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Morkie Dogs

dog Breed Profile

Highly affectionate and sociable, Morkies are a great choice for singles, older couples and seniors, and with early socialization of Morkie puppies, they can be trained into an excellent family pet.




4-8 lbs.

4-8 lbs.


6-8 inches

(at withers)

6-8 inches





White, tan, black may be solid or patterned



30 minutes/day

Energy level



10-16 years












Grooming Needs


Social Needs


Club recognition

AKC Class.

Not recognized

UKC Class.

Not recognized American Canine Hybrid Club

Butterscotch morkie dog looking up.

About the Morkie Dogs

Highly affectionate and sociable, Morkies are a great choice for singles, older couples and seniors, and with early socialization of Morkie puppies, they can be trained into an excellent family pet.

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Morkie Dogs personality

Morkies possess big personalities tied up in tiny packages. As happy and playful as they are sweet and affectionate, they might look like cuddly little toys, but don't let their size or fluffiness fool you. Their terrier heritage gives Morkies a lot of energy and fearless spunk. They love to run and play, and they're always up for a game of fetch or chase. But despite their energy, they're also content to cuddle and curl up in your lap.

The terrier in Morkies also gives them a stubborn streak that can make them a handful, especially for inexperienced dog parents, says Dogtime. Morkie puppies who receive early socialization and obedience training generally grow up to be calmer, more obedient and more likely to get along well with other pets. Otherwise, Morkies might do better as only pets. They always need a firm but patient leader to keep them from running the show.

While Morkies love to play with older children and can get along well with everyone in the household, they tend to form strong attachments to a favorite family member, which makes them great dogs for singles and couples. Because of their small size, Morkies are more fragile than they realize, and as such, they aren't usually a good fit for families with small children. For safety's sake, these tiny dogs should never be allowed to play with very young children or larger dogs without very close supervision.

It's also important to train Morkies from an early age to tolerate being left alone. These are highly social dogs who hate to be on their own and can be prone to developing separation anxiety. Through a combination of training, plenty of exercise and toys to provide distraction and mental stimulation, Morkies can adapt to being left for a few hours at a time. Even so, they do best in households where at least one family member is home the majority of the time.

What to expect

Their small size makes them well-suited for apartment living, although they do tend to be yappy dogs who bark a lot. While they're great watch dogs who will let you know when something in their environment isn't right, your neighbors might not appreciate their enthusiastic barking, especially if you have thin walls.

Morkies need at least half an hour of exercise a day to burn off excess energy, prevent boredom and help them stay calm. This can be accomplished with two or three 10 to 15-minute walks each day, plus some vigorous play time mixed in. Due to their small size, exercise sessions should be kept short in order to prevent injury. As much as Morkies love to run, their short legs make them unsuitable jogging partners.

As with most small breeds, Morkies are prone to gaining weight if they're overfed, and they're also prone to dental problems. It's generally best to feed them high-quality dry food made for small breeds with high energy levels, and to keep treats to a minimum. Regular dental checkups and daily tooth brushing will also help preserve their teeth well into their senior years.

Like both of their parent breeds, the Morkie's coat grows continuously and requires daily brushing to prevent mats and tangles. While some pet parents will allow the coat to grow long, it's more commonly kept in a puppy clip, which requires monthly trips to the groomer for maintenance. It's also important to keep your Morkie's nails trimmed and to clean their ears regularly to prevent infections.

The most important thing to remember about Morkies is how fragile they are. Tread carefully to avoid stepping on them when they're underfoot, and be sure to check chairs, sofa cushions and underneath blankets before sitting down. On walks, use a harness in place of a collar to prevent the delicate trachea from getting crushed.

History of the Morkie Dogs

While some designer breeds can be traced to a particular breeder's decision to cross a pair of dogs from different breeds, that's not the case with Morkies. It's likely that Maltese-Yorkie mixes occurred unintentionally before their popularity caught on, but it wasn't until sometime in the 1990s when designer dogs became trendy that breeders began intentionally breeding Morkies. With their low-shed coats, adorable appearance and sweet and spunky nature, the demand for Morkies quickly grew. As mixed breed dogs, Morkies are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but may be registered with clubs devoted to designer breeds such as the American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Designer Canine Registry.

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