Best small dog names

Best small dog names

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Looking for the best small dog names for your new pup? 

Every year about this time, 2.5 million patient records from Banfield Pet Hospital – the largest veterinarian practice around – are anaylzed to come up with this year’s most popular dog names. The results are in.

most popular dog names 2018

1. ​Charlie

2. Coco

3. Daisy

4. Bailey

5. Lola

6. Molly

7. Sadie

8. Toby

9. Sophie

10. Bear

In some surveys, like the Happy Dog International Survey, the name Bella is still in the top 10, after more than a decade. But the Banfield study is by far the biggest and most accurate.

Pick your dog’s name carefully – experts say we’ll use it about 35,000 over the dog’s lifetime!

50 Best SMALL DOG Names

From, this year’s best names for small dogs!




Huckleberry (Huck)

Isabel (Izzy)
Jazz (Jazzy)


Pippin (Pip)

Primrose (Prim)
Rhubarb (Ruby)



Cute GIRL dog names from


Grace / Gracie
Lily / Lillie

Zoe / Zoey

Cute BOY dog names from


Jojo / Joey

Pippin / Pip


Girly-girl names are a big trend right now for females. The name we choose may be cute when our dog is a puppy, but don’t forget, it has to last your dog through the teen years, mature dog and distinguished old lady dog.

For boys, cutie names also have to last. But they seem to start out a little less ‘cutie’

Here are some of the cutest dog names for 2018:


Cutie Girl Names

Delilah (could be shortened to Dee Dee)

Cutest Boy Names


Most popular names by breed

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Labrador Retriever

Maverick, Hershey, Midnight, Gunner, Kali, Allie, Kona, Kiwi, Chocolate, and Blacky

Golden Retriever

Murphy, Rusty, Goldie, Tucker, Sunny, Ellie, Abby, Simba, Bailey, and Cooper

German Shepherd

Baron, Sarge, Blitz, Cheyenne, Kaiser, Klaus, Loba, and Ziva.

French Bulldog

Felix, Rocky, Bentley, Dylan, Cain, Stella (after the dog from Modern Family), Lola, Pearl, Honey, and Pippa.


Baxter, Barney, Bagel, Watson, Hunter, Snoopy, Shiloh, Freckles, Libby, and Copper

Trend Alert!

Royal names are trending this year, along with cannabis names. Here are some examples that showed up in the databases.


Louis and Lupo are dog names to watch … Louis for Prince William and Princess Kate’s latest baby boy; and Lupo, for the name of their English Cocker Spaniel.

Royal Names

  1. George
  2. Charlotte
  3. Harry
  4. Charles
  5. Kate
  6. William
  7. Meg
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Camilla
  10. Diana

Cannabis Names

Mary Jane

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Prince Harry greets a little dog while doing his walkabout.

Craziest, Weirdest Dog Names for 2018

ALL NEW Morkie Mega-Guide

Download this comprehensive manual for Morkie lovers

Mega Guide to Everything Morkie


Read more details about this year’s all-new edition of Mega-Guide to Everything Morkie

Mega-Guide to Everything Morkie

390 pages of valuable information, from getting a Morkie, right through to the senior years

The ultimate guide for Morkie lovers, this downloadable ebook is the only reference book you’ll ever need. Organized in 10 major sections, it features carefully researched knowledge about:

  1. All About Morkies
  2. Your New Morkie
  3. Training your Morkie
  4. Four Building Blocks of Good Health
  5. Keeping Him Healthy
  6. All about Vaccinations
  7. In  Sickness and in Health
  8. Behaviour Problems
  9. Fun & Games
  10. Your Senior Morkie

Plus a full appendix, with printable lists and guides. 

Download the Table of Contents and see what's inside

Best dog food brands for your Morkie

Best dog food brands for your Morkie

What are some of the best dog food brands you could pick for your Morkie? It’s important that you get the best dog food for small dogs, because there’s no room for fillers and empty calories. Morkies are tiny, so every bite they eat should be nutritionally sound and balanced.

But deciperhing reports, labels and marketing B.S., is a lot of work. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you, with a list at the bottom of the post, that you can download. It features 10 best dog food brands for your Morkie and 10 really horrible choices – and why.


