If you are in the market for an exotic dog that is affectionate, small, with a wonderful silky coat, and easy to train due to his high level of intelligence, Coton Mi Ki might just be the dog you are looking for.
This little hybrid comes as a mix between a Coton de Tulear and a Mi-Ki, but even though both breeds are really old, this mix is relatively new because the first time it appeared was in 1980.
This dog comes with the appearance and characteristics of both breeds, so its colors can range from brown, white, black, or a combination of all three.
The coat can be medium or long, but it will be a combination of silk and cotton each time. But, for fewer maintenance needs, look for a puppy that has more Mi Ki than Coton de Tulear genes as it has a much easier to maintain coat.
This breed is well known for being intelligent and easy to train, and for their affection towards humans.
Now, falling in love with these dogs is more than easy, but finding a reputable breeder that has high-quality puppies can be a much more complicated situation.
Having in mind that both parent breeds are considered as exotic breeds, the breeder needs to have plenty of experience in this area for the litter to be with good-quality, both physical and mental.
So, to save you from spending hours and hours researching the breed so that you know what to pay attention to when looking at the puppy you want to buy, we have come up with this in-depth guide.
Not only that you will learn everything there is about the breed, but you will also know how to distinguish a reputable breeder from an inexperienced one.
So, let’s get this show on the road and see what Coton Mi Ki breed is all about.
The Coton Mi Ki Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before buying a puppy, there are some important things you should first consider.
For example, you need to make sure that the puppy’s price suits your budget.
What price are the Coton Mi Ki puppies?
This little hybrid doesn’t come with a budget-friendly price tag.
For a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder, the price ranges from some $1000, and can easily go up to $2500.
The bottom end of the range is for pups that are just meant to be home pets, while the higher end is for pups that come from breeders that are selling them for breeding and dog show purposes.
How to find reputable Coton Mi Ki breeders?
If you want to be sure that the breeder you are talking to is a person who can be trusted and that he stands behind all of his dogs, you just need to look for someone that doesn’t trigger any of the red flags from the list you are about to read.
- No official website
- A personal ad with Home delivery and online payment options
- No medical records for the puppy
- No vaccination reports and schedules for the upcoming vaccinations
- No pedigree
- No health test clearances for the puppy’s parents
- No knowledge of the breed’s history and all the traits
- No advice on how to properly take care of your dog
- No advice on proper training
- No diet plans and meal ingredients list
- No interest in your lifestyle so that he can help you choose the pup that matches your personal preferences
- No contacts of previous customers so that you can get in touch with them and ask how happy they are with this breeder’s dogs
All of this is what you can expect when dealing with a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. We recommend not buying a puppy from this person and moving on to the next breeder.
You should look for a breeder that is the opposite of what the list suggests.
3 Little-known facts about the Coton Mi Ki puppies
Okay, now that you know the price range and your budget is fine with it, and you know how to avoid bad breeders, it’s time to see if you are ready to live with a Coton Mi Ki puppy.
They are small
Even though they appear as a medium-sized dog, it mostly their coat and these dogs are small and of the relatively fragile build.
You should be extremely careful when playing with your dog while it’s still a pup and still developing, as you can easily hurt him.
They are perfect apartment dogs
Due to the fact they don’t shed much and that their coat requires little grooming, these dogs are hypoallergenic and great for people who have allergies.
They depend on you
While they are still pups, Coton Mi Kis will be highly dependable on their owners. You will be your pup’s mother and it will follow you wherever you go.
Keep in mind that leaving your puppy alone for long periods can cause separation anxiety and suffering.
Physical Traits of the Coton Mi Ki
This is the part of the guide where you find out how “big” these dogs are, and for how long will your faithful companion be by your side.
How big is a full-grown Coton Mi Ki?
The average height range of the Coton Mi Kis goes from some 7 to 11 inches, while they can weigh from around 5 to 12 pounds.
Of course, males are the ones that can be found in the higher ends of both ranges, while the females are smaller and lighter.
What is the life expectancy of the Coton Mi Ki?
