Japanese Chin vs Mi-ki

Compare the Japanese Chin to the Mi-ki. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Japanese Chins and Mi-kis.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Japanese Chin is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Mi-ki is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Mi-ki is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Japanese Chin has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Mi-ki has a low tendency to bark.
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Breed NameJapanese ChinMi-ki
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Height8-11 in.8-10 in.
Weight4-9 lb6-10 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryChinaUnited States
Origin Year700 AD1980 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyGoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumLow
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowNone-Low
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLow-MediumLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinMi-ki
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingVery LowAverage
Follow CommandsVery LowAverage
FightingVery LowAverage
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinMi-ki
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Dental ProblemsNoYes
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Respiratory ProblemsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinMi-ki
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
BlackNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
CreamNoYes
GrayNoYes
SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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