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Your Guide to Life With a Coton De Tulear Puppy

If you are shopping for a young dog to join your family and you are hoping to find a dog that sets itself apart from many of the more common canines, a Coton de Tulear puppy is a good choice. As a small and friendly companion animal, your new puppy is often an ideal addition to homes with kids and many dogs of this breed are able to happily co-exist with cats. Therefore, when you are on the fence as to the type of dog that should go in your fence, it is a good idea to be aware of the following facts. 

Understanding the Needs of Any Dog You Might Consider Adopting   

It is important to note that many dogs were created and bred for specific tasks. Some of those are obvious, like the bigger, more intimidating dogs that are often seen in law enforcement and military work. Other dogs, like Border Collies, are frequently used as herding dogs. Since working dogs typically are high-energy dogs that don't always do well without specific tasks that focus their attention for prolonged periods of time, they are rarely the best choice as indoor dogs for homes with busy families.  

Anticipating Your New Dog's Interactions With Other Furry Family Members

Although there is a common misconception that dogs and cats never get along, the truth is that many felines and canines do. That is particularly likely if they have been raised together from a young age, but common cat-friendly breeds of dog include both the Golden and Labrador retrievers, the Maltese, and the Coton de Tulear. Since the ability of a dog to get along with other animals in the home is often impacted by their prey drive, the low prey drive of this breed contributes to its popularity.  

Planning for the Energy and Lifestyle Needs of Your New Coton de Tulear Puppy

The Coton de Tulear is a companion animal. Its primary functions in life include spending time with its human family members, cuddling on the couch, and similar low-key activities. You can take it to the park and on walks, and expect your new puppy to enjoy those activities. However, you should not expect your new dog to need long walks and runs in order to be able to leave them home while you are at work.

One key aspect you should be aware of, though, is that your new puppy is likely to be quite intelligent and if left to his or her own devices, could inflict damage to your home. Therefore, puppy training classes so that the dog will learn what is and is not appropriate behavior, combined with firm (but not violent) discipline is often necessary to help owners maintain their role as the top dog. Their intelligence also allows them to be easier to house-train, which can sometimes be challenging with smaller dogs.     

In conclusion, choosing a new dog is a big decision that you are likely to benefit from for many years. As a result, it is crucial to be sure of the dog you ultimately invite into your family. If you are considering adopting a Coton de Tulear, the details discussed above will be quite useful.