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Morkie Breed Summary

Affectionate, Playful, Cheerful and Stubborn

Tiny and adorable, the Morkie is an affectionate crossbreed who loves people and will get along with your other pets. By combining two popular breeds, Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese, breeders managed to create a beautiful dog with a loving personality.

Lifespan 10 - 13 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 20cm - 25cm
Weight Males and Females 2kg - 4kg
Coat Soft and Long Coat
Colour Solid white to black and tan and every colour and combination in between
Other Names Yorktese, Morkshire Terrier

These petite balls of fluff are not all cuddles and smooches, a Morkie can be as bullheaded as they come, so previous experience with small breed dogs can be beneficial. Morkies are playful and will run to chase a ball for quite some time or find fun in interactive dog toys. They are sure to keep older children in the home busy playing and then cuddle up in their beds at night to sleep- no wonder these tiny pooches are one of the favourite family pooches! The Morkie attaches to his family quickly and tend to form strong bonds with their pawrents. While heartwarming and cute, his love for the family can create a problem when he needs to be left alone.

Due to their small size, Morkies are fragile and can be hurt easily if you’re not careful with them. This crossbreed does best with families without small children who could seriously injure this fur baby in careless playing. As an adaptable, easy going pooch, a Morkie can be happy with a big yard in the suburbs or in a minuscule city apartment. A few, short walks each day will keep this Yorkie and Maltese cross content and well-exercised.

Originating in the United States, the Morkie was bred to be a well-loved lapdog. The main objective for breeders was to create a small-sized dog, with low-shedding coat, and adorable teddy bear looks.

Although it is unclear when the first Morkie was created, this hybrid breed has been gaining popularity for the last 20 years. Despite the fact that these fluffy dogs have been around for some time, they are still not officially recognized as a breed.