Maltese / Yorkshire Terrier Mix

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Is the Maltese / Yorkshire Terrier Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Morkie; Yorktese; Malkie

The basics:
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


designer breed

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