COTON DE TULEAR VARIATIONS OF BREED SIZE BY EILEEN BOYER NARIEKA, AKC JUDGE BREED/JUDGES EDUCATION CHAIR & VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA COTON DE TULEAR CLUB
(Graphics by Eileen Narieka are copyrighted to USACTC, Inc.)
The profuse coat of the Coton de Tulear and its grooming creates a multitude of illusions!
Please note the amounts of coat forward, rear, and over the topline.
DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL FOR THE WICKET! Correct height is the base of all Coton de Tulear ratios. Dogs may be a 1/3 longer than bitches, and weights may be almost double.
Evaluate Cotons for weight and condition according to correct body proportions of heights and lengths within the range of prescribed weights. The Coton is a sturdy dog with moderate bone. Larger sizes may produce heavier bone and muscle. Bitches are proportionately smaller, but should feel appropriately muscled and never be fine-boned. It is important that judges not be influenced by size, and reward an exhibit reflecting standard merits within allowable sizes for the sex of the individual exhibit rather than compared to each other in height and weight, with the ideal height range being preferred only if all other considerations are equal. Hands-on skeletal evaluations are vital to determine correct proportions under the visual illu- sion created by profuse Coton de Tulear coat!
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