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Morkie Breed Information

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A Maltese Yorkshire Terrier mix, the Morkie breed is a perfect blend between Maltese beauty and Yorkie spunkiness. Morkie puppies are a designer breed mix of purebred dogs. They inherit a combination of gorgeous features from their parents and come with a toy size, plenty of fluff, and enough love for a family of 10. Morkie puppies are a fantastic fit for any type of owner. They are easily trainable and make excellent first pets for new owners; they are calm and attentive, which makes them perfect for a senior family, and they are just the right amount of playful and sweet to be the perfect addition to a family with kids. Ā 

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 designer crossbreed of a Maltese and a Yorkshire TerrierĀ 
  • Hypoallergenic Morkie puppies come with the same low-shedding coat qualities as their purebred parentsĀ 
  • Morkie health is enhanced by hybrid vigor, a result of crossbreeding two purebred dogsĀ 
  • The Morkie breed is also known as Morkshire Terrier and YorteseĀ 
  • The Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier are among the best breeds used for therapy work. Like its parents, the Morkie has the ideal personality and temperament to be used as a therapy dogĀ 
  • Morkie puppies inherit the same intelligence their parent breeds are renowned for. They are very easy to train and respond best to positive reinforcementĀ 
  • Given their playful, easygoing personalities, Morkies make fantastic play-friends for children. They are also an excellent addition to a multi-pet householdĀ 
  • Small Morkie size. Full grown Morkie puppies reach an average weight of 4 to 7 poundsĀ 
  • Gentle Morkie temperament. Morkies take after both of their parents when it comes to temperament. They are a blend of sweet, patient, playful, and caring personalitiesĀ 
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Appearance

Morkies are gorgeous, toy-sized dogs that appear with several features from both of their parents. They have a small build, dark round eyes, a small dark nose, and a rounded figure. Certain features, like their ears, can differ depending on which of their parents they take after more. The Morkie ears can be erect and triangular as seen in the Yorkshire Terrier breed, or they can have a more rounded shape and drop close to their faces.Ā 
Because both parents of the Morkie mix are small, toy-sized dogs, the Morkie size is also very small. Adult Morkie weight is between 4 and 7 pounds with a height of 7 to 9 inches. The Toy Morkie size is usually on the smaller end of that scale, with an average weight of 4 pounds and a height of no more than 7 inches.Ā 
Morkie colors can also differ from one puppy to another, given that they are a mix between two dog breeds with very different coat types and colors. Common Morkie colors are very similar to that of the Yorkshire Terrier breed, with the same shades, markings, and patterns. They can also be solid-colored like the Maltese, although solid-colored Morkies are on the rarer side. Combinations of white, black, and tan are the most common Morkie colors.Ā 

Temperament

Morkies are a true blend of their parent breeds. They are as sweet as the Maltese dog and as fierce as their terrier parent. Because they are a mixed breed, they inherit an abundance of qualities from their different parents. As such, the Morkie temperament is calm, patient, and easygoing. Ā 
The Morkie personality is most often determined by the personalities of the breedā€™s parents as well as the environment in which the Morkie puppies are raised. More often than not, Morkies are more playful than anything else. They jump at any chance to play games with their family members and are very fond of being involved in their familyā€™s day-to-day activities. Road trips, hiking adventures, and long, relaxing walks are among their favorite things to do. They also love playing with their canine friends at the dog park and interacting with strangers on their daily walks. Ā 
Children and Morkies are two puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together. They share equal love for fun and are just as passionate about discovering the world around them together. Morkies are also an excellent fit for children thanks to their lack of aggression. They are not known to nip or be possessive and they are renowned for their gentleness and caring manner.Ā 
One thing Morkie dogs dislike profoundly is to be without their owners. Although neither their parents nor them are known to be particularly clingy, they can develop separation anxiety if they are left on their own for too long.Ā 

Care

Morkie Grooming

Morkie puppies can inherit their parentā€™s individual hair types or a combination of both. They can come in a long coat as seen in the Maltese breed, or a shorter, thinner hair type as the Yorkshire terrier has. Regardless of their coat type, Morkie grooming involves regular brushing. Ideally, you should brush your Morkie dog daily, or at least every few days, to help keep their coat shiny and knot free. Although they shed very little, Morkie dogs can still develop mats, so brushing is essential. Another essential part of Morkie grooming is trimming your dogā€™s hair. You can opt for several Morkie haircuts like the Morkie puppy cut or Morkie teddy bear cut, or you can choose to leave your Morkie with long hair. Puppy cuts and teddy bear cuts should be done once every few months, bi-monthly being ideal. Brushing your Morkieā€™s teeth is as essential as every other grooming step. It helps your dog have strong and healthy teeth, and it helps avoid periodontal disease. Daily brushing is recommended and should be done with toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. When it comes to bathing your Morkie dog, too much or too little are both unhealthy options. Ideally, you should bathe your adult Morkie every 4 to 6 weeks for no more than 15 minutes and use mild dog shampoo. Bathing your dog more often than once every month can cause your Morkie to have dry skin and unpleasant irritations. Because Morkies can be prone to tear stains like their Maltese parent, it is recommended to trim the area around their eyes and clean it regularly with a damp cloth. Your Morkieā€™s nails should be trimmed every few weeks and their ears checked and cleaned often. Ā 

