7 Things You Need to Know About the Morkie (Maltese Yorkie mix)

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Morkie also known as Maltese Yorkie Mix or Morkshire TerrierMaltese Yorkie Mix is a cross of purebred Maltese and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Morkie, or Morkshire Terrier. Morkies are relatively small dogs at about 6 to 8 inches tall, weighing around 4 to 8 pounds, while Teacup Morkies are tinnier. Morkies average lifespan is between 10 to 13 years.

Warning! One look at this fluffy little fellow will have your heart melting and your fingers tapping the keyboard to find one.

However, before you rob your piggy bank, you will want to be prepared for what lies ahead with this canine companion. But don’t worry, in this post I’ve gathered up the important info on the Morkie, along with some tips and adorable pics.

Check it out!

1. So Adorable, You’ll Want to Snuggle One Up!

Since the Morkie is a crossbreed, you are not guaranteed the exact looks you would if it were a purebred. However, as pointed in the first paragraph the average full-grown Yorkie Maltese mix usually measures in at around 6 to 8 inches at the shoulder and from 4 to 8 pounds. Teacup Morkies, on the other paw, are on the smaller side of that average.

The coat of the Maltese Yorkie is a beautiful blend of its genetics, being soft and slightly longer. They can be solid black, white, tan, or a combination of all three.

What about grooming?

The Morkie will need to be brushed several times a week to prevent the hair from tangling or developing mats. You will also want to bathe your canine companion once-a-month with a high-quality doggy shampoo and conditioner.

This YouTube video shows how you can use grooming tools to give your Morkie a haircut. Note; not all dogs are going to be as calm and compliant as this little fella. If you want your Maltese Yorkie mix hair trimmed, it’s best to have a professional dog groomer do the job, at least until your pup gets used to the clippers, combs, scissors, and procedure.

2. They are Happy-Go-Lucky, But a Bit Barky

Morkie puppy that looks like he is sorry or sad about something, on a whiye background.Pet parents all agree that the Morkie temperament can be described as happy-go-lucky. It loves to run, play and fetch toys, despite its tiny size. It does like children, but due to its delicate nature, older kids are recommended. This social pup even does well with cats and other small dogs. However, be wary when your Yorkie Maltese is around larger breeds as it’s tiny body can be easily injured.

If you don’t want a noisy dog, you may want to consider another breed. This little guy can bark up a storm, especially when left alone for long periods-of-time. This separation anxiety is best controlled by having a person home most of the time or one that can bring the dog with them wherever they go.

What about training?

Being half Terrier, the Morkie does tend to have a stubborn side. But that doesn’t mean he’s untrainable, in fact, it is quite the opposite. With plenty of praise, patience, and some delicious treats, your Morkie can be a “good student.”

3. Morkie Medical Concerns

As with any dog, there can be health issues involved. Since this dog is a Maltese Yorkie mix breeders know that they are susceptible to the following conditions;

  • Eye, ear, and oral issues
  • Collapsed trachea – when the rings of the trachea are weakened and collapse in on itself
  • Reverse sneezing – air is pulled rapidly into the nose
  • Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar
  • Portosystemic shunt – a liver problem where there is an abnormal connection between the portal vein (or one of its branches) and another vein.
  • Patella Luxation – slipped knee joint.

Regular veterinarian checkups and a good diet can help catch these conditions before they become a problem.

4. Exercise or Destruction, You Decide

Little puppy that looks like she is saying "I'm sorry" for something with copy space.Even though the Morkie is considered a Toy breed, it will still need a certain amount of exercise and play each day. It is recommended to take your pup on a brisk walk around the block or for playtime at a park. If you choose a dog park to exercise your Yorkie Maltese, be aware of the other dogs, as a bite or jump on your little guy takes only a moment for a serious injury to occur.

Left without exercise and companionship, the Morkie tends to get destructive.

How much damage could a little dog do?

You will be surprised.

Pet parents have reported their Morkies ripping up sofa cushions, urinating and defecating all over the home, scratching at doors until their paws bleed and barking incessantly. Be sure someone is home to keep your pooch out of trouble. If you can’t be at home to exercise your Morkie every day, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker.

5. Despite Their Small Size, They Can Eat

The Morkie might be little, but man, can he eat.

You will want to feed your dog a high-quality kibble. This will provide your pup with the required nutrients for growth, health and a beautiful coat, as well as protect its teeth from plaque and tartar buildup.

Be sure to find the appropriate kibble size. A smaller food made specifically for toy breeds will prevent a choking hazard and allow your Yorkie Maltese the ability to chew and swallow her food properly.

Also since this “breed” is prone to weight gains, you won’t want the food to contain too many carbohydrates. Once your pooch has packed on those extra pounds, it puts her at risk of other Morkie health issues such as slipped knees and even hypoglycemia (diabetes).

