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Sable long coat Mi-Ki puppy with winged or folded ears

Solid color, long coat, Mi-Ki puppy with folded (winged) ears

Long coat parti Mi-Ki puppy has winged or folded ears

Long coat, Mi-Ki puppy with a parti color pattern and folded (winged) ears

Sable smooth coat with mask and up ears

Solid sable, smooth face puppy with a mask and erect (up) ears

  • The Mi-Ki (pronounced Mee-Kee) is a rare, toy breed dog selectively bred for calm companionship and an engaging personality.
  • The breed was introduced in the USA in the late 1980’s. Origin stories vary, but DNA tells us Mi-Kis share common ancestry with several Asian breeds.
  • Mi-Kis are purebred dogs. They are not hybrid or designer dogs. They have been bred Mi-Ki to Mi-Ki since the late 1980’s. In 2009, the Mi-Ki’s unique, identifying, genetic markers were identified by Mars Veterinary.
  • Weights range from 3 – 10 pounds. The average adult weighs 4 – 8 pounds.
  • Mi-Kis make excellent therapy and service dogs. They are intelligent, sweet natured and easy going. We are especially proud of the Belle Amie Mi-Kis that are active therapy dogs and working service dogs.
  • Mi-Kis are great companion dogs, happy, loving and sweet.
  • They enjoy excellent health in the purebred lines.
  • Mi-Kis are very intelligent and easy to train.
  • They are happy in condos and apartments. Walks aren’t necessary but your Mi-Ki will enjoy a walk or a run if you wish.
  • They will use a litter box, piddle pads or will potty outside as you desire.
  • They are hypoallergenic and low to non shedding. Because they are single coated and have hair instead of fur, many people who are allergic to dog hair or dander experience no allergic reaction around Mi-Kis.
  • Mi-Kis love kids, cats and dogs of all sizes. Even so, they won’t mind being the only pet.  Their easy going, gentle personalities allow them to be a part of almost any home.
Long coat sporting one ear up and one ear down

Long coat Mi-Ki puppy with one ear up and one ear down during the teething months. At maturity, both ears settled into a winged ear set.

Solid smooth coat Mi-Ki puppy with winged or folded ears

Solid cream, smooth face Mi-Ki puppy with folded (winged) ears

Solid gold long coat Mi-Ki puppy with down or drop ears

Solid gold, long coat, Mi-Ki puppy with drop (down) ears

  • Color marking patterns are either parti or solid. Read more about Color Marking Patterns.
  • Colors include cream, red, silver, black, white, blue, apricot, sable, gold, brown, beige, tan, chocolate, brindle, fawn and mahogany. Puppies will often change color before they reach adulthood. Read more about Mi-Ki Colors.
  • There are two varieties, long coat and smooth face (affectionately called “smoothies”). Smooth face Mi-Kis do not have a beard or mustache and body hair is shorter and requires almost no grooming. Both varieties feature a heavily plumed tail curved over the back. Read more about Coat Types.
  • Coat texture can be silky or cottony. Silky lies close to the body and requires very little grooming  Cottony has a puffy, fuller look, mats easier and requires more grooming. Cottony coats are still easy to maintain with regular combing or brushing.
  • Ear settings can be erect (up), drop (down) or folded (winged). Occasionally, during the teething months, a puppy will have each of their ears in a different ear set for a time. By maturity, both ears should be in the same ear set. All Mi-Kis have mobile and expressive ears.
  • Mi-Kis live into their teens.
  • They are recognized and shown in the International All Breed Canine Association, International Canine Events and International Canine Kennel Club.
  • The American Mi-Ki Registry Association (AMRA) is dedicated to excellence in the breed and is the largest Mi-Ki registry. For details on breed standards, please visit the AMRA Website.

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