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The Teacup Morkie is a cross also known as a hybrid or designer dog being a mix of the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier. It is toy sized and when smaller, its the Teacup Morkie. It was bred to be a lap dog and companion. It has a life span of 10 to 13 years and is playful but also quite demanding, it will want to be close at all times. It is also known as a Teacup Yorktese in some cases.
The Yorkshire Terrier
In 19th century England when Scottish workers came to Yorkshire with terriers to be ratters, these were then bred with other terriers in the area. Today it is a confident and clever dog, some can be more affectionate and some more active. It should not be over spoiled as that can lead to a small dog that is a big handful.
Maltese are ancient dogs with unclear origins. For a while in Europe it was much favored by nobility and royalty. When breeders tried to make it even smaller damage was done and other dogs had to be used to revive it. Today it is an entertaining dog, very social and lively. It needs to be with people though and is good at using its sweet appeal to get its own way.
|The Teacup Morkie at a Glance|
|Breed Name||Teacup Morkie|
|Mix of||Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier|
|Life Expectancy||10 to 13 years|
|Height||6 to 8 inches|
|Weight||4 to 7 pounds|
|Coat type||Fine, long, silky, straight|
|Temperament||Affectionate, clever, friendly and needy|
|Barking||Occasional to frequent|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization with older children|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent but barking may need training to stop on command|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good to excellent|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low – can suffer from separation anxiety if left too long|
|Exercise Needs||Somewhat active but easy to meet|
|Stubbornness||Can be quite stubborn|
|Shedding||Low – should not be a lot of hair if any around the home|
|Brushing||Brush once a day|
|Feeding||¼ to ½ a cup of a good quality dry dog food|
|Health Issues||Some issues can include liver problems, patellar luxation, eye problems, collapsed trachea and hypoglycemia|
|Potential For Weight Gain||Moderate|
|Average puppy price||$850 – $3700|
|Average medical expenses||$435 to $550 a year (includes pet insurance, vet check ups, flea and tick prevention and shots)|
|Average non-medical expenses||$410 to $500 a year (includes toys, food, license, training, miscellaneous items and grooming)|
The Teacup Morkie is a small or teacup sized mixed breed weighing 4 to 7 pounds and standing 6 to 8 inches tall. It can really look like either parent or any mix of them. It has fine bones, a tail that can be long or docked in places where that is still happening. The ears can be erect or hang over and sometimes you can have one ear doing one, then the other doing the other. Its muzzle is small with a black nose and deep set eyes that are almond shaped. It coat is long, silky, straight and fine and colors can be Yorkie like so browns, tans and black or Maltese like so white or cream. Those that are the latter tend to look more like its Maltese parent.
The Teacup Morkie is an affectionate and loyal dog. It loves attention and needs your companionship, it does not like being left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. It can even be overly demanding and clingy so is not a dog to get if you do not want one that has stick close to you. It is a great companion and lapdog but it is more than just that. It is also clever, social, agile and loves to play and have fun.
This dog can also have a stubborn side to it so it needs firm handling, if you spoil and treat it like a baby it can be hard to live with, become snappy even and hard to control. It is alert and wary of strangers so socialization is important. Some can make good watchdogs that will let you know if an intruder is trying to get in but its barking can be frequent. It forms close bonds to its family and is a curious thing.
Living with a Teacup Morkie Mix
How active is it?
A dog this size even a playful and lively one is still easy to see that its physical exercise needs are met. Take it for a couple of short to moderate walks a day and play with it, and if it has enough toys indoors it will also get some activity from that too. Make sure that some of those toys and the activities you do with it give it some mental stimulation too. When it gets enough physical and mental challenge it is less likely to have behavior problems. It can be an excellent apartment dog as long as it gets outside each day but you may need to train it to stop barking on command.
What is it like to train?
Training the Teacup Morkie is a gradual process but if you keep firm with it and be patient and positive the process should be moderately easy. It does have a stubborn side though and will try to get its own way. It is smart so avoid training sessions that are too long and boring, be consistent and confident and avoid harsh tones or punishments as it is sensitive. Make sure you start early socialization and training so it better deals with things like children, various situations, other animals and dogs. Small dogs are commonly hard to house train so make sure you set a regular schedule and stick with it.
Behavior around children and other animals
Morkies are good with children but it is best in homes just with older children because of its size which makes it more at risk of being hurt or even killed. Small children can be too rough and must be supervised to ensure it is safe with them. With older kids it will play enthusiastically, be affectionate and even sleeps with them if allowed. With other pets and dogs socialization helps it learn to get along with them, but it can be jealous of the attention other pets get, and too bold with dogs that are a lot larger than it is.
Caring for the Teacup Morkie Mix
Being so small it is easy to look after usually but should be done with care. It is fairly high maintenance though if you keep its coat longer. It is likely to need trips to a professional groomer and daily brushing. It is low shedding and possibly hypoallergenic but prone to tangles and the white coated dogs can have problems with tear stains. Check the ears once a week for infection and wipe them clean, brush its teeth every other day and bathe only when it really needs it. You also need to clip the nails when they get too long.
The Teacup Morkie will need to eat about ¼ to ½ cup of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals. It should also have fresh water.
Concerns and Costs
This dog is somewhat healthy but can inherit issues from either or both parents. Health problems that can come up might include Patellar luxation, eye problems, liver problems, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, reverse sneezing and white dog shaker syndrome.
Morkies are a very popular designer dog so prices range a huge amount and can reach very high numbers. A Teacup Morkie puppy will can cost between $850 to $3700. There are then other costs along with its price. Initial things like a crate, carrier bag, bowls, collar and leash, and such and then medical needs like blood tests, deworming, micro chipping, neutering and shots come to between $360 to $400. Then ongoing basic costs for food, medical check ups, treats, pet insurance, treats, license, training, long hair grooming, shots and flea prevention come to between $845 to $1050 a year.
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The Teacup Morkie is a tiny dog that is extremely popular right now which means extra care should be taken when you go looking for a breeder. There will be a lot of bad or ignorant people mistreating their dogs to make money from its desirability. It has a lot of personalty, can be hypoallergenic and is both affectionate and playful making it great to have around for cuddles and entertainment! It is needy though and is not a dog you can leave alone every day, it needs companionship.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.