25 Responses to Miki Dog

  1. Neil Milstein says:

    I have had my miki for almost 5 years. Zev is a wonderful dog. He grew up with my border collies. He thinks he is a border collie. He is very intelligent. He loves everybody. I had no problem with him in house breaking or training. He loves watching television and plays with our cats. I am a large animal vet. We breed horses and Catahoula leopard dogs. Zev acts like an alpha male. He has little fear of larger dogs. My wife calls him barnacle. He never leaves my side. I know of a few breeders in MD and in North Carolina. These are wonderful little dogs and make great pets. We can’t imagine not having Zev as part of our family.

  2. Mary Lewis says:

    Are there any breeder’s in Southern Idaho?

  3. Eilene says:

    I’m getting my MiKi a smooth coat in January. I’m very excited! She’s 6 weeks old now, but getting a little nervous from what some you wrote! If your still reading this please give me some hints. I thought this was supposed to be a calm, intellegent breed, which is why I’m getting the little girl I am, is this true?

    • Eilene says:

      I have my MiKi for just over 1 week, she is 10 weeks old now. I am having a difficult time with her. She is a smooth coat, she is adorable, but she eats her poop, bites fingers and toes. She uses the pad most of the time for the pee, but never for poo, even though I move her onto it, but have to close the pen door quickly and remove her, because all she wants to do is eat it even though I’m offering her a treat. After having her home for 1 1/2 weeks I’m thinking of asking the help of a trainer? Any suggestions?

      • Penny says:

        @Eilene..Your’s is the first negative comment about mi-kis I’ve come across. Have you ever had a such a young puppy? The behaviors you describe are normal for very young pups. When she nips @ your fingers and toes, she’s only playing the way she did w her litter mates. It’s definitely not an indication of future violent behavior. She’ll outgrow it. Expect chewed furniture, shoes, anything she can find until she stops teething even though she has tons of teething toys. It takes @ least 6 – 12 mo to totally house train a pup. When she poos, deligently keep putting her on the pad. If she tries to run, hold her there for a few seconds and tell her to go here. Also give her lots of praise when she poos on her pad. They love your tone and she’ll start to associate it w the pad. When she goes on the floor, in a firm voice tell her no and bad dog, put her in her pen for a minute to show your disapproval. It’s not that unusual for puppies to eat their or another dog’s bm. My Maltese pup did this for about 3 mos and the vet assured me it was normal. All I could do was again discourage the behavior until she grew out of it. She also said there was something to put in food to discourage this but I chose not to go this route. Ask your vet for more info. PetSmart has good puppy training classes. Please don’t get discouraged enough to put her in a shelter. I’ve had 3 puppies at once, a biscon, shizsu, and chihuahua and survived puppyhood intact.

  4. Sebastian says:

    Like Barb my Miki bites and cowers away when people reach down. She’ll be excited to see people but once they start to go to pet her she cowers away. If you want to train this breed, forget it. Pretty much the dumbest dog I’ve had. Cute yeah, but it’ll excrement everywhere and even when you train it it’ll still go wherever it wants. I take it for walks, socialize it etc.. just not a smart breed at all. Also good luck with any commands… Unless you have food… It’s useless. Honestly, I’d steer clear of this dog. It’s cute but outside of that it’s a headache and stress full. I’m not sure where the intelligent part comes into play but I don’t see it. Really, you’re buying a really expensive cat. I wouldn’t suggest this dog for someone on dissabillity since it’ll be way too expensive and needy. Anyways that’s my experience.

    • Debbie Anderson says:

      My MiKi’s are very smart and have never gone on the floor even when they were puppies in the winter months they used a grass mat. They know many tricks and my oldest (4years) has his therapy papers and is super good with people specially the elderly. I can take him to a nursing home and he Loves everyone, no cowarding from anyone. Love to sit on their laps and gives lots of kisses. My little female only 2.2 lbs. is still a little shy as she is only 9 months old. They are very,very,very smart dogs. It must be the way you raised yours or a very different blood line. This breed is very well known for therapy dogs for older people and kids with disabilities. You are giving the breed a bad name by not taking the understanding and caring to train yours properly. I would recommend a MKi to anyone, old or family pet.

