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overview of the Morkie Dog Breed
Are you looking for an affectionate, low-shed, apartment-friendly dog with a big personality?
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Morkies are a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier. They weigh around seven pounds and are perfect for small homes and apartments! Morkies are energetic, spunky, and love attention! Morkies are a low-shed breed. They make excellent watchdogs and are very affectionate.
You can keep their coat long and silky for a show-stopping look, or have it trimmed shorter for less maintenance.
Adopt your Morkie puppy today and start enjoying a spunky little companion that is sure to make you laugh!
Be sure to check out our other types of puppies as well.
Apartment-friendly – Because of their small size, Morkies are great for small homes! A daily walk around the block or a game of indoor fetch is usually enough for a Morkie. However, there small size is also a cause for concern. People can accidentally trip or fall on them and injure thier Morkie. You should always supervise children when they are playing with a Morkie.
Social: Morkies tend to be social dogs that enjoy the company of people and other pets. Proper socialization from a young age can help them develop positive behaviors and interactions.
Sensitive: Morkies can be sensitive to changes in their environment or the moods of their owners. Positive reinforcement and gentle training methods work well with them.
Allergen-Friendly: Although they’re not 100% hypoallergenic, Morkies shed very little, which keeps allergens low. A Morkie’s coat is similar to human hair and may not irritate allergies as much as some breeds.
Spunky and feisty – A Morkie is not a calm, lazy lap dog. These small, energetic dogs are known for their big personality! They are not afraid to challenge a big dog – so you’ll want to supervise when your Morkie is introduced to a new dog. It’s important to establish yourself as the leader with your dog; otherwise, your Morkie may develop Small Dog Syndrome and become bossy and demanding. Morkies typically don’t do well with young children, as they can become snappy if they are teased or handled roughly.
Affectionate: Both the Matlese and the Yorkshire Terrier hit the top of the charts in the affection category! They are real love-bugs and your Morkie will want nothing more than to be by your side – or in your arms. Because they love their owners so much, they may suffer from separation anxiety.
Watchdog: Morkies are vigilant and will bark something abnormal. In fact, they can become yappy. However, they can be taught not to bark excessively with consistent training.
Remember that each Morkie is an individual, and their personality can vary based on genetics and upbringing. Spending time with the puppy’s parents and providing proper training, socialization, and care are important factors in raising a well-adjusted and well-behaved Morkie.
Morkie Breed history
Designer breeders began breeding the Morkie (also called Yorketese) in the 1990s in North America to create a small, low-shedding companion. As designer breeds rose in popularity, the demand for Morkies continued. Now, Morkies are here to stay!
Morkies can be registered with:
Let’s dive deeper into this adorable companion dog by looking at the history of the Morkie’s parent breeds!
The History of the Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are now popular city-dwellers and glamorous lap dogs; however, it wasn’t always that way.
We know today’s Yorkshire Terriers have their origins as rodent-catchers in textile mills and coal mines in Scotland. These feisty terriers were brought to England by Scottish weavers. Their small size was perfect for squeezing into spaces to catch rats and mice!
In 1886, the Yorkshire Terrier was recognized by England’s Kennel Club, and after the publicity, it became a fashionable lap dog. The Yorkshire Terrier was bred to a smaller size to fit its new lifestyle, weighing four to seven pounds.
In 1885, the American Kennel Club recognized its first Yorkshire Terrier.
Today, the Yorkshire Terrier ranks number 10 out of all breeds registered with AKC.
The History of the Maltese
The Maltese has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians and is one of the oldest toy breeds.
Wherever they originated, these canine aristocrats charmed nobility around the world! Maltese graced the laps of Egyptian pharaohs, Roman Emperors, and Greek Tribunes. In some cultures, they became status symbols and fashion statements. Maltese were also loved by French and European nobles, including Good Queen Bess, Mary Queen of Scots, and Queen Victoria.
Although dearly loved, the Maltese was nearly ruined in the 17th and 18th centuries when it was bred so small it became almost the size of a squirrel! The Maltese breed was preserved by mixing it with Poodles and Miniature Spaniels.
Later, English breeders further developed the breed. The Maltese was imported to American in the late 1800s, and it joined the American Kennel
Club in 1880.
Today, the Maltese ranks 37 out of all breeds registered with AKC.
Morkie Average size
Morkies, or Maltese Yorkshire Mixes, measure 4-8 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 4-10 pounds.
Average Morkie lifespan
Morkies usually live 10-14 years.
Morkie body features
The Morkie, also called a Maltese and Yorkshire Mix, has long silky hair that can be straight or wavy. When kept short, their coat has a scruffy or wavy appearance. Morkies can be black, brown, white, or a mix of these colors.
