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The Morkie is a hybrid of two purebred dogs, the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier, and was originally known as the Yorktese. The popularized ‘Morkie’ came from Maltese and the shortened Yorkie. Aside from Morkie, they are also known as Malkies or Malkis.
As a hybrid of two dogs, the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the Morkie, though several other canine or dog clubs do. These include the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.
Appearance of Morkies
There are no standards when in comes to the appearance of Morkies, as the crossing of their parents can result in different combinations of appearances. Generally, Morkies are small, like their parents, and with soft, long, flowing coat. The color of their coat will depend on their parents’ coats, but most common colors include the black and tan, apricot, brown, and white.
Morkies have small, slightly round heads, with a short pointed muzzle and a black nose. Their bright round eyes are often framed by thick eyebrows, or are partially obscured by their facial fur. Their muzzle often grows a bushy beard common in terriers. Their ears can either be inherited from either parent—flat, floppy ears from the Maltese parent, or triangular and erect ears from the Yorkie parent.
Their bushy tails can be docked or left as is. If left undocked, the Morkie’s tail is usually covered in long fur and is head above and over the back.
Adult Morkies can be anywhere from 8 inches to 12 inches tall at the shoulders, and weigh in at 3 to 10 pounds.
Just like their parents, Morkies are little dogs with big personality. Morkie pups can take on the traits of either parent, or both. Morkies are very playful, active dogs. They are loyal to their human family and crave the attention he or she gets. Morkies sometimes inherit the Maltese sense of fearlessness that makes them particularly effective watch dogs.
A Morkie’s Role
Morkies are wonderful companion dogs and watch dogs as well. Their small size makes them a nice addition to families living in small homes, or in condominium units or apartments. They also live well in areas without large spaces for running, as they can be quite content in just running and playing around in the house.
Morkies can also be wonderful companions for the elderly, as their size and playful character makes them a favorite lap dog. They are okay with this, though, as they crave human attention and will be content with his or her owner showering him or her affection.