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: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Kokoni size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Kokoni size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Kokoni size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs

Kokoni Owner Experiences

Toro
2 Years
2 People
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Rescued from Spain. Sweet, loving, cute, entertaining, little bundle of joy
5 days, 15 hours ago
Plato
4 Years
2 People
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Wonderful little dog, though ours is bigger than average for the breed (12.5 kg though slim and athletic). Very healthy, extremely affectionate and biddable. Loves people and other dogs, indifferent to cats, likes to chases squirrels and chipmunks. Low maintenance, very pleasant and easy-going. A pleasure to have around. Perfect companion. Was rescued from village streets in Greece at 12 months. Now lives with us in Canada and LOVES winters and snow!
1 month ago
Belle
8 Years
5 People
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Fun, cosy, playful, calm,funny ,cute , smart
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Buddy
3 Years
5 People
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I've had Buddy for about 3 years. He's very playful and energetic! He had kids with my poodle Chiquita about 2 years ago. He has three kids, they are all female. He loves banana's and honey mixed together with oats!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Benji
14 Years
3 People
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my beloved Benji is dying of lyphoma cancer. He was a stray that found us and gave us for 14 years his beloved trust, love, warmth, compassion, loyalty, protection. He gave us a lot of comfort. I know I can never replace him but would like to To get another kokoni. Does anyone know where I can find one? I live in the US east coast. Thank you!!
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Luffy
2 Years
2 People
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My Luffy is the best companion dog that is possible to imagine! He is very smart, loyal, active, not aggressive, protective, jealous :D Always happy and very friendly, adore to cuddle, can run miles. Very strong and healthy. Very easy to take care, only once in 1-1,5 month I take him to a groomer for brushing (or all clothes will have his hair). I love him with all my heart ^_^
4 months ago
Tutu
4 Years
4 People
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She loves the snow , ever since she was little and we have trees everywhere.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hero
15 Years
2 People
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I already wrote about Hero once, but we lost him on March 19, 2020. I wanted to warn other Kokoni owners of some things to watch out for. Take care of their teeth, he always had his dental cleaning once a year, and the dental bones from the vet. Watch their carb and sugar intake. Even though we gave him the best of the best in food and treats, sometimes we gave in and gave him bites of pizza, and spaghetti..loved that stuff, and once in a while a bite of vanilla ice cream. At 15, he got diagnosed with diabetes, and within 6 weeks, went completely blind. Lost him 2 weeks later. Not much is written on their medical issues...I don’t think cancer is a big risk.
5 months ago
Hero
15 Years
2 People
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Never realized it until TONIGHT! I wish I could submit a picture. We’ve always been told that he was a golden retriever/cocker spaniel mix...No way. I watched Bewitched tonight for the first time even though it’s a very old movie, and THERE WAS HERO! Been in pet magazines 6 times, always smiling, always raring to go, unfortunately he was severely abused when he was young, so the fact that we’ve had him 13 out of the 15 years is very lucky. He hates other dogs, and very protective of us, but as soon as he sees that you’re OK with someone, he’s cool. So incredibly smart, it’s scary....the storys I could tell! Love of our life. He MAY be a little golden retriever also because his paws are so big, but other than that ...every SINGLE attribute you named was him. Thank you for the info!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Colby
5 Years
4 People
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He's a very lovable and energetic dog. He's also a very loyal companion. He's my best friend and loves to cuddle.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Herbie
2 Years
5 People
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Herbie is a rescue that we got at 1 yo! He's affectionate when he knows you, but very timid. Even if you scare him though, he won't bite he might just back up and whine a bit. Which is fine when you have an anxious lead! I enjoy him as a complain and he really makes me up :)
7 months ago
Darcy
5 Years
2 People
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Darcy is a very confident and independent dog. She is incredibly adaptable to different situations and is very brave even when faced with something new. She doesn't usually enjoy another dogs company but every now and then we find a dog that she will have a mad 5 minutes playing chase together. She is incredibly food orientated and once swallowed a fishing hook, like still attached! We can take her out for the day into a city for shopping, spend 6 or 7 hours out and she will quite happily carry on, not tiring at all but then she is also very happy to spend 3 days straight sleeping on the sofa barely moving. Very adaptable to your lifestyle! She has a pretty strong hunting instinct, we have 9 guinea pigs and we haven't been able to train it out of her. We've trained her to leave their cages alone but we have no doubt that if one escaped she would kill it instantly. They are very expressive dogs and you can read what they're thinking just from their face. Darcy came from Cyprus to the UK at about 5 months old after being found with her siblings dumped in a cardboard box. She is completely bomb proof! You open a door and she wants to go in, cars- straight in, bus pulls up- straight in, basket on a bike- jumps up for you to put her in, speed boat- let's go! Paddle board- me too! And her favourite are trains! She will chase them along the fence and be so excited to see them. For her 5th birthday we took her on a train ride to Brighton which she loved. She's very good with children and babies, isn't bothered by them touching her. Honestly she's the best dog we could ever have, there will never be another dog like her.
7 months ago
Tonka
4 Months
4 People
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Our Kokoni is a rescue pup and already showing that he is an intelligent and loving little boy. He learned sit within minutes then lie down. He is very friendly with strangers in and out the house. Very friendly with dogs and loves to meet new people and dogs alike.
8 months ago
Hashbrown
10 Years
7 People
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A wonderful dog. Very intelligent
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Mitsos
12 Years
2 People
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He is such a lovely,loyal and unique dog.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Prince
3 Years
5 People
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We went for a long walk near a river
11 months ago
shiper
2 Years
2 People
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I enjoy of my ddog.he is very good dog.
11 months ago
Bono
12 Years
4 People
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Bono was a stray dod and did not know his breed until lately. His temperament is as described here. He loves being in the house more than outdoors, he hunts small insects such as fly and he is great with adults and children. He loves his walks and is quite energetic when walking. He shows compassion when someone cries and is quite possessive of the children especially when confronted with strangers. He is an amazing dog.
11 months ago
Kika
4 Years
2 People
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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).
1 year ago
Addie
2 Years
4 People
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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.
1 year ago
Roxy
1 Year
2 People
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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.
1 year ago
Τoulis
5 Years
5 People
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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 year, 1 month ago
Ralph
3 Years
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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!
1 year, 3 months ago
Pixie
4 Years
1 People
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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.
1 year, 4 months ago
Pepe
3 Years
2 People
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None. Had Pepe from an Italian rescue for 11 months. But love them.
1 year, 7 months ago
Gracie
14 Years
2 People
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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!
1 year, 8 months ago
Zeus
6 Years
1 People
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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
1 year, 10 months ago
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