The average lifespan of this breed is one of their strongest sides because they usually live from 14 to 17 years.
Which is, you have to agree, quite long for a dog that is a hybrid.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Coton Mi Ki
Like both parent breeds, Coton Mi Ki is a dog that is affectionate, intelligent, and playful and is an excellent choice for a family dog.
This dog, as we mentioned earlier, doesn’t like being left alone for long periods, and will express his unhappiness in a form of destructive behavior.
Even though this is a breed that is known to be quiet, don’t be surprised when the night time comes, to hear your Coton Mi Ki grunt and bark.
This type of behavior is also displayed when the dog is happy or excited about something.
Furthermore, since both parent breeds are exceptionally good with kids, the Coton Mi Ki mix is no different and will love to play with your little ones for hours.
They also love being at the center of attention, so expect to experience the “Hey! Look at me, look what I can do!” behavior as well.
This dog is also very adaptable to or in an apartment. Of course, if you live in an apartment, then regular outdoor walks are a must if you want to keep your dog happy and healthy, and not annoying and sick all the time.
Coton Mi Ki is also good with strangers due to his friendly nature, but he will need proper socialization so that you have a well-mannered gentle dog as a part of your family.
This breed is likewise highly intelligent and easy to train, and they live to please their owners.
So, this is an excellent dog even for first-time dog owners.
Coton Mi Ki also loves to explore and is generally a curious natured dog, so expect to spend some time in the park while your dog is off to a new adventure on the lawn.
All in all, a great dog for people or families that are looking for a lovable, fluffy little dog that will do just about anything to please them and remain in the spotlight all the time.
Coton Mi Ki Diet
Since these dogs are not highly-energetic, their diet demands are not that demanding at all.
You should feed your dog with high-quality dry dog food, and one cup per day, divided into two equal meals, will be just right and do good for his development and general health state.
How much Exercise does a Coton Mi Ki need?
Like both parent breeds, Coton Mi-Ki doesn’t require vigorous exercise sessions.
On the contrary, a light walks around to block, to the park where he can spend some time playing with you or his doggie friends, will be more than enough for him to stay healthy, and burn excess energy.
But, if the Coton de Tulear is more dominant in your dog, you can expect a more energetic dog, and you will have to take him for swimming, running in the park, and forest exploring when possible.
Also, this is a breed that can adapt to various weather conditions, but we don’t recommend taking him out for a walk or a jog if the weather is too hot.
The Coton Mi Ki Health and Conditions
This is a relatively healthy breed, but there are some concerns that you should be aware of.
Some of the major concerns include Hip Dysplasia, Retinal Dysplasia, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
The minor concerns that are rare in this breed, include Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease and Von Willebrand’s Disease.
You should talk to the breeder you bought the puppy from about the history of illnesses in your pup’s bloodlines.
And if there were any, you should make sure your dog’s vet is aware of them and that he is doing the necessary tests.
My final thoughts on the Coton Mi Ki
With the health section, you have reached the end of our guide.
But, before you go and buy a Coton Mi Ki puppy from a breeder you found thanks to what you learned here, here are a few more things about the breed and a few pieces of advice on proper care of your faithful little companion.
Coton Mi Kis are small dogs that look bigger to their fluffy coat.
One of their trademarks is their adorable little black nose, as are their widely set, round and dark, intelligent eyes,
Furthermore, both parent breeds are hypoallergenic, so Coton Mi Ki is also a great choice for people who suffer from allergies.
This dog doesn’t shed that much and only requires brushing in the evening and a bath once a week.
Also, to prevent dental problems, you should try and brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week, and likewise, check his ears regularly for dirt so that they don’t get infected.
Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily to prevent any dental issues and check ears for dirt.
All in all, we are pretty sure that you will be able to take excellent care of your Coton Mi Ki and that you will be more than happy with his company.
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Thanks for reading!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- The Coton Mi Ki Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Coton Mi Ki
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Coton Mi Ki
- Coton Mi Ki Diet
- The Coton Mi Ki Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Coton Mi Ki