Since the Morkie is part Yorkie, you will also want to consider tummy issues (which is a common problem in the Yorkshire breed). Foods that contain less artificial dyes and preservatives are your wisest choice.

6. Morkie Puppies, What Could Be Cuter?

Sweet Little Morkie Puppy

There’s no doubt that the Morkie is a real cutie-pie, but there are some precautions you will want to take.

First of all, if your Morkie is a Teacup, you will have to be extra careful. Hugging it too hard or rolling over onto it in bed can cause injury or even death.

Second, early socialization of your puppy is key to having a happy dog versus a shy and frightened one. Many breeders and pet experts recommend puppy kindergarten or puppy training classes. These are controlled environments where your Morkie can learn from other dogs, go over some basic training and maybe even make some lifelong doggy friends.

Since the Yorkie Maltese is a hybrid finding a puppy may be more difficult. You can check with your local animal rescue and leave your name at the front desk in case one were to come in or use a search on the internet. Petfinder is an excellent place to start as you can narrow down your options to include the distance you want to travel.

7. There are Plenty of Fun Facts About the Morkie

We’re not finished yet with this adorable hybrid. Here are some fun facts about the Morkie that you will want to know:

  1. Maltese Yorkies are super-tiny at birth weighing in at around 4 to 5 ounces
  2. As mentioned above the average lifespan of this breed is from 10 to 13 years-old
  3. The Morkie hybrid was founded in America for a lapdog
  4. This dog can live in apartments quite nicely.
  5. This little dog is perfect for seniors and would even make a good therapy pooch
  6. Since this dog is so small, the litter size can range from only two puppies up to five puppies.
  7. Yorkie Maltese enthusiasts hope to make someday them a true breed in the eyes of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
  8. Morkies bond quickly to their family members and want to be a part of the day-to-day happenings.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

🐾 What is a Morkie?

The Morkie is a designer dog that is a mix of the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. But telling you what breeds make this pooch isn’t enough. Go ahead and browse the sections we have about their looks and temperament!

🤧 Do Morkies shed?

Both the Maltese and Yorkie are known to be low shedders, which the Morkie will inherit. It is said that they are hypoallergenic because they have hair and not fur. That might be good news, but there’s a catch with dealing with their coat.

🤗 Do Morkies like cuddling?

As lap dogs, they’re huge cuddlers! But you may want to rethink that when you feel like giving this cute little furball a tight hug or if you plan on sleeping with it in your bed or couch.

💲 How much should I pay for a Morkie?

Be ready to pay for anywhere between $850 to $3,700! This price range is expected in some crossbreeds, and it’s up to you if this rundown of facts about Morkies is something you can tolerate. And do you think you’d be able to maintain it’s diet? Are you also aware and prepared for the health issues that this fido may have?


Is the Morkie right for you? Carefully consider all of our information from its temperament to grooming requirements, to exercise and to training.

I think the Maltese Yorkie mix is a delightful blend of adorableness, a great personality and a coat that is relatively easy to manage. Yes, it does tend to have a stubborn side, but that only makes pet parenting a Morkie all that more fun.

If you have a Morkie, please feel free to share your thoughts and information in the comment section.

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15 replies on “7 Things You Need to Know About the Morkie (Maltese Yorkie mix)”

  • Glen&Ruth Jenkins says:

    The Morkie is the Best Senior Friendly dog you could have,they are good around kids as well,but little kids who tend to want to grab at pinch,or pull ears,Not so much,Morkie are easily injured by such things,and when made scared& made nervous they will lash out ! But Only if Scared or hurt they are great with children after the toddler stage

  • Kay Herston says:

    I have a Morkie. She is more black like a yorkie but she has a super personality and was so easy to train as far as behavior. She knows most everything I say to her. She is really like a service dog and I did not train her in any way to be one. If I seem to breathe wrong she will stare at me until I say I’m ok. She’s incredible smart which surprised me. She will soon be 13. She loves to walk with me and is very good on a leash.

  • Brenda Mcnulty says:

    I need help!!!!!! Although my Morky is absolutely delightful, he is giving me nightmares! He pees and poos any place he feels like it. He treats the pad like a toy, he tries to shred it. How do I train this adorable mutt?

