The Kokoni is a real bundle of energy and comes from Greece. Translated, Kokoni means "little dog". He has been known since ancient times and can even be admired in various illustrations. He is a companion dog, which is very suitable as a family dog because of his great character. It doesn't matter if you live in the country or in the city. As long as a Kokoni gets enough exercise, he feels comfortable everywhere.
The Kokoni is small, but has a lot of energy and wants to be challenged. It comes in Two variants. Once the "Melitaio Kynideo" - known as Kokoni - with long hair and a short hair variant. This is also called Alopekis and is less common.
The Kokoni, as its name suggests, is of small stature. He has a height at the withers of 24 to 38 cm and a weight of 4 to 8 kg. Kokonis exist in all possible colors, both plain and multicolored. A characteristic for all Kokonis is the bushy tail bent into a semicircle. In addition, Kokonis are quite long and have rather slender legs. His head is oval-elongated and similar to that of a dachshund. Typical for the Kokoni are his Tilt ears, which are very hairy and at the base of which grows a tuft of hair.
In character, the Kokoni is cheerful, outgoing, intelligent, lively, uncomplicated and affectionate. He is a perfect little family dog but wants to be challenged. He has a lot of energy, which he prefers to get rid of during long walks in nature. So he is ideal not only as a playmate for families with children, but also for active singles. The Kokoni is a companion dog, which is like to be in the circle of his loved ones is. Staying alone for too long is a real punishment for him!
A Kokoni is easy to raise and therefore Suitable for beginners. However, it is still worth going to a dog training school. This way you can prevent your darling from developing into an annoying yapper.
The right food
Dogs are primarily carnivores, here also the Kokoni makes no exception. Here you are faced with the many decisions: Dry or wet food? With grain or without? Barfen or feed conventionally? Here are some tips on feeding: Pay attention to the ingredient list of the food. The fewer ingredients on the list, the higher quality the feed is likely to be, as no unnecessary additives have been mixed in.
Watch out for a high meat content, also fish may be on the menu. Vegetables is also a good idea. With grain, it depends on whether your dog can tolerate it. You can tell mainly by the amount, consistency, and how often it is eliminated. Less often is better, as this shows that your dog is digesting the food well. A rather firm consistency is also good. In no case should your dog eat sugar and artificial additives. He doesn't find them in nature either.
Your little Kokoni prefers dry food in the form of small croquettes. You can also feed your darling with wet food. Here you should make sure that he regularly chews a chewing bone or similar to avoid tartar. A good idea is a Mixture of wet and dry food.
The third variant is the Barfenthat is, raw feeding. Here you mix raw meat with cooked vegetables and high-quality oils. In general, this type of feeding is the more complex. You have to take care yourself to feed your Kokoni a balanced diet. Please do not give your four-legged friend seasoned food or leftovers. He could otherwise have problems with his stomach.
Kokonis do not tend to be overweight due to their high activity. But of course you are here in the responsibility to feed your dog species-appropriate.
Kokonis can become up to 16 years old. Due to their origin, they can tolerate heat better than cold. You should therefore Do not expose to excessively low temperatures. Your dog's coat wants to be cared for. Almost every dog needs regularly brushed be. This will remove dried dirt and excess hair. It's best to start this routine when the dog is a puppy, so your furry friend can slowly get used to it. A Bath is usually not necessary. If, however, there is no way around it, be sure to use special shampoo for dogs.
Also regularly check its ears for inflammation or foreign bodies such as awns. Also Ticks like to settle on the skin. Search your dog regularly, preferably after every walk. Here are various means and medications that protect your Kokoni and you from these beasts. There are tick collars, tablets to take and lotions to rub in.
The Kokoni is an active dog who loves to be with you. He is extremely intelligent. You can give him very good Teach tricks. Other activities are agility or dog dancing. The main thing is that it is fun for you and your dog. Since the Kokoni is a very child-loving dog, he can also be be trained as a reading dog for schools. You and your dog then go to class together and a student is allowed to read to your dog. This may sound a bit absurd at first, but it has a high educational quality. The child reads something to your dog without pressure to perform, the dog "listens" attentively and thus motivates the child to continue reading.
For your Kokoni you need a cozy place to sleep. This should be in a quiet corner and offer the dog a retreat. Therefore he may Not too big otherwise your dog will feel lost. Since your dog is small, he can be well taken on trips. For this it is worth to invest in a good travel bag for dogs to invest. After all, your Kokoni should be safe and comfortable on the trip.
Safety is also important for transportation in the car. Your dog must be sufficiently secured, i.e. in a Box or be transported wearing a seat belt.
Of course you need a collar or a harness for your Kokoni. A harness is suitable for dogs in training that are very agile and still like to pull on the leash sometimes. A harness is also more comfortable for walking on the drag line. A collar chokes the neck when too much force is applied, a harness does not.
At the leash distinguish between short leashes, retractable leashes and drag leashes. Lead leashes are important in the city, where you always want your dog next to you. Drag leashes are ideal in the great outdoors. They are several feet long and your dog "drags" them behind him. This way he has plenty of room to sniff, but you are still in control.
When it gets dark earlier in the darker seasons, a luminous collar a sensible purchase. This way your dog will be seen better by others and will not be an obstacle for cyclists. Of course, your dog also needs something to do at home. This can be cuddly toys, old socks, tennis balls and much more. For your agile and intelligent Kokoni is also Intelligence toys meaningful.
Origin & History
It was bred as a companion and social dog, although it has not yet been recognized by the FCI. Even in Greece itself, he is listed as an official breed only since 2005. That is why it is known mainly in Greece. There are no professional breeders yet. As it is more and more known abroad due to tourism, it now has an English name called "Small Greek Domestic Dog".