When you’re shopping for commercial dog food for your Morkie, check the label — at least the first 5 ingredients.


Food that has lots of real, named protein at the top of the label – things like beef, chicken, salmon, lamb and so on.

Food whose source of fat is named – beef fat, poultry, fat. etc.  Unnamed fat can be anything, including used restaurant grease




Definitely AVOID any food with what’s just called “meat” or just called “poultry.”

AVOID meat by-products (named or not); and AVOID generic fat, such as “animal fat.” Instead, opt for a NAMED fat such as “beef fat.”

Don’t pick a dog food that has added sweetener listed on the label. This includes sugar, sucrose, molasses, corn syrup and fructose. It’s only in the food to disguise the putrid flavour of the food itself.

Avoid foods that include corn, corn gluten, wheat, and other cheap fillers, in the first 5 ingredients.

Beyond the first 5 ingredients, reject food that contains:

  • preservatives like BHA, BHT, TBHQ, propyl gallate, ethoxyquin
  • sugar, corn syrup, propylerne glycol, sucrose, sorbitol, cane sugar
  • artificial colourings, flavourings, MSG, caramel colour

Here’s the label from popular Kibbles ‘n Bits

Is this a leading dog food, or cattle feed? Corn is the main ingredient, which has little useful nutrients to dogs. Soybean meal is a by-product of the soy oil industry. And beef & bone meal is processed and dried slaughterhouse waste!

Ingredients: Corn, soybean meal, beef & bone meal, whole wheat, animal fat (BHA used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, peas, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), choline chloride, sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin), dl-methionine, calcium sulfate, carrots, green beans, wheat flour, titanium dioxide (color), yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), blue 1

The first 5 ingredients:

  1. corn
  2. soybean meal
  3. beef & bone meal
  4. whole wheat
  5. animal fat (BHA used as preservative)


And #6 ingredient is corn syrup!

Is this a leading dog food, or cattle feed? Corn is the main ingredient, which has little useful nutrients to dogs. Soybean meal is a by-product of the soy oil industry. And beef & bone meal is processed and dried slaughterhouse waste!

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Get this handy summary for shopping:

  • Top dog food brands and horrible dog food  brands.
  • Why some foods are not recommended.


Blue Buffalo – all canned and dry
Eagle Pack (beef) – canned
Freshpet (rolls and pouches)
Fromm Family Gold (canned)
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals (canned)
Go! Daily Defense (dry) and Go! canned
Horizon (dry) call sub-brands
Orijen (dry and canned) all sub-brands
Primal Raw Frozen Mixes (Raw Frozen)
Simply Nourish Source (Dry)
Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends (Freeze-Dried)
Wellness Core (all dry and canned)
Whole Earth Farms (canned and dry)

Alpo (dry)
Beneful (dry)
Cesar Savory Delights (wet tubs) – includes Angus Beef Flavor , Filet Mignon Flavor, etc. Cesar (dry)
Gravy Train Dog Food (canned and dry)
Hills Science Diet (canned and dry)
Kal Kan Dog Food (dry)
Kibbles & Bits (dry)
Ol’ Roy (canned and dry)
Pedigree Dog Food* (dry)*This label includes 11 sub-brands such as Pedigree Small Dog Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak and Vegetable Flavor (plus other flavors)
Purina Dog Chow (dry)
Purina Moist and Meaty (semi-moist) 
Purina One (canned and dry)
Royal Canin Lifestyle Health Nutrition Urban Life (Dry)
Science Diet – see Hills.

The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on the website represent the views and opinions of the author.

Dog grooming at home

Dog grooming at home

Are you hesitant to try dog grooming at home? Don’t be — it’s easier than you think! And it’s a great chance to keep an eye on your Morkie’s health, while you bond. 

Dog grooming at home includes these 5 different steps:

  1. combing and brushing,
  2. cleaning your Morkie’s ears,
  3. clipping his nails,
  4. bathing him and
  5. a clean up trim.

(We won’t go into full haircuts here, such as the puppy cut.)

When you groom and handle your dog every day, you can keep a close eye on his health. You can  spot bumps,  lumps and fleas or ticks.



