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Morkie Breed Information

Happy Morkie puppy

The cute Morkie puppies are hybrids of a Maltese dog crossed with a Yorkshire Terrier dog. Like their famous parent breeds, Morkies enjoy worldwide popularity. These beautiful designer puppies are smart, affectionate, easy to train, and as cuddly as a soft teddy bear. Their delightful personalities coupled with their friendly nature, is what makes these puppies an excellent addition to any home. 

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

Characteristics

  • Morkies are a mixed breed, a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese 
  • Other names the Morkie breed goes by include Morkshire Terrier and Yortese 
  • The Morkie puppy is currently one of the trendiest designer breeds in the United States 
  • Great dogs for allergy sufferers. Hypoallergenic Morkie puppies have the same qualities as the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier parent breeds 
  • Morkie puppies are very responsive to their trainer. They are often driven by a strong desire to please 
  • Like their parents, Morkies have the ideal temperaments and personalities to be good therapy dogs 
  • Morkie health is improved thanks to hybrid vigor 
  • Perfect dogs for teens and toddlers. Morkies are fun, friendly dogs that thrive in a family environment 
  • A full-grown Morkie’s weight can range from 4 to 7 pounds 
Morkie puppy enjoying the sunshine

Appearance

As a designer mixed breed, Morkies don’t have a strict breed standard. Their appearance is a gorgeous blend of Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier features. The beautiful Morkie dogs are well-built, sturdy, and resilient. They have adorable, dark round eyes that gaze with affection, a button nose that is small and black, and a fluffy, feathered tail curled over the back. Because they are a mix of a Maltese crossed with a Yorkie, Morkie dogs can appear with triangle-shaped and erect ears or rounded drop/floppy ears. The Morkie size is also a combination between the Maltese size and the Yorkshire Terrier size. Typically, a full-grown adult Morkie weighs between 4 and 7 pounds. The average height of a Morkie can range from 7 to 9 or 10 inches tall.  
The Morkie’s coat is of a fine texture, long with a straight or slightly wavy texture. Color patterns and marking can be similar to that of a Yorkshire Terrier or a Maltese. Morkie colors are usually solid, bi-color, or tricolor, with white, black, and tan.  

Temperament

Morkies are lively, fun-seeking dogs that crave a lifestyle filled with cuddles and adventures. They enjoy games that include their family members and owners, hiking trips, long walks, and friendly interactions with other dogs. The Morkie temperament is very similar to that of the breed’s parents. These dogs are calm, sweet, and very sociable. Their behavior towards kids is affectionate and joyful, while their response when introduced to strangers is outgoing. Morkies are also loyal dogs that crave the presence of their owners. They are not as independent as their Yorkshire terrier parent, but they are neither a clingy breed nor velcro-type dogs.  
Morkies have a big personality and many qualities to impress with, especially when it comes to life at home. Their nature is sweet, and they are very attentive to their owners. Like their parents, Morkies are one of the best breeds to “employ” as therapy dogs. They have all the necessary qualities for the job and are renowned for their uplifting disposition. 

Care

Morkie Grooming

Morkie grooming requirements are few and easily manageable. Although they have luxurious, low-shedding coats, Morkies need to be brushed on average twice or three times per week. Brushing is important in keeping your dog’s coat smooth, healthy-looking, and matt-free. If time allows, daily brushing would be the most beneficial for your Morkie in both puppyhood and adulthood. Bathing is also essential in Morkie grooming. You can opt to take your dog to a professional groomer for a monthly bath or you can bathe your dog at home once every 4 to 6 weeks. If you do bathe your dog at home, always use shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs. After each bath, it is recommended to clip your Morkie’s nails and clean their ears with a damp cloth. Morkies, like most dog breeds, are prone to dental sensitivity and potential dental decay. They need to have their teeth brushed as frequently as possible. Daily brushing would be best, but if that is not a possibility, once every week is the least amount necessary.  

Morkie Exercise Needs

Adventurous, spunky, and energetic, Morkies have all the qualities of a life-loving dog. Although toy-sized, these dogs love to travel the world on foot and play all the fun games they can get their paws on. Their build is hardy and their nature lively. Despite their adorable pocket size, Morkies can keep up with their owners on hikes and long walks. They don’t require as much daily exercise, but they do love the occasional adventure. Ideally, you should exercise your Morkie twice every day for at least 30 minutes and create a morning and evening routine for walks. 

Morkie Health

As a mix between two dogs with excellent health backgrounds and both of a pure lineage, Morkie puppies come with a healthy dose of hybrid vigor. They are healthy, happy, and resilient. Some health problems that are possible within the Morkie breed include dental issues, cataracts and other vision problems, excessive weight gain, allergies, and ear infections. 

Morkie Lifespan

Thanks to their good genes and even better health, Morkie dogs have a long lifespan. The average life expectancy of a Morkie dog is between 14 and 18 years. Providing your Morkies with age-appropriate food and portions, creating a Morkie feeding chart for better control, taking them to the vet for regular checkups, and raising them in a safe environment will improve their odds of living past their life expectancy.  

Morkie Training

Morkie puppies are as bright as they are cute. They love pleasing their trainer, but they are also quite eager to avoid sitting still, especially in their first few days at home. Patience, positive reinforcement, and a reward system are required when training your cute Morkie puppy. 
The first step in training your Morkie puppy is to identify what your puppy loves in terms of rewards and motivation. Once you find what catches your puppy’s attention, you can devise a plan for the training steps. We recommend that you begin training with recall. Recall is when you teach your puppy to come when called upon, using a word or a sentence of your choosing. You can reward your puppy with a treat or toy when he/she responds to the instruction. It is important to note that rewards are essential in training young puppies.  
Once your Morkie puppy masters this first step, you can move on to potty training and basic commands like sit and stay. These first training steps can take up to a month to master, and it is important to remain patient and consistent throughout them. The months that follow are the best time to teach your Morkie puppy how to socialize, walk alongside you on leash, and try out some cute puppy tricks. 

History

The beautiful and versatile Morkie mix originated in the United States around 1995. It is a designer breed, a mix of purebred Maltese crossed with purebred Yorkshire Terriers. 1995 was the peak year for designer dogs in the United States. That is when their popularity and the demand for such breeds were at their highest. When Morkie puppies joined the ranks of designer dogs, the world welcomed them with enthusiasm. Knowing the Maltese and the Yorkshire terrier breeds, a mix between them was seen as a much-needed innovation. A Maltese and Yorkie mix could have occurred naturally during the many centuries these breeds have been around, but the first Morkie puppies to have been born out of two purebred parents, were created in 1995. The difference between pure and non-pure lineages is noticeable in many aspects like the dog’s health, temperament, and even appearance. By crossing two breeds that have a well-documented ancestry and health record, Morkie breeders knew what qualities their first litter of Morkie puppies would inherit. Hybrid vigor is one of the best qualities first-generation Morkie puppies are blessed with. They enjoy better health compared to their purebred parents and have longer lifespans. Morkies also inherit the allergy-friendly qualities that their parents are popular for. Personality-wise, Morkies are as sweet as their Maltese parent and as spunky as the Yorkshire Terrier breed. 

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