Have you seen a Morkie dog? If you have, surely you’ve done the ::squeeee:: at their cuteness and if you’ve not seen them, well, you’re in for a great treat.
This cross-breed is known for its tiny size and longer hair that makes it seem a little like an “Ewok” from Star Wars. What’s not to love about that, right? Smaller dogs seem to be a big hit for those who love dogs but don’t have the space for a larger breed, or who want the ability to cuddle the pup right in their arms.
If you have been ogling at the Morkie dog for some time and are considering getting one for your family, there are some things you should know about the breed before you make one a part of your brood. From medical considerations to how they are with kids, click through and see 13 adorable Morkie dogs and read 13 interesting facts about the breed:
1. They’re Tiny At Birth
On average, the Morkie puppy weights only four to five ounces at birth, according to LovetoKnow Dogs.
2. They’re A Crossbreed
A cross between a Yorkshire terrier and the Maltese is what becomes the Morkie, according to DailyPuppy.
3. They’re Still Small
When they reach adulthood, the average Morkie weighs only between 4 and 7 pounds, according to LovetoKnow Dogs.
4. Small Litter
When a Morkie is pregnant, they have a smaller litter since they’re so tiny themselves, and will give birth to two to five pups at a time, says LovetoKnow Dogs.
5. Handle With Care
Because they’re so small at birth and don’t grow very much, Morkie dogs need to be handled with care so you don’t hurt them, according to LovetoKnow Dogs.
6. Life Span
LovetoKnow Dogs says that a Morkie, on average, will live to about 12 years of age or longer if in great heath.
7. Medical Issues
Just like their parent the Yorkie, Morkies are susceptible to developing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, according to DailyPuppy.
8. Long Hair
Morkies are known for their long coat of hair, so the DailyPuppy states that they must be brushed often to avoid tangles and becoming matted.
9. Hard To Housebreak
Just like other smaller dogs, the Morkie can be difficult to housebreak, but not impossible, says DailyPuppy.