Singer, songwriter, actress Barbra Streisand says goodbye to beloved Samie.

[from the Animal Rescue site]

For the last 14 years, Barbra Streisand has been accompanied by her Coton de Tuléar, Sammie. The pair have grown extraordinarily close, and, apart from reassuring Sammie she would never walk alone, Streisand considered her fluffy friend the closest thing to ever having a daughter.  Now at 75,  La Streisand has had to do the hardest thing possible as a pet owner – say goodbye to her companion.

“We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her,” wrote Streisand, who has been married to actor James Brolin since 1998.


Barbra Streisand and her dog


What’s a Coton de Tulear?

Pronounced COTAWN DAY TWO-LEE ARE, according to the American Kennel Club.

A fluffy, snuggly dog, the Coton du Tulear isn’t that different from a Maltese. Both breeds are pure white, with hair not fur. So they’re especially good if you’re allergic. Needing only minimum exercise, the Coton is ideal for apartment living, and makes a great pet for older people.


Coton de tulear, some pictures



Some characteristics of the Coton de Tulear:

  • very friendly to family and to strangers
  • properly socialized, they’re also friendly to kids and to other dogs and even cats
  • size: 8 to 13 pounds, and 8 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder
  • the Coton de Tulear is not a big barker, and has a low prey drive (unlike the Yorkshire Terrier)
  • energy level is medium
  • Cotons are very affectionate and playful, and live to amuse their human companions
  • “medium” when it comes to ease of training, although some people find them a little difficult to potty train
  • general health is very good
  • his coat is fluffy, with a cottony texture. By adulthood, it’s usually around four inches long.
  • the Coton de Tulear originated on the island of Madagascar and is related to the Bichon Frise and the Maltese
  • a relatively new breed to North America, they were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014



Intelligence ranking

Out of a list of more than 100 breeds, here’s how they all rank:

  • Yorkshire Terrier: #27
  • Bichon Frise: #45
  • Maltese: #59
  • Coton de Tulear: #60

(The smartest dog is the Border Collie, based on his trainability, and the least smart, is the Afghan Hound)


Learn More

Here are some links to read more about the Coton de Tulear:

American Kennel Club (AKC) 

The Coton de Tulear on

Petful profile of the Coton

Dogs 101 at Animal Planet