Kokoni Or Markiesje
Two years ago we fostered a street dog that ended up becoming part of our family. She’s a beautifully elegant dog, has a lovely temperament, never seems to run out of energy and is highly intelligent (unlike a couple of our other dogs).
Taking a dog off the streets means that we never know the true history of the dog; we don’t know where they came from, how they ended up on the streets or what their parentage is. It doesn’t stop us wondering though.
The markings on Flossie remind us of a Border Collie, so we call her our little Border Collie.
The other day someone pointed out to us that Flossie was probably a Kokoni, so wanting to know more I started looking into the breed. The Kokoni is an ancient Greek breed of dog and AS we live in Greece it makes sense that she could be part Kokoni, and she certainly ticks boxes for the breed.
That was until I went onto Google images (how did we managed before the internet, I will never know!), looking for more pictures of the breed. I clicked on a picture that looked the spitting image of Flossie and the breed wasn’t a Kokoni, but a Markiesje, which is actually a Dutch breed of dog. After much researching I think she ticks more boxes for being closer to a Markiesje than a Kokini.
The Markiesje was once used as a gun dog, which would explain her alertness when out on a walk and she matches the size and weight of the breed. She is exceedingly fast on her feet, very agile and as bouncy as Tigger. And her fur, although rarely combed, has a natural high shine, which is more in line with a Markiesje than a Kokoni.
Of course we will never know for sure what her heritage is, but it’s been interesting reading up on what she may be and as far as she is concerned, I doubt very much that she cares, just as long as she is part of a family and loved. And she is…Very much.
Do you have a rescue pet that you would like to know more about? Do you see traits in your pet that you relate to certain breeds?
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