Have you been considering Morkie puppies in your quest for the perfect forever companion?
Here’s everything you need to know about them to decide if they’re the best fit for you.
Where To Get Morkie Puppies
If you’re committed to adopting, it can be hard to balance that with your ideal dog. Although Morkies aren’t purebred dogs and you might think this would make them easier to find in shelters, that’s not the case. Morkies are a cross between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier, and this makes them a designer breed. Breeders will deliberately cross them, and they can cost quite a lot! Bea.and.jule…
Chances are, if you’re determined to get a Morkie puppy to raise as your own from around eight weeks old, you’ll be looking at a breeder.
The most important thing is to pick a good breeder. Unethical breeders, otherwise known as “backyard breeders”, will have puppies that have various health and temperament problems because they weren’t bred correctly. The parents may not have been chosen well or health-tested. This is particularly common in crossbreeds, as it’s easier to get away with badly bred crossbreeds. This is because they can’t get registry papers for them.
When researching a breeder, make sure they don’t let the puppies go home before they’re eight weeks old, provide shot records, are open to any questions you may have, and have a spay/neuter contract in place.
Because Morkies are a mixed breed, it’s hard to predict their exact appearance. They could be a variety of colors, though you can expect a medium-length coat and, of course, small stature!
Again, with a mixed breed dog, it’s hard to tell what their exact temperament will be because they could take traits from either parent. Be prepared to socialize and train them well to ensure you get the ideal dog for your situation. This is how you get a friendly and well-adjusted pup!
However, this is what you can count on.
They may prefer to have a household without other pets. If you have other animals, introduce them carefully on neutral territory first and see how it goes. However, the good news is that they absolutely love their people and are extremely affectionate. Although they’re intelligent, they’re not stubborn at all, and will do their best to learn the manners and tricks you try to teach them. Tinyteddy…
Potty training may take a while, however, as they’re tiny dogs with small bladders!
They also tend to be very vocal. You should train “quiet” as soon as you can, though you may never be able to shake the watchdog-style barking!
Morkie Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Morkies can be prone to a few minor health issues with their eyes, ear, and other places around their face. You should make sure to keep up with their vet appointments to ensure you catch these things before they become serious.
Otherwise, their veterinary needs will be the same as any other dog. They’ll need their puppy shots beginning when they’re around eight weeks old (though the breeder may start sooner) and ending when they’re sixteen to eighteen weeks. This series protects against distemper, parvovirus, and other nasty diseases, so don’t bring your dog around other unknown dogs until they’ve had them. They’ll also need a rabies shot at the end of this, and can be vaccinated for bordetella. Ivylittlelife…
These will be boosted roughly once a year, when they should also get a check-up.
Don’t forget to keep your dog up to date on flea and heartworm medicine. This is important and is usually a pill given to them once a month.
Owners will forever be arguing about whether raw food or kibble is the best choice for dogs. Really, it’s all about choosing the best for you and what works for you and your dog.
Kibble is convenient and mostly cheaper, but you should still ensure you pick a good brand for your dog and not just grab the least expensive off the shelf. Some is full of fillers and doesn’t have a lot of nutrients in it. You should also avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease. Coast2coastkim…
Raw food is a great choice if prepared by a professional service — don’t attempt this yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing. Some will even deliver right to your door. Dogs are omnivores who need more than just meat, so don’t expect to be able to just give them some raw meat and meet their needs.
Although no dog is truly hypoallergenic, Morkies don’t tend to shed and are the best choice for those who suffer from allergies. However, you should still get their coat professionally groomed to take care of them.
Otherwise, you should take care of their ears, teeth, and nails. Ears and teeth should be cleaned on a frequent basis.
As for their nails, you should trim them every six to eight weeks — or when they begin to tap on the floor. You can use clippers or a Dremel for this. The noise of the Dremel might be intimidating, so make sure to have patience when getting them used to it. Providing yummy treats is always helpful.