Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Posted May 24, 2015
Aside from being totally adorable, the coton I know is man's (and everyone else's!) best friend. He loves people and is absolutely heartsick every time someone leaves. Of course, this is something of a problem -- he's not happy to be left alone, and is especially upset when family members are absent. He definitely has the separation anxiety that seems to be typical of the breed.
One of the biggest non-personality pluses with this breed is the lack of shedding. That said, daily grooming is a necessity if the dog's fur is not clipped, as it gets quite long and prone to tangles. Whether clipped or not, they have very soft fur that's lovely to pet.
The biggest negative aspect for me would be the knee problems that cotons tend to have. This pup was no exception, eventually needing expensive knee surgery. He's had excellent health otherwise, though, and is very energetic.
Overall, he's the friendliest, happiest dog I've ever known. He's fantastic with kids and loves to play with them, has enough energy for hikes and long days out but is just as happy to cuddle on the couch, and is so sweet, loyal, and funny. I'd definitely recommend the breed to anyone looking for a small, non-shedding dog, provided the high-maintenance aspect isn't an issue.