When should I spay or neuter my Mi-Ki?

Clients often ask me when they should spay or neuter their Mi-Ki. After all, they want to be a responsible puppy owner/guardian. In the U.S., traditionally, it’s recommended that dogs be spayed or neutered around 6 months of age, but that recommendation is beginning to change based on studies of the long-term health consequences of early neutering.

Some breeders are quite fussy about requiring a spay or neuter within a certain window of time. Some won’t even provide registration paperwork without proof of neutering. We understand that there have been people breeding irresponsibly and without authorization. We never want people to breed Mi-Kis casually without doing the proper health tests and inbreeding coefficients. We strive to promote a strong and healthy Mi-Ki breed for generations to come!

We’re hopeful that our screening process has eliminated unscrupulous buyers and would-be breeders with less-than-honorable intentions. We believe you want what is best for your Mi-Ki. After all, your Mi-Ki was an investment and you’ll want them to live a long and healthy life as a treasured family member.

This means taking another look at long-held beliefs about neutering (including spaying) because removing the gonads will forever alter their hormonal chemistry and can have significant implications for a dog’s health.

Our first advice would be not to go to social media to poll other Mi-Ki owners about the proper time for neutering your pet. You will get a million different answers and realize belatedly what a passionate group of people that dog owners are!

Science-based data

Fortunately, there have been some recent studies done on the spay/neuter conundrum so that dog owners can have meaningful conversations with their vets to determine the best course of action for their pet.

I recently attended a webinar on the topic given by the authors of a long-term-study at UC Davis. Their team combed the records of thousands of dogs from the last 15 years, sorting them by breed and gender. Then they categorized these patients as to whether they were intact (never neutered) or by the age when they were spayed or neutered: Early – 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12+ months, and 2-8 years.

They were looking for how this spay/neuter data corresponds with hip/joint disorders, metastatic cancers, urinary incontinence, and pyometra (uterine infections.) Sadly, no data was recorded regarding endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, etc. Other studies have suggested that neutering dogs has an impact on the endocrine system including metabolic function, thyroid function, etc.

Small Breed Findings

According to the UC Davis 2020 study, the big takeaways for Mi-Ki owners is that small breeds were not statistically impacted by neutering, including spays, at any age in regards to hip and joint disorders like so many of the larger breeds.

In small-dog breeds, the occurrence of cancers was low in both those kept intact and neutered. Two exceptions were the Boston Terrier and Shih Tzu where there was a significant increase in cancers with spaying and neutering.

There is a high percentage of Shih Tzu in the Mi-Ki breed profile

One of the tools we use in our kennel to better understand our breed is the Embark DNA breeder’s program. Embark results tell us the traits that our Mi-Kis have (such as coat type, hair color and patterns, and even muzzle length and size estimates.) They also test for hundreds of genetic diseases.

Recently, Embark has also given us access to their data on what breeds are in the ancestors of the Mi-Ki. Remember that all pure-bred dogs came from other breeds at one point!

Here are some screen shots of a few of our Mi-Kis in our program and their breed makeup:

This breed breakdown may be surprising to some of you who have heard that the Mi-Ki is made up of other breeds (especially the Japanese Chin) but the DNA doesn’t seem to bear this out much according to Embark and to the Mars Wisdom Panel.

The health director of the American Mi-Ki Club, Geri Wojeck, is of the opinion that the Bichon Frise that Embark identifies in the Mi-Ki background is probably actually the Coton de Tulear – a close cousin of the Bichon. But I digress… The point is that Shih Tzu genetics are notable in the Mi-Ki!

Shih Tzu spay/neuter recommendations, according to UC Davis

This is the quote regarding the Shih Tzu breed from the 2020 UC Davis Study. The brackets and bold emphasis points are mine.

