What Is a Morkie Dog?
Although purebred dogs are the choice of many, others claim mixed breeds make better pets. Purebreds often are temperamental and have health issues due to managed breeding practices. A kind of compromise between the two is very popular now. Known as the "designer breeds," these dogs are the offspring of two popular breeds of dog bred deliberately. Many types of these designer breeds exist. Dogs that result from the breeding of a Maltese and a Yorkshire terrier (Yorkie) are most commonly known as a Morkie. Though not recognized by the AKC as a purebred dog, they are very popular with many people.
A Maltese is a small white dog which generally weighs less than 10 pounds, usually between five to seven pounds. It has a relatively long nose and a very sweet face. The coat is slightly wavy to straight and the tail is long. These are playful, affectionate dogs, if a little hard to house train. The Yorkshire terrier is also a small house dog. They are steely blue and tan in color with silky hair. They are very small, usually under seven pounds and have a medium length tail. They are very inquisitive and quite bold for their size. They, like the Maltese, are affectionate dogs which make wonderful pets.
Appearance of a Morkie
The Morkie, once called a Yorktese, usually weighs anywhere from four to nine pounds and stands six to 10 inches tall. The coat is usually silky and fine and can come in a number of colors. Morkies are white, black or tan, or they can have a black and tan mixture more like the Yorkie. Morkies can look quite different, as they take traits from the parent breeds in varying degrees. Some Morkies look almost exclusively like the Maltese, others predominantly like the Yorkshire terrier. Most look like the mixtures that they are. Coming from two quite attractive breeds, Morkies make adorable dogs.
Since the Maltese and the Yorkshire terrier can resemble one another in temperament, the Morkie is generally an energetic, friendly and affectionate dog. Like many small dogs, they are not always very good around little children, but they make good family pets overall. They can, like both their parents, show stubbornness with house training, but with some patience, they do train after a while. They are very people oriented dogs, like a great deal of attention and give a great deal of love in return.
Taking care of a Morkie compares favorably to taking care of either the Maltese of the Yorkshire terrier. The coat requires brushing, preferably on a daily basis. Owners must have these dogs groomed periodically and find that a shorter puppy cut is easier to care for. These dogs need attention, proper diet and exercise as all dogs do.
Morkies, like their parents, make excellent pets. They are very lovable and give a lot of love to their owners. They are not one owner pets, as many small dogs are. They make good family pets. It usually takes only one look to fall in love with one of these adorable little dogs.