Small Greek Domestic Dog
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Small Greek Domestic Dog.
|Notes||Recognized by the Greek Kennel Club|
|Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
Kokoni (Greek: Κοκόνι) is the name used for the ancient Greek small domestic dog breed. They are widely found in Greece, have traditionally been more common in urban areas and were a popular companion of Greeks for centuries. Quite fearless for their size, they are quite territorial and possessive of their owners. The Small Greek Domestic dogs are ideal companions, extremely expressive, highly perceptive and they sigh and use their eyes like humans. They insist in sleeping in bed with the owners. They are adept hunters of small game and birds. This lovely breed still retains some of its working abilities and can be a good alarm dog and small animals herder.
A large number of images on ancient friezes, pottery and amphorae show this ancient breed as a companion to women and children.
History and etymology
The name probably derives from the word "Kokona" which is another word for daughter in modern Greek. In past times the daughter's life was mostly in and around the house, so the Kokoni dog was the "daughter's dog" or the "dog for the house", unlike the hunting dogs or the livestock guardian dogs.
In some places in Greece the word Kokoni is used for any dog incapable of serious working duties (e.g. if a livestock guardian dog shows signs of fear, the shepherd calls it "kokoni"). In other places in Greece the word Kokoni is used for any small dog.
This breed of dog is of a medium size ranging from approximately 4-8 kilos. They have dropped ears, short snout, long body, with long curved tail. This breed also comes in a large array of colors and combinations of colors, such as black and tan, blonde, cream, and white. They are not yet recognized by the FCI. They are often confused with the Longhaired Dachshund or a Cocker Spaniel mix. Their legs are longer than a Dachshund's which raises their belly and chest much more off the ground. The average height is around 28 centimeters.
The coat of the Small Greek Domestic Dog is of three lengths, of very good quality, and is easy to groom. Sometimes, it is slightly wavy, but it should always feel silky. The coat is rich, dense and weatherproof.
The sickle-shaped tail of the Small Greek Domestic Dog is usually long. The dog holds its tail up high, and has an elegant curve. It is always in motion, showing the dog's joy. The coat of this dog forms a brush under its tail.
This breed of dog has large eyes which vary in shape from round to more of an almond shape. They are bright, intelligent, and are not deep-set. The color goes with the color of the coat, but they will never be transparent or blue.
Muzzle, nose and jaws
The muzzle "tapers easily to the nose", and the topline is level. The nose of the Small Greek Domestic Dog has well-opened nostrils. It is not too large compared to the muzzle, and it is moist, flat, and level on the front surface. The Small Greek Domestic Dog has strong jaws with scissor-bite teeth.
The Small Greek Domestic Dog has an even temper and gentle disposition. They are lively, cheerful, amiable and not generally aggressive or timid. They enjoy company, and although they may initially be standoffish with strangers, they are easily won over. They are very intelligent and are easily trained and famously devoted to their owners. They are very loving and protective. They have a loud, strong bark for their size though they do not bark much.
This is a deep-chested, sturdy and agile breed, capable of great speeds and valued for its stamina. The breed has good longevity and lives into their late teens. Major health issues are unknown.
In popular culture
The blonde dog known as "Satchel" in the 2005 movie Bewitched with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell is a Small Greek Domestic Dog.
- http://www.koe.gr/ellinikesfiles_kokoni.htm The Kennel Club of Greece's breed standard