The Pom-Coton, also known as the Pom-De Tulear, is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Coton de Tulear. Originally from Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear is the national dog there. The breed was brought to America in 1973 and was featured on a Malagasy stamp in 1974. The other genetic branch of the Pom-Coton belongs to the Pomeranian, a breed that originated in Central and Eastern Europe. Popular with British royalty since the 18th century, the Pomeranian has enjoyed status as one of the most-loved breeds for centuries.
The Pom-Coton is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the International Designer Canine Registry.
The Pom-Coton, like both sides of its heritage, is a small, extremely fluffy canine. They come in three colors, grey, white, or yellow. The texture of its hair is cotton-like as the “Coton” part of the name implies. But, of course its appearance heavily depends on the genetic makeup of its parents and, like any crossbred, can vary widely.
Considered to be both an effective watchdog and good with children, the Pom-Coton is a great choice for a family pet. Their personalities have been described as affectionate, alert, intelligent, loyal, and social.
The Pom-Coton has a life expectancy of 14-16 years, quite long for a small dog. Regular grooming is essential to maintain its lovely coat, and regular exercise is a must. Considering their compact size and agreeable temperament, dog parks are ideal for the Pom-Coton. Health concerns are similar to most dog breeds and with regular exercise and grooming no major health problems are likely to occur. Due to a dental condition common in Pomeranians, dry dog food is recommended.