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The Morkie is a mixed breed between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier dog breeds. These dogs take on many of the best qualities from each parent and are loveable partners with great personalities. Because they're close to teacup size and require relatively little exercise, Morkies make a great apartment or small space companion.
Because they're a mixed breed, the Morkie is not as consistently sized as either of its parents. They can stand anywhere from 4-8 inches at the shoulder and can weigh anywhere from 7-13 pounds. Their small size can make them injury-prone if they're in a house with larger animals or small children, so they're best paired with adults or older children who know how to play properly. Often found in white or black, the Morkie has inherited the low shedding trait from both its parents, though they are not considered hypoallergenic.
Morkies are known to be very vocal dogs. This makes them a great candidate as a watchdog, even if they don't have the size to back up their bark. The Morkie breed is prone to some of the same health conditions that the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier also face. A few things to keep an eye on during regular vet checkups include dental disease, hernias, reverse sneezing, and collapsed trachea.
Morkies can be stubborn, and their energy levels are high. To ensure your space isn't torn up as a result of boredom, make sure your dog gets at least one half-hour walk a day or some light playing around the house. It's important to not overdo it, though, as too much exercise can actually lead to injury with this breed.
How dog-friendly is Rhode Island?
Rhode Island is a beautiful state with wonderful stretches of waterfront and outdoor public land to enjoy life with your pup. The state does have some areas of improvement and ranks fairly average for pet-friendliness relative to other states.
One of the leading studies for pet-friendly places to live comes from Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Rhode Island ranks as the 33rd most pet-friendly state. While this score is pretty average, the state did score well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Another great study comes from Safewise, a safety review website for different places to live. They ranked Rhode Island similarly in the middle – as the 25th most pet-friendly state in the country.
Both studies evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Rhode Island
BringFido lists Rhode Island as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. Their most recommended spots for dogs are Compass Rose Beach and Sachuest Beach, both popular dog-friendly destinations for Rhode Island.
Rhode Island has a below-average dog ownership rate. Twenty-six percent of Rhode Island residents own a dog, compared to the national rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Rhode Islanders love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Rhode Island are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and German Shepherds.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Rhode Island
Rhode Island saved 5,282 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 18 animals were killed over this, same period.
Twenty-seven out of 30 of the animal shelters within Rhode Island are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is a great number since it’s above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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