Morkies are an incredibly popular breed of small dogs. Given their temperament and adorableness, it’s no surprise that almost everyone wants a Morkie. Today, we’re going to look at everything you need to know about what it’s like to raise and live with a Morkie.
By Guest Blogger, Priotosh Karmaker
How Did the Morkie Breed Come About?
Morkies come from intentional breeding between a Maltese dog and Yorkshire Terrier. Since the first breeds sprung about, they’ve quickly become popular household companions for families. Morkies were bred to become the best partners who love playtime and enjoy affection. If you pay attention to your Morkie and shower it with love, it’ll adore you as well and reciprocate the affection.
What’s it like Living with and Raising a Morkie?
Morkies are friendly and love to play. Therefore, if you’ve got kids in your home, they’ll have a blast playing with the family Morkie and showering it with love.
The size of a Morkie makes it perfect for almost any home – be it a condo in the city or a house in the suburbs. You can own a Morkie where it would be difficult to take care of a larger dog breed. Although, because of their exploration and outdoor temperament, they’d be happier if you can take them out often and let them enjoy the outdoors.
As for exercise – Morkies are very active and playful. Moreover, due to their small size, you don’t have to take them out for walks deliberately. They can use up most of their pent up energy by playing around within the house. Therefore, let your kids and family members play with the dog, and it’ll get enough exercise. To add to the enjoyment – Morkies are very energetic, so you’ll tire long before they do.
To keep up with their playful nature and energy, Morkies need to eat a lot – a lot! Despite their size, Morkies can scarf down a lot of food to keep their energy high enough to play throughout the day.
Morkies quickly become attached. Therefore, if you bring in a new Morkie into the family, they’ll quickly adapt and become close to all family members.
Living with a Morkie is like living with a cuddling friend. Morkies love to cuddle, and so if you’ve got lots of love and affection to give and need lots of love and affection, a Morkie is the perfect companion for you.
What’s it Like Training a Morkie?
Morkies are a breed of incredibly smart and talented dogs. They can quickly pick up and learn new commands and behavioral patterns. Moreover, they often understand commands from their masters. However, due to their playful nature, it’s hard to get them to obey commands. They are known to be stubborn, especially the puppies. Therefore, despite being intelligent, Morkies are quite difficult to train and require a significant amount of patience from your end.
The Common Health Issues Morkies Have to Deal With
Just like other small dog breeds, Morkies face several health problems. Between the two types of Morkies, the smaller teacup variants are prone to more diseases than the larger breed. Regardless, if you intend to own a Morkie, get ready to help the pup deal with the following health issues:
- Morkies suffer from a collapsing trachea when they have to go through intense activity or exercise. If the dog has a poor diet, they become more susceptible to these breathing problems. Therefore, avoid overfeeding your Morkie. Make sure you play with it a lot or provide them with enough exercise.
- Among small dog breeds, Morkies are especially prone to dental problems. They have weaker jaws and gums than most other small dog breeds. What makes matters worse is that Morkies have a massive appetite. Therefore, to ensure your Morkie does not suffer from dental problems, you need to pay regular visits to the veterinarian for dental checkups.
- Morkies have inherited a health issue from their Maltese side – glaucoma. Please pay special attention to your Morkies’ eyes and prevent infections before they become worse.
Although Morkies aren’t the healthiest breed, they still manage to live long, healthy lives most of the time. To keep your Morkie in top shape, ensure that it gets plenty of exercise, has a healthy diet, and regular check-up with the veterinarian to take care of any health issues that might pop up before they become worse.
Grooming a Morkie
Brush your Morkie once every other day, if not daily. Due to their long hair, they tend to get their hair tangled up. Since Morkies are very playful, the best time to groom them is after they’ve had a hearty meal, as they’ll remain calmer.
Bathing and Washing a Morkie
Unless your dog plays around in the mud a lot, you should only bathe it every 2 weeks. Frequent bathing leads to skin problems in Morkies; therefore, avoid bathing it too often. Additionally, make sure you use a mild shampoo when bathing your dog. Finally, after a bath, make sure you’ve thoroughly dried the fur.
Morkies are Fragile
Morkies tend to get injured easily. Therefore, you should always be cautious around the dog to not step on it by mistake or hurt it in any way. Moreover, warn the rest of your family not to be too rough with the Morkie as they might end up hurting the small pup. Therefore, before deciding that the Morkie is the perfect breed for you, make sure you can ensure its safety.
- They are a mixed breed of dogs.
- They come in white, black, brown, or a mix of all these colors.
- Morkies are small and easily injure if you’re too rough with them.
- Because of their playful nature, it’s hard to get them to listen to commands.
- Your Morkie will need a lot of love and adoration.
Morkies are an excellent playmate and bring a lot of energy to the family. If you enjoy playing with your dog a lot, a Morkie is the right breed for you. Although they suffer from health problems at different points in their life, with proactive visits to the veterinarian, you can ensure that your Morkie will be safe from most health issues. These small pups are great if you have kids in the family – they can keep each other company and play with one other throughout the day.
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