Should you breed your Morkie?

Should you breed your Morkie?

The short answer is No, and here’s why.

Ethical breeding isn’t a hobby. People who work hard to breed purebred dogs, or in this case, cross breeds of two purebreds, have invested a lot of learning, money and effort into what they do. And once the puppies are born, can you devote at least 8 solid weeks to the puppies’ care, night and day? Do you have buyers for the pups?  Dog breeding is very complex, and it can be very expensive too.

 

Over population.  There are waaaaay too many dogs and puppies in shelters… adding your own litter means fewer of those dogs have a chance.

The ASPCA  estimates that in U.S. Animal Shelters alone, 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year, simply because there’s no room for them. That’s more than 7 pets every minute, every day. 

 

 

 

Your pet should be spayed or neutered for health’s sake. 

 

Females that haven’t been spayed have a 25% greater chance of dying of cancer. Females that haven’t been spayed can quickly develop Pyometra, a deadly uterine infection.  (http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/)

Male dogs who have been neutered live, on average, 40% longer. Plus they can’t of course, get testicular cancer.

 

“But I want my kids to see the miracle of birth.”

Sure, the birth part is a miracle. But what about the life after birth? If the puppies don’t land in a good home, or if you sell them to people you don’t know and have not screened, then that’s a hard lesson learned for the dogs. And it might even teach kids that life is cheap. There are lots of great videos on birth and some shelters have live webcams of birthing.

 

This sums it up.

 

Before you adopt a Morkie…

Before you adopt a Morkie…

question mark with speech bubble iconsThe number one advice for people who want to adopt a Morkie: know what you’re getting. Morkies, like all dogs, have built-in pros and cons, which come from their purebred parents the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese.

And because a Morkie is not a recognized breed, you won’t be able to find registered, verifiable breeders.

First, do you want a puppy or a dog?

Who wouldn’t fall in love with one of these:

tiny yorkie puppy in bed

But is it the adorable puppy you want rather than the dog. Remember that within 8 or 9 months that puppy will be a full grown Morkie. He’s still adorable but not as cute as a puppy.  Don’t act on impulse and be sorry later.

Next: where to find a good quality Morkie

The Morkie isn’t recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club, so 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!

To find a good quality Morkie, start with local rescue groups, the humane society and the local pound. Two great websites to start are petango.com and petfinder.com  Others include petharbor.com.com and bestfriends.org

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. Visit the breeder, meet at least one of the parents and ask lots of questions.

Morkies have hereditary health problems that come with any purebred dog

vet with yorkie puppy and little girlUnfortunately, all purebred dogs have in-bred health concerns; and the Morkie is no exception. He has some of the health concerns that might affect a Maltese or Yorkshire Terrier. That doesn’t mean YOUR Morkie will get one or all of these diseases; just that they tend to be more common in either Yorkshire Terriers or Maltese.
Here are some you should know about:

  • Patellar Luxation- slipping kneecap
  • Collapsing Trachea – windpipe
  • Liver Shunts – system can carry toxins
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease or ruptured discs
  • Low blood sugar

A couple of other things that are good to know

  • Morkies can be harder to housebreak than many small breeds (it’s the Maltese side)
  • Morkies can bark a lot – they’re half terrier!
  • Morkies can be needy and can suffer from separation anxiety
  • Morkies are GREAT little companions, who are affectionate, smart and loyal

Want to know more about the differences between Yorkie, Morkie and Maltese? 

You might like my helpful ebook.


YMM-price-smallIn this 110-page e-book you’ll learn about each — the Yorkshire Terrier, the Maltese dog and the Morkie — and how their behavior, qualities and health concerns can affect you the owner.

If you are thinking of getting a small dog, or you already have one of these breeds — this book will teach you more about three of the most popular dogs – the Yorkshire Terrier, the Maltese dog and their adorable cross, the Morkie.  

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Half Yorkshire Terrier and half Maltese dog, Morkies are a delightful mixed breed or designer dog.

morkie in field with yellow flowers

Both parent dogs have hair, not fur, so they trigger fewer allergies.  They are about the same size – 4 to 7 pounds and about 8 to 10 inches high at the shoulders.

They are both in the “Toy Dog” class, even though the Yorkie is a terrier. Like their parents, the Morkie is a loyal, affectionate and fun-loving companion.

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One of the Morkie parents, the Maltese.

One of the oldest breeds, Maltese are prized for their beautiful white coats and loving nature.

First bred more than 3,000 years ago, Maltese dogs were lapdogs or companions. They had no other purpose or job to do.  That explains their deeply engrained people-pleasing nature.  Originally a symbol of wealth, Maltese were prized by aristocrats and royalty.

 

 

 

In contrast, the Yorkshire Terrier breed is less than 200 years old.  They’re glamorous companions to the stars today, but Yorkies started as lowly factory workers in northern England. Their job? Catch rats and mice in fabric mills and coal mines. But Yorkies soon caught the eye of upper-class British ladies and were eventually downsized to the lapdogs we enjoy today.

Yorkshire Terrier - Yorkies are spirited dogs

The other Morkie parent, the Yorkshire Terrier.

Yorkies still have the feisty, energetic nature of a working dog. They’re a big dog in a small body and they do like to bark. But they’re smart and love games. Like Maltese, they are loving and loyal.

Combining the two to create a Morkie

Morkies are beautiful, friendly and affectionate dogs.

Part of their appeal is the fact each one is a little different from the other. They can be any combination of the black and tan Yorkshire Terrier color and the pure white Maltese. This combo can result in apricot, white, brown and most common black and tan, which in later life changes to a silver-grayish color.

When it comes to temperament, you can never be sure which parent the Morkie will resemble.

A Morkie isn’t simply 50% Yorkie and 50% Maltese; how the two breeds combine is different every time.  The ideal Morkie combines the best of both breeds. On the plus side, you never know what you’ll get.  On the negative side, you never know what you’ll get!

That means your little Morkie will be unique and a one-of-a-kind pet with the advantages of both Yorkie and Maltese.

Read more on this page: What’s a Morkie?

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