9 Facts About the Morkie (Maltese Yorkie) That Will Blow You Away!

There are very few dogs that can claim to be cuter than the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese. One of them is the Morkie.

If the name sounds a little bit suspicious to you, it’s because the dog is a Yorkshire Terrier Maltese mix.

Someone in the United States, about a decade ago, saw these two dog breeds and decided they can get much cuter.

I think it is safe to say, whoever thought of that was right.

The Morkie is one of the cutest dogs you will ever get the chance to look at, play with, and bring back home without notifying your landlord.

But, as soon as they see how cute this crossbreed is, they will fall in love. A few cuddles later, they may even lower your rent payment.

Who knows how many hearts can this one dog steal? He is way too cute not to demand belly rubs from everyone he meets.

I could go on and on about how cute the Morkie is (and believe me, I will do so later in the article), but we need to take this crossbreed seriously.

Below I will give you a list of things that you need to know about this crossbreed.

Spoiler alert: you’ll probably want one after reading this.

Who Are the Morkie’s Parents?

You take a Yorkshire Terrier, mix him with a Maltese, wait for a few weeks, and there you have a small litter of very small and cute dogs.

But before you fall for their cuteness, you should know more about the parent breeds. Your Morkie is likely to look and act as either one or both of them.

So, let’s get to know each of the purebred parents separately.

The Yorkshire Terrier

tan yorkshire terrier walking in the streets

He looks like he is all about business.

A stubborn little fella who has been demanding attention everywhere he goes. He is that little, tan dog that keeps walking ferociously cute next to his owner's feet.

You remember that little dog that was barking a little bit too much when you were getting too close the first time?

He is the same dog that now runs toward you everytime he sees you because he loves you.

The Yorkie is playful, loving dog that was bred to be a companion. He excels at that task better than many other dog breeds.

However, the Yorkshire is a terrier, and terriers are stubborn. They do what they like most of the time. Thankfully, the Yorkie is too small to cause a lot of damage when he is on a cute rage fit.

Still, Yorkies enjoy a good training session, a few short walks around the neighborhood, a lot of belly rubs, and however many treats you have in your hand.

More about the Yorkshire Terriers here.

The Maltese

white female maltese on a red sofa

The Princess is looking down on its peasants. Kneel before Her Majesty!

The White Princess of all dogs. She makes everyone bow down, both human and dog, to greet her Royal Majesty.

The silky white hair makes the Maltese seem as if she were supernaturally hovering above the ground. She takes a few steps per second, head held high, while everyone around her awes at how cute she looks.

The Maltese is an intelligent dog with a simple agenda: make everyone jealous.

No matter who you are, you are not as attractive as your Maltese happily greeting everyone who looks her way.

However, a dog as cute as she is requires a little bit more maintenance than usual. She needs frequent haircuts, constant love and attention, and a few hours of play each day.

You can learn everything you need to know about the Maltese here.

By the way, both the Yorkie and the Maltese are among America’s most popular small dog breeds. You can check our full list here.

Who is the Morkie?

The Morkie is one of the cutest dogs on the planet right now. He is a mix of the royal features of the Maltese and the stubborn and wild attitude of the Yorkie.

He is just as small as his parents and twice as good looking if you ask me.

If you are not so sure; here is one possible look at the Morkie.

black and white morkie licking his owner

Well, no one can say that is not cute!

Credit: Harvey K / CC BY-NC

I said one simply because the Maltese Yorkshire Terrier mix can have other appearances.

All that I am sure of is that this crossbreed loves their companion and that is mainly why he exists.

So, without further ado, let’s get to know our crossbreed of the day, of the week, the month, the year and the century!

List of Facts About the Morkie: Yorkshire Terrier Maltese Mix

Disclaimer: It is important to know that not all Morkies are the same. While the same applies to all dog breeds, crossbreed dogs are even more complicated. Their temperament, appearance, and overall personality can be based on environment, training, and depends on their parents. Considering that mixed dog breeds don’t have set standards, the following list contains generalization. Your individual Morkie may or may not be different than what I will describe below.

With that out of the way, it is time to dive deep into our knowledge of the Maltese Yorkie mix.

1 - The Morkie Is a Small Fella, And You Know It

When you take a small dog such as the Yorkie and mix it with the Maltese, you are not expecting a large hound. You know that your litter will be filled with a pocket-sized, just as big as their parents or maybe smaller.

The Morkie is just as small as his parents. He is barely 10 pounds when he is eating way too much. He stands as tall as a 10-inch ruler.

This little size has its advantages and disadvantages. I will sure mention most of them throughout the article. Still, the most obvious advantage is how easy it is to pick him up whenever his stubborn ancestors take over his small body.

It is worth noting that some breeder use Teacup Yorkies to get even smaller Morkies. Such breeding has many health consequences on the litter. We do not appreciate putting dogs in danger for monetary gain or pure pleasure.

2 - His Coat Is Mostly Why He Exists

The Maltese is famous for being a hypoallergenic dog breed. Although “hypoallergenic breed” has been debunked as a myth, there is some small merit to it. That’s why there are many Maltese breed mixes. One of them is the Maltipoo.

Usually, the Maltese sheds so little that even allergic people can live happily with the dog around the house. However, that does not mean that they do not shed or that all allergic people can tolerate a Maltese. You can learn more about Hypoallergenic Dogs here.

The Morkie is supposed to be a hypoallergenic dog as well. His hair is usually shorter than that of the Maltese, but don’t let it fool you. It requires much more maintenance than you think.

You will need daily brushing to you keep your dog’s hair well-maintained. Regular haircuts and monthly showers are also part of the deal. Your Morkie cute outlook depends on how much attention you will give to him daily.

