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Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

  • WEIGHT: 25 to 45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 17 to 20 inches
  • COLOR(S): Red, red and chestnut, black and chestnut, black, tan, blue-gray
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
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Morkie

BREED GROUP: Toy
WEIGHT: 4 to 9 lbs
HEIGHT: 6 to 10 inches
COLOR(S): Black, tan, white, black and tan; may be solid, sable, or distinctively marked.
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DESCRIPTION

The Morkie is a breed of dog that is referred to as a crossbreed or a hybrid because it is half Maltese and half Yorkshire Terrier. In the last few years, hybrid dog breeds, also known as designer breeds have become increasingly popular because many undesirable traits of both parent breeds are eliminated while the more desirable traits are maintained. This is the case with the Morkie.

TEMPERAMENT

As is the case with most other hybrid breeds, Morkie dogs are prone to taking on characteristics and personality traits from either parent breed or from both. Both the Yorkie as well as the Maltese are known for having a lot of personality, so it should not be a surprise that a Morkie would as well. Like Yorkies, Morkie dogs may crave and even demand attention from its family. Morkie dogs are also likely to be very dedicated to their family, which makes them ideal as family dogs as well as watch dogs.

GROOMING

Morkie dogs will usually have coats that are very soft. One of the advantages to Morkie dogs is that they are a low to non-shedding dog, but prospective owners should still be aware that Morkie dogs will need to either have a short haircut or be brushed daily. In addition, it will be important to be sure that the hair around the Morkie’s eyes is kept clean on a regular basis. This will help to ensure that the hair does not build up around the eyes as well as to prevent dirt and debris from building up as well.

HEALTH

The health of the Morkie dogs tends to be rather good although they may suffer from some of the same health issues as both parent breeds. These health concerns may include tracheal collapse, cataracts, medial patellar luxation, hydrocephalus, chronic valvular heart disease and glaucoma. If a prospective owner is concerned about the possibility of such health conditions, it is a good idea to research the dog's parentage to find out whether there have been cases of such health issues and if so, the severity of those problems. When provided with good care and regular checkups, Morkie dogs will typically live between 14 and 16 years.

EXERCISE

Morkies enjoy extended walks and this is held true with the Morkie who has both their characteristics. If you find your Morkie to be unsettled in your home with too much energy, a walk of at least an hour to a max of four hours will burn that energy and give you a well tempered lap dog.

TRAINING

Early socialization and obedience are recommended. Morkie dogs may be stubborn and difficult to housebreak. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.



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