5-8 lbs
The Mi-kitese is a hybrid breed. Its parents breeds are the Maltese and the Miki dog. The Mi-kitese is compatible with many types of families - couples, families with children, seniors, and singles. He is happy in an apartment or a home with or without a fenced-in yard. The Mi-kitese is highly intelligent, and his antics can be very entertaining to his family. He is calm and sweet-natured, even with strangers. He may be somewhat difficult to house-train, and you may want to crate train him in order to make housebreaking easier. He is often curious and playful, and he may follow you from room to room just simply so he can be with you.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Maltese, Miki dog

Mi-kitese Health

Average Size
Male Mi-kitese size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Female Mi-kitese size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 5-8 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hemophilia
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Collapsed Trachea
Minor Concerns
  • None Known
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None – generally a healthy small dog
Occasional Tests
  • Dna For Vwd
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

Mi-kitese Breed History

The Mi-kitese is a rare hybrid breed, and this is in part to the fact that the parent breed Miki Dog is a rare breed itself. In order to learn more about the hybrid breed, it is essential to learn about the origins of the parent breeds. The Maltese's exact origin is unknown; however, dogs similar to him have been depicted on artwork from Greece, Rome, and Egypt. It is said that the Egyptians believed the Maltese had healing powers and would place a dog on the pillow of an ill person. Many believe that the modern Maltese was developed on the Isle of Malta, and he became a popular dog throughout the Mediterranean. French and English nobility fell in love with the little dogs. Queen Elizabeth I had one, as did Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria. However, in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, irresponsible breeders attempting to create a super-small version of the Maltese nearly destroyed the breed. However, breeders added Poodles and East Asian miniature dogs into the bloodline, and they saved the breed. Most Maltese in the United States today can be traced back to British imports; they arrived here in the late 1800s and remain a highly popular breed today. The Miki Dog is a relatively new breed. He was developed in the 1980s. He is related to the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, and the Papillion. No one is sure exactly how he came to be, but most people agree that he originated in Asia. The most popular story surrounding the history of the Miki is that breeder Micki Mackin used Shih Tzus, Japanese Chins, and Papillions to develop the Miki. However, as Mackin did not keep accurate records, there is no verification to this story. Some think he might have also crossed Yorkshire Terriers into the Miki mix, but this is not certain. There are several Miki Dog clubs throughout the United States; however, each club has its own standard for the breed.

Mi-kitese Breed Appearance

The Mi-kitese exact appearance is unknown; this will be determined by the dominant parent breed. However, we can expect him to be a beautiful mixture of his parent breeds. The Maltese was used in creating the Miki Dog, so it is likely he will carry many of the same traits. He will likely have long, silky straight hair. However, it is possible that he may inherit a short, smooth coat that is close to the body. Should the Mi-kitese inherit the short, smooth coat, expect him to have some fringing around his ears. Color is, once again, dependent upon the dominant parent breed. The Miki Dog is generally a mix of colors, rarely one solid color. Because of this, your Mi-kitese may be black and white, gray with dark markings, and he may have some tan or brown markings as well.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Mi-kitese eyes
brown Mi-kitese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mi-kitese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Mi-kitese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mi-kitese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mi-kitese Breed Maintenance

The Mi-kitese will require much the same maintenance as the Maltese parent breed, depending on the type of coat he inherits. Should he inherit the short, smooth coat, he will only need weekly brushing and bathing only when necessary. Should he inherit the long, silky coat of the Maltese, he will need daily brushing to prevent matting. However, some owners choose to clip the coat close to the body to help with grooming needs. If this is the case, he will only need weekly brushing and baths when necessary. The Maltese is known for sensitive skin, so choose an all-natural shampoo (a dry shampoo is a great alternative) for his gentle skin. Brush your Mi-kitese's teeth two to three times a week to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. The Maltese may have dental issues, so you may want to brush the Mi-kitese's teeth daily to prevent tooth decay. Trim your dog's nails every two weeks unless they wear away naturally. A good rule of thumb is if you can hear your dog's nails clicking on the tile floor, then it is time to trim them.
Brushes for Mi-kitese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mi-kitese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mi-kitese Temperament

The Mi-kitese will be a sweet, good-natured dog. Be prepared for him to be rather  entertaining as well. He is good with children, especially with early socialization. Be sure to supervise him with small children. He will be a very small dog, and any roughhousing (while he may enjoy it!) may actually hurt him. The Miki Dog has a reputation for being very calm, and the Mi-kitese likely will be also; however, the Maltese parent breed is curious and playful, so you can count on the Mi-kitese to be inquisitive and active also. He will enjoy playtime with you, but he will also be a great cuddle-buddy. The Miki Dog is reputed to be easily trainable, while the Maltese is usually more stubborn when it comes to housebreaking. It is likely that the Mi-kitese will be easier to train than the Maltese parent breed due to the influence of the Miki Dog. Overall, you can expect the Mi-kitese to be a sweet, playful addition to your family.

Mi-kitese Activity Requirements

The Mi-kitese is not a high-energy dog, but he will need sufficient exercise to maintain a healthy weight. He will need at least one long walk per day to satisfy his activity requirements, but you can break up his activity into two or more short, brisk walks as well. He will enjoy active play with toys meant to stimulate his mind, but he also needs that walk time as well. He is not prone to destruction when he does not work off his energy, but it can make him unhappy. He loves to be free to run and play. He will be happy in an apartment as long as he is sufficiently exercised. However, if you have enough room outside, he loves to run and play outdoors.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Mi-kitese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mi-kitese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mi-kitese size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
Female Mi-kitese size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Mi-kitese size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Mi-kitese size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mi-kitese size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Mi-kitese size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs

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