a few things to learn and remember when naming and taking care of your Coton puppy:

  • I do not have a lot of choices on here since I really searched hard to find the perfect name for a new Coton puppy; if you do not find a name you like on this list, be sure to check around and find something that will work his whole life. Do not choose a name that sounds like a training command (sit, stay, down, etc) and only choose a short name (one or two syllables) that he will respond to.
  • Give your dog a great name that you and he can enjoy. Even if you think it is cute now to name your dog “Scooter” (for dragging around on the carpet after an accident) or “Barfy” (after getting sick when out on your boat), a bad name will be with your little dog the rest of his life. A perfect name will make you happier.
  • Do not give your white dog one of the overused dog names. Your dog is an individual. He deserves to have a unique dog name!
  • As soon as you have picked out a name, order a name tag online or pick one up at your local pet store. It should contain his name, your name, your land line, and a cell phone number. It is also a good idea to have your dog microchipped in case the tag is lost so discuss this with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that you have a brush and a fine tooth comb and use them every single day. It is a sad thing to see one of these little dogs with his cotton coat all matted. It is painful for the dog, so take care of him every day!
  • All puppies, no matter how big they will be as an adult, need to learn some basic rules. Please learn all you can about bite inhibition and socialization.
  • Start training early and continue it throughout your Coton´s life. Both of you will be glad you did.
  • Take plenty of pictures and have fun together!!

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        Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

        Certainly you can email me. I pride myself on being a boomer ;) Anything to help a friend.

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        Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Hi Mary, I don't think they´ll be more popular than Min Pins in the near future, but they are awfully cute little guys!

        If I need Baby Boomer suggestions can I email you? Bob already knows I will be bothering him since the cold is over in your part of the world.

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        Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

        I wasn't familiar with this breed either. Somewhere in the back of my brain I've heard of them but that's the extent of my knowledge.

        Hey, there are lots of Baby Boomers here that would enjoy a romp through fifties sitcoms....just MHO.

        Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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        Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Thanks for reading and commenting, Bob. I think if these little guys were more common they would be giving the Maltese a run for his money.

        I wonder if anyone would read a hub about 1950s sitcoms? I think I am stretching the envelope just by adding names like Jethro and Latka. But Cosmo Topper?

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        Bob Bamberg 3 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

        Fun, interesting read, Doc, and a good introduction to a breed I wasn't familiar with. When I saw the suggested name Cosmo, my first thought wasn't Seinfeld, but Topper, referring to a 1950s sitcom of the same name whose main character was Cosmo Topper. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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