“The study population was 104 intact males, 112 neutered males, 77 intact females, and 139 spayed females for a total sample of 432 cases. In this small-dog breed there were no occurrences of joint disorders in either intact or neutered males and females, revealing virtually no vulnerability in this regard. There was no occurrence of the cancers followed in intact males and females. In neutered males there was no occurrence of cancers. However, in females, the occurrence of cancers for those spayed at 6-11 mo. was 7 percent and at 1 year this measure reached a significant 18 percent (p <0.01). MC [metastatic cancers] occurred in 3 percent of intact females. PYO [pyometra] occurred in 5 percent of intact females. UI [urinary incontinence] was not reported in any females. Lacking a noticeable occurrence of increased joint disorders or cancers in neutered males, those wishing to neuter should decide on the appropriate age. The picture is very different for spaying females where the increased risk of cancers started with spaying at 6-11 mo., reaching 18 percent with spaying at year 1. The suggested guideline for females is to delay spaying until the female is 2 years of age. Another possibility is to spay a female a month or two before 6 months to avoid the increased risk of cancers.”

So for small-breed males, including Mi-Kis, it really is your choice with your vet for when the time is right to neuter your dog, at least according to what this particular study is suggesting. Neutering males is often performed around 6-9 months in hopes of minimizing marking and humping behaviors.

For female Mi-Kis, particularly if your pup has a high percentage of Shih Tzu in her background, it might be wise to delay her spay until after 24 months.

Since the Mi-Ki is much smaller than the average Shih Tzu, I would not recommend following their suggestion of spaying a female “a month or two before 6 months to avoid the increased risk of cancers.” Mi-Kis are simply too small and vulnerable at 4-5 months of age to undergo such a major procedure.

I’ve even had one client’s girl get so stressed (with a temporary increase in blood sugar level) just doing the pre-surgery bloodwork, that it was determined that she probably wasn’t a good candidate for the elective spaying procedure. Remember, spaying is a major surgery requiring general anesthesia and a two-week recovery period.

Alternatives to Spay and Neuter Procedures

Thankfully, there are more options today for people who prefer less invasive procedures for their dogs while ensuring there are no unplanned pregnancies. There are ovary-sparing spay procedures for females and vasectomies for males that allow dogs to keep their hormones intact.

For a nonsurgical option for males, you can use belly bands to keep them from marking inappropriately. The belly bands also serve as a barrier against breeding but are not foolproof! The use of crates, pens, or separate rooms is also recommended for keeping males and females apart during her cycle.

For females, there are cute small dog underpants to use during her heat cycle. These also provide a secondary barrier against breeding (again, not foolproof!)

Keep in mind that there really isn’t that much discharge with a toy-breed dog during her cycle. You can line both the boy’s and the girl’s undergarments with cut-up sanitary napkins to prevent leaks.

What about the Mi-Ki heat cycle?

Should you and your vet decide to delay your Mi-Ki’s spay, or even forgo the procedure entirely (i.e., for very small Mi-Kis, or those with underlying health issues) you should know that the average female Mi-Ki will cycle every 6-9 months starting at around 9 months of age. The heat cycle will last about three weeks, and one of those weeks, she will be especially fertile and flirty. She must be watched very carefully during her entire cycle to make sure she doesn’t get loose.

The heat cycle shouldn’t ruin your schedule, your camping trip, or anything important. I’ve even had Mi-Ki females in full heat compete in conformation dog shows without much fuss. In fact, Truffle gained her championship with the UKC during her cycle.

Keep your Mi-Ki intact for showing

Speaking of showing, only intact dogs (that are not spayed or neutered) have full options for being exhibited in conformation dog shows. While it is true that there are special classes for altered dogs, neutered dogs won’t be able to compete against unaltered dogs. If you have big plans for showing your dog, it’s best not to spay or neuter them!

It’s a personal decision between you and your vet

The Mi-Ki is its own breed. Although it shares some traits with the Shih Tzu, the Maltese, and other small breeds, your Mi-Ki is probably genetically different enough from the Shih Tzu that it is safe for you to get your female Mi-Ki spayed if that is what you and your vet decide is best for your family. But there may be benefits with neutering alternatives.

Toy breeds mature faster than large breeds, so having your Mi-Ki spayed or neutered in the 6-12 month range will likely not be as impactful health wise as it would be for a slow-growing large breed.

