Coton de Tuléar is a small dog breed named for the city of Tuléar in Madagascar. Tulear cotton is easily identifiable by its silky, fluffy and cottony coat, typical of the breed. They are relatively rare outside their home country, Madagascar, but are gaining popularity among dog lovers around the world. It is believed that this breed comes from a group of small white dogs that crossed the Malagasy canal following a shipwreck. The eyes are dark, lively and intelligent and are framed by dark skin. The nose is also very dark, black and very visible on white or light-colored coats.