Morkie puppies: A small dog, Morkies have bold, friendly, attention-seeking personalities. A very good watchdog and family dog. Children friendly pet! They love to meet both people & other dogs. Morkie puppies for sale!
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The Morkie is really a "mutt," although some breeders do specifically breed Yorkies and Maltese dogs to come up with the Morkie as a hybrid dog; in general, hybrids have retained the positive physical and personality characteristics of the parent breeds, while work has been done to eliminate the negative characteristics associated with each breed.
The Maltese dog breed has been around for almost 3000 years, with Greeks building tombs in their honor. In the first century, Malta's governor had immortalized his dog with poetry. The Maltese was officially registered by the American Kennel Club in 1888, with the first showing in 1877 at the Westminster Kennel Club show.
The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie has a more recent history, and is specifically bred from a variety of British dogs such as the black and tan English Terrier and the Waterside Terrier. The breed was brought to England's Yorkshire in the 1800s, with the first exhibition of this dog in 1861. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Yorkie in 1885, and both the Yorkie and Maltese are considered toy breeds. It is from these two breeds that the Morkie emerges.
With silky long coats and varied coloring (Maltese dogs are usually white with no undercoat, sometimes with tan or yellow shading on the ears, while Yorkies have tan and blue coloring, but silky coats similar to the Maltese), the Morkie is a perfect mix of the Yorkie and Maltese. Usually, the Morkie has the blue and tan coloring of the Yorkshire, but not always. Coat coloring can also include brown, white and apricot. Morkie puppies are tiny, usually only reaching 3 to 10 pounds in adulthood, so they make the perfect little "lap" dogs.
Morkie’s Temperament & Personality
Both the Yorkshire and the Maltese have bold, friendly, attention-seeking personalities, so it's no surprise that the Morkie puppy has this, too. Morkie puppies are extremely devoted pets, and are usually very good watchdogs and family dogs. (These dogs are extremely tiny, usually only reaching 3 to 10 pounds in adulthood, so the "watchdog" designation is not one of protection, but instead of alerting the family to potential dangers.) Excitable, happy, and even fearless, they love to meet both people and other dogs--which could be a problem if your little pet runs up to an unfamiliar dog and tries to make friends—so do be careful.
Although your little one will want to please you and is very intelligent, he or she may be difficult to housebreak. Patience and persistence is key, as these engaging but delicate little dogs don't take well to strict discipline, but will respond well to firm and gentle--and consistent--commands.
Although the Morkie is a sturdy little dog, he or she will do best in families that don't have small children. Because of your dog's tiny size, very small children could inadvertently hurt your rather delicate pet, sometimes quite seriously. Therefore, it's best to adopt a Morkie only if there are older children and adults in the household who know how to handle this little canine gently.
That said, Morkies are excellent pets for older children (above about the age of 10) and seem to easily develop special bonds with them. If you have older children and you want an engaging little pet that won't be "too much to handle" for them, a Morkie puppy may be the perfect choice. The Morkie dog is extremely high-energy and has loads of personality and courage to spare, so he or she can play for hours with a little "master or mistress" who wants to give him or her undivided attention. In fact, this is heaven for the Morkie!
In addition, Morkies make perfect pets for single people who have lots of time to devote to this little engaging (but also highly attention-seeking) dog, and for older people who may not have the physicality to keep up with a larger and more athletic dog.
Notably, Morkie puppies do need to walk for exercise, even though it's very tempting indeed to carry your little pet everywhere. Your Morkie dog will be happiest if you give him or her a regular walk every day, and some vigorous play with a ball or other fun toy in addition.
Some Considerations On Morkies
Above all, your dog is going to want to be a lapdog and to be your "baby." This is endearing, to be sure, but be careful that you don't let your adorable and precious little pet become a holy terror. Because the Morkie dog is very engaging, high-energy, and demanding, he or she is especially at risk of developing what's called "Small Dog Syndrome." With Small Dog Syndrome, tiny adorable dogs that are spoiled by their owners and treated like children instead of like the dogs they are become little terrors. They can become snappy, ill-tempered, and extremely unhappy. And despite their small size, they can be dangerous to small children especially because of their propensity to bite if they are feeling threatened in any way--which is almost always going to be the case with Small Dog Syndrome.
Morkies are very healthy and sturdy for their size, and can live 12 to 15 years or even longer, as long as you provide a proper diet and exercise, and regular visits to the veterinarian. Pay special attention to your Morkie's teeth, as they will generally need to be cleaned professionally every six months or so.
Morkies can be prone to skin problems, which is why it's necessary to give your dog a bath about every month or so with a mild shampoo specifically formulated for dogs. (Don't bathe more often than this, as your dog's delicate skin could become dry and irritated.)
In addition, Morkie puppies are the perfect hypoallergenic dog, as they generally don't shed. However, they will need regular trims and regular brushing. Some pet owners prefer to have their dogs' coats closely clipped every few months, instead of maintaining long hair that will need to be carefully brushed on a daily basis to avoid tangles.
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