Watch out for this teacup Morkie scam

Watch out for this teacup Morkie scam

If you’re looking for a Morkie, you might be attracted to the idea of a teacup Morkie. And no wonder – we love things that are tiny and vulnerable. They’re just so cute!

BUT… teacups are not a breed or type of dog. They’re simply first or second generation runts. Too-tiny dogs bred to too-tiny dogs. They have all sorts of health issues and don’t live as long.

 

Tiny dog: big scam

On top of all that, there’s a scam circulating among unscrupulous breeders:

teacup puppy scam

 

Breeders will advertise – and sell – puppies as young as 5 or 6 weeks old, as 12 week or older puppies. The result, the dog is MUCH smaller than you’d expect, so you believe it is indeed a so-called teacup.

 

Problems of dogs weaned too early

If the pup is not really a teacup —  and that’s good after all– there’s still a big problem. Puppies removed too soon from their mothers have lots of physical and behavioural problems. Puppies taken away too early can be biters – because their litter and mother haven’t had time to socialize them against biting. They can also be:

  • attention seekers
  • barkers
  • aggressive with strangers
  • obsessive paw licking
  • very possessiveness with food
  • obsessive tail chasers
  • overly fearful
  • destructive

 

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Should I rescue a Morkie from a shelter?

Should I rescue a Morkie from a shelter?

Non-shedding morkiesGetting a Morkie?  Chances are you will buy it from a reliable person who breeds them as a hobby. Or, you’ll choose to get one from a shelter or rescue site.

What are the pros and cons of getting a shelter or rescue Morkie?  And are rescue dogs damaged or otherwise ‘second class’ goods?

Should you buy a Morkie or get one from a shelter?

It’s always better to get a dog from a shelter.  In America alone, about 1.2 million healthy, adoptable dogs are euthanized every year. That’s more than 2 dogs per minute put down in U.S. shelters each year. Whenever you can find a dog YOU want, and save a life at the same time, it’s a win-win.

Aren’t shelter dogs “flawed”?

One of the most harmful myths about shelter dogs is that they’re bad. They’re unmanageable or they can’t be trained. That’s how they ended up in a shelter.  But that’s just wrong. Consider this:

tiny blond morkie puppy on blue background

Dogs end up in shelters because OWNERS have made bad choices. Not because they are bad dogs.

8 main reasons dogs are given up:

  1. lifestyle change – owner divorcing, moving, military deployment, owner dies
  2. lack of training – owner didn’t bother to train the dog, so is frustrated now that the pet is badly behaved, with problems in potty training, socialization or obedience
  3. lack of time – owner didn’t think it through and finds he doesn’t have the time to devote to a pet
  4. cost – dogs cost money. Food, grooming, vet care, training and regular immunization all add up
  5. too many pets in the home – clearly a lack of thinking on the owner’s part. Pets are not impulse items!
  6. dog is sick or old – people may shirk their responsibility to their animals and take the easy route out – let the shelter deal with those hard decisions
  7. the animal was seized from an abusive environment
  8. allergies develop in the home – could be a new partner, child or other who has allergies, or allergies could suddenly develop.  This is the one reason that isn’t the owner’s fault — but it represents just 7 to 8% of the reasons given why the animal was turned in according to Petfinder.

MYTH:  Shelter dogs are “damaged goods” and there’s no hope for them as pets.

Twin MorkiesThis myth comes back to the mistaken belief that it’s the dog’s fault he’s in a shelter. The truth is, it’s the owner’s fault.  The owner didn’t think it through, or didn’t plan well. Or circumstances changed in the owner’s life and now the dog isn’t part of the plan. Perhaps the owner didn’t train the dog and so now, he’s now fed up.

Sometimes – and it’s rare – a family member develops an allergy to the pet. THAT is not the owners’ fault. Or the dog’s fault.

But even allergies can be minimized. Extra grooming and special shampoos can reduce the allergens the dog gives off.  And since Morkies, Yorkies and Maltese have hair, not fur they don’t shed. That means they’re a better choice for allergy-sensitive people.

To think “I don’t want a second-rate pet from a rescue” is both shallow and short-sighted. Take a look and you’ll see that these are great little dogs with the same potential as any to become your treasured, life-long companion.