But toy breeds can also be some of the longest-lived dogs, so you’ll want to be sure to discuss this important aspect of your pet’s health with your vet to ensure that all of those years spent together are as vibrant as they possibly can be. Your dog’s hormonal function can be an important piece of the puzzle for your dog’s long-term health. Delaying the spay or neuter until your dog is fully mature allows your dog to develop as nature intended.

We are grateful for the recent studies to help inform our choices in being our pets’ guardians! Find a vet you feel comfortable with who stays current on the latest studies and procedures. Together, you’ll find the best health path for your Mi-Ki.

Our featured image includes our chocolate smooth-face Quigley who lives with Ms. Lisa, and our lovely Isabelle.

Why Mi-Ki Dogs are Ideal Stress Relievers

There is a lot of fear being pushed through the media. Whether you’re worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus, or the associated economic ramifications of widespread disease, or whatever the FEAR flavor-of-the-day it is, it can be very difficult to remain calm, even for those of us not normally prone to being fearful.

Have no fear… a Mi-Ki is near!

Caring for and petting a pet, especially dogs and cats, has been scientifically demonstrated to be therapeutic for people suffering from PTSD, anxiety disorders, and more. Imagine the benefits of having a dog specifically bred for companionship with an intuitive nature coming into your home to help you through life’s rough spots! That’s precisely what a Mi-Ki has been developed for!

Mi-Ki puppy power banishes all forces of evil!

Mi-Kis can help reduce anxiety, stress levels, lift depression, provide companionship, and act as a social lubricant for those of us who are nervous around others. Mi-Kis encourage us to exercise more, to have a playful spirit, and can even improve our cardiovascular health.

Mi-Kis are beneficial for people of all ages. Helping to care for a little dog can help children grow up to be more gentle, compassionate, secure, and encourages them to balance screen time with beneficial puppy playtime. The portable Mi-Ki also provides valuable companionship for older adults. It is truly hard to be sad or scared when a Mi-Ki is around offering joy and unconditional love to your life.

Pocket-sized Perfection and Protection

Mi-Kis are the perfect companions to coast through the coronavirus outbreak or even zip through a Zombie Apocalypse! Why? Well, should the world actually go to hell in a hand basket, the journey will be much sweeter with your loving, supportive Tiny Treasured Companion.

Mi-Kis don’t eat much, they don’t drink much, and they provide grab-n-go comfort on the run. And though Mi-Kis were bred not to be yappy, they will let you know when something isn’t right with their keen hearing.

Mi-Kis don’t require long walks and are content playing in your living room, which can be handy if it becomes necessary to stay at home.

Fur Therapy

Technically, long-coat Mi-Kis have hair rather than fur. But if you haven’t had the pleasure of petting a Mi-Ki, you’re in for a treat. There is something truly therapeutic and kinesthetically calming about running your fingers through the long silky coat of a Mi-Ki. It’s one of the reasons I encourage our clients with Mi-Kis that are headed into therapy work to maintain their long coats rather than shave them, if possible.

Even the act of brushing your Mi-Ki’s coat is soothing. The soft, rhythmic sounds might even induce an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) – the relaxing ‘brain tingles’ that may have benefits for both mental and physical health, according to new research. And spending time grooming your Mi-Ki is way more satisfying than watching those viral ASMR YouTube videos of a woman brushing her hair.

Stroking, brushing, touching, and talking to a responsive, loving Mi-Ki can rapidly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. The companionship of a Mi-Ki can also ease loneliness in the comfort of your home. Additionally, getting out and getting some vitamin D from the sun while walking your dog can substantially boost your mood and ease depression.

But seriously…

Truly, we don’t want to make light of people’s suffering or minimize concerns about real world problems. A Mi-Ki is a luxury companion and some caring folks have wondered if we have a sustainable hobby during tough times.

We are staying the course to continue to raise healthy, well-socialized, wonderful companions and ensure that the Mi-Ki thrives for generations to come. We strive to continue to improve the breed, to see that the Mi-Ki gets greater recognition, and to bring joy into people’s lives. We hope that you’ll join us in enjoying the benefits of this wonderful breed, no matter what may come.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

No new puppies yet! 3/8/2020

We’re anxiously awaiting our new arrivals from Eden and Brighton. Fortunately, I work from home, so whenever the puppies decide to make their appearance, we will be ready for them.

