The Miki Dog is relatively a new breed of toy dogs that have been developed only in the 1980s, using different breeds. These little-size dogs mostly have an apple-domed head, with large dark eyes and nose, and a characteristic stop. The mini Miki dog has erect feather ears (though sometimes cropped) that are quite movable. The body of the dog is somewhat elongated with a straight, leveled backline, that stands upon four hare-like feet. With their little size and gentle nature, Mikis usually make great condo or apartment dogs.
|Also called||Mi-ki, Mi Ki|
|Coat||Available in two types: smooth coat and long coat|
|Colors||White, brown, black, black and tan, tricolor|
|Breed Group||Toy dog, companion dog, watchdog, therapy dog|
|Lifespan||13 to 14 years|
|Height (size)||Small; 10-12 inches|
|Temperament||Affectionate, intelligent, alert, playful, protective, social|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with other Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration||MCOA, IMR, MBUSA, CMA, R Inc., APRI, DRA|
The exact history of the development of the Miki dog is still shrouded in mystery. However, this breed was introduced in North America in the late 1980’s. It is said to have been developed by the people. However, opinions of some researchers in this regard do vary.
DNA test reveals that, the Mi-Ki dog share common ancestry with quite a few Asian breeds, preponderantly, the Maltese, the Pekingese, and the Shih Tzu. Other breeds like the Papillon, the Yorkie and the Pomeranian have also been shown to have contributed in smaller percentages. Some people also call Miki as an ‘American-made purebred’.
While discussing the temperament of the Miki dog, the first thing that comes to mind is its adaptability. These dogs are extremely affectionate, as also alert at the same time. Thus, they are ideal for the disabled and even the elderly people that can make good therapy dogs.
Though they are alert, but they are quiet and calm, and would not bark for no reason, but mostly, if only feel threatened. Although they yodel at times in joy, or would make a kind of joyful twittering. They have a high degree of intelligence that would easily excel in the obedience ring. This dog is ready to learn what you teach them, and would grow up to a good service dog.
Like cats, they are social by nature with an even temperament, as also love children, spending playful moments with them, prancing upon toys and play objects. The mikis are even comfortable with other pets, including cats. Some female mikis have been witnessed to be taking care of kittens like mothers. They are non-aggressive, but rather friendly with strangers, and would get along well with them.
Training the intelligent miki dog is easy. The best time to begin training your miki puppy when it is three months old. They are eager to please their masters. Teach the little one to come when it is asked to, or stay, when it is told to. Give them lots of obedience and success rewards, and supply them with lots of encouragement.
Dry food, over raw food, is better for the playful miki dog, since it needs almost a constant supply of glucose, especially the puppies. Ready kibbles are a good supply of glucose, since they might consume this at any point of time, if supplied. Glucose deficiency often leads the puppy to ‘crash’. Raw meat or canned food is certainly a good idea, though, since it is the ultimate source of energy for most canines and dog breeds in the longer run. However, do not consider the quantity of your miki’s food with respect to the weight of your dog, but rather, on its daily level of exercise and activity. Also, remember that, an underweight or an obese miki might easily bring in much health problems later.