Appearance of the Kokoni
|This companion breed is a small dog with a body 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 over the dog's back. Kokoni dogs have a small, slightly domed head with a short, somewhat tapered muzzle, medium-length triangular ears that fold forward and round, almond-shaped eyes that are usually dark brown, but can be any color except blue. Their double-layered coats are silky with a very dense undercoat and tend to be of rather moderate length, but shorten around the face area and on their legs. Kokoni dogs can come in many colors and color combinations, including black and tan, white with patches of blonde, rust or even black, and tricolor, often with a white flame in the middle of the face.
Temperament of the Kokoni
|These little dogs have been enjoyed as pleasant, outgoing pets on the Greek islands for several hundred years, due to their friendly, outgoing nature. They are known to be both affectionate and protective, with a strong need for human affection, to the point of often insisting on sharing the bed with their owners. They are good with adults and children, but any interaction with younger or boisterous children must be carefully supervised for the small dog's safety. They are generally well-disposed towards strangers, but can sometimes become territorial and possessive of their owners. They were also used in the past as pest control in the home, and have retained their prey, while their small size prevents them from being a threat to many adult cats, they are likely to hunt and eventually kill smaller animals such as rodents. They are also highly intelligent and quickly acquire new commands, making them easily trainable.
Needs and activities of the Kokoni
|These dogs are both energetic and bright, requiring daily physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. They are also eager to entertain their owners and sensitive to their needs, making them exceptionally trainable and suitable candidates for many different canine activities such as agility training, canine freestyle dancing and barn hunting, with some sources even claiming that they also retain some latent herding instincts, making them suitable for activities such as treibball. They are quite adaptable and can live very well in a large house or thrive in a small apartment.
Maintenance of the Kokoni
|The Kokoni needs daily brushing and combing to ensure that any debris or tangles are removed from the fur, however, daily grooming should be fairly straightforward and only take a few minutes. Bathing should take place about once a month to keep the fur silky and shiny, and their nails should be trimmed or filed as necessary to prevent breakage. Small dogs like the Kokoni are more prone to dental problems than larger dogs, so brushing his teeth regularly is also a good idea, as is regularly checking their ears for dirt, wax or other debris to prevent ear infection.