Eden is a happy pregnant mommy-to-be!

Eden & Baron – due any moment

Eden is a beautiful black and white mom with a sweet, relaxed temperament. She is our largest Mi-Ki mom but produced a wide range of sizes in her previous litter. We repeated the breeding with Baron who is 5.5 pounds. They can have both long coat and smooth-face Mi-Kis, black and whites, sable and whites, and chocolate and whites.

Brighton & Sinbad – due 3/18/2020

Brighton is our cream and white 6.5-lb UKC Champion. She was paired with Sinbad, a very cobby solid black male who weighs a compact 8 pounds. This is the first time they’ve been paired.

We weren’t sure the pregnancy was going to be carried to term because Brighton experienced light spotting for several weeks. We did hear fetal heart beats with the Doppler monitor and her waist is enlarging, so this is great news!

Brighton and Sinbad can only produce long-coat puppies. They can produce both solid and spotted offspring including black, cream, and sable colors.

About our deposits

We currently have five desposits in place for our upcoming litters. Most of our clients are looking for a female, but these moms only produced one girl between the two of them in their first-time litters last year. So if you’re looking for a male, you may have a better chance of getting a puppy from us! Please see our previous post regarding the differences between male and female pets.

As a reference for how many puppies we might have this month, Eden had five puppies in her previous litter and Brighton had four.

Our deposits are fully refundable until a specific puppy is selected. Once a particular puppy is settled upon, that puppy is considered sold. Should there be a circumstance where that puppy cannot be purchased, the deposit then becomes trasferrable rather than refundable.

The selection process

Once all of the puppies are born, we have our clients with deposits wait a minimum of two weeks before deciding which puppies they might be interested in. Some puppies may be put on hold for show/breeder evaluation or may be put on hold if there are health concerns (i.e., very tiny or failure to thrive.)

By two weeks of age, we are beginning to get a feel for how the puppies are charting size wise but it’s not an exact science. We may also be running DNA tests on coat types and colors, which also takes time.

Unless the first deposits are quite certain about what they are looking for, it may take up to a month for people to make their selections – especially if there are breeder/show prospects. It is more important for us to have people happy with their new forever family member than to rush this important decision. We thank you for your patience!

What about future litters?

We’ve been holding off on doing any new breedings due to our oldest daughter getting married out of state in April. We have two upcoming candidates this month, however. Gestation is 63 days from ovulation and we have our puppies to stay with us until they are approximately 10 weeks or two pounds.

With this in mind, we could have two more litters in late May or early June with the puppies ready for their homes 2.5 months later.

We also have upcoming breeding hopefuls that could come into season in approximately June. Depending on their health screenings, we could be debuting Isabelle, Lucy, and Chai this summer. All three of these girls are on the small side, so we will be evaluating them carefully. If they are not deemed sturdy enough to be moms, we may be offering one or more of them to approved pet homes.

We skipped breeding both Truffle and Savannah in February. They deserved a bit of a pampered break. We may decide to breed our ever-popular chocolate moms in August, 2020, if they’re cleared by our vet.

Thank you for staying in touch with us!

Why Male Mi-Ki Dogs Make Wonderful Pets

This summer, we’ve been blessed with an unusually high number of male Mi-Ki puppies – eight out of nine are boys! Since 55% of our waiting list has indicated they are interested in a female, it won’t be surprising if our only girl is reserved soon. Mi-Ki pricing reflects the fact that females are more popular: Girls are priced $400 higher than males!

Not only are male Mi-Ki puppies a comparative bargain, (not that any well-bred Mi-Kis are inexpensive) but many of us would say that males actually make the best pets. Here’s why you might consider one of our “boys of summer.”

Females love you. Males are in love with you.

It’s been our experience and has also been expressed repeatedly on various social media pages that males are more likely to be cuddle bugs than females.

Even my very dignified Moses will always be the one to quietly follow me everywhere, whether it’s when I’m cooking in the kitchen or headed to the restroom to “powder my nose.” He’s very devoted. Sometimes he abandons his dignified ways and gives me a full-on face wash, which is always appreciated.

