7-14 lbs
United States
Coton De Tulear
Doodle-Ton, Cotondoodle, Cotonpoo

The Poo-Ton is a mix between a purebred Coton de Tulear and a purebred toy or miniature purebred Poodle. They are sometimes referred to as a Doodle-Ton, a Cotondoodle or a Cotonpoo. They are small but full of energy and make excellent family pets. Your pet will be very affectionate with his family and loves being the center of attention. They are great with children and other pets and despite their size makes good watchdogs. Common colors are apricot, lemon, white, black, grey, brown and sable while the coat is medium to long and can be wavy or curly. These cute little dogs are regarded as hypoallergenic so will suit people who suffer from allergies. They don’t shed a lot but need daily brushing to prevent tangles and occasional trimming.

Date of Origin
Coton de Tulear, Poodle

Poo-Ton Health

Average Size
Male Poo-Ton size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Female Poo-Ton size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Pateller Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Eye examination

Poo-Ton Breed History

Not that much is known about the Poo-Ton’s origins apart from the fact that they are a hybrid breed and a combination between a Coton de Tulear and a toy or miniature purebred Poodle.  The Coton de Tulear originated in the African island nation of Madagascar and is related to the Bichon Frise and the Maltese.  The name comes from the breed’s cotton-like coat as well as from the seaport city of Tulear (now known as Toliara). It is believed the Coton's ancestors were brought to Madagascar in the 16th and 17th centuries on pirate ships where they were used as ratters. Royalty in Madagascar became fond of the cute, sweet-natured little dogs and were the only people allowed to keep Cotons. They are still known today as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar" and even appeared on a postage stamp in 1974. Dr  Robert Jay Russell is credited with bringing the breed from Madagascar to the United States in 1973. The Coton de Tulear became a fully recognized breed of the American Kennel Club in 2014. Although they always appear primped and preened, toy Poodles are incredibly intelligent, adept at performing tricks and skilled swimmers. They were developed for hunting waterfowl and although regarded as the national dog of France, actually originated in Germany.  They were referred to in Germany as “pudel” or “pudelin”, meaning to splash in the water while in France they were known as “chien canard or caniche,” indicating their duck-hunting qualities. There are different theories on the breed’s ancestry which are said to be curly-coated dogs of central Asia that traveled west with tribes of Goths to eventually become a German hunting animal.  Others say the dogs travelled from Asia to Portugal in the 8th century with the Moors. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties, and was later bred down to the miniature and toy sizes. Barbara Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and Priscilla Presley are among celebrities who have owned Poodles.

Poo-Ton Breed Appearance

The Poo-Ton is a small designer dog comprised of a purebred Coton de Tulear and a purebred Poodle. They weigh up to 15 pounds and reach a height of around 12 inches. The coat can be medium to long and can be curly or wavy depending on which parent breed they resemble. It is also light in texture. Common colors include apricot, lemon, white, black, grey, brown and sable. They have small, bright eyes that are usually brown and ears that fall down onto the face. Although small dogs they have a compact body and short tails. Their muzzle is also quite short and their noses are black.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Poo-Ton eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Poo-Ton nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Poo-Ton coat
black Poo-Ton coat
gray Poo-Ton coat
brown Poo-Ton coat
sable Poo-Ton coat
cream Poo-Ton coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Poo-Ton wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Poo-Ton Breed Maintenance

The Poo-Ton doesn’t shed much but do need fairly regular grooming to keep them looking good. Because their coats are so light in texture they tangle easily so daily brushing with a pin brush is recommended as well as combing their hair. They are hypoallergenic so are a great choice for people who suffer with allergies. They do need occasional trimming. It is not necessary to bath your pet very often and only with a recommended dog shampoo to prevent any problems with sensitive skin. Brush your dog’s teeth daily helps prevent any dental issues. Check ears for dirt regularly and wipe them gently with damp cotton wool if needed. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping.

Brushes for Poo-Ton
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Poo-Ton requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Poo-Ton Temperament

The Poo-Ton is fun-loving, playful dog who makes an excellent family pet. They are smart and sweet-natured and very responsive. They don’t do well being left alone as they are very social dogs who love everyone and thrive with people around. They are great with children but because they are so small it is a good idea to monitor them around younger children who can be a bit rough when playing. They will get on well with other dogs and even cats -  early socialization will help with this. Poo-Tons are very intelligent dogs. They are easy to train as they love to please their owners so are likely to learn quickly. They are great dogs for first time dog owners. They are alert little watchdogs and will always bark if they see an intruder but are not prone to barking excessively. They are full of energy and will love play sessions which give them both physical and mental stimulation.

Poo-Ton Activity Requirements

Your Poo-Ton won’t need a huge amount of exercise to keep happy and healthy but will enjoy daily walks to the beach or even around the neighbourhood. They are very playful dogs so will enjoy ball games and frisbee. This breed is happy in small spaces like an apartment as long as their family is close and they are exercised every day to burn off their energy. They will enjoy a garden to play in but will be just as happy indoors. A Poo-Ton is not very sensitive to hot or cold weather but should never be left outside for too long and as with all dogs, don’t exercise them when it is very hot.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Poo-Ton Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Poo-Ton Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Poo-Ton size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Poo-Ton size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Poo-Ton size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Poo-Ton size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Poo-Ton size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Poo-Ton size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

Poo-Ton Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
Just got her from a shelter 5 days ago and we already love each other❣️
2 months, 3 weeks ago
10 Weeks
3 People
I absolutely love her
2 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Months
3 People
House & Yard
we just picked him up from the pet store and fell in love! He adapted to us very quickly!!!
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Bridgette Bardot
3 years
2 People
House & Yard
We walk a mile every morning, weather permitting.
I love my little Bridgette, but as she's excitable, she must be on her pad when people come to call! She's very affectionate and worships me! The only negative is the grooming. It's SO costly and if you get a nasty groomer and they find a few knots, they just shave the dog. Therefore, I've been doing the grooming. It really must be done on a daily basis, otherwise you will have LOTS of little mats!
3 years, 2 months ago
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Where can I find a list of reputable breeders for a coton-poodle mix

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My puppy currently has a dry patch on his stomach, looks like dandruff. It does not irritate him nor is it spreading ... not sure what it is

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