Morkie / Yorktese

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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The Yorktese, also called the Morkie, is created by the crossing of two breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese. They are commonly referred to as "designer dogs". The Yorktese is exceedingly popular.

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The ideal Yorktese is well-proportioned, sturdy, and hardy in appearance. They possess a lively and sweet expression.

Does your Morkie / Yorktese bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Yorktese is not recommended for homes with small children. They are affectionate, loyal, devoted, and loving. They do well with dogs and non-canine pets they have been raised with. They bond closely to their family and 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 is suspicious of strangers and will alert their family to strangers and out of the ordinary sounds.
The Yorktese requires daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Bathing should be done when necessary using a mild shampoo. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss. They may be prone to such health issues as digestive problems, sensitivity to anesthesia, slipped stifle, and skin problems.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The coat of the Yorktese is typically long, silky, straight, and fine in texture.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. 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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Morkie / Yorktese puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Yorktese are well suited for apartment living provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. They are relatively active indoors and should have a variety of safe toys to keep them occupied. The Yorktese enjoys securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and off-lead play in a fenced yard. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 4-9; Female: 4-9 lbs
6-10 inches
Black, tan, white, black and tan; may be solid, sable, or distinctively marked



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Morkie / Yorktese Questions

Are Morkie's good with other dogs?

If the puppy is socialized with other dogs from a young age, then the mix can be great with other dogs. If the dog is not properly socialized then the puppy/dog can lean on the moderate side of being good with dogs as they are more of a human-dog than a dog-dog. They like the company of their humans more so than socializing with other dogs. Make sure your puppy plays with/meets as many new dogs as possible while young so that they can be sure to be well socialized.

The Morkie breed is one that I have found that my child is not allergic to. I would love to get one for them but I am concerned about it being alone 8 to 9 hrs a day. I do not want the dog to have anxiety.

The Morkie or Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier cross is a very human dependent breed of dog. They do not like being alone and can become destructive, depressed, bark and get anxiety if left alone for too long. Puppies should never be left alone in a crate longer then 2 - 3 hours at a time. If you plan on getting a puppy, make sure there is someone such as a friend or family member that can come and let the puppy out every couple of hours. You may want to look into a Dog Walker to come to your home if you can not find a schedule that works for everyone, including the puppy.

I had a Morkie up until recently due to a freak accident. We are both military and gone 12 hours a day. All of our children are in school and the pup was always home with just my 11 year old cat. I never had any anxiety issues with him. He was probably the best dog (breed) you could ever want. He was great with kids (6-16), the cat...not so much the chickens, but they held their own since they were bigger lol! I would recommend a Morkie to anyone!

We have a 3 year old morkie. We haven't had any separation issues while we are at work. But we also got him a friend so he isn't alone. We have a little rat terrier dog for him. They are best buddies. He watches out for her. Yes we had her fixed no puppies. He lets her eat first. He will wait till she is done than he will eat. He actually woke me up one night because she was sick throwing up. He has never done anything like that before he wanted me to know. He is just the best little fur baby and we love him and his friend with all out our hearts.

Will a Morkie be good with my grandchildren who are ages 4 and 8?

The Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier cross should do just fine around your grandchildren as long as the puppy is not played with too roughly and ends up not liking children. All interactions between children and a puppy/dog should be supervised at all times. Allow the puppy to have a safe place, such as a bed or crate in which it means that the puppy/dog is off limits to children so the puppy/dog knows that it can go there if the children get too much for it.

As long as neither parties are aggressive they should play well together. Senior Morkies may need more space than puppies.

How big does a Morkie typically weigh when fully grown? Will most Morkies have the long silky fur?

The Maltese averages in at 6 1/2 - 9 pounds, while the Yorkshire Terrier averages in at 4 - 6 pounds. So it all depends on if the puppy takes after the Maltese or the Yorkshire Terrier for weight. But it could be anywhere from 4 - 9 lbs obviously. As for fur, that again will also depend on if the dog takes after the Maltese or the Yorkie. If you are dead set on the long silky fur, then I wouldn't count on the cross, as most have the shorter/curly fur. I would get a purebred Yorkshire Terrier if I were you.

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