Height: 10-11 in.
Weight: 8-10 lbs
Color: Brindle, Bi & Tri-color: Black, white, brown, tan, blue, gold, red, silver
Origin: United States
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, affectionate, calm, sweet, playful
Original Use: Companionship
The Miki is a toy-sized designer crossbreed whose parents are the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, and the Papillon. It’s also rumored that the Shih Tzu was used during early stages of developing this breed. That makes this breed a multigenerational hybrid that can inherit a wide range of traits.
Mikis are highly intelligent and will respond well to training. Training should begin early on using methods of positive reinforcement and consistency. It’s important that the owner establishes themselves as the alpha to avoid “small dog syndrome.” Early socialization is essential as well, to ensure that the Miki gets along with other dogs.
Mikis are also highly adaptable and can become comfortable to a variety of different lifestyles. They’re also even-tempered, which makes them great candidates for therapy dogs. They’re friendly and affectionate dogs will get along well with strangers, children, and other dogs and pets. They even exhibit cat-like behaviors such as laying in the sun and licking themselves clean.
Mikis are a moderately active breed requiring long daily walks and interactive play. They enjoy being outside with the space to run around. If their exercise requirements aren’t met, they’ll find their own mischievous ways to burn off excess energy.