Acquired: Pet store
Training: Previous owner
Posted September 14, 2013
Louie came to us upon our return to the United States after living in Holland for 14 years. My daughter and I were walking through the pet store, just enjoying the general cuteness of the puppies when we saw him. He was lying down in his cage but when I put my hand on the glass he raised his paw as if to touch it. We knew then we had to see him. After just a few minutes of playing together in the cubicle my daughter and I were in love. But, because I knew very little about the breed and didn't want to make a rash decision, we decided to go for a walk and talk about it. We asked the worker at the store about the breed: how he is with kids (my son was 7 at the time and rambunctious) and other animals, as we had a cat that would be joining us very soon. Apparently, this breed loves everyone. So, we took him home.
To be honest, house training was a complete nightmare. One thing I've learned over the last year and a half is, this breed is very stubborn. But, as long as you're persistent and consistent, it'll all work out.
As for his personality...he's one big bundle of joy! He "terrorizes" the cat, but in a good way. They love to play with one another...wrestling and rolling on the floor. He's very protective of his family...even from other members of the family. If he's sitting on my lap and my husband tries to touch my hand or kiss me, Louie puts himself in the middle of us. I think he just wants the kisses for himself! :) He doesn't know a stranger. He barks like crazy at anyone he sees walking by, but that's just his way of getting their attention. The minute someone is within reach of him, he flops on his back for a belly rub.
Grooming...well, he's high maintenance with all the long white hair. He gets weekly baths in the summer because he does sweat a lot, which makes him quite smelly. Luckily he doesn't mind. He goes to the groomer every 6-8 weeks for a nice trim. His hair does grow quite quickly. The best thing about this breed is that, despite having such long hair, they don't shed. This makes him great for anyone who may have allergies...or dark colored furniture. ;)
Overall, I adore my Coton! He has his faults, but then, so do we all. He's an amazing family pet who will keep you entertained with his antics. I couldn't be happier!