Morkies often change color as they mature, so talk to the breeder if you’re looking for a specific color. Be aware that the Morkie puppy you adopt may be a different color as an adult dog!
Morkies have round teddy bear-like faces with big black eyes and a black nose. Their ears are triangular and can stand erect or droop forward.
grooming Your Morkie Puppy
Known for their glossy, gorgeous hair, these small pups take a little extra care in the grooming department.
Whether you choose to keep your Morkie’s hair long (like a show dog) or clipped short (called a ‘puppy cut’), you’ll need to brush your puppy daily. Because their coat is similar to human hair, it can quickly become tangled or matted.
They’ll also need a bath every one to two weeks. Be sure to use a good shampoo and conditioner – ask your vet for recommended products to keep your Morkie’s hair soft and silky!
If you choose to keep your Morkie’s hair long, plan to take your Morkie to a professional groomer on a regular schedule. You’ll also want to keep your Morkie puppy’s hair out of its face by keeping it in a topknot.
Some Morkies can tear a lot, leaving dirt or discharge around the eyes. Wash your Morkie’s face and eyes with a warm, damp cloth as needed.
Your Morkie will also need their nails trimmed and teeth brushed regularly.
Keeping Your Morkie Puppy Healthy
Morkies, or Yorketese, are generally healthy, but all dog owners need to be aware of conditions that may affect their dogs.
Here are some health conditions that may affect your Morkie:
- Portosystemic Shunt (PSS) is a liver defect that can occur in Yorkies and may require extensive surgery.
- Patellar Luxation, which is when the kneecaps pop out of place.
- Low Blood Sugar, also called hypoglycemia, is common in small dogs.
- Collapsed Trachea
- Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
You Can Protect Your Morkie from Obesity
You can protect your Morkie from one of the most common health problems: obesity. One of the best ways to extend your dog’s life is by feeding them the correct amount of food and giving them adequate exercise.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Like all dog breeds, Morkies are at risk for hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues in dogs.
Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the thigh bone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip and can result in limping, lameness, or arthritis if it’s not addressed.
Hip and elbow dysplasia can be genetic, or it can be caused by environmental factors such as overeating or injuries.
Here are some ways to prevent hip dysplasia in your puppy:
- Ask the breeder for an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Hip Clearance. Dogs with hip dysplasia shouldn’t be bred.
- Talk to your vet about the right food for your puppy and stick to the correct amount to prevent unhealthy growth.
- Keep your puppy from running or jumping excessively on hard surfaces and from standing on their hind legs.
Typical Morkie Allergens
Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. Both animals and humans shed these dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the hair that dogs shed.
Although no dog is truly hypoallergenic, Morkies are a very low-shed dog breed, and someone with allergies may be able to tolerate a Morkie. Spending time with a puppy before adopting them is a good way to know if you are triggered by their allergens.
If you or someone in your home has allergies, please talk to your family physician before adopting a puppy.
- 1. Do Morkies do well with children?Morkies have a good attitude about kids, but they are small and vulnerable and could easily get injured by rough play. And if they feel threatened they may snap at small children out of fear, so it’s best to supervise your kids with your Morkie.
- 2. Are Morkies high-energy?Yes! Don’t let their small size fool you—Morkies have plenty of energy, and they love to play and zoom around the yard.
- 3. Are Morkies feisty?Yes, Morkies can be feisty! They get their feisty streak from their Terrier parents, who were bred to hunt rats in grain mills.
- 4. Are Morkies hard to groom?Morkies are not difficult to groom but they will need regular care, especially if you choose to leave their hair long. They will need regular brushing to prevent matted and tangled hair, and they will need a trip to the groomer now and then. If your Morkie’s hair gets too long and falls into his face you will need to tie it up with a cute hairbow.
- 5. Do Morkies bark a lot?Morkies can be pretty vocal. Thankfully you can teach them to be quieter with proper training.
- 6. Are Morkies good family dogs?Morkies can make great family pets with proper socialization and training. However, because they tend to attach to one person and don’t do well with the rough play of children, the place they really shine is in the homes of single people, seniors, and older couples.
- 7. Are Morkies stubborn?Morkies are small and cute, but they can have a stubborn streak too. Be prepared for training to take some time and patience.
- 8. Are Morkies one-person dogs?Both Yorkies and Maltese dogs tend to pick a person and stick with them. So Morkies also have a tendency to have favorite people.
- 9. Are there teacup Morkies?Yes—if you want all the cuteness at half the size you can find teacup Morkies!
- 10. Are Morkies needy?Morkies love to attach to one person and devote all their attention to them alone. That can be sweet, but it also means they may have issues with separation anxiety. To prevent this, start training your Morkie at a young age that it’s ok to be alone for short periods of time. Then you can gradually work your way up to longer periods of time.