One more factor to consider with shelter dogs: they are been fostered while they wait for a forever home.

dog surrendered to shelterThese foster families are well-versed in how to train and take care of dogs. They to work with them dogs to rehabilitate any shortcomings the dog may have. Many shelter pets receive training and socialization before adoption. That makes the transition to their new family easier.

It’s sad to think of an animal kept in a shelter for months and months and even years. But the web is overflowing with stories about the discarded dog who’s found a happy home with a new family.

Despite past abuse and hurt, he’s a sweet and devoted family member. It is just another demonstration of the power of dogs to forgive us.

In answer to our headline question: Should I rescue a Morkie from a shelter? Our resounding answer is

YES

Please consider adoption when you’re looking for a new pet.


 

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Why you should NEVER buy a dog from Craigslist

Why you should NEVER buy a dog from Craigslist

A very, very sad story today on the news out of California… a family bought a beautiful Morkie puppy from a Craigslist seller. Within just 6 days, Copper, the Yorkie Maltese mix, was dead.

As buyer Kathy Nixon said, “It’s very upsetting to see my children go through this.”

Her Veterinarian confirmed that the puppy would have been sold already suffering from the parvovirus. And of course, the Craigslist seller refused to cover the nearly $900 vet bill.

Getting a Puppy? NEVER buy from Craigslist, Kijiji and the like

Because of puppy mills, both Kijiji and Craigslist have been targets of international petitions demanding they remove the sale of animals and only promote adoption from registered animal rescue groups and shelters, and the re-homing of family pets (for a small adoption fee).

After this backlash, both sites have backed off pet sales to some degree, but do allow people to advertise to re-home their own pet to a forever home. So now, unscrupulous puppy mill breeders pose as regular dog owners, hoping to re-home their pet. There is a “small” fee which is usually anywhere from $200 to $650 and up, supposedly for shipping and other ‘costs’. As one writer put it:

 

“I thought I would be doing a good deed and providing a forever home. Instead, it was a breeder scam.”

 

 

Hand made sign Morkies for saleBe sure to ask to visit the breeder’s kennel or home, and see the other Morkies and dogs they have. Otherwise, you could be buying blind.

If the seller insists on meeting you at a halfway point, or somewhere other than where the other puppies and parent dogs are, it’s a sure sign you’re dealing with a puppy mill.

 

The California Case 

Ironically, there is a law in California that protects people who buy dogs. But this seller insists she’s not a “real breeder.”  If you buy from a breeder, defined in California as someone who sells at least twenty puppies or three litters a year, you have rights if a dog becomes sick within the first 15 days.

  • You can return the dog for a refund and get your vet bills covered up to the dog’s purchase price.
  • Exchange the dog and get your vet bills for to the amount the dog cost.
  • Or keep the dog and get up to 150% of the price to cover the vet bills with proof of the illness

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Warning signs that you’re probably dealing with a puppy mill or unscrupulous backyard breeder

  1. The “breeder” is local, but no, you can’t visit. Instead, he or she wants to meet at a halfway point, a mall or car-park.
  2. You can visit – but you see 3 or more different dog breeds running around. This is a red flag that the breeder isn’t committed to one breed or hybrid and is just breeding whatever dogs she has around in order to make money.
  3. Dirty or stinky facilities. Genuine breeders love their dogs and put their care first. The home and puppy area should be clean and tidy and a safe environment for the puppies and parents.
  4. Hand-painted signs on the road, advertising puppies for sale.
  5. Puppies are always available, and the breeder will let you take one at Christmas, Easter, etc. No good breeder will release a puppy during these high-stress times and no responsible breeder always has a handy supply of puppies.
  6. Stay away from anyone who’s selling puppies at a public place like a flea market, yard sale, swap meet or pet store, or out of the back of a pickup truck, car or van.
  7. Be suspicious of the breeder who doesn’t demand that you spay or neuter your puppy. A genuine breeder will ask you to sign an agreement that your dog will NOT be bred.

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Beware of teacup dogs: they’re extremely fragile!

Beware of teacup dogs: they’re extremely fragile!

Teacup Morkies – good idea?

yorkie in a teacupThey’re so tiny and adorable, who wouldn’t want one, but before you decide, please read up on so-called teacups, teensies or baby dolls and the problems in “miniaturizing” purebreeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese and Morkies.

