Morkie, or Maltese-Yorkshire Terrier mix is one of the most popular small dogs around. They are tiny, adorable, ideal for traveling, friendly, affectionate, funny, intelligent, loyal and beautiful little dogs. 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. If you are thinking of getting a dog, the Morkie can definitely be a great choice to fit many owner’s lifestyles.
Size: Morkie dogs are very small dogs. Just 5 ounces at birth, they can grow to weigh between 4-8 pounds, and be 6’’-11’’ inches tall.
Personality: Suspicious, Stubborn, Clever, Bold, Energetic, Lively, Loyal, Playful, Gentle, Intelligent, Adventurous, Protective, Lovable, Trainable, Watchful, Brave, Graceful.
Temperament: Morkies are soft and calm dogs, and also tend to be energetic, bold and smart. However, they can be needy, and suffer from separation anxiety. They can also be very stubborn. Morkies are also very intelligent dogs, and are great students if you’re willing to train them. Morkies can also suffer from small dog syndrome, as Morkies tend to remain small and ’puppy-like’ throughout their lives.
Activity Requirements: 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. 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.
Behavioral Traits: Morkies do require lots of attention and can be needy. For that reason it’s best if they are not left alone for long periods of time.
Diet: 1/4 to 2/3 cups a day for dogs 3 to 10 pounds feed high-quality dry dog food. They love to eat. So it is important to watch their diet carefully. Extra attention is necessary when developing their diets as puppies, and ensure they don’t consume any dog-toxic foods like chocolate or onions. Since their stomach is so small, even a small amount of those foods can be fatal.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lbs. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lbs. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: 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.They are very intelligent dogs, and can be taught many tricks and commands. However, their Maltese side might make it a little more difficult to housebreak them. Morkies need to be exposed to other people and animals when they are little, or else they can get very suspicious when meeting other dogs and people throughout their lives.
Colors: Being a relatively new breed, Morkies don’t yet have a ‘final’ look. They can look more like their Maltese side, or more like their Yorkie side. Black, brown, tan and white. Their coat is usually long and soft, while Morkie ears can be pointed, like that of a Yorkie, or floppy, like that of a Maltese.
History: Originated in the United States / Canada in the 1990’s, The Morkie is an adorable crossbreed or a ‘designer breed’ between Maltese & Yorkshire Terrier. Also referred to as Yorktese, or Morky
Origin: United States
Life span: 10 to 13 years
Temperament: Suspicious, Stubborn, Clever, Bold, Energetic, Lively,
Weight: 4 to 8 lb to Male: 11 – 13 lbs, Female: 8.8 – 13 lbs
Height: Female: 9.4 – 12 in. Male: 9.4 – 12 in.
Colors: Black, brown, tan and white.
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