Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Perfect Dogs Deserve Perfect Names
The Coton de Tuléar 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, and do not stink like some other dogs. Many Coton owners even mention that their dogs are not yappy like a lot of small breeds.
Despite some of those stories about this breed 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? Look no further.
Perfect Names for a White Dog
French is the most common foreign language spoken in Madagascar, so your new Coton may feel comfortable with a French name.
French Names for Coton Puppies
African names are also well suited to some Coton pups.
African Names for Dogs
There are not a lot of suitable 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!
I think the Coton de Tuléar would also do well with some of the old sitcom names.
Sitcom Names for Dogs
Welcome Back Mr. Kotter
Laverne and Shirley
And, even if he is an African dog, a good Brazilian name would be cute for a little Coton!
Brazilian Names for Coton Puppies
How to Pick the Best Name for Your Puppy
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!
Tips for Caring for a Coton Tuléar
- 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 landline, 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 (or tiny and cute) 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!!
© 2015 Dr Mark
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 17, 2019:
Hi Linda thanks for stopping by. I know how hard it can be to lose a beloved family member. (I lost my Maltese, one of my best friends, a few years ago.)
Linda T on January 17, 2019:
Those pictures are my dogs. We recently lost our male ( the one sleeping on the blue chair) at almost 16 years old.
Mary Craig from New York on April 26, 2015:
Certainly you can email me. I pride myself on being a boomer ;) Anything to help a friend.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 23, 2015:
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.
Mary Craig from New York on April 23, 2015:
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.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 22, 2015:
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?
Bob Bamberg on April 22, 2015:
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.