Where to adopt a Morkie or Morkie puppy

Looking for a Morkie? You can adopt a Morkie from a shelter or rescue a Morkie from one of many groups. Or, if you want to buy a Morkie, here’s information on how to find a reputable breeder with morkie puppies for sale. The challenge is to find a good quality Morkie without supporting puppy mills.

The Morkie isn’t recognized as an official breed so that you won’t find registered breeders – generally the best way to go for a healthy pet.

Casual breeders will offer Morkie puppies for sale — but just be SURE that they have raised their pups; you don’t want to support puppy mill operators. Or be caught up in Puppy Scams, so read on.

Three Legit Ways to Add a Morkie to Your Life

1. Buy

To buy, look for a reputable individual who is breeding Morkies because they have a genuine interest in them. Ask if there are Morkie puppies for sale.

If you can’t adopt a Morkie (Maltese or Yorkie), look for a good breeder. Because the Morkie isn’t a real breed – there are no recognized breeders. But some friendly, decent people raise a few of these cross-breeds yearly. That’s the kind of person you want to find, not a puppy mill.

The last thing you want is to support the scum who run puppy mills.

2. Adopt

Most shelters and rescue groups receive donations to help fund their operations, but others receive funding from the government and other sources. Sources for donations include direct requests for money, crowdfunding, fundraising events and “gifts in kind,” like a dog food company donating free food.

There is usually a modest set fee to adopt and guidelines in place for potential pet parents (including a background check), but the bonus is – shelters ensure that the dog is spayed or neutered before being adopted.

3. Rescue

Rescue groups are funded mainly by private donations, and staff comprises volunteers. Rescue organizations often focus on a breed or size of the dog, such as “Morkie Rescue.”  Rescues are often housed in volunteers’ homes, overseen by the rescue. 

It can be harder to adopt through a rescue. That’s because they look very closely at potential applicants. They may ask you to foster your potential new dog first before adopting to check the fit.

Try not to feel defensive: this can increase the odds of success; if it doesn’t, you know you did all you could.

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Two worst places to buy a dog or puppy

PET STORES are the worst when it comes to getting a new puppy or an older dog.  Buying online without seeing the dog first is almost as bad, and the chances of being scammed online are very high.

And the chances your new companion came from a puppy mill are even higher.

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Why you should never buy at a pet store

No matter what the store tells you, their puppies come from mills or from “brokers” representing puppy mills. Period. No legit breeder would put his puppies in a pet store environment.

Pet store puppies are way overpriced, in poor health, and poorly socialized. They’re likely to be nervous and high-strung – imagine sitting in a glass cage 24/7 with people tapping on it all day!

There’s no health guarantee – or if there is, and you do return the dog, likely he will be re-sold.

Why you shouldn't buy a puppy from a pet store

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UPDATE:  Kudos to these jurisdictions who have banned selling dogs at pet stores!  Click on any one to read more. 

“Isn’t it a good thing to rescue a puppy from a pet store?”

As hard as this is to hear, no, it isn’t. Dogs in pet stores come from unspeakably cruel puppy mills. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand.

As soon as you buy that puppy to rescue him, the empty cage at the store will be filled with another puppy from the same puppy mill. Only when customers stop buying will the suffering end.

Why you should never buy online – just look

It’s OK to LOOK online, but don’t buy without visiting the seller/breeder first. 

NEVER buy a dog from a breeder advertising online, and it won’t let you see the dog. Beware of ads on Kijiji, Craigslist, or other free advertising sites. When you buy a dog online, sight unseen, chances are you’ll be scammed, or if you get a puppy, it will be from a puppy mill. 

Stick with pet adoption websites like 

Why you should never buy a puppy online, sight unseen

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When you buy online without seeing your new dog, you are opening yourself up to the following:


Is this really the dog you think you’re buying?


Is there even a dog available? Often, crooks advertise puppies with pictures from other websites.


You think you’re buying from a legitimate breeder, but at best, you’re buying from a PUPPY MILL.

Charities run sites like and They work hard to pull together all the pets available for adoption and put them in one place.

You enter where you live and what you’re looking for, and the database comes up with available dogs and cats from local humane societies, shelters, and rescues.

Breeders are not allowed to advertise pets on these sites. All the pets shown are in genuine need of a forever home.