      • Grace Lundeen says:

        I love your response to MiKis are not smart and hard to train. I saw a local rescue had a 4 yo MIKI who had been rescued from a puppy mill where she has been constantly bred. She was in terrible shape but was treated locally and spayed.
        She had had an eye infection and had to have her rt eye removed. She was still adorable in her photos and I fell in love with her. I have a 10 yo half shih tzu that loves all dogs and people and I think Peanut will love it with us. It may be difficult at first but I plan to love her so much she will fit right into our life. Thank you for stating the good side of Mi-Ki dogs.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Also meant to add….no rawhide or rawhide ingredients in the chews. Had an episode where someone thought they bought an all natural chew, gave it to my pup who ate away at it. Turned out it swelled in his stomach and blocked him. Luckily it did move along rather slowly and a day at the vet with barium & xrays to make sure it was moving along.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Both of my Mi-Ki brothers- 6 months- are big barkers… one of the reasons we went with this breed was because they supposedly don’t bark much. What can we do-we live in an apartment…. tried pet corrector and one dog sort of pays attention-the other- it has no effect.

    • Mia says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I think dogs bark for many reasons and it helps when you identify the root cause(s) so you can address their behavior appropriately. I used to think what would be best for my dogs from “human” perspective but I realized that is not fair to my dogs. So I started studying THEIR basic needs and fulfilling them. I learned most important need is to walk them every day, morning and evening. Then to discipline them by setting rules and boundaries such as I enter/exit the door first, make them work for food (feed them after each walk), invite them to join on the couch or bed instead of them jumping up without my permission. What I’m trying to say is dogs need a leader. Mommy dogs teach their babies calmly and assertively. Perhaps your furbabies are barking or “asking” you to step up and give them direction and guidance. Perhaps they are confused and frustrated who should be leading the pack and competing for the alpha position. I have a gut feeling their barking should subside when they clearly understand who is the leader. In fact, every person in household should be the pack leader to dogs. Finally affection comes after first two needs have been met. Sorry for the lengthy comment. I wish you the best and enjoy your most adorable Mi-Ki babies.

    • FLORIDA 5-STAR DOG TRAINING says:

      Hello..
      Try ultrasonic bark control.. works wonderfully on small dogs. No Shock!

  7. Sherrie Boutwell says:

    I have a 14 1/2 yr old Shitzupom. He’s a healthy 10 lbs. I recently saw a MiKi & fell in love. I love love love designer dogs. Their temperament & uniqueness is what I want. I live in Olympia. Washington & will be looking for a MiKi.

    • Cher says:

      My breeder is fantastic.
      She lives in oak harbout WA and will deliver or meet you with your puppy
      Her name is Barbara
      Here is her website: http://www.belleamiemi-kis.com
      My baby came to me potty trained to go on a pee pad! She is smart, affectionate, loving, happy and fun!

    • Elly Hurst says:

      I just got a Mi-Ki 9 year old that a woman had before she died. He is a love but only to women. Very afraid of men. Have had him for about 5 weeks now and he still won’t go outside or take a treat from my husband. He is definitely a 1 woman dog. I wonder if he may have been abused by a male before? Maybe he’s a rescue dog. Wish I knew. I, too live in Olympia so if you don’t find a Mi=Ki dog, feel free to e=mail me and maybe you’d like to visit with him?

  8. Barb says:

    I am having difficulty with my 4 month old Miki biting our hands and she doesn’t like to come when called. She runs away when we bend over to pick her up. She is highly active and not very loving. Has anyone else seen this behavior? We do have a play yard that she is confined in when we are not available to watch her. We try to give her a couple of hours of exercise with playing fetch 2 to 3 times a day.

