Morkie is half Maltese and half Yorkshire Terrier. This designer pup is a wonderful breed that combines the best traits of Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. It is a playful and lively dog devoted to its family. They originated in the United States. The lap dog part is derived from Yorkshire, while the playful nature comes from Maltese breed. Both these parent breeds are known for their soft, silky hair, and Morkie itself has silky coat that needs regular brushing.
Known for their affectionate nature and matchless loyalty, this particular breed is quite popular among Celebrities.
Morkies are very fragile looking and tiny dogs, thanks to both the parents who are small in size. They weight between 4 to 8 pounds and measure 6 to 8 inches in height. They are very cute and adorable. Common coat color for Morkie is black, tan or white. Their coat is usually soft and long. Their ears may be on either of the parents, pointed like Yorkshire Terrier or floppy like Maltese. They have sturdy appearance with a sweet expression. The feathered head is round in shape and medium in size.
Morkies are fun loving and happy-go-lucky dogs. They are extremely playful despite their puny size. They are very friendly with kids and love to run around in house and play with toys and balls. As Morkie are very fragile and extremely small in size, they need to be handled with a bit of care and hence they are ideally suitable for slightly older kids or adults. Also, they should not be kept in company of larger dogs as they may harm Morkie. These small dogs love to bark a lot and this may not be to everyone’s liking. They get attached to their family so much that they suffer from separation anxiety when left alone and it is best to have someone around them all the time. Though a bit stubborn, they are moderately easy to train. One needs to develop a reward based training method for Morkie and need to be bit more gentle with them during training.
Some of the common health conditions found in this breed are related to eye, ear and mouth. Morkies are susceptible to reverse sneezing, hypoglycemia, patellar luxation, portosystemic shunt and collapsed trachea. As they are small and fragile, they are at risk of getting injuries.
The average life expectancy of Morkie is about ten to thirteen years.