Morkies are a mix of two purebred dogs - Maltese and Terrier, normally Yorkshire Terrier, but some are Silky Terriers. This designer breed is a small (toy) sized dog, non shedding or low shedding (because they do not have an undercoat of fur) and are considered to be hypoallergenic. The average weight for a standard Morkie is between 7 - 15 lbs. Some breeders have smaller dogs and promote them as "tea cup" size, which is a dog that ranges between 4 - 6 pounds. As a rule of thumb, a toy sized dog is anything under 22 pounds and shorter than 16 inches at the shoulder.
are small sturdy dogs, making them great for families with
children (Dogs under 6 pounds are not recommended for household with young children under the age of seven) or middle aged to elderly people who don't want to be knocked
over by a larger dog, but don't want a tiny dog that will dart under
"The use of the term toy to refer to dogs is based on tradition, and is not a precise classification. Dogs traditionally referred to as toy dogs are usually the very smallest dogs.
Toy dogs can be one of several dog types. Some are of ancient lap dog types, and some are small versions of hunting dog, Spitz, or terrier types, bred down in size for a
particular kind of work or to create a pet of convenient size. The very smallest dogs are sometimes called Teacup, although no major dog registry recognizes that term."
Common Health Issues of Small Breed Dogs
There are common health issues that can affect almost all small breed dogs.
For the most part the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier breeds are healthy happy dogs. Although they share common health issues, that doesn't mean all dogs of
these breeds will have any of these problems. Your dog may never experience any of these health issues, but it's a good idea to know what they look like just
Here is a short list of common health issues and links to more information.
Parasitic Diarrhea (Giardia)
Giardiasis refers to an intestinal infection that is caused by the protozoan parasite giardia, which is the most common intestinal parasite found in humans.
The most common cause of transmission is actually waterborne, such as, shared water dishes, or rain puddles in the yard where dogs go potty.
Up to 50 percent of young puppies will develop this intestinal infection, and up to 100 percent of dogs housed in kennels will develop it due to closely shared
living spaces. The disease is not usually life threatening unless the dogs' immune system is immature or immuno-compromised.
Visit this link for more information: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/giardia-in-dogs/766
Intestinal Worms - Roundworm, Whipworm, Hookworm, TapewormEar Mites
All puppies are born with worms, that's why it's important to get health records when you adopt your new puppy, so you know that your puppy has had the
proper worm treatments. It is recommended that adult dogs are wormed every six (6) months. Here at Designer Puppies 4 U, we use Panacur or Safe Guard.
The most common are otodectes cynotis—tiny, eight-legged parasites that feed on the wax and oils in a dog’s ear canal. An individual mite has a three-week
life cycle, and is barely detectable by the naked eye. Causing irritation and inflammation, ear mites can infect the external and internal canal, and lead to more
serious skin or ear infections if left untreated. Infection usually produces a characteristic dark discharge; in some cases, the ear canal can become entirely
obstructed by this coffee ground-like debris.
Is a dislocation of the knee cap either toward the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of the leg. The patella and its ligament normally
rides in a trough or trochlear groove in the center of the leg (femur). It is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities in dogs. Patellar luxation
is most common in toy and miniature dog breeds, especially Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Pekingese, Chihuahuas, Miniature Pinschers and
Boston Terriers. It is uncommon in cats, but may be more common than suspected because most affected cats are not lame.
Yorkie puppies are especially vulnerable to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Episodes are trigged by not eating regularly, stress, strenuous activity,
or digestive track illnesses. Symptoms include confusion or disorientation, shivering or a staggering gait, and drowsiness.
For more information about Maltese, visit: Health issues in Malteses
For more information about Yorkies, visit: Health issues in Yorkshire Terriers