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Size: Small

Weight: 10 lbs.

Height: 10" - 11"

Life Span: 14+ years

Health Problems: Respiratory problems (chronic wheezing and shortness of breath due to short snout); teeth and oral problems; excessive hair between toes which traps dirt.

Origin: United States (1980s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Non-Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

Use wire comb once a week to remove dead hair from your Mi-Ki. Keep hair between toes clipped to avoid debris and infection.


Sweet and intelligent. Some would argue that the Mi-Ki acts more like a cat than a dog. The breed enjoys sun bathing, grooming and preening, and tends to have cat-like movements. These dogs are also good with children. In fact, this breed often tolerates being carried around all day by kids. Mi-Kis are extremely adaptable to just about any environment, but are suitable for urban living. Some Mi-Kis have even been known to raise abandoned litters of both kittens and puppies - quite a feat for a 10-pound dog. This breed is easy to train and willing to adapt to your needs.

Compatibility with Kids

Excellent choice for kids.


This breed is credited to breeder Micki Macken of Wisconsin, who crossed the Japanese Chin with a variety of small breeds, including the papillon, Maltese, Shih Tzu and a papillon / Yorkshire Terrier mix.