Morkies are the magical mix of a purebred Yorkshire Terrier with a purebred Maltese dog.
As Morkies grow even more popular, second generations will develop; Morkie-to-Morkie breeding.
Morkies are part of a new trend – the designer dog or hybrid dog. Besides having a true one-of-a-kind dog, these designer dogs have other advantages when they combine the best of both breeds:
Yorkshire Terriers are smart, lively little dogs, bred in the late 1800s in England to chase down rats and mice in factories. No wonder they’re so feisty! Maltese on the other hand are one of the more ‘ancient’ breeds, bred to be ladies’ lap dogs centuries ago in the Mediterranean.
Both breeds are affectionate, loyal and even tempered, although the Yorkie side can be a bit stubborn. Other downsides? The Maltese is notoriously hard to housebreak, but with the right potty training, your Morkie will be a well behaved family member!
Yorkies and Maltese are in the 5 to 7 lb. range ideally, so Morkies are similarly small. Fairly delicate, Morkies are not for households with small children, but they’ll tolerate other pets pretty well.
Both Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers have long flowing coats – the Maltese is pure white, while the Yorkie is a mixture of black, dark brown and what breeders call “steel blue.” Morkies can be any combination – often brown with some adorable white patches, or an all over ‘beigey’ colour.
Because their long coats can be a lot of work, many owners opt to keep their hair trimmed in a “puppy cut” – about 2 inches long all round.
Either way, both founding breeds of the Morkie are among the best for allergy-prone owners. They shed less than most dogs and have less dander.
– ADORABLE puppies that grow into ADORABLE dogs
– small size
– varied colours
– great temperament
– CAN be difficult to potty-train
– can be finicky eaters and often suffer indigestion
– like the Yorkie, the Maltese is territorial and will bark when he feels his family is threatened
You can read more about the pros and cons of designer dogs at this “for Dummies” site