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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 South Dakota?
South Dakota is a great state for traveling with your dog and has strong animal welfare laws. Though it has some room to grow, South Dakota ranks pretty well for dog-friendliness.
We evaluated two major studies to understand how each state accommodates pets. Both studies surveyed all 50 states and ranked them for pet-friendly factors like access to pet care and services, animal cruelty laws, dog parks, outdoor spaces, and more.
The first was conducted by an animal welfare group called Pawsafe. Pawsafe ranked South Dakota as the 23rd most pet-friendly state. In this study, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from a safety review site called Safewise. They had a harsher view of South Dakota and ranked the state as 38th most pet-friendly in the country.
But if we put these two studies together, South Dakota ranks pretty well in the middle of the pack.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in South Dakota
BringFido lists South Dakota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Reptile Gardens and Custer State Park as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Thirty-two percent of South Dakota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40% but still shows that the state loves dogs.
What kinds of dogs do South Dakotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Dakota are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Dakota
South Dakota saved 10,836 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,824 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Six out of 23 of the animal shelters within South Dakota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Improving this percentage will go a long way to ranking South Dakota higher compared to other states.
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