Adopt, Rescue or Buy a Morkie – which is best?
Looking for a Morkie? You can find a reputable breed and buy one, adopt from a shelter, or check out rescue groups to find a Morkie.
IT CAN BE A REAL CHALLENGE TO FIND A GOOD QUALITY MORKIE – you don’t want to support puppy mills!
Since the Morkie isn’t recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club, you won’t find registered breeders – generally the best way to go for a happy, healthy and cruelty-free pet.
Casual breeders will offer Morkies — but just be VERY SURE that their pups have been raised by them; you don’t want a puppy mill dog. That’s at least 10 years of heartbreak because your puppy will probably be sickly and worse!
You want to find a reputable individual who is breeding Morkies because he/she has a genuine interest in them.
If you can’t find an adoptable Yorkie, Morkie or Maltese, then look for a good breeder. Although the Morkie isn’t a “real breed” of course – there are no recognized breeders, but there are friendly decent people who raise a few of these cross breeds every year.
In all cases again, the #1 thing to guard against, is putting money into the pockets of the scum who run puppy mills.
Find a great breeder
How to recognize a responsible breeder:
- Has no more than 2 or 3 breeds of dogs or cats
- Has clean and spacious facilities with an exercise area for the animals
- Does not breed animals that are too young or too old
- Puppies or kittens are raised indoors, kept clean, warm, well fed and don’t go to new
homes before 8 weeks of age
- Provides regular veterinary care for all their animals
- Asks you questions about your lifestyle to ensure a good match between you and your pet
- Has healthy animals and will discuss heritable disorders in the breed
- Provides, at no extra charge, valid paperwork for registration and vaccine certificates
- Ask the buyer to sign an agreement about treating the dog well
- Provides a health guarantee
How to recognize an irresponsible breeder:
- Has run-down or crowded facilities
- Is reluctant to show you their facilities
- Has dirty, unhealthy, and/or unsocialized animals
- Sells animals without vaccinations, veterinary check or guarantees against genetic defects
- Doesn’t allow you to come and meet them and/or their animals before purchase
- Will not take the animal back should a problem arise or will try to simply offer you another animal should the first one get sick
Your local “puppy mom”
This is the person who owns a Yorkie or a Maltese and just wants to have a litter of Morkies.
This person does not make tons of money from this, and may breed the Yorkie or the Maltese to the other, once or twice in a lifetime. Very different from what the pet industry calls the “backyard breeder” who’s essentially a small-scale puppy mill.
You’ll find someone like this in your local newspaper or ads at the grocery store or Vet’s. Key to ensuring that this isn’t a puppy mill, is meeting the seller in person and seeing the facilities.
If the seller isn’t willing for you to see where the puppy was born and raised, or wants to meet you at a coffee shop or mall – RUN! These are sure signs of puppy mill brokers.
Worst Choice: Pet Store Dogs
What about pet stores?
The. Worst. Place. To. Buy. A. Puppy. Period.
You can be sure that the pups you see in a pet store, or at a farmers market or flea market, are from a puppy mill. No dog breeder or even amateur, who cares about animals, would allow them to be put in a pet store for sale.
Many States in the U.S. are outright banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.
Please note: this doesn’t include the “adoption days” or efforts that reputable stores like PetSmart host. At these events, the store works with the local shelter or humane society, to publicize the need for forever homes for pets. Dogs and cats come in for just the day.
Dogs in Pet Stores are treated very poorly
Almost as bad: buying a puppy online
Besides being a hotbed of scams, pet buying online is also guaranteed to get you a puppy mill dog.
There are several ways unscrupulous people get your money for nothing:
- advertising a dog that doesn’t exist switching dogs from the one show
- free puppy – but you are asked to pay very high shipping costs. The dog never arrives. As the DogInfoCentre says, “These scammers are usually running out of foreign countries, posing as USA or Canadian breeders selling adorable little puppies, when in fact they don’t even own a dog themselves, let alone have a puppy to sell.”
- These scammers even create elaborate websites to advertise the non-existent pets they’re selling.
Be extra cautious of ads found in free classified ads (sites where it is free to post an ad) such as Kiijii and Craigslist. You don’t have to completely avoid sites that run free listings — there are plenty of legit ads on them– but do be extra cautious, as scammers feed on free places to find their prey. Read more about avoiding puppy mill dogs and dog selling scams.
You can find more links at www.aboutmorkies.com/links
And of course, your local shelter
Just google “animal shelter” to find shelters closest to you; these might be part of the Humane Society or the ASPCA (Association for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), or local groups.
Check your LOCAL newspaper or find a Morkie breeder online. Although it’s OK to look for a Morkie online, NEVER buy one that way. When you buy a dog online, sight unseen, you’re buying from a puppy mill. Period.