With daily or every-the-day combing, you can cut back on bathing and enjoy fresh, well-groomed Morkie. A steel comb with medium teeth and a comfortable, rubber handle works best.

Start at the ends of the hair, and comb through the hair. (More on removing mats below)


Brushes are great too for grooming. Pick a pin style brush, not the slicker style and don’t use the Furmintor kind of  brush. They are meant for dogs with a heavy undercoat of fur, and will just break off a Morkie’s hair. Here’s a pin brush: 

pin brush for dogs

Ear cleaning

Check your Morkie’s ears. Are they waxy, brownish or dirty looking? If so, use a dog ear  cleaning solution to clean them out. Pour the solution into your dog’s ear, holding his head to the side. Then gently massage the base of his ear. Use a tissue or cotton ball to get the excess liquid out; don’t worry, your Morkie will shake his head to empty his ear. NEVER use a Q-tip or anything similar in your dog’s ear. 

Nail cutting

If you cut your Morkie’s nails yourself, good for you! Select a pair of clippers like the ones below, (not the ‘guillotine’ style which is for bigger dogs and will crush a Morkie’s nail.) Keep some styptic powder or cornstarch handy in case you cut into your dog’s quick; it will bleed quite a bit. Good directions on this Youtube video.

dog nail clippers


The moment of truth – the bath! Gather up everything you need in advance, and then run half a sinkful of warm, not hot, water (dogs feel hot more than we do). Gently wet your Morkie all over, leaving his head dry for now. Work in the Organic Shampoo you’ve bought specially, then gently rinse him all over. Now, take a face cloth and gently wipe down his face with warm water. Dogs don’t really need conditioner, so just lift him out, pat him dry (don’t rub) and use a hair dryer on low heat for a few minutes to finish drying.

Light trim

You can make your Morkie look neater and well groomed by trimming the hair around his feet, in a round circle, following the shape of the foot. You might want to trim some of the hair around your dog’s private parts, for hygiene’s sake. Try to avoid cutting any hair on his head or face.

bathing your dog

Don't forget the final touch: brushing your Morkie's teeth

Vital – the right dog shampoo!

Your Morkie’s skin is sensitive and it’s much thinner than ours, so you can’t use people shampoo on pets. It is too harsh. Instead, look for a product made specifically for dogs, and marked Certified Organic.  Otherwise, the shampoo can be filled with poisonous additives, preservatives and worse.

How often should you bathe your dog? No more than every 6 to 8 weeks at the most. Less often is even better.

Bathing  your dog too often is a common mistake among new dog owners, and it leads to dry skin and a dull coat. A good combing can do wonders to clean and freshen up your dog without a bath.


A tip from about mats

Never wash your Morkie with mats in his hair – no conditioner in the world can help untangle them once the hair is wet! 

Instead, apply a little cornstarch to the matted hair, and start gently pulling the mat apart with your fingers, then brushing, starting at the end of the hair. Work from the edges in, and keep pulling the mat apart with your fingers. 

Make dog grooming at home even easier with this instant-download e-book

Groom Your Morkie at Home:

Keep his coat long and luxurious in just minutes a day

Why settle for a puppy cut? Instead you can enjoy your Morkie’s beautiful long coat, a combination of colours from the parents, the Maltese dog and the Yorkshire Terrier.

By persevering with your Morkie for just a few minutes every day, you can easily groom him yourself, and keep his hair long, flowing and luxurious. That’s the way the Morkie is meant to be. No more puppy cuts for you!

Groom Your Morkie at Home takes you through the steps you need to know.

Plus you’ll learn:

  • the truth about shampoos (and how to make your own)
  • how to safely clean your Morkie’s ears and under his eyes
  • how and why to brush your dog’s teeth
  • what equipment you need for grooming at home
  • removing mats and tangles
  • how to do the top knot …and lots more
  • Complete with illustrations.

What is the best dog food for your Morkie?

What is the best dog food for your Morkie?

Your Morkie deserves the best dog food, but with more than 5,000 varieties of commercial dog food available on the shelves today, how can you pick healthy dog food brands from the garbage? Here’s the scoop, plus 12 top quality foods you can buy.

There's only one way to pick a healthy dog food brand: Read the label. Very carefully.


First, look for foods that do not contain dangerous or toxic ingredients.

