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The origin of the Rare Breed Mi-Ki (pronounced Mee Kee) dog is not known with certainty, but with a lot of research this is the history to the best of our knowledge. It is thought that the development of the Mi-Ki breed is the result of the founder, Maureen Westburg.
The first Mi-Kis on record, are listed under one of the three different kennel names she used at that time. The kennel are: In Chan Ting, Kea Huna, and Tee-Nee. These different Kennel Names all appear on all the Mi-Ki pedigrees, since all Mi-Kis came from the same blood lines.
It is also thought that it took Maureen approximately 10 years (1981 to 1991) to create the strain that is now known as the Rare Breed Mi-Ki dog. When Maureen developed her beloved little jewel, she was and still is living in Milwaukee, WI. Canadians have embraced the Mi-Ki but by and large presently the breed remains indigent to the USA.
The Mi-Ki breed is purported to be the result of Ms. Westburg�s mixture of crossing six toy breeds. The combination of different breeds used to develop the Mi-Ki was the Maltese, Imperial Ch�In also known as the Japanese Spaniel, i.e.; Japanese Chin, Papillon, Tibetan Spaniel, Shih-Tzu, and Yorkshire Terrier (some people feel it is a member of the Designer Dogs group).
Since there are no records of the percentages of each breed, the order of the combinations bred, or even the lines that were presented into the stain, the American Rare Breed Mi-Ki Registry (ARBMR) can only say that we can physically see in our Mi-Kis the following four breeds; Maltese, Imperial Ch�In also known as the Japanese Spaniel, i.e.; Japanese Chin, Shih-Tzu, and Papillon.
Maureen decided to name her strain, the Mi-Ki breed. There are two reasons for her decision;
1- Her nickname since a little girl in grade school was and still is Mikkie
2- The Asian name Mi-Ki pronounced Mee-Kee, means new life-new beginning.
The Rare Breed Mi-Ki is truly luxury on a leash,
more precious than costly jewels, great little eye catchers and crowd pleasers.
The Mi-Ki breed is a very warm loving companion, for those families in the suburbs, and the farms, to apartment dwellers (info from angelfire.com).
April 30th, 2011
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