Are Yorkie dogs or Morkie Dogs good pets with children?

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ames2383: Are Yorkie dogs or Morkie Dogs good pets with babies and children?
My husband and I want to buy a little puppy and I love Yorkie puppies. We are planning on having children within one or two years. I have heard that Yorkie puppies are not good with little children and I worry about that. Is this true or does it just depend on the houshold?

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Answer by Rachel – Pit Police Captain
Usually, the problem is the kid and not the dogs. Small dogs get snippy with children, because children unknowingly handle the dog too roughly. Small breeds like yorkies are extremely fragile, and can be hurt quite easily by an overly-grabby toddler. That being said, if you are willing to ALWAYS supervise the dog around the child, teach the child how to interact with the dog, and the dog how to interact with the child, things should go just fine.

EDIT: One more thing….If you want a Yorkie, buy a yorkie. Don’t get sucked into the designer breed fad. Morkies are mutts, plain and simple, and no responsible or respectable breeder intentionally breeds mixes. These designer breeds are generally bred by money hungry unscrupulous people, and are often poorly cared for and riddled with health issues. Stick to the original.

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  1. Maz (R.I.P. Roscoe) says

    wait have your children first and concentrate on them, (they will keep you busy enough), then when the children are old enough to understand dogs are not toys you can have your little yorkie and the children will be able to share the enjoyment of dog ownership, Yorkies are very loyal and they bond strongly with their owners, when trained and socialised they are good family pets. If you decide to have a Yorkie now then get in touch with the breed club and choose a breeder with care, take the dog to classes which use reward based training methods. Ensure the dog has good manners is extremely well socialised. Your puppy would have to be very well socialised with children, and remember Yorkies are delicate and you have to ensure the child does not injure or hurt the dog either. One last point you would never be able to leave any dog no matter what the breed alone with a child.

  2. Or says

    I would really think twice about a Yorkie around children. I have a toy Yorkie and she's very territorial, cute as can be but doesn't like when people come to visit. My nieces and nephews come over and I have to put her in another room, one because she's so small but another is because she barks constantly. They are very high stung little dogs and they fear nothing :0)

  3. torywifey07 says

    It depends on the childs upbringing with any small dog. I have a 9 month old son, and my family lives in an apartment. So we have to get a small dog once we get one next month. I have a very wild and destructive little brother whom I'm sure will get bitten. But none the less, this puppy is for my son. If the child is raised with dogs, and the dog and child is disciplined, then the child knows how to handle the dog nd be careful. If the dog is allowed to hurt the child and vice versa, then a dog is not applicable to your household situation.

  4. jaz says

    Toys dogs are not generally good with babies and small children because they can be hurt so easily. Please get a sturdier dog.

  5. Shiny Stuff says

    First off, Morkies aren't a breed. They're a mix. So they really could be anything- no reputable Maltese or Yorkie breeder is going to allow their dogs to be used to create them, so the personality of the parents isn't like to conform to the breed standard- and that gives the puppies even more genetic 'dice' to roll- you might get lucky, but I wouldn't go that route myself.

    Yorkies are generally not known for being good with children. They're small and quite delicate, especially as puppies, and they have a low tolerence for a lot of hte things that kids do naturally- hugging, picking up and carrying around, hair and ear pulling. While kids obviously do learn better, that's not much comfort to the dog hwo is getting picked on NOW.

    If you like the fiesty Yorkie terrier temperament, you might look at a few SLIGHTLY larger dogs who are known for being better with kids. I would include:
    -rat terriers- come in 3 sizes and while they're not as fuzzy-cute as Yorkies, are some of the best small dogs out there with kids.
    -Cairn terriers- another smallish terrier (12-15#) that is known for putting up with quite a lot from children.
    Both of these dogs are true terriers- as is the Yorkie- they will need consistant training and socialization, and a reasonable amount of exercise.

    If you prefer the 'diva' side of the Yorkie (or Maltese) and think a toy-breed might fit better into your family, I would look at these breeds:
    -Cavalier King Charles Spaniel- Cavs are, in a lot of ways, the ultimate family dog. Low-moderate energy, tolerant of kids, and big enough as adults to be pretty sturdy. They DO have serious health problems, and it's very, very important to buy from a reputable breeder who health tests. They're a bit larger than a Yorkie-15 pounds or so- but easily small enough to be managable, and their low enegery level is great if you've got very little space.
    -Pugs – surprisingly high energy for a toy brachecephalic breed, pugs are energetic, engaging little companions. They are, I believe, the largest toy- up to 20 pounds isn't unusual- but they're VERY sturdy. Again, important to buy from a reputable breeder, and if you like the look of the Yorkie and Maltese, these guys probably won't appeal to you quite so much.
    -Havanese & Coton de Tulaar – both of these (relatively) rare breeds aren't as well known in the US as the others I've mentioned, but they're in the same family as the Maltese and Bichon, with downy coats that need professional grooming. Both are quite ancient breeds and well-established in the US, if you do some searching- you won't find one in the newspaper or at a pet store, but that means it's a lot easier to weed out bad breeders. They're a bit bigger- 12# than Yorkies and Maltese, but not as large as Cavaliers or pugs, and they've got relatively solid bone for their size. They come in a variety of colors and markings and are LOVELY dogs.

