Feeding Your Morkie
How much should your Morkie weigh?

is your yorkie a porkieIf your Morkie is a puppy, you might be wondering how much he’ll weigh when he’s full-grown.  Or, if he’s already an adult, you might wonder if your Morkie weighs too much… or too little.

Since your Morkie is half Maltese dog and half Yorkshire Terrier, it make sense that he’ll be some combination of both breeds. And coincidentally, those two breeds are just about the same size.

“Breed standards” (those qualities that professional breeders and kennel clubs work to establish over years and years) say both Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers should be:

  • roughly between 4 and 8 pounds
  • (1.8 k to 3.6 kilograms)

The preference among professional judges and dog handlers, is a dog 5 to 6 pounds, although those closer to 8 pounds are very acceptable.

What judges and dog professionals in general don’t like however, is a dog that is too small.

Teacup or mini-Morkies are not a good idea

Full grown Yorkies, Morkies and Maltese that are less than 4 pounds have lots of problems right from birth.  These include:

    1. More health problems.  They are more sensitive to potential hazards around the house than ‘full size’ dogs of the same breed. A jump from the couch can break a leg and they can have chronic diarrhea.
    2. A super small dog faces high risks if an operation is needed, even common neutering.
    3. Very small dogs are harder to house train. Their bladders are that much smaller and owners say it takes at least 6 months to potty train a teacup.
    4. Teacups normally need a lot of attention and can’t be left alone for a long period of time. They need food more often – at least 3 or 4 meals a day, and can be very high-strung.
    5. Teacups usually have a much shorter lifespan. Most toy dogs have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years but a teacup can live as short a life as just 5 or 6 years.

And the number one concern of very small (teacup) dogs is —

sugar

Teacups are prone to Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar shock.

This problem is a temporary one with any toy puppy until it grows to its full size, but with teacups that are under 5 pounds when full-grown — they always at risk of this common yet very serious problem.

Hypoglycemia is caused because the small dog is not able to store enough energy (food) in its tiny digestive system. Any kind of stress can cause a drastic drop in blood sugar levels which can actually be fatal!

 The Morkie who’s more than 8 to 10 pounds

There’s certainly nothing wrong with a larger dog, provided he’s not overweight. How can you tell?

Diagram of dog profile showing ideal weight dog

Diagram of dog profile showing ideal weight dog

  1. Can you feel his ribs easily through a light cover of fat, or are they difficult to feel because of thick fat?
  2. From the side view, is there an abdominal tuck beginning from base of ribs?
  3. Is there thickening at the tail base?
  4. From the overhead view, does she have a marked hourglass shape? (underweight indicator)
  5. Or, from the overhead view, is the back slightly or markedly broadened at the waist? (overweight indicator)
  6. Is your dog slow to rise or move around?
  7. Is she reluctant to exercise, or does she tire easily with activity?
overweight dog profile

Overweight or fat dogs face many health problems.

Besides breed-specific hereditary diseases that are made worse by too much weight, there are common problems that any breed can suffer. These include:

  • Canine diabetes.
  • Digestive problems including constipation, flatulence and diarrhea. Phew, who needs it!
  • Serious damage to joints, bones, and ligaments are a direct result of too much weight being borne by the joints.
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Difficulty breathing – fat pushes on the abdomen wall and there is less room in the for the lungs to fill properly. Overweight dogs often wheeze, unable to take a full, deep breath.
  • Increased chance of cancer – could be another risk to your Morkie who’s overweight. The exact link between obesity and cancer isn’t known for sure, but why risk it!

A shorter life – just like people, dogs with all the burdens overweight causes, simply don’t live as long.

In conclusion, keep your Morkie fit and at a healthy weight and she’ll be a happy, lively companion for many years.

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23 Comments

  1. Darlene

    I am thinking about adopting a morkie. Are these dogs good with kids?
    Have y’all experienced a lot of health problems?
    5 years sounds like a pretty short life expectancy. Can anyone give me a gauge on this? 😩😬

    • amadmin!

      Hi Darlene,

      A healthy, good size Morkie should live 12 to 15 years at least and it’s not unusual for them to go to 16! Yes I agree that 5 years is a very short lifespan, but this is an estimate basedo n experts’ experience – for super small Morkies – also known as “teacups.” When they are 3 1/2 pounds or less, they tend to be fragile from a health point of view, and not very hardy. Basically teacups are runts bred to other runts, that’s why.

