According to IMR, The Mi-Ki was started in the 1980’s in the Milwaukee, WI area and looks like a little “Gremlin” of the movie fame. It is a small, calm, intelligent, sweet natured, affectionate little dog that barks very little and easily adapts to a variety of lifestyles. They are extremely social and are good with children as well as the elderly, making them wonderful therapy dogs. The Mi-Ki has a long, silky, non-shed coat that is easily groomed to suit any taste. The creator of the breed was an AKC registered Shih Tzu breeder who added Maltese, Papillion, Japanese Chin and Yorkshire terrier to her Shih Tzu to create this wonderful little dog.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the Mi-Ki breed:
1. Size and Description
According to AnimalSo, this dog will be between 5 – 10 pounds when it is full grown. Their height ranges between 10-12 inches. Its apple domed head features large dark eyes, and a short, wide muzzle, with a black nose. Miki’s ears are one of its distinct features as they can move in all directions. Ears can be erect (up), drooped (may droop because they are heavy) or folded, which is also known as winged. As a growing puppy, a Miki can have each ear set in a different direction. But once he’s full grown, they will have settled into their permanent position.
2. Maureen Van Wormer
The creator of the Mi-Ki breed is a woman named Maureen Van Wormer, who was an AKC Shih Tzu breeder in the 1970ʼs. Maureen wanted to create a distinctive breed smaller than the Shih Tzu, with the same appealing look and sweet temperament. She started selectively breeding other toy breed mixes to her Shih Tzus. Maureen is unfortunately no longer with us.
These dogs are known to be extremely friendly and are also known to be great companion pets.
4. Quiet Animals
The Mi-Ki barks like any other dog but the bark resembles something of a yodel (they also twitter) and actually sounds quite joyful. One thing is for certain. If you own a Mi-Ki, you will not be getting any noise complaints from your neighbor.
5. They make great therapy dogs
The fact that the Mi-Ki is known to be social, great with children as well as the elderly makes them an ideal candidate to be a therapy dog.
These little animals require regular and daily mental and physical exercise in order to stay healthy. They may only weigh up to 10 pounds, but they still need a good amount of exercise for their health. Also, remember that these highly intelligent dogs will need a lot of mental stimulation as well to maintain their health. Luckily they only need a small space (like a living room) to get in their exercise). Like any other dog, take the time to care for your animal and you will be rewarded with great behavior and an incredible experience.
7. Colorful Dog
Rarely will you see a Mi-Ki dog be of a purely solid color. The pattern on a Mi-Ki with patches is called Parti colored. Among the many colors you’ll see in a Mi-Ki here are some of the most common:
8. Cat Like Tendencies
According to Animalso, If you are a cat lover and familiar with their antics, you’ll get a kick out of seeing some of the things a Mi-Ki does. You may often find them sitting on the window sill, enjoying the scenery and the warmth of the sun. They even take care of part of their grooming for you, by washing themselves, as a cat would. Like cats (and its parent breed, the Japanese Chin), they can climb just about anything, including trees. You’ll also witness the cat-like agility of your Mi-Ki dog. When they play, they like to pounce and swat at their playmates, or toys.
9. Life expectancy
These dogs tend to live roughly about 14 years. With regard to potential health issues, hypothyroidism and eyelash disorders can occur. Another health concern with toy breeds is hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. To the best of our knowledge no other specific health problems have been linked to this breed.
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*The IMR campaigned for the Mi-Ki to be accepted as a recognized breed and in January 2016 the United Kennel Club added them to their recognized breeds and they have been making Champions with them ever since.