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!

Remembering Isaac

Isaac Parker 9/17/18 – 10/10/18

If love could have saved you, you would be with us now…

It is with much sadness that we have to say goodbye to tiny Isaac. He was with us for just over three weeks, but we spent those three weeks fussing over him, praying for him, and doing everything possible to give him the best chance to thrive. We’ve had little puppies before and had hoped that he would be like them and just need supportive care to get over the hump.

We helped him latch on to nurse and gave him round-the-clock supplemental feedings when it seemed like he needed it. We gave him extra warmth, occasional supplemental oxygen, dexamethasone, hydration, antibiotics, liver water… anything we were advised to help him with to get him over the nebulous “fading puppy syndrome” we were battling.

Other than poor weight gain, it didn’t seem like Isaac was fading. He was a talker, a mover, and the sweetest little puppy we could ever have the privilege of spending those intense weeks with. He taught us a lot, and hopefully what we learned can be applied to future little ones that struggle from the start, and intervene even earlier.

Breeding dogs is not for the fainthearted…

It is said that up to 30% of puppies die in their first weeks of life — either in the womb, during birth, or within the first two weeks after birth. We’ve been extremely blessed to not come anywhere close to this statistic.

Isaac’s death hit us hard. Even my tough former volunteer firefighting husband cried with me when my alarm went off at 2:00 a.m. to feed him and our boy was gone. They had been cuddle buddies.

Bill built Isaac a beautiful box and wrapped him in a blanket so it looked like our littlest boy was just sleeping. We loved him every second he was here!

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Isaac resting peacefully with Bill a few nights before he left us.

Our hats are off to other dog breeders who have been doing this for years. We’ve heard several heartbreaking stories from other Mi-ki breeders and patrons of other breeds as well. Dog breeders all know it’s just a matter of time before we face this kind of loss. But we carry on for the love of these precious companions and the joy they bring to others.

May we see you again, across the Rainbow Bridge, where you can bring us laughter again, sweet Isaac!

The Mi-kis Love Cheese

It’s Labor Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to do some Mi-ki grooming. All that brushing and bathing can make both groomer and dogs hungry.

So it’s time for some cheese!

cheese-meme

I love the dog memes featuring cheese, and there’s nothing like cheese to make a person feel popular. Imagine how popular I feel with all these Mi-kis staring adorably at me and my cheese?

Breeding Mi-ki Dogs: Not for the faint of heart!

We are so pleased to announce that we have had another litter here at Royal T Mi-kis! The proud parents are Rayne and Moses. You can read more about them on the “Our Dogs” page.

For those of you that prefer to cut to the chase, the good news is that we have two beautiful puppies! The first is a girl we’re calling Felicity after good fortune and happiness. She appears to have her mother’s black and tan saddle pattern with white toes and a white stripe down her chest. She is tiny but vocal! She already looks like she has her mother’s sweet face.

We also have a handsome dark sable boy named Finnegan, which means “little fair one.” Surprisingly, Finn looks just like what his father Moses did when he was a puppy. You’d never guess now that our strawberry blonde stud was ever so dark! The color changes are just one of the fun features of the Mi-ki dog breed. And sweet Finn will likely become his namesake and be a light creamy apricot with dark fringe as he matures.

Now for those of you who appreciate details, here’s why we say that breeding dogs is not easy.

Puppies come when they want to come

This was Rayne’s second delivery and it was nothing like her first. The first was a textbook whelping with the puppies coming at even intervals with few complications other than helping reposition mom’s pelvis to make room for the new life.

According to our dog birthing calculator, Rayne would likely be due today (8-7-2018), and not three days ago, but I also knew that her first suitor was trying to woo her for several days and couldn’t seem to get the job done. Moses came to Rayne’s rescue late in her cycle, and so it wasn’t shocking that she delivered a bit earlier than what the calendar said (basing it on ovulation rather than the date of breeding.)

But it was a little disappointing that Rayne chose to deliver during my brother’s giant going-away party. Dog breeders pretty much have to put their lives on hold around delivery time, and that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. Sorry to miss the event, Jeremy and Barbie! We’ll visit you in Alaska!

Puppies don’t always come easily

Rayne started leaking fluid, and developed the classic bubble of the sac, but no puppy was coming out… for over an hour, then two. We used the wheelbarrow technique to help reposition the puppy in case it was transverse over the canal. After elevating Rayne’s hips higher than her head for several minutes, the sac went away. I was getting pretty nervous and was gloving up to get ready to perform the stuck puppy protocol with lube and a feeding tube. But Rayne finally started pushing and out came a beautiful little female – Felicity!

The next puppy took a very, very long time. I found myself scrolling through the files and entries of the various puppy birthing Facebook community pages I belong to and my Myra Savant Harris dog breeding books. Savant Harris believes we need to trust nature more than we have been, that we’ve lost far too many of our precious dogs to complications with all-too-common C-sections. She says the main key is to watch your female and not the clock. A resting and nurturing mother who is tending her pup(s) is not one that needs to be cut open. Pauses in delivery, even very long ones, are normal.

Uterine inertia or a natural pause in labor and delivery? How to decide? All I know is that Rayne is my treasure, and as long as she wasn’t freaking out, I would try and follow her lead while lifting up prayers. I stayed in my street clothes all night with the emergency clinic on speed dial.

Sometimes there are angels

Early the next morning, Rayne calmly delivered a beautiful stillborn female after resting peacefully through the night. The tiny angel came down folded wrong and judging by her size and the placenta, she may not have survived, regardless of early intervention. It is a difficult thing to face and was our first loss as a kennel. Apparently, 30% of puppies die before, during, or shortly after birth, and we’ve been way ahead of that statistic and are extremely blessed.

Twenty minutes later, a very dark sable boy was delivered, and he is healthy and just so sweet! Finnegan is larger than his sister Felicity, but he’s less demanding. We’ve had to supplement his feedings to keep his weight up, which isn’t uncommon in the first few days with the very tiny breeds. It’s my privilege to stay near these babies and lose sleep for feedings, though now I remember why it’s the young people who have babies!

Though it was heartbreaking to lose a puppy, our beautiful Rayne is whole, healthy and happy with two puppies to tend. It was the right decision. She taught me a lot about patience and trust.

No, breeding and raising puppies is not for the faint of heart. We do it for the love of the breed and to bless others with such wonderful companions.

Hopefully, our next litters will be less complicated. Stay tuned!