National kennel clubs around the world set out the breed standards for all purebreed dogs, and those standards state that the Yorkshire Terrier is “ideally four to seven pounds.” Even professionals dog handlers who show Yorkies for a living prefer their dogs around five or six pounds, so smaller isn’t better.  The Maltese breed standards are a tiny bit heavier – the ideal specimen weighs in at about 5 to 8 pounds.

When dogs are too small – under four pounds – owners face at least five serious problems including:

  1. feeding – very sensitive stomach, plus tooth problems – too many in a small mouth
  2. house-training – very, very tiny bladders so don’t expect much when it comes to being potty-trained
  3. organs are often underdeveloped and can suddenly fail
  4. sudden low blood sugar that can lead to shock and even death!
  5. One of the big concerns in a super small dog is just how delicate the dog is. Their bones are VERY fragile and can be broken by jumping off of a couch, falling off of a bed, being stepped on or worse.  They’re not for children of course because of their fragility.

Besides their size, are Teacups different than the ‘regular’ or ‘standard size’ version of the breed?

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No — “teacups,” “teenies” and “baby-dolls” are just cutesy labels for Yorkshire Terriers that are far too small. Puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders are “miniaturizing” popular toy breeds and using these adjectives to make them sound even more adorable. Meanwhile they’re selling genetic misfits, fragile dogs who will probably have lifelong health problems.

Toy dogs under 4 pounds are at risk for the diseases above, but can also have a very short lifespan.  Sometimes they live only 5 or 6 years.

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“Free Morkie” Scam

“Free Morkie” Scam

free morkie scamIt’s very sad that even someone who wants to buy a puppy, can be victims of scams and greed.

If you’re looking for a Morkie, that magical blend of Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese dog, the search can be challenging. You want to avoid puppy mill dogs and unscrupulous breeds, and now there’s a whole new level of greed: the free puppy scam.

The more you’re aware of these despicable tactics, the better your chances of avoiding the free Morkie scam.

Four types of scams

Switching pictures

The first trick these people will do is feature gorgeous-looking little dogs on their website for sale. Should you actually buy one, you’ll notice that your puppy looks nothing like those you saw. That’s because the scammer has stolen pictures from the website and even books and portrayed these as the dogs he is selling.

 

 

Meanwhile your little dog has been bred and raised in the cruel conditions of a puppy mills, where animals are bred and bred for profit, with no regard to their comfort or safety. Imagine a dog spending her entire life in a tiny wire cage, having litters two or three times a year until she dies!

You can avoid this scam by visiting the prospective member of your family in person. Look around and ask lots of questions.  If the person you’re buying from can’t answer them, seems vague and there is no sign of the Yorkie or Maltese parent around, chances are good you’re dealing with a puppy mill.

Registered and ‘approved’ dogs

Anyone can claim their puppies have been registered, implying they are high quality healthy specimens.  Even crosses like the Morkie can be offered with designations from The American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and International Designer Canine Registry® (IDCR).

Unfortunately, The American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and International Designer Canine Registry® (IDCR) aren’t recognized by anyone in the animal world and they don’t even check the dogs they ‘certify.’  Once again, you get a very inferior animal for the price of a show dog.  These designations mean nothing!

 Free to good home, or super cheap Morkies

This one really hurts, because in all likelihood there isn’t even a Morkie behind this offer.

Instead, the scammers lure you in on price, and when the hook has been set they ask you to pay for shipping, which is suspiciously consistent at $400.  Buyers are asked to send all payments via a Western Union wire transfer or money order. These methods are favorites among scam artists because they are the equivalent of sending cash—the money can’t be recovered by the victim.

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Puppies in a basket, free-to-a-good-home?

Since you don’t suspect them, you send the money off – usually to another country, and the dog of course never arrives.

The ASPCA has identified another despicable scam.  Sellers put up a website featuring terrible pictures of animal abuse, and claim they are rescuing dogs from a puppy mill.  There’s no rescue; they ARE the puppy mill and the dogs are sickly, weak and nervous.  Instead of doing a good thing by helping dogs, you end up with heartbreak on your  hands.

