Kokoni

9-18 lbs
9-11"
Malta
Small Greek Domestic Dog, Militeo Kinidio

Kokoni breed dogs, also known by the descriptive name of Small Greek Domestic Dog, is a small breed of companion dog that has been sharing the homes and beds of Greek citizens for hundreds of years. They are an enduring breed that is entertaining, intelligent, and extremely adaptable, recorded as a favorite for both the aristocracy and those of modest means, even surviving well as a stray on the city streets of ancient Greece. They are very bright and eager to please, making them extremely trainable for a number of different tasks and their disposition makes them a first-rate candidate for a job as anything from a canine actor to a therapy dog. 

Purpose
Companion Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Unknown

Kokoni Health

Average Size
Male Kokoni size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 9-18 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 9-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • None Known
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian

Kokoni Breed History

The Kokoni dog, also frequently referred to simply as the Small Greek Domestic Dog, originated in Malta and has been a part of Greek life for hundreds of years along with their slightly larger cousins, the Alopekis, a breed once thought to be a different variety of the same breed. The knowledge of their heritage has been lost to history, but ancient wall decorations, vases, coins, and other pottery pieces exhibit images of these little dogs, generally depicted as the companions to women and children, particularly those in the aristocracy. Many of these little dogs have been employed as multipurpose dogs throughout history, particularly for those with more modest means, and they proved effective as hunting dogs, helping to find and capture small game, both mammals and birds, as well as ridding the house and barns of pests and even occasionally helping herd livestock, those that didn’t find a domestic home even managed to survive as street dogs on the streets of the Grecian cities. The unrestricted breeding ended up developing into a particularly healthy breed compared to many breeds with no specific disorders that are more prevalent to their breed.  This breed is very popular in and around Greece, but it has little representation outside of its home country and is not yet recognized by the major kennel clubs. They have gained recognition with the Greek Kennel Club, however, and a Small Greek Domestic dog was featured on the 2005 movie Bewitched, which was based on the television series Bewitched, which ran from 1964 to 1972.

Kokoni Breed Appearance

This companion breed is a small canine with a body that is slightly longer than the dog is tall at the withers, strong, straight legs that end in small, round paws, and a long, feathered tail that curls up and over the dog’s back. The Kokoni dog has a small, slightly domed head with a short, somewhat tapered muzzle, medium length triangular ears that fold forward, and round to almond-shaped eyes that are typically dark brown, but can come in any color but blue. Their double layer coats are silky with a very dense undercoat and tend to be rather moderate in length but grow shorter around the facial area and on their legs. Kokoni dogs can come in many colors and color combinations including black and tan, white with spots of blonde, rust, or even black, and tricolor, often with a white blaze in the middle of the face. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Kokoni eyes
Hazel
brown Kokoni eyes
Brown
amber Kokoni eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Kokoni nose
Black
brown Kokoni nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
white Kokoni coat
White
pied Kokoni coat
Pied
fawn Kokoni coat
Fawn
isabella Kokoni coat
Isabella
red Kokoni coat
Red
brown Kokoni coat
Brown
black Kokoni coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Kokoni wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Kokoni Breed Maintenance

The Kokoni does need daily brushing and combing to ensure that any debris or tangles are removed from the fur, however, the daily grooming should be rather simple and only take a few minutes. Bathing should occur about once a month to keep the fur silky and shiny, and their nails should be clipped or filed as needed to prevent breakage. Small dogs like the Kokoni are more prone to dental trouble than larger dogs, so brushing their teeth on a regular basis is also a good idea, as is regularly checking their ears for dirt, wax, or other debris in order to prevent an ear infection.

Brushes for Kokoni
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Kokoni requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Kokoni Temperament

These little dogs have been enjoyed as pleasant and outgoing companion animals for several hundred years on the Greek islands due to their friendly and outgoing natures. They are known to be both affectionate and protective, with a strong craving for human affection, to the point of often insisting on sharing the bed with their owners. They are good with both adults and children, but any interactions with younger or rowdy children should be carefully monitored for the tiny canine’s safety. They are generally well disposed towards strangers but can become territorial and possessive of their owners on occasion. They were also used in times past as pest control in the home, and they have retained their prey drive, while their small size prevents them from being much of a threat to many adult cats, they are likely to give chase to and possibly kill smaller animals such as rodents. They are also very intelligent and pick up new commands quickly making them easily trainable. 

