Coton De Tulear vs Scottish Terrier

Compare the Coton De Tulear to the Scottish Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Coton De Tulears and Scottish Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Coton De Tulear is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Scottish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Coton De Tulear.
  • Children - Both the Coton De Tulear and Scottish Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Coton De Tulear and Scottish Terrier require moderate grooming.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Scottish Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Coton De Tulear vs Scottish Terrier
White Coton de Tulear
Black Scottish Terrier
Breed NameCoton De TulearScottish Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan14-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-13 in.10-11 in.
Weight8-15 lb18-22 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryMadagascarUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1970 AD55 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumLow
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed14 mph11 mph
StrengthLowMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearScottish Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearScottish Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan14-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Craniomandibular OsteopathyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Scottie CrampNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearScottish Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesNo
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black BrindleNoYes
BrindleNoYes
Red BrindleNoYes
Silver BrindleNoYes
WheatenNoYes