How to Care for Your Morkie Step by Step

By Rose Kerr

A Morkie is a mix of two breeds, a Yorkshire Terries and a Maltese, the result is a wonderful breed that assimilated the best of both parent breeds. A Morkie is playful, intelligent, extremely active, gentle with children and other animals in the household and easy to train. They make excellent pets for seniors, families and great play companions for children. Morkies have a great hunting instincts and therefore love chasing birds, mice or any other small animal. Caring for your Morkie takes little effort, but requires a lot of consistent measures.

Brush your Morkie daily or at least once every two days. A Morkie's hair tends to get tangled daily brushing keeps the dog looking great. The best time to brush the Morkie is immediately after feeding, because a fed Morkie is satiated and calm.

Bathe your Morkie once every 15 to 30 days. A Morkie is prone to skin problems, so be careful not to over-bathe, as this will dry the dog's skin and make it itch. Use a mild shampoo for the bath and ensure you dry the pet thoroughly after the bath.

Trim the coat of your Morkie all over the body if you cannot brush it as often as is required. If you like the coat long, at least ensure that there is no hair in front of the dog's eyes and around the anal opening. Trim this hair once a week. Trim the nails once every 40 days or when they grow so much that they make touch the floor or ground when the dog walks. The best time to trim a Morkie's nails is after a bath.

Engage the dog with ball or a toy for exercise. Morkies do not need a special place for exercise because they are very playful. However, a toy is helpful if you are not taking the dog out for daily walks. Morkies also need lots of attention and love.

Check the dog's eyes, ears and paws regularly for infection. Morkie's tend to have weepy eyes, so keep some wet wipes handy; you can buy them or make them at home by boiling a few basil leaves in 1/2 cup water and dipping cotton balls into the water to wipe the eyes. Brush the dog's teeth at least once every 15 to 30 days.

Feed your Yorkie a brand dog food as per the instructions on the bag. Train the dog to eat well at one feeding time. Give the food at a fixed time; allow the dog to eat their fill and when it leaves the bowl, remove it and do not give it anymore food until the next meal time. The dog will learn to eat well at every meal. Ensure the dog has fresh water every day.

Visit a vet once every six months for an overall check up, professional grooming (ears, nails, coat) and brushing of teeth. A professional groomer is able to brush the teeth more effectively and remove tartar while checking for gum infections.