The family of dog designers continues to grow. It welcomes the Morkie, a beautiful doggie with the appearance of a teddy bear who is the result of a hybridization between the Bichon Maltese and the Yorkshire. Family dog par excellence, this breed has no difficulty in evolving in small spaces given its small size.
He was credited with the title of “designer dog” because the Morkie was created primarily for aesthetic purposes. This is a breed of which very little is known given that its appearance is recent. Small in size, the dog measures between 15 and 25 cm at the withers and weighs between 2 and 5.5 kg depending on its sex and age. Getting into its physical description is relatively complicated because of the lack of a standard. But we could say that it brings together the best of the two breeds used for its creation: the Bichon Maltese and the Yorkshire. It draws from its parents its particularly crisp face marked by a small black nose, small dark eyes and ears covered with hair and quite drooping. The mischievous air of the Morkie will seduce more than one. His expression shows good humor and liveliness. Like his parents, he will also stand out for his long silky, fine and straight hair. The coat is much more abundant than that of Yorkshire. The maintenance is not too complicated, because a few weekly brushings are enough for it to keep its shine and stay in good health.
History of the Morkie breed
Like many designer dogs, the Morkie finds its origins in the United States and Canada from the 90s. Created from two pure breeds which are therefore the Bichon Maltais and the Yorkshire, this dog is not dedicated to work or sport, but was especially developed for its physique. As it is recent, it does not yet benefit from the official recognition of the Fédération Cynologique International. On the other hand, he is registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Canine Registry. In France, as the Morkie is not a purebred dog, it is difficult to get it.
Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Morkie
With the breed not yet fixed, the character of the Morkie varies from specimen to specimen. We can say that it derives its personality from the Bichon Maltese and Yorkshire. It seems that the dog is particularly close to its owners. He finds it hard to endure loneliness and constantly needs their presence. He also loves children and never balks at the idea of getting into a play session with them. A great barker, the Morkie is curious, intelligent and sometimes mischievous.
Morkie’s diet and main health problems
So far, breeders have not had enough perspective to identify typical Morkie diseases. However, he may be affected by the same conditions as his parents such as dislocation of the kneecap, cataracts, etc.
Price of a Morkie Dog or Puppy
- Male Morkie Price: nc
- Female Morkie Prize: nc
Photo credit: Chelsearock