FIND A BREEDER
Where to find a Morkie breeder you can trust
Your local “puppy mom”
This is the person who owns a Yorkie or a Maltese and simply 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.
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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 inheritable disorders in the breed
- Provides, at no extra charge, valid paperwork to show the puppy has had his first vaccinations, worming, etc.
- Asks the buyer to sign an agreement about treating the dog well
- Provides a health guarantee
How to spot an unethical breeder:
- Has run-down or crowded facilities
- Is reluctant to show you their place
- Has dirty, unhealthy, and/or unsocialized animals
- Sells animals without vaccinations, Veterinary checkups or guarantees against genetic defects
- Doesn’t allow you to come and meet the pet before purchase
- Will not take the dog back should a health problem arise