TEACUP MORKIE PUPPIES
Sometimes called a Malkie, Malki, Maltiyork, Yoriemalt, Yortese, or Yorktese, the Morkie is a cross between the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier, both toy breeds. Morkies are small dogs with a distinct look and somewhat of a quirky character. Because it’s so affectionate, playful, and portable, the Morkie has a reputation as an excellent companion and lap dog. That said, they can be a little prickly with strangers, small children, other dogs, and other pets. Early socialization can help you ease interactions with both people and pets.
At their best, they are playful, high-spirited, and fun-loving. Without training and socialization, however, they can develop the undesirable qualities of Small Dog Syndrome, becoming demanding, yappy, and neurotic.
They are known to be smart but stubborn, so they’ll need your patience and early training with positive reinforcement.
Even with training, it’s tough to break a Morkie of their watchdog tendencies, and they will alert you to any dangers they perceive (even if there aren’t any!).
Their coats are long, straight, silky, and somewhat limited in color:
They are very small, ranging from 6 to 8 inches in height and 4 to 8 pounds in weight. For this reason, they may not be a good fit for families with young children.
Ensuring your Morkie is mentally stimulated will help you control any unwanted behaviors. Teaching them tricks and playing games can go a long way towards good mental health for both you and your dog.
We recommend about 30 to 45 minutes of moderate activity a day and around 5 or 6 miles of walking per week.
The Morkie is a modern designer breed that doesn’t have a long history, although its parent breeds are long-established. It is the result of crossing a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier.
The Maltese was named by the Romans after the island of Malta, where it is indigenous. An ancient mix of Bichon and Spaniel, it has been called many names through the years including the Comforter, the Roman Ladies Dog, the Spaniel Gentle, and the Maltese Lion Dog. They are affectionate and gentle, and often fearless. Maltese dogs were used to comfort the sick because they were believed to possess healing powers. The European aristocracy loved the breed, and it was often the subject of literature and art. The breed arrived in the United States in the 1700s and have become more popular as companion dogs.
The Yorkshire Terrier was also named for its place of origin in England. When the Industrial Revolution brought Scottish immigrants to England in search of work, they brought with them the now-extinct Old English Toy and Waterside Terriers, which were well-suited to hunting rodents. Pairing those two created some of the breed’s early refinements. They eventually arrived in the United States, and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885. They became popular for their showmanship and their affectionate personalities.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Portacaval Shunt
- Tracheal Collapse
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Patellar Luxation
- Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
- Hydrocephalus Dental Disease
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Shaker Dog Syndrome
With its long coat, your Morkie is a high maintenance dog that needs to be brushed daily to prevent matting and tangling. They only require semi-regular bathing, though Morkie-parent with a sharp eye will be able to tell when bath time is necessary. They should be thoroughly brushed prior to bathing to work out tangles in advance. Using a light conditioner is also important to make the coat a bit easier to handle. After bathing, lightly towel-dry and follow up with gently blow drying on low heat to ensure your pup gets completely dry. The blow-out also makes a much more attractive coat. Regularly clean ears, brush teeth, and clip nails to maintain good health and comfort.