Mi Ki


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Mi Ki
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: United States
Group: Toy Dogs, Companion Dogs
Height: up to 11 in.
Weight: 6-7 lbs.
Life span: well into the teens
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of Mi Ki?

The Mi Ki (pronounced me key) is a rare American breed started in the 1980s. Although difficult to trace individual ancestry, the Mi Ki's forbears are the Papillon, the Maltese and the Japanese Chin.

What does the Mi Ki look like?

The Mi Ki is no more than 11 inches tall and weighs 6-7 lbs. Eyes are large and round. Ears are either erect or hanging. The nose can be black or self-colored. The tail curves over the back. There are 2 coat types, long and smooth. The long coat is straight and silky with feathering on ears, legs and tail. Some have a beard and mustache. The smooth coated variety has fringe on ears, legs and tail, no beard or mustache. The coat is more like hair than fur. Colors are all colors of dogs. The Mi Ki does not shed and is a good pet for people with allergies. Clipping and brushing are necessary to keep the coat neat.

What is the temperament of the Mi Ki?

Mi Kis are quiet, calm, sweet dogs. They are easily trained and adapt to your lifestyle. As with all dogs, they should have obedience training and socialization. They are cuddly while at the same time clownish. The Mi Ki is very sociable and gets along with everyone - humans and other pets. Their behavior is very similar to a cat's. They are moderately active and enjoy a small yard if available. They should have a daily walk. Mi Kis are perfect apartment dogs.

What is the Mi Ki used for?

Because of their even temperament, Mi Kis are easily trained as therapy dogs. They are excellent companions.

Possible Health Issues

Respiratory problems due to short muzzle, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, von Willebrand's Disease, patellar luxation.