Morkie - Origin, Traits and Care

Morkie: find out what this animal is like, its physical characteristics, character, behavior, etc. Undoubtedly, you will be surprised when you discover the dog breed...

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Without a doubt, you will be surprised when you discover the breed of dog that we are going to present to you below: the Morkies, singular little dogs resulting from the cross between the Yorkshire terrier and the M altese bichon. These dogs have very special characteristics. Did you know that this is one of the most loyal and daring dog breeds? It is!

Do you want to know more about the Morkies? In this article from PlanèteAnimal, we will explain all the characteristics of the Morkie, its character and its care.

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Physical Characteristics

  • Muscular
  • Proportional


  • Little


  • 15-35

Adult Weight

  • 1-3

Life expectancy

  • 12-14

Recommended physical activity

  • Average


  • Strong
  • Smart
  • Affectionate
  • Dominant

Ideal for

  • Apartment
  • The guard

Recommended climate

  • Temperate

Hair type

  • Medium
  • Long
  • Curly

Origin of the Morkie

The Morkie breed originated in the 1980s, when a breeder decided to cross a Yorkshire Terrier with a M altese. As a result of this crossing, the first Morkie puppies were born. Like other breeds resulting from the crossing of well-known dog breeds, Morkies have not been registered as a breed in their own right by any of the international cynological organizations.

These puppies are extremely popular, they often become the pets of personalities from the world of cinema, music or sports.

Morkie Features

A Morkie is a small dog that normally weighs between 2.5 and 5 kilograms. Its height at the withers is usually between 15 and 31 centimeters and its average lifespan is between 10 and 13 years.

The body of a Morkie dog is compact, with short, muscular limbs, although they are usually much longer than those of a M altese. The tail is of medium length and thickness. The head is medium with a long, round muzzle, ending in a dark nose, usually black. Its ears are droopy and hang down the sides of its head, they are high set in and covered with a dense layer of hair. The eyes are round, dark and reflect a lively gaze.

A Morkie's coat is long and dense. Its softness is indisputable and it has a woolly underlayer that favors their thermal insulation. They do not shed, which is why they are considered hypoallergenic dogs.

Morkie Puppy

Morkie puppies are so adorable because they're tiny little furry balls that just want to play and be pampered. As with other breeds of small dogs, puppies are generally more delicate and should be watched to prevent them from becoming ill.

Colors of Morkie

The most popular and common colors for Morkies are: silver, cinnamon brown, white, beige and black, and all their combinations.

Morkie tea cup

There is a smaller sized variety of Morkie, not exceeding 3.5 kilograms in weight, which is why it is considered the toy variant of the breed. Except for the smaller size, there is no difference between a standard Morkie and a toy Morkie.

Character of the Morkie

A standard Morkie specimen is characterized by a strong temperament, emphasizing its stubbornness and determination.However, although due to his great self-confidence he may give the image of not needing anything from anyone, he is a very dependent dog. This character trait forces you to pay a lot of attention to them if you don't want them to get depressed.

On the other hand, this dog can present problems when interacting with others if not socialized conscientiously. These problems can occur with other pets as well as people. This happens because of their great distrust of everything and everyone and their reluctance to deal with strangers, something that disappears as soon as one gains their trust.

How to take care of a Morkie?

The Morkie's most important care is that intended to treat his addiction. In this way, if we have a Morkie in our home, we must take into account the typical needs of the breed. One of the most important is to make our Morkie feel loved and cared for, as most of the issues he can suffer from are separation anxiety and feelings of abandonment.

Another fundamental problem is that concerning his diet. You have to be very careful with their nutrition, because they are a gentle breed, whose adorable face can lead us to overfeed them with treats and candies of all kinds. It is strongly recommended not to overdo it by giving them treats, because being overweight is very dangerous for their he alth.

Morkie dog fur should be brushed daily or it will get dirty and tangles will form and they will be absolutely impossible to untangle. Baths are not essential, about once every month or month and a half.

Education of the Morkie

" Regarding the education of Morkies, it should be noted that in order to educate a dog of this breed, it is better to do it as soon as possible, otherwise education can be seriously compromised. Likewise, one of the most relevant aspects of training a morkie is their socialization.For this to be correct and adequate, we recommend the following article: How to properly socialize a puppy?."

Morkies aren't exactly easy dogs to train due to their strong character and stubbornness. It will take several repetitions, patience and lots of positive reinforcement. If punishment is not recommended in any race, it is even less so in this one because it could favor the development of problems derived from fear, stress or anxiety. It is best to establish a routine in which short sessions are scheduled and distributed throughout the day.

Morkie He alth

Morkies are much he althier dogs than the breeds they originate from, and this is considered a common benefit of adopting a crossbreed dog. Even so, there are a number of illnesses that can affect the Morkie. Some of the most common are those that affect the ears, mouth and eyes.Among them, cataract, glaucoma or otitis stand out. They can also inherit diseases typical of Yorkies and Bichons, such as patella dislocations, tracheal collapse, or chronic valvular heart failure.

To ensure that the morkie is he althy, it is essential to practice good preventative medicine by having him make regular visits to the veterinarian, deworming him and vaccinating him.

Where to adopt a Morkie?

To know if you are ready to adopt a dog of the Morkie breed, it is necessary to consider all their needs, which appear in this article. If, after taking all these needs into account, you are sure that you can cope with any difficulties and take full responsibility for the care of a Morkie, we give you some advice on adopting it.

The best thing is, in all this case, to use associations or shelters, because in this way we fight against animal abandonment and we offer a new opportunity to an abandoned animal.We recommend researching information on sanctuaries and shelters near you, as that way you can visit their facilities and meet all the animals that need a home.

Pictures of Morkie

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