Here's a lovely long-coated Mi Ki puppy.
And this is a typical short coated variety.
One thing is for sure, these dogs are characters. You only have to look at their pictures to see what I mean.
This breed was developed in the early 1980's by Marjorie Macklin of Millwalkee Wisconsin. She wanted to create a non-shedding toy companion dog, sweet and friendly. Unfortunately she never shared her breeding records. It seems like she used a mix of Papillon, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu and Maltese.
While the breed has bred true for many generations and has its own DNA marker, the foundation breeders were not so loyal. There are quite a few Mi Ki registries available and the breed is not recognised by any major multiple breed registry.
Size: 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder, up to 10 pounds
Coat Care: Long-coated: 8. Needs daily brushing and a weekly bath.
Short-coated: 6. Needs a brushing every couple of days and an occasional bath.
Trainability: 8. This is a smart breed bred to please its humans.
Energy Level: 4. They are are cuddle bunnies. They enjoy a good play and definitely benefit from a daily walk but they are happiest curled up next to you.
Good With Children: 6 They enjoy children and seek them out, but are so small that a rambuncious child under the age of 5 could unknowingly hurt them.
Noise Level: 3. This is not a noisy breed.
Low shedding/hypoallergenic: 8/5 The long coated variety is more hypoallergenic than the short coated one.
To find a quality breeder it is vital in this case to read What is a Responsible Breeder. Also it's important to note that while being extraordinarily cute, Mi Kis are also extraordinarily expensive, costing $2000 to $4000 a puppy.
Given the multitude of registries available, it's hard to recommend any single institution to start your search. Caveat emptor but if all goes well and you do end up with this unusual little cuddle bunny, enjoy!
Many thanks to Kristi Curto of Cute-n-Cuddly Mi-Kis for giving us permission to use these pictures.
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