Coton Schnauzer

8-15 lbs
‚ÄčUnited States
Coton de Tulear
Miniature Schnauzer

A Coton Schnauzer is a hybrid breed made up of a mix between a Coton de Tulear and a Miniature Schnauzer. There is very little information about the breed but they will take on the appearance and characteristics of their purebred parents. Your pet is likely to be a small dog weighing up to 15 pounds. The Coton de Tulear has a long, soft, and thick cotton-like coat and they are usually white but can be black, and also have lemon and grey markings. They can be tri-color. The Miniature Schnauzer can be black, salt-and pepper and black-and-silver and their coats are quite harsh and wiry or soft and curly. Both parent breeds are fun-loving, affectionate and energetic dogs who make great family pets and get on well with children. Both breeds are hypoallergenic and don’t shed much.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Coton de Tulear, Miniature Schnauzer

Coton Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Male Coton Schnauzer size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Female Coton Schnauzer size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pancreatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Diabetes
  • Urinary Stones
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood Work
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Coton Schnauzer Breed History

Very little is known about the origins of the Coton Schnauzer but they have become popular in the United States. The Coton de Tulear, were treasured members of the tribal monarchy in Madagascar in the 1600s. Cousins to the Bichon family, these dogs were seen in North America and France only in the late 1970s and are also still popular in Madagascar, where they are the official dog of the nation. The breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 2014 and they are also registered with the United Kennel Club and Europe's Federation Cynologique Internationale. Miniature Schnauzers were originally bred on farms in the mid-to-late 19th century in Germany to hunt rats as well as to guard the property. They were originally known as Wirehaired Pinschers and developed by crossbreeding the Standard Schnauzer with breeds like the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and the Poodle. The earliest record of a Miniature Schnauzer was a black female named Findel, who was recorded in a German stud book. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1926 and they are classed with Terriers while the Standard Schnauzer is classified as a member of the Working Group. 

Coton Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The Coton Schnauzer is a mix of a Coton de Tulear and a Miniature Schnauzer and will take on the appearance and characteristics from both parent breeds. They are small dogs weighing up to 15 pounds and are usually white, black, salt-and-pepper or black-and-silver and they can be tri-colored. Depending on which parent breed is more dominant, the coat could be long, soft and cotton-like like a Coton de Tulear or more wiry like a Miniature Schnauzer. A Coton de Tulear has a black nose and eyes that are normally round, dark in color, and wide set. Their ears are triangular and set high on the head. Their feet are small and arched. The Miniature Schnauzer, on the other hand, is quite square-shaped with a bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows.They have dark, oval eyes, forward-folding ears, and their tails are sometimes docked.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Coton Schnauzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Coton Schnauzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Coton Schnauzer coat
pied Coton Schnauzer coat
black Coton Schnauzer coat
silver Coton Schnauzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Coton Schnauzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Coton Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

A Coton Schnauzer is likely to be a hypoallergenic hybrid. Brushing daily will be a must in order to avoid matting of the fur. Not much shedding occurs with the Coton Schnauzer, but a trim with the scissors may be needed to keep the coat looking sharp, especially if the Schnauzer's signature beard is inherited. Some owners like to get a groomer to do a trim now and then and at the same time, have them clip the nails. If you are looking after this part of the regimen on your own, trim the nails around twice a month. Teeth should be brushed daily - if the teeth are small and crowded, decay can occur after plaque accumulation. The ears should be looked at weekly too, dirt and moisture can lead to redness or infection.

Brushes for Coton Schnauzer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Coton Schnauzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Coton Schnauzer Temperament

The Coton Schnauzer is likely to be playful, affectionate and intelligent, like both parent breeds who love nothing more than to be the center of attention. They will make an excellent family pet and get on well with children, although small children should always be monitored in case they get too rough with small dogs. A Coton de Tulear doesn’t like being left alone for any length of time and can become destructive to show his unhappiness. Although usually quiet dogs, they love to bark and grunt when excited. Both parent breeds are easy to train, although Schnauzers can be very independent and stubborn so it will be best to take your Coton Schnauzer for training and socialization at an early age. It is always a good idea to get them used to new people and places. This hybrid will be good for first-time pet owners and will adapt well to their environment. 

Coton Schnauzer Activity Requirements

Both parent breeds need regular exercise to keep fit and healthy and they will enjoy a daily walk and play sessions. Miniature Schnauzers are active energetic dogs who adapt easily to most environments and will be content as long as they get plenty of attention. The Coton de Tulear loves swimming and playing with other dogs so it will depend on which parent breed is more dominant in your pet. Your Coton Schnauzer will enjoy playing games like chasing balls in a fenced in yard but they are very good dogs for people who live in apartments as long as they are taken out daily to make sure they don’t become bored and develop behavioral problems.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes
activity minutes

Coton Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Coton Schnauzer Owner Experiences

Donald John Trump
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Groovy funky and cool
6 years, 1 month ago
5 Years
2 People
Fabulous dog. Scribbles is so happy, loves our Cane Corso and the cats. Everyone loves her. Loves food
6 years, 1 month ago
13 Years
7 People
House & Yard
Smartest dog I have ever seen. Although doesn't like other dogs (that aren't in the immediate family)
2 years, 9 months ago
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