Male dogs are less moody

Males tend to be more happy-go-lucky. They love everyone. They are just so friendly!

Our girl Mi-Kis are also friendly, but they have to be in the mood. Let’s not forget, there is a reason female dogs are called b*tches.

We’ve had folks that have had both male and female Mi-Kis. Of course, they say they wouldn’t play favorites, but if circumstances only allowed for them to have one dog, most would choose their male.

Why people tend to want female dogs

Some people have always had females so that’s what they gravitate towards. There are other reasons people might shy away from male dogs including:

1. Concerns about marking

The main reason males are often overlooked is that people have concerns about males lifting their leg in the house. It’s true that an intact male will feel the need to mark their territory.

If you can find the sweet spot to neuter your male when they’ve attained most of their growth but not developed marking and humping behaviors (at approximately five months) you will likely prevent the marking behaviors from developing.

Keep in mind that both male and female dogs will mark their territories with urine. It’s just a way for dogs to communicate with each other, as weird as a “urine calling card” may sound to us humans.

Marking can be trained out of dogs and generally prevented with age-appropriate neutering.

Should you still be concerned about accidents, male wraps, also known as dog manner bands and belly bands are a great solution. There are disposable versions and washable styles that can be lined with a sanitary napkin to prevent leaks. This is a great idea, especially when visiting other places where your dog may feel the need to mark over other scents. This way, you and your dog will be sure to be invited back!

2. Concerns about wandering

Bred as companion animals, it’s highly uncommon even for intact males to go wandering. Again, many people opt to neuter their pets to prevent the desire for wandering and looking for a mate.

Many European countries will not ever spay or neuter their dogs because they feel it is cruel and unnatural. Yet, these countries are not overrun with unwanted litters.

People take their dogs with them everywhere, and they are not wandering unattended. European dogs seem to be well trained. I think this is a topic for a future article!

3. Fashion

It’s hard to believe, but many wonderful male puppies are passed over in the name of fashion! It’s true. With the humanization of our pets, many of us like to dress up our pets like little children. I know this because I work for BaxterBoo.com where the vast majority of our most popular products are actually dog clothes!

Thankfully, the dog clothing industry has listened and there are more and more fashionable dog clothes and fashion harness options for male dogs. In fact, I know one Mi-Ki breeder, Julie Lancaster, of Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets, who designs made-to-order dog clothing and has really fun designs for males.

Two of our recent chocolate Mi-Ki boys!

Our Mi-Ki boys will win you over!

Several of our best breed advocates and referrals come from people who have brought home one of our boys. I repeatedly hear that “this is the best dog we’ve ever had,” from both male and female owners. But more often than not, it’s the males that make the most zealous converts to our breed, and they’ve encouraged their friends to get a boy from us as well.

Should you be able to come and visit our home (which we encourage) resist the temptation to “check for parts.” Let our puppies’ personalities help you decide which one is right for your family!

Celebrating Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton’s 2nd Birthday!

We want to take a few moments to recognize our very special Mi-ki princess Brighton, who turns 2 years old today! Why is she so special? Well, for one thing, she is a beautiful, athletic girl! She was the first Mi-ki we ever kept from our own kennel. Brighton is out of Brumby’s Run Evie and Tesoro Mio Moshe.

With her beautiful cream and white coat, gorgeous structure, and flawless gait, it’s not surprising Brighton became our first UKC champion. In fact, Brighton tied for 8th place in the United Kennel Club’s Top Ten for all Mi-kis shown in 2018. (As a side note, our Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle also placed in the Top Ten at 6th!)

Puppy Pics to Present

Hopeful mom-to-be in 2019!

Brighton has yet to become a mother, but we hope to breed her soon. If all goes well, we could have puppies from her this summer. Brighton has passed all of her health clearances for eyes, heart, and patellas. She has also been screened with the Embark DNA panel and does not carry any genes associated for any of the health problems that Embark tests for.