You can tell this is a scam when you see the price tag — the “adoption fees” for these dogs often exceed $1,000! Breed rescue groups charge nominal fees—usually no more than a few hundred dollars—because their goal is not to make money, but to find wonderful homes for their rescues.

Avoid being scammed

  • Be sure to deal directly with a breeder, not a broker.
  • Always visit. Honest breeders and rescue groups will be more than happy to offer you a tour.
  • Always pick your puppy up at the kennel or breeder. Do not have the puppy shipped or meet at a random location. If the seller suggests meeting at a mall or parking lot – run!
  • Always ask for references, from others who have purchased dogs from this breeder and follow up on them.
  • Ask for a reference from the veterinarian the breeder works with as well.
  • Never send Western Union or money order payments.
  • If you are told that there will be no refunds for a sick puppy, you are most probably dealing with a puppy mill. A reputable breeder or rescue group will always take the puppy back, regardless of the reason.

Armed with some knowledge, you can avoid being scammed in your search for the perfect little dog, the Morkie.

Read more: ASPCA’s stories about pet-related scams

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October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!

The ASPCA and other animal associations are celebrating shelter dogs this month — and it’s easy to see why when you read about some of the success stories… like Jane, adopted in New York a year ago:

“February was the one-year anniversary of the morning I saw Jane’s face on Petfinder and brought her home four hours later from the ASPCA Adoption Center. I never imagined myself with a points card at a pet store, having to slap my own hand to stop me buying another dog sweater, chew toy, grooming tool or accessory—but that’s me now. 

 

Here’s a great read:  10 Compelling Reasons to add a shelter dog to your life.… on Dogster.com

 

Where to find a Morkie for adoption:rescue-morkie

 

Most popular dog names

Most popular dog names

Every year, VPI Pet Insurance runs a survey from among thumb_bella-in-jeans_1024its 485,000 + insured pets to determine the most popular dog and cat names.

In 2012, Max and Bella topped the list once again, for the fourth consecutive year.  And while these would be great Morkie names, strangely, Max and Bella are ALSO the most popular CAT names!

Other names rounding out the top 10 for male dogs in 2013:

  • Buddy
  • Rocky
  • Bailey
  • Jake
  • Charlie
  • Jack
  • Toby
  • Cody
  • Buster

Top female dog names in 2013:

  • Molly
  • Lucy
  • Maggie
  • Daisy
  • Sophie
  • Sadie
  • Chloe
  • Bailey
  • Lola

(You can see the top 100 here at Dogtime )

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What about the least popular names?

Or at least, the dog names that are out of fashion now.  VetStreet.com reports on the drop in popularity of these former-faves:

  • Scooter – #34 in 2003, now #98
  • Brandy – #42 in 2001, and off the top 100 list now
  • Dakota – #43 in 2009, and off the top 100 list now

Other names that have gone the way of your shoulder pads, parachute pants and big, big hair…. Rudy, Misty, Spike, Holly and Lucky.  So over.

Rising stars in the dog name world?

Dexter – which rose from #99 last year to #25. Luna, Thor and Layla are others that are climbing up the ranks, along with Gunner, Piper and Nala (think Lion King)

What drives these pet name trends?

Experts say pop culture is clearly one inspiration for many pet names – Bella has taken off since the Twilight series became popular.  Another trend is picking regular people-names, like Leo, Penny and Zoey for example. Again these are all great names for Morkies.

And then there are the just plain weird….like Bunny Money Dogg (a long-haired miniature dachshund from New York City, Potato Chip ( a Boston terrier from California) and Captain Underpants, who got his name from his goofy and spunky personality.

For more, check out WackyPetNames.com and try their very cool wacky-pet-name generator – it’s  hilarious!

Feel guilty about having a purebred dog?

Feel guilty about having a purebred dog?

 mutt-or-pure-breedSometimes the world seems divided between two kinds of people: those who feel pretty self-righteous for rescuing a mutt and those who feel a little guilty for owning a pedigreed or pure breed dog.

But as author Ted Kerasote points out, the real problem isn’t ‘which one is better?’ but  instead is all about:

  • antiquated shelter systems
  • careless breeding – by both professional breeders and everyday people

Add to this, people see dogs as way to make some quick cash – the whole puppy-mill-to-pet-store continuum, and it’s a disaster.