Next, look for healthy ingredients.

I’m not going to lie – this is not food we’d ever like to eat. But it’s clean, pure and unadulterated. And it’s perfect for dogs.

Avoid all dog food that lists any of these ingredients: 

MEAT. Just generic or unnamed meat can be from almost any kind of animal you can imagine. It could be road kill, euthanized pets, or spoiled grocery meats complete with styrofoam trays and plastic wrap. Look for food that NAMES the species. For example, beef, lamb, salmon, chicken, etc. 

OTHER GENERIC NAMES such as animal fat – or is it used restaurant grease? Could be.
Is Meat and Bone Meal listed? The problem is, you don’t know meat and bones from what animal??!!  Horse, goat, donkey??

Foods with ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS including the preservatives BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin and propylene glycol.

  • BHA is a preservative that’s linked to cancer in laboratory animals by the World Health Organization. It’s banned from use in human food in Europe and Japan, yet we feed it to our dogs.
  • BHT is also believed to cause cancer.Propylene glycol is a food stabilizer. It’s a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.

I want better than that for my dogs and I’m sure you do too.

Look for foods with healthy ingredients

Healthy dog food brands go beyond excluding bad ingredients. They actually contain GOOD stuff for our dogs.

Here’s what you want to see:

  • named animal protein – near the top of the list and plenty of it
  • whole veggies, fruits and grains
  • a ‘best by’ date that is at least 6 months away

The sad story of Kibbles ‘n Bits

A food with both hard crunchy kibble and soft chewy pieces, Kibbles ‘n Bits was introduced in 1981 by Big Heart Pet Brands. It was later sold to H. J. Heinz and then Del Monte.

Today, it is the 5th largest dry dog food brand in the USA, churning out about 1.7 million pounds a day or almost HALF A BILLION pounds a year!

Here’s the ingredient list, exactly as it appears on the package of Kibbles ‘n Bits:


Corn, soybean meal, beef & bone meal, whole wheat, animal fat (BHA used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, peas, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), choline chloride, sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin), dl-methionine, calcium sulfate, carrots, green beans, wheat flour, titanium dioxide (color), yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), blue 1.

Experts say the first five ingredients tell the story:

  1. corn
  2. soybean meal
  3. beef & bone meal
  4. whole wheat
  5. animal fat (BHA used as preservative)
  6. corn syrup

Corn? Corn? How is corn dog food? (And I’ve shown item #6 since it is corn syrup; yes, that syrupy sweet stuff they used to pour on our toast at camp!)

And it gets worse…

Kibbles ‘n Bits was recalled

by the FDA in February, 2018*

Sodium Pentobarbital was found in Kibbles ‘n Bits. Sodium Pentobarbital is a drug used to euthanize pets and small animals. It is NOT used to slaughter cows, sheep, pigs or any other food you’d expect your dog to eat.

The amount found is negligible as far as health goes, but that’s not the point.

Where and how in the supply chain does this drug get into dog food? 

Many pet food companies buy raw goods from rendering facilities that process animals euthanized at animal shelters.

That means that some pet food is made from a variety of meats that humans wouldn’t eat, including diseased livestock and cats and dogs containing lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital.

In other words, the body of a stray dog killed in a shelter may be ground up into dog food. Whether the Kibbles ‘n Bits recall is related to this practice is unknown. But logic says, there can’t be any other way it got there. 

* see the story in Newsweek magazine, or here on CBS

If we can’t trust a major, internationally-popular brand

like Kibbles ‘n Bits, where do we turn?

We read the labels ourselves. Very carefully.

In the meantime, here are some choices I've checked out for you.

What is the best dog food? Here are some healthy dog food brands.

There are many good, reputable dog food manufacturers out there. I’ve picked a very small sample to show you.


Acana Heritage Free Run Poultry, Red Meat, Meadowland –  all Acana is good for your dog.

