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Morkie Puppies for Sale: Tiny but Vibrant Family Companions

Morkies carry on the Yorkie spirit of a large dog in a Toy breed package. Fearless, affectionate, and outgoing, Morkies make engaging household pets, great watchdogs, and excellent conversation pieces on a walk down the street. They require careful handling, but they can live with other dogs, cats, and older children. Morkie puppies for sale are ideal for less active families or couples who have a lot of time and attention to give to a dog.

Background

The Morkie is a designer cross between a Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. They were purposely bred in the 1990s in the US to be self-assured and low-shedding companion dogs. The idea also sprang up in Quebec, and as of the 2020s, there are two distinct Morkie types. Morkies from the US tend to resemble the Maltese, and the Canadian dogs look and act more like Yorkies. Celebrities helped these dogs explode in popularity in 2007 and 2008. The Yorkie was accepted into the AKC in 1885 and the Maltese in 1885, but the Morkie is not a recognized breed. You can register your Morkie with several mixed-breed registries such as the Continental Kennel Club and Designer Breed Registry. Other names include the Maltiyork, Malkie, Yorkiemalt, and Morkshire Terrier.

Appearance

There is no breed standard for the Morkie. Since most are first-generation crosses between the purebred Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier, they can range in appearances between the two breeds. The type with US origins generally has hanging ears and a curled tail while the Canadian variety has the small upright ears and docked tail of the Yorkshire Terrier. Both varieties have a long silky coat that can grow to the ground and dark, expressive eyes. Morkies are small, standing four to eight inches tall at the shoulders and weighing seven to thirteen pounds.

Personality

Morkies have variable personalities but are all lively and intelligent. Those with Maltese temperaments are gentle, loving, and calm. Morkies with Yorkie personalities are mischievous, playful, and suspicious of strangers. Most Morkies are energetic, affectionate, lovable, alert, graceful, bold, and somewhat stubborn, regardless of type. They make great watchdogs, but they usually warm up to your guests once they determine the threat has passed. A Morkie is an excellent companion and will not want to be far from your side. Even described as cling, Morkies left on their own too long can become depressed react with fearfulness. Poorly socialized Morkies are nervous, shy, or aggressive.

Morkie Coat and colors

A Morkie has a long single-layer coat of continuously growing hair. Many owners seek out the Morkie because the coat does not shed much and is hypoallergenic. Left to its own devices, a Morkie’s hair will grow to the ground. It should be silky to the touch and often parts across the dog’s midline. If your dog has hanging ears, the hair will form feathers from the pinnae. A Morkie can be brown, black, blond, cram, champagne, black and tan, or tricolor.

Morkie Puppies for Sale Near Me

Although you can find a Morkie anywhere, there are several advantages to locating one near you. Many shelters have Morkie puppies for sale. Be aware that shelters and rescues often must guess whether a breed is a Morkie or not. Morkie puppies are readily available through breeders because of the high demand. If a breeder is near you, then you can visit a prospective puppy. You should assess how sanitary the conditions are and determine if the breeder has conducted any health screens. At the very least, all puppies and adults should have a health check by a veterinarian. The puppies should have an initial series of vaccinations and at least one deworming. Some breeders are particularly conscientious and will perform breed-specific evaluations appropriate for the Maltese and Yorkie.

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Grooming

Morkies have the same grooming requirements as any other breed.

  • Nail trim – every four to six weeks
  • Dental hygiene – brush teeth every other day to daily with dog toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Anal glands – express every 4 to 8 weeks if necessary; anal glands or sacs are tiny scent sacs just inside either side of the rectum and do not empty on their own in some Toy breeds
  • Check ears every couple of days
  • Bath – every 6 to 8 weeks
  • Swab ears – every one to two weeks or as you notice excess wax

Your biggest focus will be on brushing your Morkie’s hair. You should brush it every day to ensure it lays smooth and does not tangle. Some owners keep their dogs in a short coat whereby they more closely resemble Teddy bears. This makes the coat much easier to manage, but you still need to brush it at least once a week.

Lifespan

A Morkie has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. 

Feeding Requirements

Although Morkies are active little dogs, their energy requirements are moderate. Since they are not working dogs with tremendous stamina, most Morkies need 200 to 300 calories daily. This works out to a third to three-quarters of a cup of kibble each day. If you choose raw or fresh food, you will give your dog a daily amount of a quarter to four-tenths of a pound. Morkies should eat a few meals a day to make it easier for them to maintain steadier blood glucose levels. Like other dogs, Morkies need a protein-based diet with added fats. Proponents of including carbohydrates in a dog’s diet point out the benefits of anti-cancer properties in vegetables and antioxidants in certain fruits. Grain-free diets may rely on getting a significant amount of protein from potatoes, yams, or peas.

Exercise

Morkies require 25 to 35 minutes of daily exercise. You will get optimal results if you split your pet’s physical activities into multiple sessions over the day. You must include mental enrichment in your exercise regimen. This can take the form of training, games, and puzzles. Make sure at least five to ten minutes of your dog’s exercises should be rigorous to increase circulation and maintain muscular and cardiac strength.

Training

Morkies can be stubborn, but their intelligence and willingness to please make them moderately easy to train. They are sensitive, so you must have a lot of patience to accomplish your training goals. Some are a bit difficult to housetrain. Methods that revolve around positive reinforcement and persistent repetition are most effective. Since Morkies are smart, you need to try to prevent your dog from growing bored with your training.

Other pets

Well-socialized Morkies can learn to get along with other pets. Their bold and self-assured nature means that Morkies are receptive to slow introductions to other dogs. Morkies are small, so they can often get along with cats, especially those living in your home. You do have to ensure that large cats do not bully your dog. You also need to avoid leaving your Morkie along with big dogs. Some large-breed dogs are unaware of their size and strength, and others have a high predatory instinct. The latter may not be able to distinguish a Toy breed from prey. Finally, Morkies act sturdier than they are when their bones can fracture easily.

Children

Morkies are not great dogs for children under the age of 10 to 12 years. As Toy dogs, they are susceptible to being accidentally dropped or sat upon. Their bones are fragile and not only snap easily but also heal slowly. Individuals can be a little nervous and high-strung and will snap at children who do not exercise proper canine etiquette. Unacceptable mannerisms include leaning over a dog, staring into her face, pestering her when she eats or sleeps, and grabbing at her.

Teacup Morkies

It seems like Toy dog owners are always looking for a tinier and cuter version. Although no more adorable, Teacup Morkies are smaller than the standard size. They range from six to ten inches tall and weigh four to nine pounds. Bred from the smallest Morkies in their litters, Teacups have the same physical traits as their larger counterparts. However, they are more vulnerable to health problems.

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