    • Kaoru says:

      I have two Mikis, one is a year old, and the other is two years old. The breeder I use trained my girls not to bite, so I don’t have a problem with that. However, neither dog is very smart, so it takes immense patience to train them anything. I believe firmly that a dog should know “Come” and “Sit,” both of which took a long time to teach. And that was with the breeder working on “Come” before I took the girls home! (Sit I had to work on from scratch.)

      I’ve found that they respond best to positive reinforcement. Punishment just doesn’t stick at all, so don’t even go there.

      As for the running away, my girls did that too. It’s a game. If you chase after her, you’re only feeding into the game. Either pretend indifference when she runs away, or get a treat to entice her to come to you. When she starts coming toward you, give the “Come” command and then reward her with the treat when she comes all of the way.

      If she’s anything like my girls, you’ll be amazed how quickly she outgrows the hyper puppy stage. Even my one-year-old pup acts surprisingly mature.

      I’m not sure if the smooth coat and the long coat are supposed to have different personalities, but my smooth coat acts like a cat and is only affectionate to me. She won’t let anyone else pet her. If anyone else tries, she’ll get up and walk away. My long coat loves absolutely everyone. She’ll bounce from person to person, trying to make sure everyone in the room know she loves them. That’s just a personality thing–part of what makes them special and unique.

      Sorry this turned out so long. I hope it helps some.

      • Barb says:

        Thank you, yes your reply was encouraging. We are working on the “come” and stay commands. Good to know it isn’t just our dog. Our dog is also very nervous and fearful of going to any location in the house she is not familiar with, and she spend a HUGE amount of time “combing” the floor over and over again and pulling carpet fibers out. I am hopeful that is a puppy stage.

        • Suzanne says:

          For biting, have something that is okay to chew on (antler, natural dog chew, toy chews) near by when she tries to bite yours hands, tell her no bite and give her the chew item instead. I also have to entice to come and treat & praise when they do come (no matter how long it takes but it does get better) Positive reinforcement is key – even when they’re not up to speed with the command. 🙂
          Try to make time to socialize your pup with other dogs and people. They do get lonely and she may be seeking your attention by acting out. If you could have a trusted neighbor or family walk her during the day, Dog parks, local doggie daycare…..I take my two Mi-Ki male pups (6 & 8 months, diffe- rent breeders) to doggie daycare at least once or twice a week for at least 6 hours. They socialize, play and are dead tired when I pick them up. Hope this helps, Good luck and hang in there.

      • Pam says:

        I have two baby girls; one is three months-old and the other one is six months-old. They very seldom come when they are called. I am having great difficultly potty training them. I love my two girls so very much I wish they would obey.

  9. Loriellen Nichols says:

    I rescued a 3 yeat old Mi Ki
    Her mame is Daisy Mae. She is so sweet and veru adaptable. However, I’m having a hard time with house training. Any ideas??

    • admin says:

      Hi Loriellen,
      You won’t be having a hard time housetraining your 3-year-old Daisy Mae if you stick to the following training regimen:
      • Start training your pet by introducing her to a crate. Keep the crate in the family room or any other place where there is a constant activity. Put a washable pad, and some chew toys in the crate. Toss some treats inside the crate, as this will lure her to go into it and explore the new object.
      • You may place her food dish near the crate and once she is comfortable eating, place the food dish inside. Close the door when she ultimately enters into the crate. Open it once she is done eating. Then gradually increase the amount of time that you keep her crate door closed.
      • Set a consistent feeding and pottying schedule. Feed Daisy no more than twice daily, and take her out to eliminate at least six times regularly, preferably in the morning, after feeding, after play, and before bedtime.
      • Speak the same words to signal her that it is time to potty. Take her out on a leash through the same door and make sure that you lead her to the same place. Reward her with praises and treats if she does the job correctly.

  10. ron cooper says:

    are there any miki breeders in california?

  11. Hello,

    Are there any MiKi rescue sites around? I am not finding them online if any. I have two little girl MiKi’s and they are 7 and 8 years old. I am totally in love with this breed!

    Thank you,
    Debbie

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