Morkie Exercise Needs

Although they are a toy-size breed, Morkies still come with enough spunk and energy to last a while. They enjoy going on long walks, runs, and the occasional hiking trip. As for their exercise needs, being a toy-sized dog breed often means that they donā€™t require extensive exercise routines to keep fit and healthy. Two 10-minute walks every day with an extra 10 minutes of indoor games is the ideal routine for adult Morkie dogs. Morkie puppies require less time outdoors with more walks of 2 or 3 minutes each.Ā 

Morkie Health

As a hybrid dog that comes from mixing two purebred breeds, the Morkie comes with excellent health. Hybrid vigor is the result of crossbreeding, and it ensures better health for mixed breeds. Thanks to hybrid vigor, Morkies are often protected from inheriting certain health concerns that are common in their parentsā€™ breeds. Health issues that the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier may suffer from include patellar luxation, cataracts, allergies, hypoglycemia, and ear infections. Your Morkie is unlikely to develop any of these, but regular vet checks are still a must.Ā 

Morkie Lifespan

Like their parents, Morkies are a naturally long-lived dog breed. The average Morkie lifespan is between 14 and 18 years. 16 years is the common Morkie life expectancy, but this too can be increased for individuals given that they are fed age-appropriate good quality dog food and exercised as recommended. Regular vet checks are also an important aspect when it comes to prolonging your dogā€™s life expectancy. Ā 

Morkie Training

The Morkie is a dog breed that is both beautiful and intelligent. As puppies, Morkies can be trained easily with reward-based motivation. They are eager to learn and will want to please their owners in any way they can. They enjoy learning through games (especially if they get to play with their favorite toys) and are anxious to learn fun puppy tricks that can get them praise. Between 8 and 12 weeks old is when puppies have the lowest attention span. It is recommended that during this time frame, you teach your little Morkie puppy the basic dog commands in training and begin the next training phase as your puppy matures. Morkies are smart dogs and quick learners. By 12 weeks, you should be able to master commands like sit, wait, and come. Ā 
Being part Terrier, Morkies can have a strong personality, which can at times manifest as a stubborn streak during training. Although this is a rare occurrence, it is best to know how to handle it if it does happen. All puppies can be stubborn during training if theyā€™ve been overly doted on or if they inherited their parentsā€™ stubbornness. They can also appear stubborn when their needs haven't been met or when they donā€™t feel particularly motivated to learn. Our recommendation is to be patient with your Morkie puppy if he or she appears unwilling to learn. Ideally, you should spend some time identifying what your Morkie puppy needs in terms of motivation. Some puppies love treat rewards while others prefer certain toys ā€“ squeaky or chew toys. Once you find what drives your Morkie to learn, you will have an easy time with training. Ā 
It is beneficial to approach training with patience and gentleness. Morkie puppies can be sensitive and might not tolerate being yelled at or punished. Training sessions should be no more than 10 minutes at a time. They should include a positive atmosphere, plenty of rewards, and games. Ā 

History

The Morkie breed originated in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, much like most of the designer breeds we know and cherish today. They are a designer crossbreed, a mix of two purebred dog breeds ā€“ the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier. Morkies were designed to inherit the best qualities their popular parent breeds have to offer. Both the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier are favorite dog breeds around the world. They possess great hypoallergenic qualities as well as excellent personalities and temperaments. Maltese and Yorkies are very playful, well-behaved dogs that are popular for their loyalty and immense affection. Like their parents, Morkies come with great coat qualities and fantastic personalities. They were bred to combine the most desirable traits of Maltese and Yorkies. As a result of crossbreeding two purebred dogs, Morkies also enjoy better health compared to the Maltese and Yorkie. Ā 
Attractive personality traits aside, Morkie puppies were also bred to combine the most charming physical features of the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier breeds. By mixing these two breeds, Morkie breeders would create a new type of dog with shared features. The new Morkie breed puppies enchanted the world with their sweet personalities and adorable appearance from the moment they were born. They are among the most loved puppies in the world today, enjoying an ever-rising popularity. Other names the Morkie breed is known by are the Morkshire Terrier and the Yortese. Ā 

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