At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 10 lbs.

Height: 10" - 11"

Life Span: 14+ years


Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Toy

Origin: United States (1980s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

Special Needs
Exercise: No special exercise requirements.

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


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