  • Celia Magdaleno says:

    I’ve a 5 1/2 year old Yorkie Maltese, Jelly and she the best thing that’s happened to me. Myself, I’ve had her for 9 months, rehomed from my brother’s family now that all the kids have grown up, graduated from college and moved out.
    My brother and sister in law have had Jelly since she was 4 weeks old.
    Jelly’s adorable, social, loyal, trustworthy, on and on.
    Jelly’s become my Psychiatrist Service Dog and has changed my life dramatically.
    She’s the biggest joy in my life and my very true companion and furry forever best friend!!!
    I love her so much and she’s my life.❤️

  • Betty brymer says:

    I can’t get my Yorker to eat I’ve tried every kind of dog food at all maybe a bite or 2 every now and then I feel he’s very skinny he weights about 4 to 5 pounds so I’ve giving him chicken boiled I know I should not feed him but I’m scared he will go hungry HELP what do you recommend

  • Tiffany Douglass says:

    My morkie is 13 and people find it hard to believe she’s not a puppy. It’s not only her size. It’s the fact that she literally acts like an eager puppy. I bring her to work daily and my patients love her. Every morning she zooms from office to office to greet my colleagues one by one. She is stubborn FOR SURE but it’s in the best way. One thing to note is her teeth issues as she had to get them all removed earlier this year. This goes for small breeds in general. She is the absolute best breed I’ve ever had minus the barking 🙂

  • Debbie Somers says:

    We just got Smudges (our Morkie) last week! He is already super attached and the best little doggie! He’s learning very quickly how to sit, shake and stay. He was housebroken when we acquired him at 10 weeks! We had our first bath today it was fun! He runs around playing and is ALWAYS underfoot! The best little companion!

  • Melissa Dudley says:

    I have a Morkie the breeder Said she was Maltese .But she is a .Morkie So fun and lovable And very smart and obedient for the most part

  • Mike says:

    I have a morkie. His name is Louie. Louie is a little over a year old. He loves everyone and everyone loves him. He has a somewhat bullish attitude towards other dogs and ups and prime deliveries. Louie spent an hour barking at the lawn mower in the garage today. He requires quite a bit of exercise. Louie is a cuddler/lapdog big time. He’s sleeping on my lap right now.

  • Sande says:

    I have a Morkie. Griffen is wonderful! He is 2 and such a joy. He loves to tear up paper towels and kleenex’s if he gets a hold of them. He is a pick pocket, so I have to keep my pockets zipped or empty. He has been known to chew a face or two off his stuffed toys. I have spent plenty of time sewing them back up. He’s at home all day, while I’m at work, and he doesn’t bark. He isn’t even afraid of fireworks! He sits outside with me and watches them. If he isn’t sleeping, his favorite game is fetch! Fetch…fetch….fetch! He loves all people. Especially the little two leggeds! He think’s he’s ferocious, but he is a big softy. As far as having them to become a part of your family…..10 stars!

  • Jaimalone says:


    I have 3.5 year old morkie she is 11lbs. About 17inches. In perfect. She was suppose to be 5-7lbs based on parents. She is picky about treats. Dislikes sweets. And hates noise. She is an indoor only. She loves her cage but loves to cuddle up to me when I go to sleep. Ioves everyone but my daughter. She is strong, sturdy and in perfect health per doctor vist in 04/2022.

    Why is she bigger than the average morkie?

    Why this year did she startcto stratch out a spot to lay down.

    Why does she pee in areas of the house when she knows she isn’t suppose to. She knows where to get water and where her cage is and funds her ball.

  • Yvonne says:

    I have a 15 year old Morkie and she is a delight to have. She have traveled all over the U.S. with me and accompany me when I go shopping. I just place her in her bag and everyone loves seeing her at the stores. She’s not a service dog but definitely brings me pleasure. Since the pandemic I’ve been working from home and she follows me from one room to the next. When I’m off from work we sit and watch tv together. She let’s me know when she have to go to the bathroom by barking. I n ow know what different sounds of her barks are for. She is potty trained but I still take her for her daily walks. I wish I could clone her because she’s now the perfect dog. I don’t want to lose her but I know in a few years she will be gone. I would love to have another Morkie just like my “Squirt”. My boyfriend named her “Squirt” because we I first got her she used to make small amounts of pee in the house. thank goodness that didn’t last long because she was easy to train. A little accidents here and there but nothing major. I love my Squirty

  • Karen says:

    Yes my Morkiei loves to cuddle! She sleeps next to me every night! She is very silly! She wiibe 3 Sunday! She loves to pay fetch and is getting really good about bringing the ball back! She is a love!!

  • Steve says:

    When we went to pick up our first (Bear) we sat down at a picnic table outside the breeders home. He was going over the paperwork while my wife held the fur ball. When it came time to settle the bill my wife had forgotten the money in the car. She put him in my cupped hands and as she got up to leave he peed in my hands! I looked him in the eyes and with a smile said “You and I are going to get along just fine!” A year and a half later we found Piper. We’ve never looked back!

  • Steve K says:

    When we went to pick up our first (Bear) we sat down at a picnic table outside the breeders home. He was going over the paperwork while my wife held the fur ball. When it came time to settle the bill my wife had forgotten the money in the car. She put him in my cupped hands and as she got up to leave he peed in my hands! I looked him in the eyes and with a smile said “You and I are going to get along just fine!” A year and a half later we found Piper. We’ve never looked back!

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