Morkies Puppies for Sale in Florida
The Morkie is an adorable crossbreed of the purebred Maltese and the purebred Yorkshire terrier. These natural lapdogs are quite small, coming in at less than 12 inches tall and less than 13 pounds. In overall appearance and coloring, they usually take after the Yorkie side, but their coats are softer like the Maltese and require regular brushing and monthly grooming to keep the hair silky and tangle-free. This pup is considered a nonshedding dog, and many people with allergies can tolerate this breed quite well.
Morkies are very small dogs because both of the parent breeds are part of the toy group. They usually grow to be between 9-12 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 5-15 pounds full grown. While this may seem like a big weight range, final size depends heavily on the size of both the parents. If they are bred from teacup Yorkies will likely be on the smaller side. These dogs can have either the perky Yorkie ears or the floppy Maltese ears, but either one gives them an adorable, almost toy-like appearance. They have a delicate facial structure and a short but proudly held tail. Their coat is usually more like the fluffy Maltese coat, but some puppies can inherit the longer Yorkshire terrier style. Color combinations are almost limitless, but common ones are black and tan and black and white. These dogs shed very little if at all and are considered a nonshedding, hypoallergenic breed for all intents and purposes.
Just like its Maltese and Yorkie parents, the Morkie is an exceptionally friendly and social dog that bonds strongly with its owners. Because of this, they may not be a good fit for a family where everyone works most of the day, as they need a lot of interaction or they can get anxious. These dogs usually get along quite well with cats and other dogs, although large dogs may need to be monitored to ensure playtime doesn’t get too rough. The Morkie is known for its spunk and intelligence, and these dogs learn tricks easily. However, they do have a stubborn streak and require consistent training and leadership.
First and foremost, Morkies are one of the most playful breeds there is. They love to entertain their owners and enjoy showing off tricks for friends and family. They are a very affectionate, engaging breed and are truly part of the family more than just a pet. They are very intelligent and are generally easy to housebreak and train with positive reinforcement. However, the Yorkshire terrier is known to have a stubborn streak at times, so this may require extra consistency and boundaries, particularly during the adolescent stage in puppies. Morkies are generally oblivious to their size and will happily play with other dogs — and even cats — of all sizes. However, the Yorkie’s rodent-chasing history makes them not the best playmates if there are guinea pigs or rabbits in the house.
Morkies have an average energy level, which means they need a decent amount of exercise. This can be achieved with a daily walk, but their small size also means a few runs chasing squirrels around a fenced-in backyard are also usually enough to keep them happy. When the excitement is over, they turn into the perfect lapdog, ready to watch TV or snooze with their owners for hours.
While the Morkie enjoys a long average lifespan of 10-13 years, they can be prone to many of the small health problems of the smaller breeds. Because of their delicate bone structure and jaw size, dental problems are common and can result in tooth loss and needing a soft diet in the later years. They are also more prone to blindness, glaucoma, and cataracts as they get older.
If you’re looking for a small breed that has a large personality, the Morkie is a sure bet. Check out the Morkie puppies we have available from Florida Puppies Online.