Here are some helpful tips on what type of breed fits in your the best. Which one would be the best fit for you and or your family. Please give attention to what is important to you by Reviewing the List Below. This is what we normally do in our Pet Screening Process. We know its alot to think about. But, it pays to give it some thought for a perfect lifetime fit.
Also helpful is our "About Morkie and Shorkie" pages.
Let's Get Started
1. What Breed do you need? Teddy Bear Type for indoor-outdoor all terrain-all season for kids?
Or a slender built apartment, condo, travel-public friendly dog? Or alittle of both?
2. What gender? Find Interesting information on our FAQ pg. # 9
3. What Color? Some don't care about color. Some care alot. Like Me!
4. What type of coat? Bone Silk or thicker softer super Fluff (Both are nonshed with our puppy dogs)
5. What Size? Any Doctors orders on what he recommends? The smaller size of the dog-the less they can do physically.
6. What characteristics should you look for?
7. Are you a first time puppy owner? or do you have dog experiences? Because alot of puppy dogs are intelligent and
require more attention in the beginning. A first time puppy owner may be overwhelmed in this way.
A Mans and Ladies Companion Dog Needs To Be:
1. Allergy Free, Nonshed
2. Managable Size For Easier Maintenance. 3-10 lbs.
3. Low-Medium Energy Level.
4. Docile, Gentle, Loving, Affectionate
5. Attentive, Responsive, Easy to train.
6. Medium Dense to Silky Coated-unless you like to
groom/style/and bling up abit. Like Me.
7. Top Quality Clean Health and Temperament Guarantee.
This is so Important
Yet, some don't care about that, if the price is low.
So, if kids or special needs home's are involved- they will be at greater risk.
This is not a pretty picture.
8. Adaptable. For custom Housebreaking and potty areas.
9. Very Public and Travel Friendly.
10. Be weight conscience.
A Family Companion Dog Needs To Be:
1. Allergy free, Nonshed
2. Managable size for kids to participate in care and training. (6-10 lbs.)
3. Beautiful Walt Disney Teddy Bear Quality. Large button eye's. Short nose, soft coated.
4. Top Quality Clean Health.
5. Safe Stable Temperament. Attentive, Responsive, Affectionate.
6. Fun, Playful, Outgoing. Physically fit. Strong, hardy, Stamina to take the
take indoor/outdoor all season weather. But, some small families
found a low-medium mostly indoor companion.
7. Also, very Public and Travel Friendly.
*Side thoughts. How much of a say, should kids have in choosing a puppy? I've often observed that situation during our "Meet n Greet" appt. It's different for everyone. Alot depends on the age, capablity,
and individual needs of the child. Only the parent (s) can know
what type of puppy fits best. Let me know-i can carefully suggest puppies that fit your child's needs.
*Preteens. 10 yrs old and up. This is already a challenge these days.
Our puppies help to build the characters that they will need.
Two together - are a super team! With less time on the internet
and out of trouble. There are so many benefits, one cannot imagine.
A Therapy Handicapped Special Needs Dog Needs depends on the nature of the problem.
Cancer, Depression, physically challenged due to accident or illness, Social Disorders, Mental Disorders, Emotional Disorders,
Neurological, PTS, Stroke....And what does the Doctor suggest?
1. The Right Temperament
2. The Right Gender We will be adding this subject on the FAQ page.
3. The Right Weight.
3. The Right Size.
4. The Right Energy Level.
The Right Temperament
Will the new puppy dog be ok with other existing pets involved? If there is a Alpha already in home, best to stay with
a "follower type" dog.
The Right Gender
Please refer to FAQ. Normally, the Male Gender is choosen above females for Therapy Needs In Home and Nursing Homes. Due to the risk of some females not aging as gracefully as one would like. Some females change their personalities when older. Some do not. Some parties can afford to take the risk of a possible changing female with not having small children or a more private life style. But, some who have kids, grandkids often choose the males. The Males are happy campers onto
10 yrs. of age.
The Right Weight
5-6 lbs. Are ideal for Apartments or Parties who are Home Bound. They are easier to bathe. To get an idea of what 5 lbs.mature weight feels like, try holding a 5 lbs. bag of coffee or similar. They can reach the couch, go up and down stairs, and they take up little room. Their excersize can be done in a small space. And, they are travel and public Friendly, provided you choose one of ours. We breed Temperaments that are safe and useful. They eat very little and are known to just snack several times throughout the day. Their Stools are smaller too.
8-10 lbs. Are ideal for greater strength. Bigger Broader built and hardy dog can lift and carry more. With strength- Will the Adult or Child have full control of the dog, especially on a leash? With Strength we found good benefits here.
Our family 12 lbs. Shorkie was saddled with a Fanny Pak. (a diy saddle bags like a rescue dog). She carried things up and down our many stairs in the zippered pouches. She was strong, agile, board chest, boxy type build. And, smart so this kept her something to do. She got rewarded of coarse.
Also needed to mention-This weight is not for Adults or Children to carry.
The Right Size
Best to check with your Doctor. Size is determined pending nature of Therapy, Handi-capped, Special needs person. It maybe helpful to stay with the 15" at the back- range. They are Physically more mobile. -up to the task of carrying items, outdoor service, getting up and down from furniture/steps, into and out of car...
The Right Energy Level
> Lower to medium is ideal for all age's. Pending nature of seniors for therapy, handi-capped, special needs person.
> Medium is good for everyone.
> High is good for parties with Dog Training Experience.To us, we find these are normally the smartest, most intelligent, and Loyal dogs. The Alpha position of the pack instinct can be both bad and good. Ok with other dogs that are NOT Alpha. Two Alpha Temperaments will 'war'. And, its not pretty. Also, they are Amazingly loyal, perfect watch dog that can discriminant real danger from social visit or owners physical danger. Given their abilities they are wonderful for the Dog Experienced Person. Who is ready to put in extra time in early training.
We can only begin to understand how smart these dogs are. Our Experience with our family shorkie "Shoolee" 10 lbs.showed us how we under estimated their intelligence. Shoolee would wake me up in the middle of the night when another Mommie dog was giving birth to her puppies! I never trained her to do that, she just did. She tolerated other dogs and gave them warning when they got to playful. She helped discipline our older puppies. Her place was by us. And there was no changing that. She would not rest until we were in sight.
Oh..puppy love Bond Factor