Brighton loves to get dressed up and model and show, but she really loves to play hard and get dirty with no regrets! She is one of the few Mi-kis who gets to sleep with mom and dad because no kennel can contain her. She knows she’s royalty, but it hasn’t gone to her head too much. She’s sweet, thoughtful, and intuitive to the needs of those around her. She is usually the first to greet our visitors!

Brighton makes a special friend

If I had to pick a favorite memory of this precious Mi-ki girl over the last two years, it would be of Brighton’s gentle treatment of a special-needs guest who came for a visit. The young teen was somewhere along the autistic spectrum, and I was delighted how our Mi-kis all gave her the space she needed. Brighton could sense our guest’s trepidation, so she slowly, gently did a belly crawl over to her and gently pawed at the girl’s knee. It was an amazing thing to watch as my Brighton gently coaxed our guest into feeling comfortable with her.

I’ve always heard Mi-kis are highly intuitive, but to see them all do so en masse and send one ambassador out to put our special-needs guest at ease was a sight to behold!

We look forward to many years with Brighton as our beloved pet, family member, and representative of the Mi-ki dog breed.

Brighton the Mi-ki is 2 years old!

Stay tuned for announcements of an upcoming litter from Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton!

Mi-ki Dog Fashion: Valentine’s Day Edition

Did you know that our Mi-kis model for major pet clothing lines? BaxterBoo.com is where Mary Parker, Royal T Mi-kis’ founder, works for her day job. They have commissioned her to do lots of pet product photography. Though these photos are all Royal T Mi-kis, keep in mind that most of these photos are courtesy of BaxterBoo.com, so if you like the products, please visit their site to outfit your own pups with the world’s best collection of fabulous dog fashion!

Ravishing in Red

One of our favorite colors to dress our black Mi-kis in is red. This works out particularly well for Valentine’s Day and for Christmas. Red also looks great on gray dogs, as well as black and white dogs. Our featured banner image showcases the Cassandra Party Dog Dress by Pooch Outfitters with our precious black and brindle Mi-ki Rayne modeling. Nothing says romance like red, tulle, and sequins!

Rayne is ready for Valentine’s Day in this Klippo Polka Dot Dog Sundress in Red and White!

Not surprisingly, Rayne’s daughter Denaya also looks fabulous in Red! Here she is as a little Mi-ki puppy modeling the Chevron Heart Dog Dress by Mirage.

This comfortable tank dog dress is perfect for active little dogs!

Our Mi-kis love Mirage’s dog tank style dresses because they feature a soft knit with a sleeveless style and a simple ruffle. Their comfortable styles are perfect for play dates and for a day of shopping.

Here is Savannah, our chocolate Mi-ki, modeling the Puppy Love dog dress – a perfect option for Valentine’s Day.

Won’t you be my Valentine?
Royal T’s Endearing Eden modeling a sweet strawberry dog dress by Klippo.

We also love cherry-themed dog dresses for Valentine’s Day. Here Evie models some of our favorites by Klippo and Pooch Outfitters.

Don’t forget the boys during Valentine’s Day! We’ve got nice red dog bow ties for our Mi-ki boys, but didn’t think it through that their long coats would obscure the collar!

Moses the Mi-ki is ready for love in his
Striped Dog Polo by Dobaz in Navy and Red

Instead, try a snappy red polo or even a dog tuxedo for your little gentleman dogs! Here’s our Moses modeling a red and navy striped version for a sporty look for Valentine’s Day.

Pretty in Pastel Pink

For a more subtle Valentine’s Day look, pastel pink is a romantic choice for your pet. Our chocolate girls, in particular, look extra sweet wearing pale pink! Here’s Savannah modeling one of our favorite choices for Valentine’s Day!

We love this darling
Tutu Heart Dog Dress by Parisian Pet!
5-month-old Isabelle models The Dog Squad’s
Malibu Dream Sequin Dog Tank in Pink

Here’s another romantic choice that will take your pup through Easter!

Who needs a bouquet when your pup is wearing the
Pink Ruffles Dog Dress by Parisian Pet ?

Savannah has been modeling since she was a little tiny Mi-ki puppy! Wasn’t she just so stinking cute? Pink is definitely her color and is a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day and easily makes the transition to Easter.

