Have you heard the terms “Morkie” and “Yorkie”? These are two different dog breeds. But what is the difference between a Morkie and a Yorkie?
Read on to discover the difference between these adorable, teacup dogs.
The term “Yorkie” is a nickname for “Yorkshire Terrier.” Yorkshire Terriers are a teacup-sized purebred dog breed. They are physically sturdy and compact. And they belong to the toy terrier group of purebreds.
Yorkies have a fur coat of long, straight, blue, and tan hair. Their heads are small and slightly rounded with tapered muzzles, black noses, and dark, medium-sized eyes. Their ears are small, erect, and v-shaped, giving them a perky disposition. The best physical traits of Yorkies are that they’re hypoallergenic, and they live up to 16 years!
As their name implies, Yorkshire Terriers hail from Yorkshire, Britain. In the early 1800s, the Scottish who migrated to Britain took their small terrier dogs with them, and when they arrived in Yorkshire, they began breeding the smallest of their terriers, creating the breed we now refer to as the Yorkshire Terrier.
Though very small, Yorkies belong to the “working dog” class of canines. This is because they were bred to hunt mice and other rodents in the textile mills and factories of Yorkshire where their owners were working. In the factories, Yorkies also fetched whatever items their owners needed. To this day, Yorkies are highly helpful and energetic.
Yorkies make wonderful companion dogs and are trustworthy to execute complex tasks. They have high energy and like putting their intelligence to work. As their history shows, Yorkies are happy to assist their owners all day long. For this reason, Yorkies are considered lap dogs and companion dogs.
The dog breed name Morkie isn’t a nickname for “Morkshire Terrier,” but we won’t hold it against you if you thought it was.
Morkies are a hybrid cross of two purebred dogs—the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese.
Maltese dogs originated in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin. Malteses are purebred dogs that have existed for thousands of years.
They’re small-sized and have a laid-back, cheerful attitude. Malteses have white fur of hair that continues to grow if not trimmed. Many Maltese owners keep their dogs’ hair as a long, silky mantle that hangs to the paws.
This dog breed is gentle-mannered, affectionate, and sprightly in action. Despite its small size, Maltese puppies possess enough vigor to keep up with their owners and be affectionate companions. Maltese are not fearful dogs, even though they’re quite small. And the Maltese is among the gentlest-mannered of all little dogs, yet it is lively and playful as well as vigorous.
With a Yorkshire Terrier parent and a Maltese parent, the Morkie inherits a sweet, perky temperament and an ability to snuggle and love its favorite person all day long!
MORKIE APPEARANCE & TEMPERAMENT
Because Yorkies and Malteses have different colored fur, a litter of Morkie puppies can vary in appearance. Some Morkies closely resemble their Maltese parent, while others have interesting color patterns and the feisty attitude of their Yorkie parent.
Breeding a Yorkshire Terrier with a Maltese was first attempted in America in the early 1990s. As compared to the Yorkie and other longer-established dog breeds, the Morkie is relatively new and young. For this reason, Morkies are not listed with the American Kennel Club as purebred dogs. They are currently considered hybrid dogs.
Morkies are active and playful, and are said to possess “fearless spunk.” They form strong attachments to owners as well as desire a lot of attention from their owners. Morkie puppies are social and love to play. They are excitable, energetic, confident, and loyal. For this reason, Morkies do best when they are with their owners 24 / 7. This might always be realistic for some people who have to work and can’t bring their Morkie with them. But other accommodations, like having friends stop in on your Morkie or hiring a dog walker, might be in order if your Morkie suffers from separation anxiety while you’re gone.
IS A MORKIE OR A YORKIE RIGHT FOR YOU?
As teacup sized fur babies, the Morkie and the Yorkie are similar in size and temperament. They’re both playful and affectionate. In fact, other than their appearance, Morkies and Yorkies are quite similar.
The main difference between a Morkie and a Yorkie is the energy level. Their energy levels are only slightly different. But Yorkies tend to be more outgoing, energetic, feisty, and fearless. Whereas, Morkies are said to be a bit calmer. It must be the laid-back Mediterranean attitude they inherited from their Maltese parents.
The best way to discover whether you should buy a Morkie or a Yorkie puppy is to meet the breeds in person. Come to Petland Kansas City in Overland Park. We have Yorkshire Terrier puppies for sale in Kansas. And we also have Maltese puppies. We work with ethical dog breeders in Kansas to ensure our Yorkie and Morkie puppies are happy, vaccinated, dewormed, and socialized.
Going above and beyond, Petland Kansas City has also registered all of our purebred puppies with the American Kennel Club. When a purebred puppy is American Kennel Club registered and certified, not only does the puppy’s value increase, but the owner then has the opportunity to showcase their purebred!
We hope to see you soon and be part of your puppy journey!