- Lifespan: 10-13 years
- Group: Not Applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with older children, singles and seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: Affectionate, playful, happy go lucky, stubborn
Tiny and adorable, the Morkie is an affectionate crossbreed who loves people and pets. Morkies are playful and will run to chase a ball for quite some time. They will surely keep older children busy playing and then cuddle up in their beds at night to sleep. The Morkie attaches to his family quickly. His love for the family can create a problem when he needs to be left alone.
Morkies are fragile and can be hurt easily. This crossbreed does best with families without small kids. He can be happy with a big yard in the suburbs or in a miniscule city apartment. Not requiring too much exercise, the Morkie will be happy going on a few, short walks each day. To learn more about the Morkie, please continue to read.
Originated in the United States, the Morkie was bred to be a well-loved lapdog. Though a very tiny crossbreed, he is perfect for families who don’t mind ball playing in the house.
The Morkie was developed by breeding a Maltese to a Yorkshire Terrier. This breeding resulted in a crossbreed called the Morkie. This initial breeding created a true cross however; breeding two Morkies together will result in a more reliable appearance and temperament.
Morkie enthusiasts have hopes of developing their own purebred dogs that will be recognized by prestigious registries such as the American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club. This will take many decades, if not a century to do.
Morkies might be little but they have huge appetites. These little guys can eat! Because of the dental issues commonly found in this crossbreed, it’s best to feed high-quality, dry kibble. The dry food will prevent cavities, plaque buildup, gum infections, tooth loss and bad breath.
Bright but stubborn, Morkies are moderately easy to train.
Bright but stubborn, Morkies are moderately easy to train. They need a gentle and patient person to work with them during training sessions. Harsh methods will cause the Morkie to balk and shut down, not to mention that he can be hurt. Training sessions should always be happy and fun times filled with yummy rewards and excited praise. With positive training techniques, the Morkie can be a wonderful student.
The Morkie usually weighs between 4 and 8 pounds and is generally 6 to 8 inches tall at the withers.
Morkies are happy-go-lucky dogs and are playful, despite their tiny size. They love to play and will run around the house fetching toys and balls or hightail it around the backyard with the kids. Because the Morkie is so small, he does best with adults and older children. Morkies also get along well with other small dogs and cats. Larger dogs should be avoided as they could harm the Morkie inadvertently.
The Morkie can be a problem because he loves to bark. When left alone, he will bark until someone comes home to be with him. This separation anxiety can pose a problem so having an owner who can bring the Morkie with them when they leave is beneficial. Better yet, a person who is at home much of the time would be best.
Common Health Problems
The most common issue seen with Morkies are eye, ear and oral health problems They are also predisposed to collapsed trachea and reverse sneezing. Hypoglycemia, portosystemic shunt and patellar luxation has also been diagnosed in this hybrid breed.
The average lifespan of a Morkie is between 10 and 13 years.
Although a small dog, the Morkie is quite energetic. He doesn’t require too much exercise. A brisk walk in the morning and an evening stroll will provide the Morkie with the exercise he needs to stay healthy and fit. Of course, he will also need to have playtime. He’ll gladly chase a ball or other toys down a hallway in an apartment or romp and frolic inside of a grassy backyard. Morkies should never be left off leash to play unless he is in a securely fenced area.
Without enough exercise, Morkies become bored and destructive. They will bark incessantly and destroy your property. Many people don’t realize just how destructive these little guys can be! They can easily rip couch cushions to shreds, dig at the base of doors until his paws are bloody and the door is damaged or urinate and defecate all over the house. Morkies do best when they have a stay-at-home parent to hang out with and have fun.
Morkies are happy-go-lucky dogs and are playful, despite their tiny size.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the Morkie as a bona fide breed of dog. Morkies are recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Dog Registry.
There is no defined coat style or color defined for the Morkie because it is a crossbred dog. For the most part, the coats are soft and rather long. The colors usually range from solid white to black and tan and every color and combination in between.
Grooming is necessary regardless of the coat style of the Morkie. This crossbreed needs to be brushed several times a week to keep the coat from matting or tangling. A monthly bath with a quality shampoo and conditioner is important for keeping the coat and skin healthy.
Morkie puppies are cute and downright adorable but they can be hurt or killed quite easily. Hugging them too tightly or rolling on top of them in bed can be fatal for this little dog. Caution should always be taken when handling such a fragile puppy.
Early socialization with people and pets is important for the Morkie. These social skills will prevent him from becoming a shy or timid adult dog. Puppy Kindergarten classes will help with those skills as well as form the foundation for learning later in life.