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Morkie Breed Information

Morkies are adorable, fun, playful, and feisty little fluffballs. They love playtime as much as cuddle time, thrive on attention, and enjoy being spoiled. Sweet, affectionate, devoted, and family oriented, Morkie puppies were bred to love and to be loved.  Intelligent, loyal, and spirited, the Morkie has a big personality beautifully wrapped in a stunningly cute little body. Small and precious, the Morkie has an average weight between 4 and 7 pounds with an average height between 7 to 9 inches. The Morkie has a sweet rounded face, small shiny dark eyes, a little black nose, and a puffy wiggly tail. The Morkie, also referred to as “the Morkshire Terrier” and “the Yortese” is a designer hybrid breed – a cross between a purebred Maltese and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. 

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Maltese ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Energetic, Loving, Loyal, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 5-8 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 6-10 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Morkie Characteristics

  • Morkies live longer, healthier lives thanks to hybrid vigor
  • Happy, lively, playfu,l and gentle, Morkies are wonderful with children of all ages, other pets, and strangers
  • Morkies are very attentive, devoted dogs with loving personalities that lend themselves to make wonderful therapy dogs
  • Hypoallergenic, low-shedding Morkie coat
  • Morkie puppies are highly adaptable - from a small apartment to a big home - Morkies are quick to adapt in any living situation
  • Fearless, courageous, and vigilant, the Morkie (Morkshire Terrier or Yortese) is an excellent watch dog
  • The Morkies are easy to train and care for, they are fun and with an endearing personality, best suited for families, singles, seniors, and first-time pet owners 

Morkie Breeders

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Morkie Appearance

The Morkie (also known as “Yortese” or “Morkshire Terrier) is a tiny, adorable looking dog. Morkie's have a small compact body, a rounded head, small round dark eyes, a little black nose, pointy or floppy ears (depending on which parent breed they take after), and a puffy wiggly tail worn curled on the back or to one side.  
Small in stature, the Morkie has an average weight between 4 to 7 pounds and an average height between 7 to 9 inches.  The Morkie coat is soft, long, and fluffy, it is hypoallergenic and low-shedding, it can vary from straight to wavy, and it can vary in color from solid white, black, and tan to any combination of these colors.  

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Onyx (previously named Sophie), a Morkie puppy from Atlanta, Georgia Charleigh, a Morkie puppy from Huber Heights, Ohio Jackson, a Morkie puppy from Plain City, OH Charlie formly Donte, a Morkie puppy from Pelham ny Pippi Louise, a Morkie puppy from Portage, MI Toby, a Morkie puppy from Massachusetts Sadie Belle, a Morkie puppy from Delphos, Ohio Teddy (previously known as Christian), a Morkie puppy from Laveen, AZ Rocky, a Morkie puppy from Irvine, CA

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Morkie Temperament

Sweet, loving, and loyal, the Morkie is a family-oriented pup with an affectionate nature and a loving personality.  
Adventurous, joyful, and full of life, the Morkie (Morkshire Terrier or Yortese) is an excellent travel companion. They love the outdoors, are great at making new friends and love playtime with games like fetching and chasing.  The Morkie puppies are very clever; they love to be mentally stimulated with games and will see any training session as a fun activity. The Yortese are social, energetic, friendly, and fun dogs with no real concept of their tiny size. They will want to make friends and play even with the biggest dog at the dog park.  Protective, bold, and vigilant, the Morkie is a fantastic watchdog who will sound-alert any intruders it might find suspicious.  

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Morkie History

The Morkie, also known as “the Morkshire Terrier” or “the Yortese”, is one of the most loved designer hybrid breeds of our days.  A cross between a purebred Maltese and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier, the Morkie is a new designer breed that originated in the United States a little over 20 years ago. A result of crossing two wonderful and highly popular purebred breeds, the Morkie was bred to be an affectionate, clever, and brave lapdog with a hypoallergenic coat and hybrid vigor. Although the Morkie breed is quite new and doesn’t have much history to it, we can take a look back at the history of the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier parent breeds to gain a better understanding about the designer hybrid breed.

The Maltese, an ancient dog from the Island of Malta, is a canine aristocrat that has been represented for centuries on monuments, statues, ceramics, and in paintings and literature. Believed to have existed in Pharaoh's age with depictions of it on ancient tombs, a companion pet for kings, queens and aristocrats, the Maltese has been greatly loved across the world throughout history. Sweet, cuddly, gentle, and affectionate, the bundle of joy Maltese has a loving personality, a clever mindset, and a joyful nature.

 The Yorkshire Terrier, also known as “Yorkie”, originated in Yorkshire, a historic country in Northern England, during the 1800’s. From rodent hunters in the mills and mines of Yorkshire to companion pets for wealthy families in the Victorian era, the Yorkshire Terriers are still very popular as utility dogs and are still considered to be luxury pets today. Adventurous, playful, and loving, the Yorkshire Terrier is a brave and fearless dog with a curious and independent nature, a bright mind, and a colorful personality.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What breeds make a Morkie? The Morkie is a crossbreed of the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier.

How big is a Morkie? A Morkie on average measures 7 to 9 inches at shoulder in height and weighs between 4 to 7 lbs.

What were Morkie’s bred for? These pups were developed as a lap and companion dog.

Is the Morkie hypoallergenic? This breed has hair instead of fur, which stands to reason that they are hypoallergenic. However, no dog is 100% truly hypoallergenic. This Morkie is an excellent choice for allergy sufferers since they shed little to none.

What colors are Morkie’s? This breed is black, white, brown or a mix of two or all of these colors.

What is the lifespan of a Morkie? The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

Where did the Morkie originate? The Morkie was developed at the same time right here in the United States and in Canada.

How much exercise does a Morkie need? This small bundle still needs plenty of exercise. A short daily stroll and some active play each day will be enough exercise to keep the Morkie fit and trim.

Is it hard to train a Morkie? A Morkie is spirited with a streak of independency and stubbornness, which can make training a challenge. Alternatively, they are eager to please and love attention. With consistency, patience and plenty of positive reinforcement this little one will be following your lead in no time.

Is the Morkie high maintenance when it comes to grooming? The short answer is, yes. The Morkie has longer hair than can become easily tangled and matted. They require daily brushing and weekly bathing. They will also need regular scheduled appointments with a professional groomer to keep their coats trimmed and their nails clipped.

Does the Morkie bark a lot? Yes. This one loves to hear themselves “speak”. Though, some of the barking can be controlled through training and socialization it is in their nature to be vocal. If you want a dog who is not a barker this is not the right breed for you.

Is the Morkie known by other names? Yes, they are also called, Yorteses.

Is the Morkie registered with the American Kennel Club? The Morkie is not recognized by the AKC since it is a mixed breed, but both parent breeds are. However, the Morkie is registered through the Continental Kennel Club (CKC).

Are Morkies suitable for the elderly? Yes! Their minimal exercise requirements, companionship and devotion make them a perfect choice for senior citizens.

What crate size should I buy for my Morkie? The best crate size for the Morkie is the 18" - 22" dog crate.