Morkie Facts (Lifespan of a Morkie)

morkie facts

What is a Morkie Mixed With?

The Morkie is a tiny, adorable and affectionate crossbreed, produced by combining two popular breeds Yorkshire terrier and Maltese. The breed originated in the United States in the 1990s, commonly called as Morkshire terrier. The reason behind the breed creation was to form a low shedding and hypoallergenic breed.

Yorkshire terrier is active and big personality dogs who need plenty of training and socialization. A well-trained Yorkie is assumed to display good behavior while a non- trained Yorkie can become aggressive, assertive and bossy. Yorkshires needs attention and are protective of their owner.

Maltese displays beautiful and flowing coats which are pure white, a purebred Maltese have no other color coats. The breed had developed to become pampered small pet dogs. Maltese is among the gentlest dogs who are sweet-natured and affectionate. They are loyal, devoted, vigorous and an ideal companion.

What Does a Morkie Look Like?

The appearance of the morkie depends on what it had inherited from each of its parents. Their body ranges from short and stocky to long-legged and wiry. They are fine-boned dogs with soft, and wavy coat, due to Yorkshire terrier they have a wide range of coat textures such as brown, black, apricot, and white.

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How Big are Morkies?

A fully grown morkie weighs between 4 to 15 pounds and can stand between 8 to 10 inches tall.

Morkie Information:

  • This Maltese and Yorkie mix is an intelligent breed that is easy to train as it can quickly understand the commands and can learn good behavioral patterns.
  • The breed is adaptable for apartment dwellers and also makes an excellent choice for first-time owners.
  • The breed is quite sensitive but somehow can tolerate hot and cold weather.
  • Morkies are affectionate towards their owner and family members. They are great with children, other dogs and strangers.
  • Although morkies have a high amount of energy level, but a regular walk and little playtime are enough for them to burn their energy.
  • Morkies gets to socialize with everyone, but also demands much attention. If left alone, they can get separation anxiety.
  • Morkies shed less, but they need regular brushing for their coats to fix the tangles. Their teeth should be brushed atleast twice a week to avoid dental issues and bad breath. If we talk about baths, they do not need a regular or frequent bath.
  • The breed often barks loud when they see strangers around them or sometimes when they feel lonely and bored.
  • Despite their small size, they need high-quality nutrient diet for their proper growth, health and to keep their coats healthy.

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Morkie Facts:

  • Rather than giving them a single meal, it is beneficial to feed the morkie 2 to 3 times in a day. They do not need much food, small quantity is enough for them, but the diet should be dry kibble to prevent from a further dental problem.
  • A morkie can breed with a morkie, a female morkie can deliver two to five litters.
  • Morkie puppies are cute and adorable, but at the same time, they can be fragile too. Hugging them or rolling on them in bed too tightly can hurt and often kill the pup.
  • In the first generation of morkies, the litters can be different from each other, and one cannot define which parent’s genes will affect them.
  • However, in the next generation, when a morkie mates with a morkie only the puppies tend to have similar features.
  • Early socializing, training is essential for pups which will prevent them from becoming shy and timid. Once trained for socializing, the breed even does well with other dogs and cats.

More Interesting Morkie Facts:

  • Since morkies is a small dog, it can get injured easily around excited children, it is better to keep them with the company of adults and older kids.
  • Morkies hold a lot of spirit and character, and they will play and run in the whole house chasing and fetching balls and toys. Moreover, hightail it around the backyard with the kids.
  • The American kennel club established in the year 1884 in Philadelphia. The club started with just 12 people, where they met and talk about different dog breeds, set standards for them and run dog shows and exhibits.
  • In the USA there are 193 recognized breeds, including Yorkshire terrier and the Maltese. Although morkie is not a registered breed yet.

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Morkie Health Issues:

Morkies are prone to the following health problems which can be inherited in them from their parents (Yorkshire terrier and Maltese)-

Collapsing Trachea-

The condition is particularly occur in Yorkshire terrier which results in a dramatic and harsh cough which happens due to exercise and exertion. The condition can intensify by obesity.


The disease caused due to the failure of one or both testicles.

Dental Diseases-

Morkies are prone to tartar build-up, and periodontal disease as their small teeth and jaws are not strong enough for chewing. Regular brushing can prevent them from forming any of dental illness and also keeps away the bad smell from their mouth.


The disease inherited from Maltese in which inadequate draining in the eyes lead to build-up fluid pressure, discomfort and loss of vision.


This condition usually seen in young puppies; hernias lead to incomplete development of the muscles of the abdominal wall, which allow the fat to settle below the skin.


Hypoglycaemia is the problem observe in toy breeds in which they lack sufficient body reserves of sugar. The high metabolic rates in tiny puppies indicate that they can struggle to eat enough to fulfil their body demand. The puppies affected with hypoglycaemia needs forceful feeding and oral glucose for several weeks.

Portosystemic Shunt-

The blood returning from the heart through the gastrointestinal tract must pass through the liver to remove bacteria. Some morkie breeds are born with an adornment blood vessel that omits this circulation and allows the foreign material to impair the brain and other functions.

Lifespan of a Morkie:

The average life expectancy of a morkie is between 13 to 15 years.