About Morkies

So what’s a Morkie?

Morkie dog

Morkies can look like any combination of the Yorkie — black haired, pointed ears – or the Maltese – pure white, floppy ears.

A Morkie is the result of breeding a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and a purebred Maltese dog.  Sometimes, these Morkies are bred with one another.

A Morkie’s looks, personality and health are inherited from both breeds, and not always in equal proportions.  The more you know about both Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers, the easier it will be for you to decide if a Morkie is right for you.

Or if you already have a Morkie, the easier it will be to understand your pup’s behaviour and characteristics.

Size:  Like their parents, anywhere from about 4 or 5 pounds to 8 to 12 pounds and stand from 6″ high at the shoulder up to 11″ or 12” high.  Morkies have a compact body, and the traditional canine head: rounded dome and mid-length muzzle.


Combination of breeds

Meet the Yorkshire Terrier

Perky Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkie is a perky little dog, originating as a terrier to chase down rats and other vermin in factories in England during the 1880s.

Yorkies are active, bright little dogs with very big personalities.  In fact, they need plenty of socialization and training to keep that ‘big personality’ on track. They’re very affectionate and loyal.

Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, loves attention and is protective of his owners.  The Yorkie is no lapdog!

Originally part of the Terrier family of dogs, Yorkies were developed in the 1850s in northern England, where they were first bred as working dogs to chase rats and other vermin in factories around Yorkshire.  Even today, they like to have a job to do, and like most terriers, Yorkies can be stubborn and aggressive.

Today Yorkies are classified in the Toy Dogs category along with the Maltese.  However they retain their original terrier character.


Yorkshire Terriers have a long,Yorkie and Maltese at a glance single coat that’s glossy, fine, straight and silky. This coat takes a lot of care, with daily combing and brushing, although some owners prefer to keep their Yorkies in the short “puppy cut.”

Born almost pure black, it takes Yorkie puppies about 3 years to develop their final colour.  Adults are black and what’s called “steel blue,” (a blue-gray) with tan on the head, high chest, and legs.

The Yorkshire Terrier is high-spirited, confident, feisty and very loyal and affectionate. However, Yorkshire Terriers can be very “assertive” and noisy.

What’s the downside with Yorkshire Terriers?

At a glance, here are some of the more common concerns with Yorkshire Terriers:

  • hereditary/genetic health problems that come with any purebred
  • barking too much – they’re terriers after all!
  • can harder to housebreak than many small breed
  • lots of grooming needed
  • Yorkies can be very needy – they suffer from separation anxiety more than some other breeds

Meet the Maltese

Maltese dog

Often called a Maltese terrier by mistake, the Maltese is part of the TOY family, not terriers. It’s an ancient breed, treasured for centuries as a lap dog.

Like the Yorkie, the Maltese features a beautiful, flowing coat – but in pure white… no other colours are allowed in a purebred Maltese although they were originally bred in different colours, hundreds and even thousands of years ago.

That hair must be perfectly straight, and the longer the better. In a show dog, the hair hangs to the ground.  Like the Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese do not have an undercoat. Black lips, dark brown eyes and a black nose complete the little Maltese – which shouldn’t exceed 7 pounds.

Maltese have a slightly rounded skull, with a finger-wide dome, and a black button nose and eyes. The body is compact and fine-boned  but sturdy; it’s slightly longer than it is tall with a level top line. The Maltese chest is deep.

The drop ears with long hair plus dark eyes surrounded by darker skin pigmentation (called a “halo”), gives Maltese their expressive look.

The Maltese, first bred as a pampered lapdog for ladies of the court, is among the gentlest of all little dogs, but can seem fearless at times.

They are loyal, vigorous and super affectionate. Maltese originated about 6000 B.C., likely in Asia and were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians.

What’s the downside with a Maltese?

  • they will tolerate other pets (dogs and cats), but are not a good choice for young children or rough-and-tumble families
  • Maltese do not do well when left alone for extended periods of time
  • sometimes over-protective of their owner, family, and territory, Maltese may bark or bite if they perceive a threat
  • Maltese can be finicky eaters and suffer indigestion
  • and… the # 1 downside, they may be difficult to housebreak

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2 thoughts on “About Morkies

  1. We bought a Morkie, and they are just the cutest things! They are very hard to potty train, but they get the hang of it after a while. They can be a handful, but are so sweet and loyal. Everyone should have a Morkie.

  2. Morkies are really cute. We got one and we have four kids. I wish i found this site before we got him because i did not know both breeds are hard to potty train. (however our little guy is doing very well at 9 weeks old!) The one thing i also wish i had known was that they can get low blood sugar and if it gets really bad you have to rush them to the vet. Really read up on the puppy you decide on before buying it. However in our case we just love this little guy to pieces and we deal with what may or may not happen.