Because morkies are considered a designer dog breed and are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, prospective owners must find information about them from sites such as PetGuide.com. Morkies are a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a Maltese. Alternative names for the breed include the Yorktese, malkie and malki.
The morkie is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.
Because they are half terrier, morkies are generally small in stature, with an average adult weight of 4 to 8 lbs. and a full-grown height of 6 to 8 inches tall at the shoulders. Their small size and the fact that they shed very little make morkies popular with many households. The dogs may also be less likely to irritate those with allergies because of the low-shed coat.
Like most terriers, morkies have a lot of energy and need to be exercised daily. They may also be more rambunctious than other, larger breeds. This means owners will need to pay special attention to obedience training from the time the dogs are puppies.
Primary health concerns for morkies include issues with the ears, mouth and eyes. They may issues with reverse sneezing or a collapsed trachea and should see a veterinarian on a regular basis to check for any problems.