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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. These feisty little toy dogs max out at 9 inches tall and weigh and average of 5 pounds. They have a sweet rounded face, small shiny dark eyes, a little black nose, and a puffy wiggly tail. The Morkie is a designer dog – 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

  • The Morkie breed is a Maltese and Yorkie mix
  • Morkies live longer, healthier lives thanks to hybrid vigor
  • Happy, lively, playful, and gentle, Morkie puppies make wonderful pets for children of all ages. They also get along well other pets and strangers
  • Morkies are attentive and devoted dogs with loving personalities that lend themselves to make wonderful therapy dogs
  • The hypoallergenic Morkie is an excellent fit for those who suffer from dog-related allergies. These dogs are minimal shedders that don’t produce as much dander as other breeds
  • Morkie puppies are highly adaptable - from a small living space to a big home - Morkies are quick to adapt in any living situation. They also fit well in both active and relaxed environments
  • Fearless, courageous, and vigilant, the Morkie (Morkshire Terrier or Yortese) is an excellent watch dog. Although they are not a vocal breed, they will alert their humans to an approaching visitor
  • Morkies are easy to train and care for. They are fun and have an endearing personality. These lively dogs are best suited for families, singles, seniors, and first-time pet owners 

Morkie Breeders

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Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. Only the nation's top of the line breeders can provide the best quality of life. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with the nourishing and raising of a Morkie puppy. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our Morkie breeders. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a very caring environment. The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. It is un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We align ourselves with the best Morkie breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. 

Morkie Appearance

Morkies are tiny and adorable little dogs that can charm their way into one’s heart with a simple tail wag. As a crossbreed, these beautiful dogs can appear with more features from one of their parents or be a wonderful combination of both. They are toy-sized, athletic, and, contrary to their appearance, quite hardy. Common features among Morkie dogs include small, dark, and round eyes, a little black nose, and a rounded head. Their ears may be triangle-shaped and pointy or slightly rounded at the tip and floppy. These happy dogs wear their puffy tails curled on the back or to one side.

Because they are a mix of two toy-sized dogs, Morkie adults can reach a maximum of 9 inches in height and weigh on average 4 to 7 pounds for a full grown Morkie. Teacup Morkies are on the smaller end of that scale. The Morkie size can vary if their parents are on the larger or smaller side.  

The Morkie hair is a soft, long, and fluffy coat that can be either straight or slightly wavy, much like their parents’ coats. They can have the same color patterns and markings as their Yorkie parent or sport a solid-colored coat like their Maltese parent. Common Morkie colors include shades of white, black, and tan. White Morkies, brown Morkies, and black and white Morkies are among the rarest varieties.  

Morkie Temperament

Sweet, loving, and loyal, the Morkie is a family-oriented pup with an affectionate nature and a loving personality. Although the Yorkshire Terrier is a bit feistier in nature, the Maltese genes balance out the mix, giving it a more composed and calmer temperament. Morkie dogs are quite gentle in spite of being part Terriers. They get along well with other fur babies and make wonderful pets for children.  

Adventurous, joyful, and full of life, the Morkie is a most excellent travel companion. This dog loves the outdoors and is great at making new friends. Dog parks are one of its favorite destinations and hikes are among its passions. Fetching, running freely with the wind, swimming, and exploring are also part of this dog’s hobbies.  

Morkie puppies are very clever and eager to impress. They love to be mentally stimulated with games and will see any training session as a fun activity. These cute Morkie puppies are also 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 that is on a mission to sound-alert any intruders it might find suspicious.  

Because they love their pet parents and siblings dearly, Morkies crave to always be by their side. They thrive when they are surrounded by their humans and don’t care much for being left alone. Although not all Morkie dogs are the same, most will suffer if they are without their people for too long. Separation anxiety is a common issue with Morkies.  

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Morkie Care

Morkie Grooming Requirements

Morkies are not high maintenance but they do require regular grooming. It is beneficial to brush their coats daily in order to avoid tangles, knots, or matting. If daily brushing isn’t achievable, it is recommended to brush them at least weekly. The area around their eyes should be cleaned and trimmed regularly as Morkies are prone to tear stains. It is also recommended to clip their nails if they grow too long, clean their ears, and brush their teeth on a regular basis. As for bathing, Morkies need a bath every 4 to 6 weeks (no sooner than 4 weeks) to keep their coats clean and shiny.

Morkie Exercise Needs

Morkies are tiny dogs that have low exercise needs. They enjoy cuddles, games of hide-and-seek, and family play time. A short walk or two every day and some active playtime indoors are enough to keep these precious dogs in shape and happy.  

Morkie Health

Morkies are usually healthy as a breed. While some might be prone to inherit certain ailments that are common in their parents, most are generally healthy throughout their lives. Some common Morkie health issues include dental problems, vision problems that are common with old age, ear infections, and allergies. More serious issues include patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, and hypoglycemia.  

Morkie Lifespan

The Morkie lifespan is between 14 and 18 years. Although longer than most breeds, this lifespan can be increased. Keeping to a diet of age-appropriate high quality dog food and sticking to a healthy exercise regimen with increase the Morkie life expectancy.  

Morkie Training

Morkies are fairly easy to train. They are very intelligent and able to pick up on tricks quickly but they are also known to have a stubborn streak. Training them requires patience and extra motivation. They respond well to a calm voice, fun methods, and yummy treats. Keeping training sessions short and combining them with fun games, will work best when training a Morkie puppy.  

Morkies are social dogs by nature. Their Maltese genes will have them welcoming new faces and making fast buddies with other dogs. It is always best to introduce them gradually to strangers and other pets when they are puppies to help them overcome any shyness later on.  

Morkies are family-attached dogs. They love being near their owners at all times and that might pose some issues when they are left alone for extended periods of time. To avoid separation anxiety in Morkies, it is recommended to leave them alone for a few minutes at a time each day when they are puppies. This will help avoid any destructive behavior in the future and allow them to adjust to some alone time and become more independent.

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 qualities and hybrid vigor. Although the Morkie mix may have been around for more than 2 decades in one way or another, it was only at the beginning of the 21st century that professional breeders began mixing purebred Maltese and Yorkies in an effort to create an improved dog breed. The difference between a mix of purebred parents and one of a non-pure lineage, is clearly seen in the Morkie’s health. As hybrid dogs that come from purebred parents, Morkies enjoy better health and a lifespan of 18 years. As their popularity reached its peak, Morkie breeders began adding a third breed to the crossbreed, thus creating what is known as a triple-cross breed. The Morkie Poo, the Morkie Chihuahua mix, and the Morkie Shih Tzu mix are currently the only triple-cross breeds with Morkies.  

As the Morkie breed is quite new compared to other dog breeds, we can rely on its parents to paint a better picture on what these designer dogs are all about.  

The Bichon 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 immensely popular as utility dogs and are also 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.