Bekko are one of the oldest varieties of Koi. So much so, none of the history books on Koi seem to make any reference to the creation of Bekko. These stunning Koi are the result of breeding Sanke to create a solid-coloured Koi with Black Spots along the back of the fish.
When we talk of Bekko, we normally refer to Shiro Bekko i.e. A Koi with a White background or base skin colour (known as Shiroji). These are the most commonly seen variations however Yellow Bekko (known as Ki Bekko) and Red Bekko (known as Aka Bekko) also exist.
A good Bekko should have a solid base colouring, free of blemishes, exhibiting no pigmentation on the head or fins. The Black patterning along the back should be ink Black, with solid edges and resemble stepping stones. This pattern should not extend below the lateral line.
On occasion, Bekko may exhibit incredibly striking, glittering scales. This phenomenon is known as Ginrin. A White Bekko displaying such scales would therefore be known as Ginrin Shiro Bekko.
The Bekko won the All-Japan Koi Show in 1987 however it is well documented that the variety has since fallen out of fashion. At Complete Koi & Aquatics, we believe this understated Koi demonstrates simplistic beauty and as a result, makes a fantastic addition to any Koi pond.