    Nonsporting breeds
    -The bichon is another Maltese relative, with a curly white coat and sparkling black eyes. Small Paws Bichon Rescue (google that) has lots of good resources about this breed.

    Any dog that you get needs to be kid-proofed, so you'll want to think now about how much time you have to train. You'll want the dog to be mannerly and housebroken WELL before kids arrive, since you won't have the energy to do it while they are on the way or afterwards, and it's not fair to a puppy to get him and then give him up because you had too much on your plate. Puppy obedience classes (and then a follow up course between 12-18 months) will be a must.


  6. Cassie says

    I would not recommend a toy dog such as a Yorkie or a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie?) with children or babies. If a child picks up the dog and drops it, the dog could be paralyzed for life due to their small, fragile bones.
    Small dogs also do not appreciate having their tails and ears pulled upon.
    Also beware of herding dogs with young children. If you have older children, they would be okay, but a herding dog might have the uregency to herd your children, including nipping.
    I would recommend a mellow breed such as a retriever, spaniel, or a non-sporting breeds.

  7. Melanie says

    Yorkies are not very good with smaller children, older children they are fine. I would suggest waiting till your child is a bit older before you get any small breed dog.

    If you are thinking about a Morkie, go to the shelter instead and adopt a great homeless pet. Basically when anyone pays for one of these new "designer" breeds, they are getting an overpriced Mutt. Please give a home to a homeless animal first.

  8. Tulip says

    Never buy a small dog with young children. Labradors are good with children, so a golden retrivers, Newfoundlands are gentle giants. i would suggest a adult dog around 2yrs+ would be a good age to have with young children. I would never place any small dog with children under 8yrs old. Cockers are fine with 13yrs+

    Morkie is a Yorkshire Terrier x Maltese=A mutt. A common dog produced in puppy mills.

    Never buy from a petstore, backyard breeder, puppy mill or newspaper. Please consider adopting from the shelter and don't knock the adults.

    The reason i am suggestion a dog that an adult 2yrs+ is they should have outgrown the teething stage and nippy stage that all puppies go through and you won't have to worry about a young child getting nipped accidently.

    Adult Dogs Have Many Advantages
    Most dogs given to shelters are young adolescents. They don't usually have behavior problems, they were just victims of well-meaning owners who didn't have the time, knowledge or patience for the needs of a dog.

    While many shelter dogs could use a little more training, they usually bond quickly with new owners, and have fewer needs than a young puppy.

    Many shelter dogs are already housetrained, though they often need some reminders and a few days of adjustment time after their stay at a shelter kennel. Even if they were sadly kept outdoors only, adult dogs often only need a day or two to learn that they live inside, but eliminate outside.

    Many shelter dogs have already lived with children. People often assume that they should start with a puppy if they have children. Puppies have sharp baby teeth and can play too roughly with young children. There are many adult dogs in the shelter that are recommended for households with children. And, teaching children about the moral benefits of saving the life of a homeless adult pet is a lesson that will never be forgotten.

    Adult dogs are easier to train than young puppies because they have longer attention spans. And many shelter dogs already know some basic commands taught in their first home or by shelter volunteers.

    Dogs are generally more predictable. A dog isn't full-grown until it's a year old, so when adopting an adult dog you already know it's full size, health and real personality.

    Dogs mature out of their "teenage phase" until they are often two years old. Adopting an older pet means that someone else already had his or her shoes chewed and you get the benefit of a dog who is more mellow and allows you to finish the entire newspaper.

    Don't discount a dog that is approaching a senior age. Even an eight-year-old dog has the likelihood of many more good years to give you. A senior dog often offers the sweetest rewards. To learn more about adopting a senior dog, we recommend visiting the Senior Dog's Project (

    You are taking a stand against the pet overpopulation crisis and saving an animal that will bond quickly with you, and shower you with gratitude and unconditional love

  9. Misa M says

    No dog will be naturally friendly with children unless time and effort have been put in to training. There are many great books on the subject:

    just to get you started. A frenetic, active toddler who doesn't understand that small dogs are fragile is a recipe for disaster when left with a dog. The dog needs to learn through positive training that children are OK, and must never be left unsupervised with any dog at any time. Children can accidentally hurt and kill small dogs if care is not taken. Please sign up for a class when you get your dog so that you can be prepared!

    "Dog Bite Prevention week is May 19-25, 2008. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Medical Association, most dog bite victims are children, and most bites are by the family pet or another dog known to the child. More dogs are euthanized for behavior issues, including biting, than any other cause. Trainers can help children and dogs by teaching kids and families how to read dog body language and act safely around dogs."

  10. seashell says

    Just think about it……you buy a puppy that you cuddle and baby and spoil for 2 years. All of a sudden a baby comes into the house and Fido has competition. In any breed of dog that could create problems.

  11. Vivian says

    Depends on the household. I know a few people that have yorkies and they did fine with the kids. As long as the puppy is socialized with children of all ages and has positive experiences you shouldn't have problems.

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