Coton De Tulear vs Shih Tzu

Compare the Coton De Tulear to the Shih Tzu. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Coton De Tulears and Shih Tzus.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Coton De Tulear and Shih Tzu are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Coton De Tulear and Shih Tzu are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Coton De Tulear requires moderate grooming, The Shih Tzu has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Coton De Tulear has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Shih Tzu is an average barker.
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Coton De Tulear vs Shih Tzu
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Breed NameCoton De TulearShih Tzu
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan14-16 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height9-13 in.9-10 in.
Weight8-15 lb9-16 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryMadagascarChina
Origin Year1970 AD618 AD
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
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed14 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingLowNone
DanderLowNone
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 TulearShih Tzu
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearShih Tzu
Lifespan
Lifespan14-16 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Bladder StonesNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Dry EyeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Juvenile Renal DysplasiaNoYes
KeratitisNoYes
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
ProptosisNoYes
Retained Baby TeethNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
SnufflesNoYes
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearShih Tzu
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesYes
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
Black, Gold, & SilverNoYes
Black, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & SilverNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
BrindleNoYes
Brindle & WhiteNoYes
GoldNoYes
Gold & WhiteNoYes
LiverNoYes
Liver & WhiteNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SilverNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
Silver, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
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