6-9 lbs
Yorkshire Terrier
The Mi-orkie is a designer hybrid between the Yorkshire Terrier and the less-known Mi-Ki.  The Mi-Ki is a modern breed that is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, and the Mi-orkie is an even lesser-known hybrid as a result.  However, Mi-orkie owners are guaranteed to have a small, playful dog that's easy to maintain and doesn't shed much. They are highly adaptable to all environments but prefer the warmth and comfort of indoor living.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Mi-Ki and Yorkshire Terrier

Mi-orkie  Health

Average Size
Male Mi-orkie  size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 6-9 lbs
Female Mi-orkie  size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 6-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs

Mi-orkie  Breed History

The Mi-orkie is not a well-known hybrid as there is little documentation on one of the parent breeds.  Hybrid dogs do not have standards and may lean toward either parent.  Understanding how your hybrid will behave is not so easily predicted, but owners can prepare themselves for all possible outcomes by learning as much as they can about the parent breeds. The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy-sized Terrier that developed in Yorkshire, England when Scottish workers came south to work in coal mines and factories during the Industrial Revolution.  The predecessors of the Yorkshire Terrier were slightly larger but were crossbred with smaller dogs to reduce the size to their current form.  The Yorkie became a fast favorite and was soon imported to the United States where the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885. The Mi-Ki parent's heritage is shrouded in mystery, given that this dog is a recent addition to the breed list.  However, the Mi-Ki is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club.  The breed first appeared in the United States in the 1980s and was believed to be of Asian descent.  DNA testing revealed the dog shares close relationships with the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, and the Papillon.  The resulting breed is an even-tempered, affectionate toy-sized companion that is an all-around friendly dog.  Despite its lack of recognition with the AKC, the breed is registered with the United Kennel Clubs International, based in Germany and can compete in 16 countries.      

Mi-orkie  Breed Appearance

The Mi-orkie's coat is silky with medium length hair.  The colors may vary and will almost always have two tones.  They have a teddy bear appearance with large dark eyes and small slightly rounded ears.  Their noses are black, and their heads are round.  The Mi-orkie is compact and has good proportions with delicate legs and a short tail that stands on end.  The bite is either level or scissor, but this hybrid may also have an undershot bite, which might lead to dental issues.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mi-orkie  eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mi-orkie  nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Mi-orkie  coat
brown Mi-orkie  coat
blue Mi-orkie  coat
cream Mi-orkie  coat
white Mi-orkie  coat
fawn Mi-orkie  coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mi-orkie  wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mi-orkie  Breed Maintenance

The Mi-orkie's hair is not as long as the Yorkie parent's hair but still needs regular brushing to maintain a clean, beautiful coat.  There is also a good chance the Mi-orkie is a hypoallergenic dog and this hybrid is not known to shed much at all.  You should lightly brush your Mi-orkie's hair a few times a week.  Avoid bathing your Mi-orkie if you can, and excessive water and shampoos may strip the natural oils and lead to skin conditions.  You should also brush you Mi-orkie's teeth two the three times a week to prevent dental issues. Small breeds are prone to dentition issues and tartar accumulation.
Brushes for Mi-orkie 
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mi-orkie  requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mi-orkie  Temperament

The Mi-orkie is an active, playful dog that packs a lot of energy into a small form.  As a classic companion, this hybrid sends a lot of time with its people and will follow them room to room begging for attention.  They love their families and are good with children as well.  However, their size does not make them well-suited for toddlers and small children who may accidentally hurt them.  As people pleasers, they are easy to train in all respects except housetraining.  They require more time and a gentle owner to help them with housetraining.  Crate training is effective, but your Mi-orkie should not be crated all day because it may develop separation anxiety.

Mi-orkie  Activity Requirements

The Mi-orkie is an active dog with a lot of energy.  However, it's toy-sized stature means this breed can get most of its exercise inside.  The Mi-orkie should not be left outside or in the cold.  This hybrid prefers warmer climates and should stay indoors as much as possible in inclement weather.  The Mi-orkie is perfect for apartment and urban living considering its size and exercise needs. Your Mi-orkie will enjoy outings to meet and greet potential friends in the neighborhood and because he is smart and a bundle of energy, obedience classes are a fun, safe way to exercise your dog, too.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes
activity minutes

Mi-orkie  Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.7 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mi-orkie  Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mi-orkie  size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
Female Mi-orkie  size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Mi-orkie  size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Mi-orkie  size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mi-orkie  size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Mi-orkie  size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs

Mi-orkie  Owner Experiences

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