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History The Mi-Ki is a rare toy breed whose origin is shrouded in controversy and mystery. The history of this breed has become the topics of various discussions which have brought forth some support clubs, each with different theories regarding how and from where the Mi-Ki originated.
These clubs have differing ideas regarding the breed's appearance, status, and requirements. Some breeders still view the Mi-Ki as a type of dog rather than a breed due to insufficient breeding stock to work from. There are also insufficient generations of lines that breed true. Until now, the Mi-Ki has not been granted recognition by any major international kennel club
Appearance Mi-Kis are small dogs that are solid and compact, yet refined. They carry their head high, and their tail curves over their back. Their head is small and "apple domed" with a stop that is well-defined. These dogs have a short, wide muzzle that has a length of 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches. Their teeth meet in either a slightly undershot or level bite. These dogs have round eyes that are set well apart, round in shape, and dark in colour. In case the dog has a blue coloured coat, blue eyes are acceptable, and brown eyes with a brown coloured coat are permitted as well. These dogs have a medium-sized nose that is flat on top and has wide nostrils. Their ears are feathered and can be either carried dropped or erect. The neck of these dogs is medium in length and shouldn't appear to be thick or short.
Colours All coat colours are deemed acceptable for this breed. Solid coloured Mi-Kis are rare, and they are considered special.
Temperament These dogs are calm, affectionate, and intelligent. They are also alert and friendly, making them ideal companions for handicapped individuals. These dogs are laid back and they seldom bark. They also love being around people, and are welcoming of strangers. Mi-Kis get along well with kids and other pets, even cats. These dogs are very social, and their manners sometimes resemble those of cats.
Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 10 to 11 inches, and they can weigh up to 10 pounds.
Problems Dogs of this breed that have shorter muzzles, especially older dogs, are very likely to develop respiratory problems. Mi-Kis also tend to have too much hair in between their toes, which can trap dirt.
Living Conditions These dogs are great for apartment dwellers. Mi-Kis can be trained to use a litter box, and they can adapt well to most climates. It's still best, though, for these dogs to be provided with at least a small yard where they can run around and play.
Requirements Play sessions can take care of most of these dogs' exercise needs, but they still need to be taken out for walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct for walking. Dogs who aren't taken out for daily walks have a higher chance of developing various behavior problems.
Training Requirements It's important for owners to train their dogs for obedience at an early age. Proper socialization must also be done. Aside from that, owners should know how to make the dogs believe that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Training methods used for these dogs should be firm and consistent.
Life Expectancy These dogs can live well into their teenage years if properly taken care of.
Grooming Dogs of this breed that are meant to be family companions just need to be combed with a wire comb at least once a week to get rid of loose and dead hairs. Bathing should be done only when necessary. Those that are meant for the show ring, though, need to have their ears, neck, and head shaven. The shaving of the head starts from the base of the skull and ends at the base of the throat. The shaving of the legs even includes the dog's dewclaws. Aside from that, it's essential to take off the hair around the pads and between the toes of these dogs.
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