“Some dog lovers feel that buying a purebred dog is ethically questionable because of health problems associated with overbreeding and inbreeding. At the same time, two million to three million shelter dogs in the U.S. are put to death every year.”

–Mark Derr is the author of “A Dog’s History of America: How Our Best Friend Explored, Conquered and Settled a Continent” and “Dog’s Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship.”

“Our out-dated approach to shelters relies on two choices for unwanted animals: euthanasia (the so-called high kill shelters) and trying to adopt out pets one-at-a-time in very ineffective and inefficient ways.”

For Kerasoste, careless breeding includes the so-called professionals who sacrifice a breed’s health, temperament and well-being to looks — witness the number of large dogs with hip dysplasia, small dogs who can hardly breath because of their extremely shortened muzzles and more.

One thing’s for sure: assigning blame to one side or the other won’t solve a thing.

Should you get a Yorkie or a Maltese? How about a Morkie?

Should you get a Yorkie or a Maltese? How about a Morkie?

Yorkie, Morkie, Maltese – three of the cutest toy dogs around

Which small dog is right for you?

thumb_yorkshire-terrier_1024If you’re thinking of getting a toy dog, you’ve probably considered one of the most popular breeds – the Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies are smart, spunky and affectionate.

Yorkies are a relatively “new” breed – they were developed in northern England during the Industrial Revolution (the 1860s) to chase rats and other vermin from factories and mines.

Maltese dogs on the other hand, are also very affectionate and playful but since they’re not terriers, they’re a little less high-spirited.maltese-dog-picture- 36

They are one of the most ancient breeds – dating back centuries. Pictures of Maltese have been found on ancient Greek urns going back to around 500 B.C.!

Both breeds feature long, glamorous coats and both are hypoallergenic meaning they have HAIR not FUR, so they don’t shed. They don’t have an undercoat that sheds fluffy light fur and they have much less dander, the dandruff-life substance that is the real source of allergies.

Morkies – the Yorkie + Maltese

3 morkie puppies in wicker basketIf you can’t decide which dog breed you prefer, you could always look at a Morkie – Morkies are the cross-breed of a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and a purebred Maltese dog. They can come in a wide variety of colours, from beige, to nearly white to nearly black, reflecting the Maltese dog’s pure white coat and the Yorkie’s black-and-tan coat.

The Morkie’s behaviour and personality is also a combination of both breeds, but in what proportion is random. So your Morkie could be much more aggressive and terrier-like like the Yorkshire Terrier or much more calm and placid like the Maltese.

Informative e-book

Before you make up your mind, you might want to read the downloadable e-book Yorkie, Morkie or Maltese? Your Playbook to Picking the Perfect Pet. 

For just $7.00 you can download this book immediately in PDF format, and read it on your computer or reader device like a Kindle or Kobe. You can also print it if you like. With the clickable table of contents, you can go right to the section you want to read about.

Yorkie, Morkie or Maltese? Your Playbook to Picking the Perfect Pet features:

  • a full comparison of both breeds and their cross-breed, the Morkie
  • their characteristics
  • health problems that are common to both breeds
  • plenty of pictures and tables
  • information on the best places to find your perfect pup

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Morkie Rescue – where and how?

Morkie Rescue – where and how?

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MorkieRescue.com is a new site, devoted to Morkie resources for adopting and rescuing Yorkie-Maltese mixes.

That’s great – you won’t be disappointed.  Today, shelter and rescue group staff work with you to find a great match.

And contrary to some myths out there, dogs at shelters are not “bad” or “damaged.” They’ve usually been turned back because the owner’s life has taken a bad turn.

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Petfinder.com and Petango.com have thousands of up-to-date listings.

To find an adoptable Morkie, you can check one of the big “shelter aggregator” sites – these are websites that pull together all the shelters,  humane societies and rescue groups across Canada, the United States and Mexico – they show you who is available, where.  You just enter the kind of pet you’re looking for, the breed and where you live.  You’ll see dozens of options.

The two biggies are:

They’re outstanding sites, and also feature lots of tips and articles on adopting.

You can also check Breed Rescue Clubs – Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese Clubs – where you can find mixes like Morkies.

Some of these are:

Know of any good rescue groups? Let me know and I’ll put them online.

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