Mi Ki Hair Coloring
Mi Kis are just marvelous little creatures and their hair color ranges from pure white to sable to midnight black. They can and do change their hair coloring as they grow. They come parti or multi colored or in a solid color. Since there is such a wide range of coloring in the Mi Ki breed, everyone has their favorite color or colors and markings or lack there of. All colors and markings are acceptable in a Mi Ki.
Like all breeds that come in a wide variety of colorings, there are colors that are more desirable at certain times than at others depending on what is rare. Now the rage is chocolate. Tim and I have heard from Mi Ki breeders that an all chocolate Mi Ki sold for $16,000.00! That is a chocoholic! But as breeders chase a trend or fad, the rarity will be gone and then the next color will be in the sought after color. As breeders, some of us have personal favorite colors, others love color and some will breed to suite the current color trend. Our family preferences are for lighter colors in solids. Tim prefers a solid colored Mi Ki in all white to cream. I personally would love to breed a solid blue Mi Ki. That is a solid blue Mi Ki out of health tested lines with great tiny proportions and absolute sweetness in temperament.
For families who have never had the pleasure of loving a Mi Ki, please do keep in mind that your little Mi Ki puppy will most likely change colors as they grow. Rarely will the puppy keep the puppy coloring. Their hair will lighten as they grow. If you carefully observe the hair growth, you may notice an inch or so of lighter hair and then another new inch or so of slightly darker hair and so on. So your Mi Ki breeder should be able to tell you what color she/he thinks your puppy will have as an adult. This is a projection and not a guarantee but your breeder will be the best person to educate you on your puppy’s hair coloring.
The skin under the hair can have spots which can darken when they sit in the sun. We have known of adults that self tan, meaning their skin coloring will darken during the summer and lighter during the winter even without playing or lounging in the sun. Most spots will correspond to the hair coloring but sometimes a dog will have skin coloring marking that is under a solid color coat.
These are the colors:
Apricot: reddish-yellow, including yellow-gold, lion colored, fawn, wheaten, pale yellow, tawny, straw, yellow-red, mustard, sandy or honey.
Black: Usually pure black but sometimes grizzled, particularly as dogs age and develop white hairs, usually around the muzzle. Solid black in is not common. Some love the drama and richness while others feel it is just too dark.
Black White & Tan: the hair has three clearly defined colors, usually black on the dog’s upper parts, white underneath with tan highlighted areas. This tricolor combo patch can have both black and tan over white. The breed most associated with this color marking is the Yorkie.
Black & Tan: the hair has both colors but in clearly defined and separated areas, usually with the darker color on most of the body and tan underneath or as highlights such as the eyebrows or jaw line.
Black & White: mostly black with white markings. The pattern can be random or be symmetrical pattern like a tuxedo which is really nice, though that is less common.
Blue: dark or light metallic grey, showing more blue than slate. In some breeds blue is referred to as gray and its variants, including pale to dark grey, silver, pepper, grizzle, Slate, blue-black grey, black and silver, steel and lavender.
Brown: brown shades including mahogany, grey-brown, blackish brown, liver, chocolate, dark brown and medium brown. As you can see this coloring could and does look very similar to chocolate.
Chocolate: Like the candy chocolate, it can be the darkest chocolate to lightest milk chocolate. Most chocolates will dilute to a light gold, light tan or light tan red brown. Most chocolates will be a party or tri color and are seldom a solid chocolate. A chocolate Mi Ki will have gold, hazel or green eyes.
Cream: just off white to pale yellow. Cream is lighter than apricot and has less red tones. Cream is a color that often grows out under the apricot, red and sable. The cream puppy can grow out to be almost white.
Red: all shades of red which looks like cherry, mahogany, chestnut wood. It can also look like rust, red/gold, bronze, cinnamon, tan or ruby.
White: the hair is pure white. This is not an albino since he/she has dark pigment around the eye rims and nose, often coupled with dark-colored eyes. In some cases the pure white Mi Ki will have tan or liver colored lips, eye rim and nose.
White & Black: the hair is white with patches or spots of black. The pattern can be random or be symmetrical pattern like a reverse tuxedo pattern, though that is less common.
White & Chocolate: the hair is white with patches or spots of chocolate ranging from the darkest chocolate to lightest milk chocolate.
Sable: hair with black-tipped ends. The base hair color can be gold to yellow, silver, grey or tan. The darkness of the coat depends on how much of each hair is black versus the lighter color and as the pups grow, the black tipping fades and the sable is no longer evident. With our puppies, the base color is always been shades of either red, brown or chocolate.
Also keep in mind that some Mi Ki breeders have long and smooth coat Mi Kis. Only the long coat Mi Kis have human like hair and do not shed. Smooth coats are easier to care for and need less grooming but they do shed. We choose only to have the non shedding long coat Mi Kis. So speak to your breeder and ask questions. At Mythic Kingdom, we get to know many families prior to a litter being born so we really get to know each family’s lifestyle and needs. This way we can place the perfect puppy for each family.