Can’t decide which toy dog to get? How about a combination – the adorable Morkie puppy

Two of today’s most popular toy dog breeds — the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese — are being cross bred to create an adorable toy dog: the Morkie (Morky) or Yorktese.

What’s a Morkie all about?

Both Maltese and Yorkies have their pros and cons, so the Morkie is a gamble that the best of both will shine through in the tiny toy Morkie. To find out if one is right for you, take a close look at the two breeds that are combined to come up with a Morkie puppy, and then you can decide if designer dog breeds are what you want. Read more here about how maltese and yorkies bred together result in beautiful morkie puppies.

Here’s what you’ll find:

Meet the Yorkshire Terrier

The most popular toy dog around

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

This fave features a straight-flowing silky body coat of bright shiny lustrous steel blue and clear-shaded golden tan with hair is parted on the muzzle and along the spine. Square and well proportioned, the Yorkie holds its head high and has a very alert expression.

Yorkies were first bred as working-class dogs by Scottish and English workers in textile mills and the coal mines in northern England. Their original purpose? To chase and kill rats, mice and any other vermin.

The Yorkie is a confident, sparkling and vigorous little dog. It shouldn’t exceed 7 lb. (3 kg)

What’s the downside with a Yorkie?

  • They can be territorial and like to have their space respected.
  • Yorkies require more human companionship and attention than any other breed.
  • That confidence? It can become willful in which case training of any kind can become difficult.

And here’s the Maltese!

An elegant, glamorous pup

Maltese Dogs

Maltese Dogs

Like the Yorkie, the Maltese features a beautiful, flowing coat – but in pure white… no other colors allowed! That hair must be perfectly straight, and the longer the better. In a show dog, the hair hangs to the ground. Black lips, dark brown eyes and a black nose complete the little Maltese – which shouldn’t exceed 7 lbs (3 kgs)

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 intelligent, vigorous and super affectionate.

What’s the downside with a Maltese?

  • They will tolerate other pets, but are not suitable for inconsiderate or ill-behaved children
  • 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… they may be difficult to housebreak

More Maltese or more Yorkie?

Chances are your Morkie will have both good and not-so-good features of mom and dad! So do your homework on the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese and be sure their “flaws” or downsides can fit with your household.

The Morkie’s appearance

What your Morkie puppy might look like

Being a mix of Yorkie and Maltese, little Morkies can be black, tan, white, black and tan; may be solid, sable, or distinctively marked. In fact, the colour combination is nearly limitless – you’ll rarely find Morkies with the same colouring. Just check out the website to see pictures of all the different coats of morkie puppies.

The Morkie or Yorktese requires daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Your dog really shouldn’t be trimmed or get a haircut – both Yorkies and Maltese are renowned for their long, luxurious coats, so enjoy it, don’t cut it!

Morkie temperment

Morkies are affectionate, loyal, devoted, and loving

First off, Morkies are not recommended for homes with very small children. Little tykes can play a bit too rough and hurt the Morkie without meaning to. Like Yorkies, Morkie bones are delicate.

They do well with dogs and non-canine pets they have been raised with. They bond closely to their family and so do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom and loneliness will lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking.

The Yorktese may be stubborn and difficult to housebreak. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.

Meet Morkies - The Yorkie Maltese Mix

Meet Morkies – The Yorkie Maltese Mix

OK I’m convinced

Now where do I get a morkie?

Since the Morkie isn’t recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club, you won’t find registered breeders – always the best way to go for a happy, healthy and cruelty free pet.

So where do you find one?

More casual breeders will offer Morkies – but just be VERY SURE their pups have been raised by them — you don’t want a puppy mill dog. That’s 10 years of heartbreak!

Check your LOCAL newspaper or find a Morkie breeder online. Be sure to ask to visit their kennel, and see the other Morkies and dogs they have. Otherwise, you could be buying blind.

To be sure you’re not buying from a puppy mill, read the hints about buying morkie puppies from reputable breeders.