As we mentioned in our previous post, the Meet the Breeds show at the Javits Center was not only fun, but it was also very informative. Part of the beauty of attending an event like this is that you leave with a new understanding of the dog breeds you are interested in. Of course, since we here at Minnie in Manhattan are Morkie-obsessed, we thought we would get some education on the 2 precious breeds that parent the perfectly fantastic hybrid that is the Morkie.
The breed developed in ancient Europe into the tiny white ball of fur that we can today easily recognize as the Maltese. The earliest sign of the Maltese appeared on an ancient Greek artifact from about 500 BC, on which the dog was pictured alongside the name Μελιταιε (Melitaie). Over time, the Maltese appears regularly in ancient Greek and Roman literature, and it was bred to be even smaller in size.
The Yorkshire Terrier
The breed originated in England in the mid 1800’s by working men. They bred the Yorkies to be small enough to fit into tight areas and hunt down rats and mice that would infest clothing mills and mine shafts. Luckily, their rough roots are far behind them, and Yorkies are now one of the most posh dogs you can find.
The Maltese and the Yorkie come together
A Morkie is the offspring of Maltese and Yorkie parents. They posses traits of both the Maltese and the Yorkie in their looks and coloring. There are also many shared traits between the Maltese and Yorkie breeds that carry through to the Morkie. The Maltese and Yorkie are both toy breeds, maxing out at around 6-7 pounds, and are often even smaller. The Morkie fits the same weight bracket, but as it often happens with designer cross-breeds, it is difficult to predict their adult weight. Once you cross breeds, you cannot guarantee that they will stay within a certain size. Like its parents, the Morkie is a long-haired breed, so if you plan to keep its hair long, you’ll need to tie up the hair on its head so that it doesn’t cause eye irritation. Although the Morkie hair requires time and attention, baths and brushing, the great thing is that they are hypoallergenic dogs. They have no dander and do not shed at all! Like human hair, you will find some of their hair left behind in the brush when you groom your Morkie, but that’s it.
The Morkie is docile and playful, and is nice around other dogs and small children. It’s important to keep in mind that since they are so small, they can easily be injured by a child playing rough- so its actually the kids you need to watch out for! As puppies, Morkies are extremely tiny and need to be fed 3-4 times daily to avoid the risk of hypoglycemia (this is when blood sugar fluctuates and it’s very dangerous for the puppy). It is recommended to feed a Morkie premium food (preferably dry foods high in meat ingredients and low in grains), to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients they need to maintain energy levels, help keep their tiny teeth clean, and help combat hereditary joint issues. Morkies also tend to have fairly sensitive stomachs, a trait that they retain from both parent breeds- especially the Yorkie. Morkies should not be fed any type of rawhide, as it is hard to digest and tends to aggravate their stomachs.
Morkies are moderately difficult to house train, as both its parents are fairly strong-headed and will want to do things their way. Luckily, if you do not want to house train, they can be trained to go on a wee-wee pad since they are so small. Most importantly, they so strive to please their owners, so once they understand where you want them to eliminate, they will conform.
With the proper care and love, socialized from an early age, Morkies are a loving and caring breed that will be your greatest companion. They get attached to their owners and will follow you all around your home. Don’t think you’re going to relax on the couch or lie down in bed without inviting your Morkie, or you’ll be sure to hear it from them!
Now, with that said, can you think of any reason to choose a dog other than a Morkie? Neither can we 🙂