Breed & Care Information
The Morkie is a Maltese and Yorkie mix that combines the sweet and soft personality of the Maltese with the intelligence and spunk of the Yorkie. Their soft fluffy coats are easy to cuddle with and their fun and lively personalities make them excellent pets!
The Morkie comes in Tiny Teacup sizes and Toy sizes ranging from as 2 lbs to 8 lbs full grown. The smaller the dog the more fragile they can be. Consider a size that works well with your family.
Coat & Color Options
The Morkie may have straight, silky hair or soft waves depending on their genes. They may come in soft white and golden colors from the Maltese or take more of the deep, dark and brown colors from the Yorkie. Biewer Morkies with grey undertones are also available! The Morkie is a hypoallergenic and non-shedding breed that will not leave fur on your clothes or furniture!
The Morkie requires regular grooming and bathing. Sticking to a regular grooming schedule will help make their needs more manageable. Brush your pets hair every 1-3 days to help fight tangles and mats. As their hair continues to grow a full body groom is needed every 3 to 4 weeks. The shorter the haircut, the longer it will last in-between grooms. Ask for a “Puppy Cut” to keep their hair short and manageable, but not shaved too short.
The Morkie has human-like hair and gentle skin that should be washed with a gentle shampoo. TropiClean Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that uses coconut oil and water to cleanse their coat and skin. The TropiClean Deep Cleaning Shampoo uses raspberry and mango to provide a deep luxurious clean while oatmeal and coconut replenish natural moisture for a coat that’s soft and huggable!
The Morkie is known to be a very healthy breed and does not normally pass genetic health problems down to new puppies. However, most small breeds do face health concerns related to their size.
One health condition to be aware of is Luxating Patella, or dislocating kneecap. Most puppies grow out of this, but a veterinarian can help monitor the condition as the puppy ages. A Luxating Patella may cause arthritis as they age in which surgery may be recommended.
Morkie’s may also suffer from Collapsing Trachea, or closing “windpipe”. Puppies have tiny tracheas that are very delicate. Always walk your Pomeranian with a harness, and not a collar. Morkies are active and curious and if they get distracted and try to run from you, the leash and harness will help pull from their body instead of a collar pulling from their throat.
Hypoglycemia is also common in small breed dogs. Hypoglyemia is caused by low-blood sugar and is usually the result of a lack in diet. Hypoglycemia is easily preventable by monitoring their feeding schedule. Small puppies should eat every 4 hours to prevent low-blood sugar. A high calorie supplement such as Nutri-Cal is recommended in tiny puppies. Mix Nutrical in your puppies water bowl to maintain strong blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Diet & Nutrition
It is recommended to monitor your Morkie’s eating habits, especially during puppy stages. Offer your puppy food every 3 to 4 hours to help prevent low blood sugar. They should be eating roughly ¼ cup to ½ cup of dog food per day based on activity level.
A high-quality, small-bite dry dog food is recommended to maintain their shiny coat, to protect their bones, to keep their teeth clean, to be gentle on their digestive system, and to overall keep them healthy. We recommend Royal Canin dry dog food. A nutritional supplement, such as Nutrical, may also be needed in teacup sized puppies to prevent Hypoglycemia.