Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Morkie; Yorktese; Malkie
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Morkie is a cross between a pure Maltese and a pure Yorkshire Terrier, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. The goal is to create an energetic little pet that combines the best of the Maltese and Yorkie personalities, and there's no doubt that these little toys can be cute.
Appearance / health:
Since it isn't a purebreed, there can be some variation in the appearance of the Maltese / Yorkshire Terrier mix. You can expect a small, potentially long-lived little dog with curly hair that grows continuously and thus demands regular trimming.
Behavior / temperament:
These cute, affectionate, and easy-to-handle little dogs can be good apartment pets, but their bold and social personality means that they will refuse to be ignored. They like active play as well as snuggling in front of the TV.
lap dog, family friendly dog, sweetheart, softest silkiest fur, apartment
potty training, smaller children, separation anxiety
Morkie (Maltese-Yorkie) Experience
Over the 6 wonderful years that I have had the pleasure of raising and growing with my dog, I, of course, am a bit of a "softie" for her. She is very loving and attentive, but in no way overwhelming; nor is she aggressive. My morkie is very protective of me and will bark whenever she senses someone approaching the front door that I am unaware of, though when she meets new people she's a sweetheart.
Though she adores children and how they fawn over her, it is sometimes challenging to keep her calm during all the hair-pulling. She can get overstimulated at times and needs to spend some time napping in a quiet, cool room in order to get back on track. As long as kids are limited to 1 or 2 at a time, she loves their energy and glee.
Training her was an absolute breeze, though this may be due to the fact that she had been lightly trained ever since she first joined my household at the young age of three weeks.
Grooming is a bit of an issue, as she does shed a lot. Seeing as her hair is white, it's no secret. She needs to have her hair trimmed short every month or so, once she begins to look like a mop..
From jenienri Sep 1 2015 5:36PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 112 days ago
Small nervous and vocale dog
My mom has owned a Maltese and Yorkshire mix for the past four years. I have mixed feelings about her!
The good points is that she's hypoallergenic. My mom has wished to have a dog for 30 years; she had huge asthma crisis whenever she would pet a dog. Since her hair is woolly, it reduces allergic reaction by 90%. Grooming also helps. Because of their small size, they doesn't need to exercise outside too much. They can run inside the house, and in our case, run after the cats to keep in shape. They can also be litter trained, which is practical for people who work during the day and can't come back for lunch.
Now for the bad points. As I said, my mom has wanted a dog like her since forever. Subsequently, when she got her, she spoiled her rotten. She has bad behaviour with other people; barks and growls at everyone, and especially young children. I don't want to leave her alone with kids because I'm afraid something bad might happen. She's not a fan of other dogs either. She wants to attack them, so we can't make her socialize.
I think this kind of dog would be great for elderly people, because they seem to only like their owner and act like velcro with them. They could keep them company and make sure they are safe: if someone comes over or something bad happens, you can make sure that the whole block will be aware of it because of the barking!.
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