Average Height: 8-14 in
Average Weight: 7-15 lbs
Average Life Span: 12-15 yrs
Coloring: Single, bi- and tri-colored; black, tan, gold, blue, white
Area of Origin: North America
Similar Breeds: Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltipoo, Maltipom, Yorkie Poo, Shorkie; other Maltese or Yorkshire Terrier mixes
History and Origin:
First bred in the United States, the Morkie (also known as a Yorktese) is one of many designer dog breeds that have been developed since the late twentieth century. Bred to be a lapdog and family companion, the Morkie is a joyful little breed with a spunky attitude and unending energy. The term “Morkie” most often refers to a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier, but the term has also been used when describing a Maltese/Silky Terrier cross. There is no certain information about when the cross-breed actually began, but it has been gaining in popularity since the late 1980’s.
Personality and Temperament:
Energetic, fearless, and full of character, the Morkie is a dog that truly thinks it is bigger than it is. This over-confidence can get it into trouble, and firm guidance is needed to ensure it stays safe. The Morkie is a true lap-dog that loves to be around its family; separation anxiety is common in both the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Morkie is likely to inherit this trait. Calm and confident leadership will help to reassure a timid dog. As it is a very small breed, the Morkie is best suited to a family with older children who understand it is fragile.
Taking from the Yorkshire side of it’s personality, the Morkie craves attention from it’s owners, and can be a very demanding if ignored for long while around people. Morkies are also very confident dogs and must be watched while around other, bigger dogs. When approaching a strange dog they will often jump at them excitedly (usually hoping to play), and can invoked aggression from a dog that is unfamiliar with their personality.
Exercise & Training:
The Morkie loves to walk, and a daily walk will help calm down an excitable dog. It is well-suited for apartment living, providing it gets adequate physical and mental stimulation to keep it happy and healthy. It is an extremely intelligent mix-breed, and, paired with its desire to please, is a joy to train. Obedience training is usually necessary so that the Morkie does not develop Small Dog Syndrome. While tiny, it is a dog, and behaves best when it knows its boundaries.
Both the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese are long-haired, light shedders. Brushing daily is required to keep the Morkies coat tangle-free, especially if a longer coat is desired. For a shorter coat, a visit to the groomer three or four times a year may be required to keep it more manageable. Bathe only when necessary to prevent excessive drying of the skin.
The Morkie inherits physical and mental qualities from its parents, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese. It is also similar in appearance and temperament to many other toy designer breeds, such as the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle), Maltipom (Maltese/Pomeranian), Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle), or the Shorkie Tzu (Yorkshire Terrier/Shih Tzu).
Interesting Fact about the Morkie:
The Morkie is also known as a Yorktese, and is eligible for registration with designer dog breed clubs, such as the American Canine Hybrid Club (Morkie), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Morkie), International Designer Canine Registry (Morkie), and the Designer Breed Registry (Malki).