This little toy companion dog enjoys all aspects of meeting the general public with an outgoing attitude. They are playful, friendly, and extremely eager to please. They love to fetch toys but will entertain themselves by throwing their toys into the air. The are smaller than the average house cat. This little dog is gaining a reputation amongst therapists, who find them to possess an uncanny "third sense" to feel the needs of individual patients, and they are very good-natured and have a steadfast temperament.
They train very easily and numerous Mi-Ki owners have trained their Mi-Ki to a cat litter box quite successfully.
The Mi-Ki is fast becoming very popular at dog shows, and judges are very fascinated with the breed. It is common to see the Mi-Ki winning the TOY Group and quite often walking away with Best In Show wins.
Being a Rare Breed they are currently limited to certain shows in the United States, but throughout Europe they have gained recognition in 17 countries through out the world. The first Mi-Ki exported to Germany in 2004 has already won several International Championships.
Always inquire as to the club or registry the Mi-Ki you are considering to add to your family. Younger Clubs established between 1999 or later may have added additional breeds such as the Yorkie, the Shih-Tzu, etc. These dogs are not recognized in Europe, and cannot be shown in Europe. The original pure bred Mi-Ki's ancestors are the Maltese, The papillon, and the Japanese Chin. These original pure bred Mi-Ki's were imported into the USA through US service men and women. Historical documents are on file with the MCOA showing the original dates they were imported. These historical documents were furnished by Rev. Maureen Westberg, with many in her orginal handwriting.
The first club was established very early in the 1990s and was known as the Greater American Toy Mi-Ki Club, which later incorporated in the sate of Wisconsin. At that time no stud books existed, so a Mi-Ki fancier known as Donna Hall established her own private stud books existed, and she still maintains those stud books today, with all of the direct descendants of the original dogs brought into the United States. Today these are the only Mi-Ki considered to be pur bred dogs. At no time was any other breed of dog allowed in this registry. The original club known as the Greater American Toy Mi-Ki Club, Inc. no longer exists but the second club formed the same day the original club closed it's books. That Club is still in existence today and is known as The Mi-Ki Club of America.
Like other toy breeds, the Mi-Ki should be checked and certified for their Patella, and their teeth should be maintained by having your vet do a yearly cleaning, and with the owner brushing their teeth on a regular basis. Otherwise the Mi-Ki has not shown any other health problems or concerns.
Information courtesy of Flyers Mi-Ki
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible Mi-Ki breeders:
CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Patellar Luxation Test - OFA
The following conditions may be a concern in the Mi-Ki: