Official Standard of the Mi-Ki
Companion Dog Group
The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges.
Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.
Any departure from the following should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dogs ability to perform its traditional work, which includes acting as a companion.
The Mi-Ki (pronounced Mee-Kee) originated in the 1980s by Mikki Mackin, who resided in Wisconsin, and who was trying to create a new smaller, long-haired breed with a calm, quiet nature. Prior to starting the Mi-Ki, she was a Shih Tzu breeder. She added mixed and purebred Papillion, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers and Japanese Chin to her Shih Tzu to start the original breed. Unfortunately, she did not keep accurate records, so the degree of mixture or exact combination remains unknown. Connie Faye Abel, Annette Jurkiewicz and Cindy Jurkiewicz founded the International Mi-Ki Registry, Inc., in March of 1999 with the idea to further develop the original Mi-Ki obtained from Mikki Mackin, (aka Maureen Westberg or Van Wormer) from 1996-1999 into a recognized purebred companion breed, while preserving its health, exceptional temperament and Gremlin look, with its long, silky, non-shed coat.
The Mi-Ki was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 2016
The ideal Mi-Ki, male and female, is a small, friendly, elegant toy-type dog of fine to medium bone structure.
The seriousness which faults are to be regarded is in exact proportion to the degree of the faults from the ideal described in this standard.
Disqualifications: Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
The Mi-Ki us an adaptable, intelligent, sweet-natured dog, whose primary purpose is to serve as a companion.
Disqualification: Viciousness or extreme shyness.
The stop is well-defined.
Fault: Sloping stop.
The skull is well-rounded in front and between the ears.
Faults: Flat skull, domed skull. Apple headed.
The muzzle is clean, wide and square, and no longer than one-quarter of the length of the head from the base of the skull to the stop.
Faults: Fine muzzle, abruptly thinner than the head, tapering toward the nose. Wrinkles.
Eliminating Faults: Muzzle shorter or longer than described.
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors or slightly undershot bite. Front teeth may be slightly misaligned.
Faults: Overshot bite. Extremely undershot bite, with teeth showing when the mouth is closed. More than two missing front teeth, or retained puppy teeth at maturity.
The eyes are large, round and set well apart. Dark coloring is the most desirable; blue eyes are acceptable in blue-colored dogs; ruby colored eyes are acceptable in brown-colored dogs. A self-colored eye rim is acceptable on brown and lighter-colored dogs.
The nose is medium in size, and flat along the top. Black pigment is preferred, but can be self-colored or brown on lighter-colored dogs. Must be black on white-colored dogs.
Faults: Pinched nostrils. Dudley nose. Butterfly nose.
Disqualification: Other than black on a white-colored dog.
The ears may be winged or drop, with winged being preferred. The ears are set slightly below the crown of the skull, and carried at such an angle that they wing out from the head. The hair on the ears is well-fringed. Ears should cock in a forward motion when excited or alert.
Faults: Ears set too high. Scant amount of fringe on mature dogs.
Neck And Body
The elegant neck is of medium length. The head carriage is high.
The body is slightly longer than the height of the dog, measured at the withers; square is acceptable. The topline is level. The ribs are well-sprung, but not wide or barreled.
Faults: Extremely long neck. Thick neck. Exceedingly long, roached or sagging back. Wide or barrel chest.
The shoulders are firm. The fine-boned legs are straight. The elbows are set close to the body. The feet are straight to moderately set outward. Dewclaws may be removed, but it is not mandatory.
Faults: Bowed forelimbs. Feet sharply angled outward.
The fine-boned hind legs are straight, and parallel to slightly angled outward when viewed from behind. The feet are straight.
Faults: Hind legs turned excessively outward.
The Mi-Ki is a single-coated dog; there is no undercoat. The long, silky coat covers the entire body and is left to grow to its natural length. It may be slightly wavy.
Following is a description of the ideal Mi-Ki show cut. The head is shaved from the base of the skull, between the ears, and on the crown. The cheeks and entire muzzle down to base of the throat may be shaved, or a beard and mustache may be left on the muzzle. The hair under the ears should be natural, making a ruff around the face. The head should appear smooth and neatly groomed, and not so short as to look surgically shaved.
The hair on the feet up to the pastern is shaved, and the hair on the bottom of the pads and from between the toes should be trimmed.
The coat must be sufficiently clean and well-groomed to enable a judge to properly evaluate the dog, but the artfulness of the trimming is not a factor to consider in judging this breed unless all other aspects of the dogs being judged are equal.
Faults: Short coat. Undercoat present. Curly, wiry, woolly and any coat other than described.
All colors and markings are acceptable.
The tail is set high, heavily plumed, and curves gently over the back.
Faults: Low set tail. Scant plumage. Straight tail.
Eliminating Faults: Short or docked tails.
Gait is light and smooth, with a free-flowing action. When viewed from the front and rear, is straight and true.
Ideal height, in a mature dog, is from seven to nine inches, measured at the withers. At no time can a dog exceed ten inches; however, type and breed characteristics are of greater importance.
Eliminating Fault: Over ten inches in height.
The Mi-Ki is a maximum of ten pounds at maturity; however, type and breed characteristics are of great importance.
Fault: Over ten pounds.
(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.)
Over ten inches in height.
Short or docked tails.
Muzzle shorter or longer than described.
(A dog with a Disqualification must not be considered for placement in a bench show/conformation event, and must be reported to UKC.)
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Nose pigment other than black on a white-colored dog.