Not to be outdone by her chocolate sister, our light chocolate Truffle also is an adorable model! Here she shows off her romantic fashion sense in the
Worthy Dog Pink Floral Dog Dress, the Worthy Dog Pink Stripe Alligator Dog Dress, and the Pink Satin and Striped Tank Dog Dress by Parisian Pet.

Lovely in Lavender

We love Savannah in this dog dress by Doggie Design!

Rayne also looks pretty in purple and pink in the Bling it On Sequin Tank Dog Dress by Oscar Newman.

Bold in Bright Pink

Hot pink is called “hot” for a reason. It’s a bold statement for Valentine’s Day or any day your pup wants extra attention.

Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton modeling the cute
PuppyPAWer Lady Flower Dog Dress by Dogo in Raspberry
Brumby’s Run Rightas Rayne modeling the
Hot Pink Sequin Pet Dress by Pawpatu

Is it any surprise we nearly kept this little tricolor Mi-ki puppy as our very own living Valentine? Daisy (formerly Chanel) is still one of our favorites! She looks adorable in hot pink!

Our chocolate Mi-ki girls look brilliant in bright pink too!

Savannah really does smile for the camera!

No matter the color of your love, Royal T Mi-kis wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day! May you enjoy spending it with your loved ones, including the furry kind!

Mi-ki Dogs Playing in the Snow

Although the Mi-ki dog breed is small, they still enjoy having big fun in the snow. Our dogs are used to playing outdoors and the wintertime is no exception.

Keep in mind that Mi-kis do tend to collect snowballs on their fur, which can become painful, and it isn’t exactly the best for their coats. We do have a collection of snowsuits from BaxterBoo that they can wear, but they seem to enjoy themselves the most when they’re able to run free and unencumbered.

The great thing about Colorado is that it can be sunny and downright warm with the snow on the ground. There’s nothing like exercise and sun to refresh the spirit for dogs and humans alike. Still, we keep our play sessions fairly brief and rinse off the worst of the snowballs when we come inside. We don’t have any carpet, and a quick mop makes everything fresh again.

As you can see by these photos, the fun we have in the snow far outweighs the inconvenience of dripping dogs and a group grooming session! We’ll just call them “snow baths.”

Moses’ fun snow day

Moses was feeling especially frisky as he’d had his bath in anticipation of getting his anesthesia-free tooth cleaning done. Moses weighs 5.5 pounds and has been paired with both Evie and Rayne for our Spring 2019 Mi-ki litters.

Denaya & Moses
Eden, Moses, and Denaya
Hey, Savannah, you should let Mom give you a bath like she did for me!
Moses and daughter Isabelle
Goofy Baron and Brighton in the background
Face plant in the snow…
Freshly frosted Mi-ki!

Eden

Royal T’s Endearing Eden is out of Savannah and Sinbad. She has just passed all of her health clearances and will be hopefully gracing us with chocolates and potentially smooth-face Mi-ki puppies in the future.

Isabelle

Royal T’s Irresistible Isabelle is growing up! At 4 months and nearly 3 pounds, she’s strong, sweet, brave, and thinks she’s big. We’re looking forward to putting her in the show ring with her perky, showy personality. She’s out of Moses and Truffle.

Brighton

Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton LOVES playing in the snow. Sadly, her fur also gets the most snowballs of everyone. She could care less, though. Brighton is our first “bred by” UKC champion. We hope she’ll have her first litter this summer. She’s out of Moses and Evie.

Baron

Brumby’s Run Baron von Royal T is making his debut as a sire soon. He’s been paired with our chocolate girl Savannah, and we’re hopeful for our first chocolate Mi-kis puppies this March! Baron, Brighton, and Truffle are great buddies, as you can see.

Handsome even with his goofy smile
Truffle and Baron

Savannah

Savannah is expecting the first week of March. Did we mention we could be getting our first chocolates? Yep, we’re very excited! We’re so excited, we don’t even care that she doesn’t care about her crazy hair!

