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  • Activity Level: moderate
  • Grooming Level: moderate
  • Trainability: high
  • Adaptability: moderate
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Prey Drive: moderate
  • Watchdog: aware
  • Registered?: other

Morkie / Yorktese Breed Profile

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The Morkie, also known as the Yorktese, is an ACHC-recognized Designer Mixed Breed, which is achieved by crossing the Yorkie and the Maltese dog breeds. A popular Designer Mixed Breed, the Morkie will be a great fit for a companion dog and family pet. This crossbreed originates here in the United States, while the Yorkshire terrier hails from England and the Maltese from Malta.

When purchasing a Morkie puppy, it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier dog breeds. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for a puppy is particularly valuable. For information on these subjects, check our blog or a good book related to this specific dog breed.

The Morkie blends the personalities of two interesting Toy Breeds. While the Yorkie is a confident attention magnet, the Maltese is an ideal lap dog. The Yorkie and Maltese can be good with other family pets when socialized early and often, but will need to be watched over carefully when around strange dogs to keep from getting into disagreements with much larger breeds. Neither the Yorkshire nor the Maltese seems to realize they are a small dog, which will probably translate to the Morkie as well.

The Morkie should be relatively easy to train, as long as he knows who is boss. The Maltese is a submissive and intelligent breed that aims to please at all times. The presence of the Maltese in the Designer Breed should help curb the occasional stubbornness of the Yorkie. Either way, you can expect a good watch dog because they are both very alert and are never shy about barking, so the Morkie should be the same.

If you are looking for a perfect apartment dog, this breed may be for you. The Maltese and the Yorkshire breeds both are ideal for condo or apartment living because they need less space than many dog breeds. The Morkie will not like being alone because they love attention, and could become depressed or destructive if left alone for extended periods. Also, be aware of the fact that these breeds are very sensitive to their surroundings. Loud noises, large crowds or strangers, and unfamiliar surroundings may make the Morkie uneasy. This breed will also be sensitive to extreme temperatures.

The Morkie should be a suitable breed for a novice dog owner, as they will be fairly agreeable to training. These dogs are very small, however, so a home with very young children will require supervision to assure that the toy-sized Morkie is not accidentally injured by rough play.

Both breeds present in the Morkie are low shedding dogs, and are known to be somewhat hypo-allergenic breeds. The coat of the Morkie will likely be smooth and soft, and this breed will require regular brushing if the coat is allowed to grow to keep the fur soft and healthy. A frequently groomed Morkie with a shorter coat will be a very easy dog to groom. Weekly brushing of the teeth is recommended, and trimming the nails monthly is also a good idea.

The Morkie is spunky. They will like to have attention, but will not likely sit still for too long. Since it is a smaller breed, they will require less exercise than terriers or herding breeds, but when they play, they play hard.

This mixed breed should grow to between 6 and 15 inches high and weigh from 5 to 15 pounds.

12-15 years