3 - He Has More than a Few Coat Colors

While the Maltese is mostly white (there are other colors, but they as rare as $100 bills in the streets), the Yorkshire is more diverse.

Their mix, the Morkie, can thank his Yorkshire parent for the different coat colors he may have.

He can be a solid white or black, sometimes tan, or a likely combination of all the three colors. Therefore, the only way to know how your Morkie would look like when he grows up is to wait for him to grow up.

Here is a video to learn how to groom your Morkie. Be careful, cuteness overload!

4 -The Morkie Is Very, Very Stubborn

It may come as a surprise to you if you are not familiar with the Yorkshire Terrier dog breed, but they are pretty stubborn dogs. They really are!

The Morkie usually takes that side from his Yorkie parent and grows to be a stubborn pocket dog. You really can’t force him to do anything he does not want to do.

His stubborn attitude can get him into trouble most of the time he is outside. Similar to the Yorkie, he will pick fights with bigger dogs than he is, not understanding how small his body is.

He may actually scare away the larger dogs as they are probably not used to such a small pet being so fearless. Of course, such interaction must be supervised. You cannot allow your Morkie to act like a tough guy if you are not close enough to pick up off the ground when needed.

5 - He Gets Hurt Easily

Speaking of tiny body and larger things, the Morkie is known to initiate problems that get him hurt.

Usually, he does well with other pets and children at the house. However, because he is too small, others may unintentionally play a little too rough with him.

His “I’m stronger than you” attitude can trigger others to give him a slightly harsh hit that ends up hurting his tiny bones.

We advise you to keep every interaction with the outside world supervised.

You should also make sure that all children in the house are well-trained to play with the little fella. Other pets are likely to understand how tiny this dog is after a few interactions with him.

In any case, keeping your Morkie safe, happy, and playful is the priority.

morkie laying on top of a book

Oh Cesar! If you knew how much the book is helpful!

Credit: alachia / CC BY-NC-SA

6 - Training Your Morkie Is Challenging

Being a small dog does not necessarily mean you can easily train him. He may be tiny, but he is more stubborn than to simply roll over when you tell him to.

Although, your goal is to make him roll over when you do ask him that. That means that you will need to sharpen your training skills to adjust to the temperament and personality of the Morkie.

Many dog owners say that their Yorkie Maltese mix can understand their commands, but they just don’t comply right away. That behavior is typical of the small dogs in general.

Doing as they are told is not their best feature. It’s not a feature at all. That is why dog trainers try to make the training sessions seem as playful as possible.

The more treats you are offering to your Morkie, the more he will want to please you. That is why you should bring as many of them with you.

You have better chances convincing your dog to sit, stay, come when you are praising and offering him his favorite food than with empty hands.

As far as exercise goes, the Morkie requires about 2 short walks daily. You can also play fetch inside your apartment. (Did I mention that he is a great apartment dog? Well, here I said it.)

7 - He Loves to Eat, A LOT!

When you think of a small dog, you think for a small bowl. Well, the Morkie may be the exception.

In fact, he is more likely to eat like there is no tomorrow. His food bowl must remain full as he can come to eat whenever he feels hungry.

However, this does not mean you should let him whatever. The Morkie has a weak stomach, which is prone to many digestive issues.

You should make sure to serve him only the best high-quality food in your price range. Preferably, try to find food that is made explicitly for toy breeds. We have a list of food for dog with sensitive stomachs. Check it out here.

Dry kibble is recommended as the Morkie tends to develop dental issues. So, weekly cleaning is also essential.

Maybe using chew toys can help. We have reviewed a few of them here.

8 - Lifespan and Health Issues

Smaller dog breeds have a tendency to live longer than larger dogs. Maybe because of all the hugs they get. Science is not conclusive about that yet.

The average life of a Morkie is between 12 and 15 years old. Many believe that it is thanks to his Yorkie parent that this crossbreed lives longer than the average dog.

However, there are many other health concerns that your dog may have to deal with as he grows old.

We have already mentioned food allergies and dental issues earlier. Unfortunately, they are not all. There are other health concerns, which include: tracheal collapse, cataracts, medial patellar luxation, hydrocephalus, chronic valvular heart disease, kidney failure, and glaucoma.

You can avoid surprising illnesses by providing high-quality dog food to your dog, daily exercise, and routine check-ups.

brown morkie playing with toys

Can you find the Morkie within 3 seconds?

Credit: Ksebruce / CC BY-ND​

9 - Living With a Morkie Is Awesome, but Loud

The Morkie is a cute dog that will keep you entertained every day. He will introduce a new type of excitement in your life.

However, you should be ready to hear him talk quite a lot. He likes to voice his opinion too, even when he is not asked.

His has a high-pitched bark that is most likely to annoy your neighbors at first. If you are not a fan of dogs barking a lot (are you a dog lover? Really? really?), you can train your dog to stop barking on command.

Of course, that means including barking training as part of your dog training sessions.


I am sincerely in love with the Morkie (although Huskies are still my favorite dog breed). This crossbreed is one to fall in love with, admire, love back, and protect all the way.

The Maltese Yorkie mix is among the best hybrids out there and it is for good reason. He is great for apartment living, does not shed a lot, full of love and silly moments.

This is a perfect companion dog.

What do you think of the Morkie? Is he a dog you’d like to own?

Let me know in the comments down below!

About the Author Sam Cummings

Hey world! Sam here! I am a writer and a blogger, with keen interest in pets, dogs especially. Writing about those creatures make time melt like an ice cube in a desert! Dogs are just unbelievably amazing!

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