6-10 lbs
United States

The Mi-ki dog  (pronounced Mee-Kee)  is a tiny dog who only reaches about 11 inches in height and weighs in at around 10 pounds. They are a ball of furry fun with a great temperament. Friendly and affectionate, they LOVE people and are good with strangers and children alike. This little dog is not intimidated by other dogs, perhaps they don't realize how small they are? They are personality plus dogs, who make a great companion for families or single people living alone. They do love to get out each day for a walk and show off their impressive coat. Lapping up all the compliments, they will happily bestow their new friends with a smooch or two. Like a lot of small dogs, they need a firm hand or they can get bossy and try to take over. Just because they are small, they shouldn't be excused from training. In fact, keeping them on their toes will be good for them and as they are so willing to please, you can practically teach them anything. Happy and even-tempered, they are a ball of fun and delight to have around. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Shih Tzu, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Papillon, Yorkshire Terrier

Mi-Ki Health

Average Size
Male Mi-Ki size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Female Mi-Ki size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections
  • Eye Problems
  • Breathing Difficulties
Occasional Tests
  • Dental Examination
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Mi-Ki Breed History

The Mi-Ki is a rare breed of small toy dog that was developed during the 1980's. Their origin is hotly debated with some people believing they originated in Asia while others credit the United States as their birthplace. A breeder named Micki Mackin of the Mid West of America has been credited with their development using the Maltese, Papillion and the Japanese Chin as the parent breeds. There is also a dash of the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier in the breeding mix, so it is no wonder this little dog is so attractive. Accurate records of the actual process of developing this dog have not been kept, so it hard to say exactly what the exact origins of this dog are. Their very name is a derivative of Micki Mackin which gives more than a credible nod of acceptance to this theory.  Regardless of their hazy origins,  the Mi-Ki is fast gaining ground as a desirable and adorable companion dog. Because development is still in the initial breeding stages, this dog is not recognized as a breed in most of the official dog groups and is still fighting to gain acceptance around the globe. This dog has so far proven to be unaffected with some of the genetic disorders that can haunt other purebreds. They do have a relatively short muzzle which can put it at risk of respiratory problems but the Mi-Ki is generally healthy in nature. Until there is an agreed breed standard this lovely dog does not come with the usual breed recommendations as you could be buying one from a puppy mill where there is no history or guarantee of health or history. The Mi-Ki is a rare breed at present, but in the future, as their breed gets established they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Mi-Ki Breed Appearance

The Mi-Ki is a small dog, dainty yet feisty in nature. They only range from 6 to 10 pounds in weight so they are ideal to carry around when they tire of walking. They have a compact yet well-proportioned body, short legs ending in tiny rounded paws, and they have a long feathered tail that is often carried high above their backs. Their chest is medium in depth,  while their head is a small dome shape with a well-defined stop. The Mi-Ki has a small but pointed muzzle leading to a level or scissors bite. Their ears are beautifully carried erect or can be dropped down and are weathered and can look like 'wings'. This dog has two coat types, long coated which is fine and silky, with long feathering on the tail, legs and ears, as well as around the face. They also come in a smooth coat which is straight and sits close to the skin. The smooth coated dog has no beard or mustache hair on their face. Whatever the style of coat or color, which can be any color (but solid colors are rare), this dog excels in looks and temperament.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Mi-Ki eyes
brown Mi-Ki eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mi-Ki nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Mi-Ki coat
red Mi-Ki coat
fawn Mi-Ki coat
white Mi-Ki coat
brown Mi-Ki coat
black Mi-Ki coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mi-Ki straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mi-Ki Breed Maintenance

The Mi-Ki does not shed much and their coat is hypoallergenic which is a bonus to allergy-prone households. But they do need their coat to be brushed regularly to avoid matting. The smooth coat variety is easier to groom than their long-haired counterparts, but your dog will love their grooming session and all your attention. Those gorgeous butterfly style ears will need regular checking to ensure they are healthy, as will their teeth; these will need brushing and checking throughout the week. A little manicure and pedicure will make your pooch feel special. When bathing this little dog, ensure you use a gentle, mild dog shampoo to save stripping the oils out of the coat. These oils help to keep the hair silky and from matting. The Mi-Ki is relatively low maintenance which is a blessing for such a cute pooch. 

Brushes for Mi-Ki
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mi-Ki requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mi-Ki Temperament

Playful, intelligent, and charming, the Mi-Ki has a temperament and appearance that would melt the coldest heart. They are well behaved, easy to train and they don't bark much. However, they do have a funny cat like yodel sound when they talk to you and express their opinion. Their lovely coat makes it appear as though they are just about to go on stage, they look so well groomed. The long-haired version has a long mustache and eyebrows, which looks really cute. But apart from cuteness, they are a well-mannered dog who is happy and friendly; they like strangers and children. Willing to please, the Mi-Ki is easy to train as long as training is fun and offers the occasional tasty reward. On the subject of food, this dog can get a little picky with their food, but offer a variety and let them work to find their dinner so that they scoff it daintily down when they find it. The Mi-Ki has bursts of energy but when tired, loves to be carried around by their owner. They love companionship and are calm and good-natured. But keep them trained and have rules for behavior so that they don't think they are the little boss!

Mi-Ki Activity Requirements

The Mi-Ki is often happy to be running around the house, just checking out to see what the family is up to. The home is like their own race track as they motor from room to room, so they usually are self-exercising. They do like to get out each day and see the world. A walk around the neighborhood will gain them admiring glances and this happy, small dog enjoys meeting strangers and other dogs. They are good with children too, so a walk each day is a great socializing exercise for your dog. They are fun to play with at home and will happily chase a ball or find a hidden toy. The Mi-Ki is suitable for apartment living or a home with a yard where they can reign supreme. They are very people orientated so will want to know about whatever you are doing. Happy to please, they are ideal to train to do tricks. Give them a job to do at home and they will be one happy dog.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Mi-Ki Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mi-Ki Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mi-Ki size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
Female Mi-Ki size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Mi-Ki size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Mi-Ki size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Mi-Ki size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Mi-Ki size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs

Mi-Ki Owner Experiences

7 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Very affectionate, very alert and protective. The friendliest dog I’ve ever met. Very good temperament. He’s my third child.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
9 Years
1 People
She notifies me when sugar is low and has alerted me to other situations such as people in the hall before they enter, or people in the yard.
2 years, 4 months ago
Hannah May
8 Weeks
6 People
They are the sweetest and most lovable dogs.
1 year, 3 months ago
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