The Coton de Tulear
The Coton is one of the cutest and rarest purebreds that got its start on the island of Madagascar more than three centuries ago and for many years were owned only by royalty. They were named Coton due to their cottony white fluffy coat and Tulear (or Toliara) due to where the breed originated. Coton’s are considered lap dogs as they love to snuggle. They are easy to train, obedient, and entertaining with cute puppy-like personalities that are slow to get angry and love to play. Cotons do not bark much except to warn you of visitors. They get along well with children, other pets, and even cats.
The Puli came from Hungary over 1,000 years ago and originally used for sheep herding. This rare breed has been likened to a bouncing spring and is known for its unique outer coat that resembles dreadlocks, made of cord-like hair that grows after puppyhood. They can be in colors of black, gray and white with a medium, solid frame. Both their outer and undercoat need a lot of maintenance or it can be cut short. The Puli are affectionate, smart, and quick learners, as well as alert, making them wonderful watchdogs and family guardians. They have a strong temperament and will need vigorous exercise as they have a lot of energy to burn.