Coton De Tulear vs Tibetan Spaniel

Compare the Coton De Tulear to the Tibetan Spaniel. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Coton De Tulears and Tibetan Spaniels.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Coton De Tulear and Tibetan Spaniel are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Coton De Tulear and Tibetan Spaniel are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Tibetan Spaniel is easy to groom while the Coton De Tulear has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Tibetan Spaniel has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Coton De Tulear vs Tibetan Spaniel
White Coton de Tulear
Breed NameCoton De TulearTibetan Spaniel
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan14-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-13 in.8-10 in.
Weight8-15 lb9-15 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryMadagascarTibet
Origin Year1970 AD500 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed14 mph16 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium-High
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneLow-Medium

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 TulearTibetan Spaniel
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
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 AverageVery Low
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearTibetan Spaniel
Lifespan
Lifespan14-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearTibetan Spaniel
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Curly CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
RedNoYes
SableNoYes
Silver SableNoYes