More fun Mi-ki winter shots

Evie
Sinbad
Rayne
Denaya
Moses with his two daughters Brighton and Isabelle
Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle

2019 Airline Pet Policies May Affect Mi-ki Puppy Delivery Options

Many of our Mi-ki puppies are hand delivered to their new homes flying in-cabin with the use of a puppy nanny or one of our family members. Some of our clients opt to pick up their puppies themselves by flying to Denver International Airport.

Thanks to my flight attendant friends, I have been made aware of some airline pet policy changes that are happening across several companies. Some of these changes will affect our ability to deliver a Mi-ki puppy to their new families.

Our chocolate Mi-ki Savannah in her airline-approved Bergan pet carrier from BaxterBoo.com.

United Airlines Pet Policy

The most notable change that will affect puppy transportation is that no puppy under 16 weeks (4 months) of age will be accepted as an in-flight carry-on with United Airlines. This is disappointing for us, as United has been one of our favorite airlines to fly with.

My husband Bill is a Gold Member with United and has enjoyed delivering our puppies at a reduced rate if he happens to be flying into an area for work. This meant that our clients would only have to pay United’s $125 in-cabin pet fee. Unfortunately, this affordable and special delivery service will no longer be available for our customers.

Visit United Airlines for more information on their pet policies.

Delta Airlines Pet Policy

Delta has been cracking down on people abusing the emotional support animal rules and has also modified their pet policy. Pets must be 10 weeks old for domestic travel (within the continental US) and 15 weeks old for most international travel.

Since we don’t release our puppies to their new homes until they are at least 10 weeks old, this policy won’t affect our ability to transport Mi-ki puppies to their new homes.

Visit Delta Airlines for more information on their pet policies.

Major US Airlines In-cabin Puppy Policies

The following chart helps to explain major US airline in-cabin pet policies as of January 2019. Click the link to each airline to review all pet travel policies.

AirlineMinimum Age
(Domestic)
Fee
(one way)
Alaska8 weeks$100
American8 weeks$125
Delta10 weeks$125
JetBlueNot specified$125
FrontierNot specified$75
Southwest8 weeks$95
Spirit8 weeks$110
United16 weeks$125

Keep in mind that airlines typically limit the number of pets allowed in the cabin on each flight, so book your flight early to ensure your Mi-ki puppy can fly. Most airlines allow two puppies per carrier and charge only one pet fee, so if you’re picking up two puppies or going in with a friend for delivery, that is a nice option for savings.

As always, an airline-approved soft-sided pet carrier is included with each Mi-ki puppy from Royal T Mi-kis, even if your puppy isn’t flying!

While most airlines do not require health certificates to fly, some states do. If required, a health certificate is also included with your purchase.

Feel free to contact us to discuss Royal T Mi-kis’ premium puppy delivery services.

Royal T Mi-kis 2018 Recap

A collage of some of our Mi-ki puppies of 2018. So much to be thankful for!

So many beautiful Mi-kis!

2018 started out really strong for us at Royal T Mi-kis. We had three litters in January and kept Eden and Denaya as breeding hopefuls who will be making their debut as moms in 2019. 

We also added two new members to our future chocolate Mi-ki breeding program. The first is Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle – a 4.5-pound solid chocolate female. Truffle earned her UKC Championship for us in July of 2018. 

Jubilee’s Champagne “Truffle!”

We also adopted a chocolate-carrying Mi-ki male with a gorgeous red and white coat.  Baron weighs 5.5 pounds and has a very sweet, loving, quiet personality. 

Brumby’s Run “Baron” von Royal T

New Champions!

2018 also gave Royal T Mi-kis two UKC Champions! First, our very own Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton, and later Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle. We are looking forward to showing our sires and other upcoming juveniles in 2019.

New Friends

We are so blessed to have such wonderful adopters who have also become friends. We love getting updates and following our former puppies on their social media accounts. 

Looking towards 2019

We’re excited for our expanded program in 2019 and anticipate producing our first chocolates and possibly our first smooth-face Mi-kis. We also anticipate moving our homestead to a more rural location to accommodate our breeding program. We will likely have more Mi-ki puppies available around March 2019. Stay tuned for updates!