Hybrid Breed

Maltese + Yorkshire Terrier


When buying a Morkie, you end up with a cross between Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese. The Morkie has never been recognised as an independent breed. Nevertheless, there are Morkie breeders existing that you can buy your puppy from, since they have gained many admirers thus far.

Origin of the Morkie

The first Morkies were bred in the USA. This cross between Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese has gained popularity in many other countries now too.

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Alternate Name -
Origin USA
Life expectancy 14 - 16 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level low
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Characteristics of the Morkie

If you buy a Morkie puppy from a breeder or adopt an adult Morkie, you have chosen a dog with many good character traits. Morkies are able to create a strong bond with their owners. They are extremely social. Like all dogs involving Terrier breeds, the little Morkies can be a bit stubborn and are also very attentive and observant. They are intelligent and need a lot of work, otherwise they will get bored. Morkies need to be given enough attention. Morkies usually get along well with other dogs and other pets. It is a good idea though to get them used to other animals living in the household right from the start.

You should not leave your Morkie home alone for too long, because it can end up getting bored and destroying things or starting to bark a lot out of boredom. If you have enough time, a Morkie is very well suited as an apartment dog.

A Morkie is a good choice for people suffering from allergies too. They are said to be hypoallergenic breeds and therefore considered allergy-friendly dogs.

A particular advantage of the Morkies is that they do not shed and dog allergy sufferers usually have no problems with these dogs.


  • affectionate
  • barking
  • educable
  • family-friendly
  • friendly
  • cozy
  • sociable


  • Family Dog

Health and breeding of Morkies

Morkies can also be at risk for suffering certain breed-specific diseases. They occasionally experience health problems which their parent breeds also suffer from. This refers to

  • Kidney failure,
  • Glaucoma,
  • Patellar luxation,
  • Tracheal collapse,
  • Hydrocephalus,
  • chronic heart valve disease or the
  • Cataract.

Of course, dogs which suffer from either of these diseases should no longer be used for further breeding. 

A healthy diet for the Morkie

The best way to feed a Morkie is with high quality dog food. If it is fed dry food, the individual chunks should not be too big for this small dog. Morkies often have problems with colouring and preservatives in their food. This is inherited by their Yorkshire Terrier parent and often prevails. Since Morkies are prone to gaining weight easily, it is advisable to look for dog food that does not contain too many carbohydrates.

Cropped photo of a Morkie dog, designer dog

Morkies can differ a lot regarding their appearance. It depends on whether the Yorkshire Terrier or the Maltese comes through more. Therefore there exist a lot of variations in colour, size and weight of these dogs.

Life expectancy 14-16 years
Size 24-30cm at the withers
Weight 1.8-6.8kg
Colours black, brown, tan, white and multi-coloured
Ears pointed like the Yorkshire Terrier or rounded like the Maltese
long and soft
Fur length medium
Fur wavy
Ear shape Triangle
Tail short
Anatomy dainty
Size ♀ 24 - 30 cm
Weight ♀ 2 - 7 kg
Size ♂ 24 - 30 cm
Weight ♂ 2 - 7 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers, Beginner, Children, Seniors


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  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Kidney disease

    Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs: increased urination (polyuria) increased water intake. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth. Loss of appetite

  • Patellar luxation

    Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.

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