Written by Annette Steiner
August 2, 2015
The breed is not an AKC recognized breed and is classified now as a “Rare Dog Breed”.
Both the IMR (International Mi-ki Registry) and the AMRA (American
Mi-Ki Registry Association) are in the process of keeping strict
breeding programs with DNA profiling through the United Kennel Club,
The breed is a highly intelligent little muse who can charm the pants off anyone. This is a non-shedding breed with hair instead of fur, which is a plus in houses like ours with allergies.
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There are two
types of coats that can occur in the same litter; smooth coats
and long coats (which some call rough coats). We own a long coat and
keep her groomed with flowing locks.
The smooth coat Mi-Ki always looks like they have been groomed without much fuss. They have active ears and are capable of “winging “ when excited.
Some Mi-Kis are up-eared similar to their Papillon heritage giving them that butterfly ear look and others like ours are dropped similar to their Maltese heritage.
Our dog Sadie is a sweet little girl weighing in at 5 pounds as an adult. She doesn’t bark much and sometimes makes a cat like yodel sound when she is trying to express herself.
Many people mistake her for a Yorkie, but her face and look is more like a Maltese that has just stepped out of a beauty salon with the most gorgeous hair colored highlights you will ever see.
Well behaved and easily trained just about the most perfect dog ever… but then we are a bit prejudiced when it comes to Miss. Sadie.
Honestly, this breed is very beloved by many and that love is well deserved because these little dogs are heart, stealers.
When she was a pup she ate Royal Canin but once she tasted the ZiwiPeak she insisted on nothing but ZiwiPeak.
This is an insight into what we call the Mi-Ki connoisseur. Once they find something they like, they will stick their nose up at anything else even if they are hungry.
Our dog will even let us know when they are ready for a special treat by walking over to the canisters sitting up and giving a little yodel.
We have 3 kitchen canisters from simple human, one for food, one for special treats and one for Himalayan bones which are great for cleaning teeth. She knows which canister holds the venison treats!
So if you want one of these sweet dogs, remember they have discerning tastes so if you decide to give them filet minion you better have the pocket book to always feed them filet, minion.
The Mi-Ki is extremely intelligent and wants to please so training a Mi-Ki is fun and easy. Our Mi-Ki was potty trained when we got her. It is important to find a breeder who is responsible and starts the training process for you.
Early potty training is decisive on how your puppy will learn in the future. Tricks are not just fun to show your family and friends it keeps your puppy alert and learning.
Sit, down, all-the-way-down, drop it, sit pretty (the begging position), heel, waving, playing dead (or bang) are just a few of the tricks our Mi-Ki loves to show off. Mi-Kis also enjoy agility training.
Mi-Kis are excellent apartment or condo dogs because they can do what we
call nut runs around a room and be happy and tuckered out. But always
walk your Mi-Ki at least once a day as all dogs have a need to walk.
Mi-Ki’s have hair and do not shed fur so it is important to brush/comb their hair on a regular basis.
Our Mi-Ki loves having their hair combed and gets into a little zen trans as we brush through her long locks.
Their hair is just like ours so if you don’t comb or brush it daily you will end up with mats and you definitely do not want that because they are hard to get out and can cause ouchies for your best buddy. Some Mi-Kis (smooth coats) do not need as much grooming.
Because Mi-Kis have short muzzles they are at risk of respiratory problems. It is very important to keep the Mi-Ki’s teeth clean.
I will never forget going for a vet health visit and being asked “do you brush your dogs teeth?”
And asking “how often should I do it … once a week?”, then having the vet look me right in the eyes and saying “How often do you brush your teeth?” …
“then that is how often you should brush your dog’s teeth”.
Now our dog is not a fan of the tooth brush so we use Petsmile by Supersmile a doggie tooth paste that is applied with applicator swabs. Plus it is important to give your Mi-Ki a good and safe bone to chew on.
They have a long life expectancy, living well into their teens.
If you are lucky enough to meet one of these amazing dogs or own one, you will fall head over heels for their charm and love for life. Want to know more about Sadie? Why not visit her online...
Some of the photos on this page are courtesy of Brumby's Run Mi-ki's.