Go! Daily Defence

Horizon Complete or Horizon Legacy

Merrick Backcountry

Origen Original

Wellness Complete Health

Here’s the kind of ingredients you want to see

Acana Heritage Dog Food

Fresh chicken meat (12%), chicken meal (12%), turkey meal (12%), red lentils, whole green peas, field beans, chicken fat (5%), fresh chicken giblets (liver, heart, kidney) (4%), herring meal (4%), fresh whole eggs (4%), fresh whole flounder (4%), herring oil (2%), sun-cured alfalfa (2%), green lentils (2%), whole yellow peas, pea fiber, fresh chicken cartilage (1%), dried brown kelp, fresh whole pumpkin, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole parsnips, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh mustard greens, fresh turnip greens, fresh whole carrots, fresh red delicious apples, fresh bartlett pears, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, fresh whole cranberries, fresh whole blueberries, chicory root, turmeric, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rose hips, Enterococcus faecium, supplements: zinc chelate, vitamin E (preservative)


Fromm Grain Free varieties, including grain free chicken and duck pate; shredded beef in gravy, etc.

Go! Fit + Free variety of flavours that sound pretty darned good – turkey and trout stew anyone?

Holistics Select Grain Free Beef Pate, Chicken Pate, etc.

Merrick Grain Free and Chunky Grain Free canned foods including flavours like Pappy’s Pot Roast Dinner, Cowboy Cookout and more.

Nature’s Variety Instinct – chicken and beef formulas are available.

Wellness Core canned products including homestyle grain free beef stew with carrots and potatoes.

A good canned food

sample label, from

Go! Fit + Free

Chicken, chicken broth, turkey broth, chicken liver, turkey, turkey liver, potatoes, dried egg whites, potato starch, carrots, peas, trout, sweet potatoes, salmon, herring, red peppers, guar gum, flaxseed, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, apples, calcium carbonate, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, selenium yeast, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), salt, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), choline chloride, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tricalcium phosphate, Yucca schidigera extract

be a label reader and save yourself some grief

Here come the funny dog costumes!

Here come the funny dog costumes!

The witching hour is nearly upon us, and it’s time for funny dog costumes. Plus a couple of Halloween safety tips for your pets.

“Should I take my Morkie trick or treating with us?”

If you’re taking both children and a dog on your own, that can be a real handful.

And as small dogs, Morkies aren’t always as well socialized as larger dogs and can be frightened more easily.

My advice – if your kids are older and don’t need your  supervision, or if another adult can come with you, then give it a try. But be prepared to take your Morkie home when he’s tired or overwrought.

Kids teach dogs how to trick or treat


Halloween safety tips for your pets

  • toxic Halloween candy – chocolate especially is deadly for small dogs like Morkies, and tinfoil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Be sure to keep your children’s haul out of the dog’s way.
  • don’t forget raisins – just a few can cause serious health problems for your Morkie including kidney failure, so keep these treats securely out of the way too.
  • lit candles – your Morkie could accidentally knock over a lit candle – consider using a no flame, no mess alternative to light up your jack-o-lantern.
  • wires and cords could harm your dog – dogs love to chew and Morkies are no exception. Make sure all wires and cords from temporary displays and decorations are properly secured and out of reach.
  • constant door bells and strangers – can be very stressful for your Morkie. Sometimes accidents happen and your Morkie might make a run for it when you’re opening the door. Be sure to keep his I.D. on, and ideally keep him quiet and comfortable in another room during the peak of activity.  Like the 4th of July, Halloween is a peak time for runaways according to the ASPCA.

Three more tips for Halloween safety

Plan ahead

As an ounce or two of prevention, just in case your Morkie gets out the door the night of Halloween, make sure he has his tag on at all times, with your current phone number on it.

Check out which emergency Veterinary Clinics will be open in your area that night and stick that number up on the fridge.

Some time-outs

You may want to remove your dog from the party central action if things get too hectic.

A quiet room or his crate, is a far better solution than a stressed-out dog. Don’t assume your partner or someone else is watching the dog; be explicit about who’s in charge and plan ahead for the dog’s needs, like rescheduling that work before trick or trick time.

Pumpkins and more

Plants like pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic – but if your Morkie chews on them at all, digestive woes will probably follow.

Canned, pure pumpkin, on the other hand, is very good for your Morkie – a tablespoon per day can ease both diarrhea AND constipation! (Not pie fillling, pure pumpkin)

Talk about funny dog costumes. Check these from Barkpost.

wigging out at halloween, funny dog costumes

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