I'm searching for the perfect dog. Of course, "perfect" is in the eye of the beholder. That can be seen on any given day at Petland Naperville, where they can have up to 100 (or more!) different puppies for sale. This gives me a great place to observe many different breeds of dogs in one setting. Today I watched a Morkie. I was unfamiliar with this breed, so I called over a Pet Counselor and asked her, "What's a Morkie?" I think they get this question often, because this is a beautiful mixed breed that you can't quite place the origin of, or you simply think that you're looking at a Yorkshire Terrier instead of a Morkie.
First of all, I was corrected; this is not a "mixed breed." The proper term is "designer breed." What that means is that the mommy and the daddy didn't just get together on accident to create mixed-breed puppies. Instead, an experienced breeder purposefully put a mommy of one breed and a daddy of another together to create a new breed that emphasizes certain desired traits (health, size, or maybe personality). As for the Morkie, its parents are always a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and a purebred Maltese. Well, that would explain why it was of petite and fluffy!
The Morkie is a toy breed, and loves to be played with. They usually weigh between 5 and 10 pounds, although this may vary. The Morkie is covered in hair, which will grow long if left uncut. If you do decide to grow your Morkie's hair long, then be prepared to do a weekly brushing to keep tangles under control. Because of their hair, Morkies are considered to be non-allergenic to humans. (I always recommend testing that out before you buy a puppy, however.) That's okay, because brushing your Morkie is a great opportunity to bond with your pet. The Morkie makes a very loyal pet. They are very friendly and outgoing.
Morkies don't need much exercise---they can generally get enough from running and playing indoors. However, some like to go for walks. Morkies are also fragile and can't handle rough play---they might get injured. It is advisable not to buy a Morkie if you have small children that might not understand the difference between rough play and gentle play.
Morkies also need food made for smaller breeds. Morkies love to eat! Because Morkies are known to have problems with their teeth (including tooth loss), my Pet Counselor recommended that Morkies get fed dry kibble only, and a high quality food at that. Petland Naperville sells exactly the right food for your Morkie (or any other small breed that you might have). Petland Naperville also sells many chew toys that are geared toward teeth cleaning and health. I recommend getting a few of those toys in addition to proper food.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with a Morkie. I love the fact that it is incredibly fluffy and good with people. I absolutely love that they can come in many color combinations. That hairy coat is gorgeous, but also can create quite a mess if you don't give it the attention that it needs. I recommend the Morkie to anyone with a gentle family, and I'm sure you can find beautiful examples of this breed at Petland Naperville.