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The Morkie is one of the smaller designer crossbreeds and while still not common in the UK, it is growing in popularity around the world due to their loving nature and fluffy looks.

The breeds that make up the Morkie are another two fluffballs, the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier, but depending on how they have been bred, this crossbreed has a lot of variety in terms of size, shape, colours and coat types. The Morkie can be a first cross (with one Maltese and one Yorkshire Terrier parent),they can be bred back to one of the original breeds, or be two Morkies bred together. But in all cases this is a very small and friendly companion dog.

The height of a Morkie depends on the size of the parents used, but it’s usually between 19 and 25cm
Maltese: not exceeding 25cm
Yorkshire Terrier: 18–20cm
The colours of a Morkie can vary as well and can be any mixture of the colours of their parents
Maltese: Pure white but slight lemon markings are permissible
Yorkshire Terrier: Steel blue and tan
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other.
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier breed pages.


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Morkie depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared. But with both parents being affectionate dogs, who bond closely to their owners, the little Morkie will usually inherit these loveable qualities.

The Maltese

Despite their small size the Maltese is a comparatively robust little dog who as long as they are well-bred and socialised, are active, friendly, trusting and alert. They bond very closely to their owners and will want to go everywhere with them.

The Yorkshire Terrier

This is an intelligent, lively terrier who is affectionate with their owner but has no idea that they are a small dog! They are fearless, tenacious and protective of their home and their people. They will enjoy games and are constantly on the go. They’ll love nothing more than to be a part of everything their owner does.

From looking at the two breeds that make up the Morkie, the result can only be a small companion dog who will enjoy training and games and loves being in their owner’s presence at all times.

The personality of a Morkie seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Maltese or the terrier personalities) or be bred to another Morkie, in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health and so it is important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Morkie should be outgoing and confiden, not nervous, shy or fearful.

Did You Know?

Morkies are really tiny at birth, weighing usually a little less than 140 grams.

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