The Morkie is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier breeds. Small, energetic and super silly, these puppies inherit some of the best qualities of their two parents.This crossbreed is often referred to as a Morkie, but is sometimes called a Morkshire Terrier. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed-breed dogs in breed-specific shelters and rescues. Remember, when looking for pets, adopt. These adorable dogs make excellent pets for city dwellers and often thrive in small or single-person households. Morkies can also be more whiny, like their parents. If you want an energetic, affectionate puppy that always wants your attention, this could be the dog for you.


The Morkie is a mixed breed dog. The Morkie’s coat can vary in colour: black, brown, white or a mixture of these colours. The two parent breeds of the Morkie do not shed much, and the Morkie has inherited this trait. However, they are not considered hypoallergenic, Morkies are small and can be easily injured. They would do best in a home with adults or older children who know how to play gently.The Morkie is a small dog with a big dog personality. The Morkie is a small dog with a big dog personality. They have a lot of energy and can be a little stubborn when it comes to training. That said, they can be socialised, especially from an early age, and get along well with other people and pets.


The mixed Morkie dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers in the late 1990s, probably in North America. Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds to create a friendly, affectionate lap dog with little shedding. Although the Morkie breed began as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. If you decide this is the breed for you, consider adoption. Check your local shelters, Morkie rescue groups, or breed-specific Maltese or Yorkshire Terrier rescue groups, as they sometimes take in mixed-breed dogs and find homes for them.

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Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 4 to 8 inches
Weight: 7 to 13 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 14 years

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