The Coton Mi-ki is a combination of a Coton de Tulear and a Mi-ki, which was developed in the United States in the late 1980’s. Not that much is known about the origins of these quite rare dogs but it is believed they share common ancestry with several Asian breeds including the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, and the Papillon. One unconfirmed theory is the Mi-ki was started by breeder Micki Mackin who used small Shih Tzus as well as the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, and the Papillon and possibly Yorkshire Terriers. Because accurate records were not kept by her the exact combination of breeds used is unclear. However the International Mi-ki Registry has done DNA profiling through the United Kennel Club to develop and refine the breed. The International Mi-Ki Registry claims to be the developing founder of the breed and hope to turn it into a purebred American breed. The breed is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club although several clubs including the Mi-ki Club of America do and all have set their own standards for the breed. The history of the Official Dog of Madagascar is not well decribed; the official name is the Coton de Tulear, and this dog is thought to be a member of the Bichon family. Brought to France and North America after a lifetime in Madagascar, this breed, though once rare is now very popular. Registered with the American Kennel Club in 2104, in its home country of origin its name is partly derived from the port of Tulear.