How Much Does A Morkie Cost?
A Morkie is a crossbreed between a Maltese and Yorkshire terrier; therefore it is not a pure breed. The dog inherits combined traits of both breeds, making it very affectionate, playful and energetic. Coming from a small sized lineage, Morkies are just as small, weighing nine pounds at the most for the standard sized. Some are even extra small and are classified as either a teacup, tiny toy or miniature. A Morkie has long silky hair that requires daily brushing to keep up.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a morkie can cost anywhere from $350 to as much as $3,000. Like any dog breed, the price will come down to the age, its bloodline, the breeder, etc.
- Morkies can be found up for adoption with prices ranging from $50 to $675.
- According to the popular online pet store Puppyfind.com, morkies range anywhere from $350 to $3,000, and most morkies that are available for sale here are aged 6 weeks to 4 months old. Standard sized morkies occupy the bottom end of the price range while teacup morkies are at the higher end.
- An exclusive morkies breeder, Morkieworld.com, sells female teacup morkies priced from $950 to 1,250 with a written one-year guarantee against genetic problems.
- Texasteacups.com quotes $675 to $3,500 as an average price for morkie puppies currently available for sale.
What is going to be included?
- Morkies sold by some breeder have complete shots and up-to-date worming, together with feeding and care instructions and a health certificate from the veterinarian.
- One of the problems dog breeders and owners have with morkies are genetic defects from crossbreeding. To appease prospective buyers, some breeders offer a written guarantee of their puppies to be free from genetic problems.
- If the dog is going to be shipped through an airline, a travel crate will be included.
What are the extra costs?
- Being a crossbreed, morkies suffer from genetic health conditions and may warrant close monitoring and continuous visits to the vet and excessive medical bills. It is highly recommended that you pick up a pet insurance policy to help bring down the costs.
- When buying online, some breeders do not handle shipping of the dogs. While an airline approved dog crate will be given, paying for the actual transportation is up to the buyer.
Factors that influence the price:
- Breeder. Those who already have made a name selling morkies can often have higher prices.
- Classification. Smaller sized morkies such as teacups command higher prices.
- Health Condition. Some morkies are priced very cheap, but unknown to the buyer, the puppy suffers from worms and genetic defects and has not been cared for properly or raised in a good environment.
Tips to know:
- Since it is not a purebred, prospective owners must be aware that this type of dog cannot be registered with the pure breed registry.
- Ask questions about the dog and the breeder before making a final decision to avoid buying from puppy mills. It is more difficult to go home with the pup and discover later on the problems you may have.
- An ethical dog breeder will be happy to answer all your queries and will stand behind his puppies all the way.
- Morkies can be bought from pet shops, breeders and local Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese shelter groups who often keep rescue dogs.
How can I save money?
- Check out Petango.com, Petfinder.com and AdoptaPet.com to find great deals on morkies up for adoption at a fraction of the cost of pups sold by breeders.