      Morkies are pretty good with children. The only concern is, they’re small, and younger children can get overly excited and perhaps play too roughly. However, Morkies are very loving, loyal little dogs and like nothing more than tons of snuggling, so if that sounds like your kids, go for it!

      Thanks for writing, and best wishes, deb

  2. Dominique

    My dog is 10 months and was 8 pounds but is now 5 pounds. We don’t walk every day but at least 2-3 times a week. We keep him active in the house as well. I’m wondering why he has lost weight.

    • amadmin!

      Hi Dominique! Yikes that’s a lot of weight loss. In fact it’s nearly 40% – that would be like an average woman going from 140 lbs. to 84 lbs. real fast. First thing I’d recommend of course, is seeing your Veterinarian. Chances are this weight loss is caused by one of the more common causes, and they can be treated easily. They are thyroid, diabetes and anxiety. There are other causes of quick weight loss in animals, including liver disease, dental problems or parasites, but they are much less common. Dental problems shouldn’t be the cause in a 10 month old – this is usually the result of an older dog whose teeth have a ton of tartar, start to rot and are very painful. And thankfully, parasites (like that big tapeworm we all have nightmares about) are surprisingly, rarely the problem.

      Here’s hoping it’s one of the easier things to resolve, but do see the vet. and let us know how it goes Dominique.
      all the best,
      Deb, About Morkies

      • Molly davis

        my dog is 3 pounds! her name is trixie! do you teach music?

  3. Debra G.

    My Morkie weighs 1/2 a pound at 8 weeks. Do you know what she might weigh as an adult? Thank you!

    • amadmin!

      My best guess is 4 pounds – a really teeny tiny!

  4. Angela

    My Morkie, Jackson is 3 and weighs 12lbs, he is such a little cuddle bug!! 💗

    • amadmin!

      Jackson sounds adorable!

  5. Carol

    My Morkie is 20 lbs but does not seem fat. Was I scammed by the breeder? At this point I don’t care cause I love my dog and wouldn’t trade him for the world!

    • Mark

      It certainly sounds like it, but im not an expert.

  6. Dee

    My female morkie weighs just under 5 lbs at 17 weeks – however, she has SO MUCH fur that she seems a bit bigger. She is pretty small when you give her a bath!

    • amadmin!

      The perfect size!!! Sounds adorable!

  7. Joie

    My morkie Jax is 14 months old and weights 9.5 lbs. I do think the treats need to be cut back a bit. His ideal weight may be 9 lbs. I keep Jax active and love him to pieces.

  8. Denise

    My morkie just turned a year old he is now 8.5 lbs.he is very active!!

    • amadmin!

      That’s a great weight – not too big or too small.

  9. Sandra

    My tannish white morkie just turned 1 and weighs 12 pounds. But he’s not fat. I can feel his ribs and when he stand up, there’s a slight broad at his waist line but he sleeps alot more now than he did when he was a puppy. Ever since he was 4 months old.. My husband and I have always been taking him out for a run and biking with us every morning for cross training and he became very fast at running and can last up to 2 hrs plus.. but recently I’ve noticed that, that energy in him has changed. He’s not as active as he was before, after an hr of workout, He would be drained for the rest of the day. I’m not sure if this is because he’s getting older or he’s getting fat or it could be because we recently went on a trip for 6 wks and left him with my mom where he does nothing at all but sit around n gets pampered?!

  10. Carol

    My vet said my morkie will weigh about 14-15 lbs. he is now 2 and is about 16 lbs. so not too bad

  11. Ethel T. Pettiford

    My Morkie is 4 years old and weighs 9 pds. She is always excited and when she begin to calm down. The older that she gets will she become calmer?

  12. Judith Parent

    My morkie Tango is black with a few black or grey patches and weighs 15 pounds but is not fat.

  13. Judith Parent

    My morkie Tango weighs 15 pounds and is black with some white or grey spots

  14. benny

    Very informative. My morkey os 6 months old and weighs 7 lbs. I do think he is too large for his age.

  15. amadmin!

    About half a kilogram per pound; actually .4535 ks = 1 pound. To convert, take the # of pounds and divide by 2.2

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