HEAD AND SKULL
SKULL - The skull should be of medium width and rounded in front and between the ears.
Faults: Flat, domed or apple forehead.
STOP - The stop, (the region where the muzzle joins the skull) should be well defined at a 90-degree angle.
Faults: A sloping stop, more than 80degree angle.
MUZZLE - The muzzle should be wide and no longer than ¼ of the length of the head from the base of the skull to the stop. The shape of the muzzle should be square with no wrinkles.
Faults: A muzzle longer than the formula in proportion to the size of the head. A fine muzzle, abruptly thinner than the head, tapering toward the nose. Wrinkled muzzle.
NOSE - The nose should be of medium size and flat on top. Black is preferred, but can be self-colored on brown or lighter coated dogs. Must be black on white-coated dogs.
Faults: Pinched nostrils. Color of nose pink, incompletely pigmented or other than black on a white colored dog.
BITE - An even, tight scissor or slightly undershot bite is most desirable. Can have slightly misaligned front teeth.
Faults: Overshot bite or an extremely undershot bite with teeth showing when mouth is closed. Severely misaligned teeth. More than two missing front teeth or retained baby teeth at maturity.
EYES - Large and round, set well apart. Dark is most desirable, blue only in blue coloring, brown or ruby only in brown colored coats. A self-colored eye rim is acceptable on brown and light colored dogs.
Faults: Eyes and eye rim colored other than self colored or solid dark color on a dark or white colored dog. Incomplete pigmentation on eye rims.
EARS - Most preferred ears should be set slightly below the crown of the skull and carried at such an angle that they wing out from the head. The hair on the ears should be well fringed. A heavily fringed ear that measurably wings out when excited or alert is acceptable. Young dogs may have erect ears until they become fully coated.
Faults: Ears placed on top of the head, set too high. Scant amount of fringe on mature dogs.
BODY - The body should be slightly longer than the height. Square is acceptable. Back line level. Firm shoulders. Chest with well-sprung ribs not wide or barreled.
Faults: Exceedingly long, roached or sagging back. Wide or barreled chest.
NECK - The neck should elegant and medium in length, with a high carriage of the head.
Faults: Extremely long or too thick of a neck.
TAIL - Set high, heavily plumed and gently curved over the back.
Faults: Low set tail. Scant plumage. Straight tail.
FOREQUARTERS - Straight, fine boned, with elbows set close to the body. Feet straight to minutely set outward.
Faults: Bowed forelimbs. Feet sharply angled outward. Dewclaws present.
HINDQUARTERS - Fine boned and parallel to slightly angled outward when viewed from behind, but not excessively angled. Feet straight and toes same as on forefeet.
Faults: Hind legs excessively turned in or out. Dewclaws present.
COAT - Long silky, non-shed coat. May be slightly wavy, covering the entire body.
Faults: Short coat, undercoat of any type, curly, wiry or wooly, and any coat other than silky and slightly wavy.
COLOR - All colors and markings are permissible.
Maximum of ten (10) pounds at maturity. However, type and breed characteristics are of greater importance.
Fault: Over ten (10) pounds
At no time to exceed ten (10) inches at the shoulder. However, type and breed characteristics are of greater importance.
Fault: Over ten (10) inches.
The Mi-Ki is an adaptable, intelligent, sweet natured dog, whose only purpose is to serve man as a faithful companion.
Faults: Aggressiveness or excessive shyness or nervousness.
Light, smooth, free flowing action, and when viewed from the front and rear is straight and true.
Faults: Any departure from the Standard is considered a fault.
The entire front of the head (excluding the ears) must be shaven from the base of the skull to the front of the neck, no lower than the base of the throat. The hair on the feet and the leg to pastern (ankle) must be shaved and hair on the bottom of the pads and between the toes should be removed. A #10 blade is recommended. Head should look smooth and neatly groomed, but not so short as to look surgically shaved.
STATEMENT ON FAULTS
The seriousness, with which the fault should be regarded, should be in exact proportion to the degree of the fault under consideration.
DISQUALIFICATIONS ( FOR CONFORMATION SHOWS)
1. Male dogs that do not have two (2) apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
2. Neutered/spay dogs.
3. Head and feet unshaven for showing.
4. Bad temper and meanness are not to be tolerated and are to be severely penalized as to remove the dog from competition.
5. More than ten (10) inches in height at the shoulder.
6. Any dog, lame, limping, deaf or blind.
7. Short or docked tails.
The Ideal Mi-Ki
The ideal Mi-Ki, either male or female, is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog of fine to medium bone structure. The skull would be well rounded and have a well defined stop of 90 degrees with the muzzle being wide and having a length of 1/8 to 1/4 the measurement of the head from the base of the skull to the stop. The nose would be black, medium in size and flat on top. The bite would be even to slightly undershot. The eyes large, dark, round and set well apart. The ears winged and well fringed. The neck is elegant and of medium length. The height would be between 7 and 9 inches at the withers with the back length, from the base of the neck to the front of the tail, would be up to 2 inches loner than the height. The weight would be 5-8 pounds depending largely on height, length and bone structure. A heavily plumed tail should gently curl over the back blending into the body coat, which is long, silky, non-shedding and left to grow to its natural length. The fore and hindquarters would be well angulated and level, heavily coated with all dewclaws removed. The front feet may gently turn out while the back feet are straight and legs viewed as parallel from behind. The subsequent gait would be light, straight, smooth and flowing. The show cut would expose the front of the head, muzzle, neck and feet up to the ankles having been shaved within 1/8" of the skin. This ideal Mi-Ki would be acceptable in any color or color combination.