How the Miki dog breed originated is shrouded in mystery. The history continues to be a hot topic among several Miki support clubs. There has even been some legal wrangling over what constitutes a purebred Miki. The myths and theories as to how this extraordinary breed developed continue to circulate. Records are sketchy at best. Maureen “Micky” Macklin, a respected originator of the breed, kept many of her notes private. Friends and fellow breeders provided much of the information we now have, but conflicting stories remain. One thing is certain. The Miki has a remarkable disposition, a distinct look, and a loving nature.
Kindred Spirits Small Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation is a division of the Avalon Foundation, a 501C3 non profit corporation. Kindred Spirits takes small dogs into the homes of their volunteers who treat them like their own while helping to rehabilitate the small dogs physically and mentally.
Kindred Spirits ultimately places rescued dogs with adopting families following a comprehensive home visit and reference checks.
It is quite common to hear that a Miki puppy has “crashed,” meaning that their glucose level has dropped too low. The glucose level will drop when the puppy has played hard and not taken in enough puppy food. “Free feeding” your Miki puppy dry food is best to ensure that they have food available to them at all times. Dry food, or kibble, is less expensive than meat or canned dog food and provides a good quality diet for your Miki. The amount of puppy food a Miki requires is not proportional to his weight, but to his level activity. An overweight or underweight puppy could result in health problems for your adult Miki later. In short, take the nutritional needs of your new puppy seriously – just like you would any new baby in your family.
This sweet-natured breed is eager to please. Being intelligent canines, most Mikis are easily trained. The ideal time to begin dog training your new Miki is when the puppy is three months of age. Between the age of three and four months, the puppy should be taught to walk on a loose lead, come when called and stay when told. If you use praise as a reward and offer plenty of encouragement, the puppy will be a willing and adept student.