Important questions BEFORE buying a Coton puppy
Me and my family are about to buy our first dog ever and we are absolutely in love with this particular breed not just for its looks, but also because of the characteristic features that hopefully fits our lifestyle.
We have found a good breeder and we can purchase our puppy any time, but before that I have few questions:
1. Do Cotons really get along with other animals and children? We have 1 cat (British shorthair) and a tortoise. Our son is 1 year old. Our cat will not like him at first probably, but I'm sure he is going to get used to his new friend.
2. In January 2018 I will return back to work which means that our Coton will have to stay at home with our cat from the morning till afternoon. How do your dogs cope with you going to work and leaving them alone for the most part of the day? I mean, is this breed really only suitable for stay at home parents and the retired?
3. In September 2017 me and my husband both have to fly to another country for 10 days for work and leave our son and future puppy with my mother. They will all stay in our house. I have read that this can be traumatic for puppies, is there any chance to train it so that it is less traumatic? This is a very special occasion and it will not repeat, but this 1 time can affect the dog's psyche. What would you suggest?
4. Is spaying a normal practice for female dogs of this breed? Or is it better not to do it and just not let other dogs come close?
Thank you in advance!