Kokoni Activity Requirements

These dogs are both energetic and bright, requiring physical exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis in order to remain at their healthiest and happiest. They are also eager to entertain their owners and sensitive to their needs making them exceptionally trainable and suitable candidates for many different canine based activities such as agility training, canine freestyle dance, and barn hunt; some sources even claim that they retain some latent herding instincts as well, making them suitable for activities like treibball.  They are quite adaptable and can live quite happily in a large home or a thrive in a small apartment.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Kokoni Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Kokoni Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Kokoni size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Kokoni size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male Kokoni size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs

Kokoni Owner Experiences

Kika
4 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing
Walking
I adopted Kika from a dog shelter in Heraklion, Crete and they sent her to me in Athens. Apparently she had been living on the streets before and I’m guessing she was traumatized in some way. She is a very timid dog who needs time before she can trust people , but when she does she is very affectionate and loyal to her “pack”. She sometimes exhibits aggressive/phobic behavior towards bigger dogs and also does not like kids. I take her with me almost everywhere I go and she is very patient and situation-flexible. She has great endurance in walking big distances but also can sit around for hours without getting restless (I am a psychotherapist and I take her with me to my office where she sits patiently as clients come and go).
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Addie
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking, playing
She is the sweetest dog! We adopted her from a rescue league in Michigan in the USA who got her in the South (USA). She was only 6weeks old.
4 weeks ago
Roxy
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
daily walks
Grooming and cuddles
She was a Greek stray who we adopted when she was approximately 4 months old. She has a strong bond with our other rescue dog, Xena, a 17 month old Hellenic Hare Hound. She is very affectionate and her recall is good. Last week she was spayed and is recovering extremely well. She's a bouncing bundle of joy.
4 weeks ago
Τoulis
5 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Daily walking
We found Toulis wandering in the streets back in 2014.He was only a few months old.He immediately became family.Very easygoing dog friendly with everyone,kids and strangers including.He is now 5 years old and living with him has been a bless.No health issues whatsover and personality wise he is the kindest and the smartest.Love him to bits
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Ralph
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Obedience
Playing with toys
Fetch
swimming
Agility training
Hiking
We rescued Ralph from a Romanian shelter 2 years ago. For a while he found it very hard to trust people, even us at times. But with positive training he's much more confident when meeting people he doesn't know. He's full of energy and needs a lot of exersize. He's also a bit of a guard dog and likes to watch the passersby. Love this funny, character full breed!
4 months, 1 week ago
Pixie
4 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddles
daily walks
Car rides with her head out of the window
Accompanying me practically everywhere
Flaying fetch and tug
Pixie was a 3 year old rescue from a dog pound in Romania. She has been an absolute joy and quickly became a much loved member of the family. She has an unquenchable thirst for affection and is always by my side.
5 months, 1 week ago
Pepe
3 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks on the beach
Walks around along local river
Chasing squirrels in the forest
None. Had Pepe from an Italian rescue for 11 months. But love them.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Gracie
14 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
companionship
Travel
Walking
Rescue off the streets if Browd County, south Florida. Appears to have lived with feral cats to survive. Loves cats, aggressive to large dogs. Major dental problems and hip/back mobility issues,but loves to be outside, walks are a big adventure and a great travel companion and sleeping buddy!
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Zeus
6 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
eating
Playing
Walking
I am a Greek American. I got my Kokoni Zeus in 2015. I met Zeus at the Petsmart in Bloomingdale, IL. Soon as I saw him wagging his tail and jumping up in attempt to lick my face, I immediately knew he was the one. Petsmart sold me him as a Corgi. It wasn’t until later that my aunt told me he ain’t no Corgi LOL he is a Greek Dog! A Kokoni!!! Hahahaaa
11 months, 1 week ago
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