The adorable Yorkie-Maltese Mix

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The Top Five Morkie Questions

This site is loaded with helpful information about Morkies, but here are the Top Five questions that come up over and over.

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How big will my Morkie puppy get?

The Morkie’s parents, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese dog, range from about 5 to 7 or 8 pounds, so it makes sense that’s the approximate weight of a Morkie.

Good quality purebred Yorkies and Maltese can be a little bigger – remember, dogs that are too small (under 4 pounds as adults) can be sickly and aren’t as strong.

TOY DOGS like Morkies, reach their adult weight by 10 months – big dogs take 2 years to reach their adult weight.

As a general rule of thumb, multiply your Morkie’s weight at 6 weeks, times 4 to find out his adult weight.

More ways to estimate your Morkie’s adult size.

Or download this worksheet to calculate his size:



How long do Morkies live?

how long will my morkie live

How long your Morkie’s going to live depends on a lot of factors, including health, exercise and genetic influences.

√ But it’s been proven that smaller dogs tend to live longer than the large breeds.

√ Plus crossbreeds live longer than purebreds.

  • the median life expectancy of all dogs is 12.8 years
  • the longest living dog: the rare Mexican Xoloitzcuintle, has a life span of 15-20 years
  • the shortest lifespan: the Irish Wolfhound has an estimated 6- to 8-year life expectancy
  • life expectancy for other dogs falls somewhere in between

Yorkies and Maltese live between 12 to 15 years, so it’s reasonable to expect your Morkie can live that long too, with good care and exercise.


What should I feed my Morkie?
Your Morkie can’t eat YOUR food; in fact, a lot of it can make him very sick. Foods like chocolate, artificial sweetener and raisins. (More here)

When you pick dog food, go for quality. Mix canned foods with dry (kibble) and try fresh pack foods like Fresh Pet. Here are the main things to keep in mind:



For more about what to feed your Morkie, check here.

How often should I bathe my Morkie?
Regular combing keeps your Morkie’s coat smooth and mat-free. It even reduces smell. But eventually, you will need to bathe your dog.

Generally speaking, you should not bathe your Morkie more than once every 8 weeks.

Too many baths will strip the natural oils from your dog’s coat and can cause skin irritations. Your Morkie’s skin can become dry and flakey, and his coat can go dull and frizzy when the natural oils are washed away.

Picking a shampoo

“Is my shampoo OK for my Morkie?”

This is a question I hear quite often and the short answer is NO.

Although you might have to use in a pinch, dog shampoo is quite different than ours. It’s made to match a dog’s natural PH levels. The problem is, most pet shampoos have cancer-causing preservatives and chemicals.

That’s why it’s important you pick Certified Organic shampoo. Any other claim on the label, like pure, natural, etc. is bogus.

Why does my Morkie keep going in the house?
Yes my dog is carpet trainedPotty training a toy dog can be really challenging. Some of the reasons why, are our fault. We pick them up to go everywhere, so they don’t gt into the natural rhythm of letting us know when they have to go. We change the rules – sometimes we want them to go inside on potty pads, other times we encourage them to go outside. And, it seems to go with the territory: small dogs are just harder to train.

Good news though, it can be done.

Three shortcuts to easier housetraining

First, be consistent in letting your Morkie know where you want him to go. Inside or out? Papers or litter box?

Second, be consistent with feeding times.

Third, be lavish in your praise, and avoid all old school, cruel training like whacking the dog with a newspaper. Keep reinforcement POSITIVE and you’ll see results.

Read more.

The Ultimate Guide to Morkies, from getting a puppy, to seniors. More than 320 pages of valuable information. More.

What’s worse than tick bites? Tick treatments! Learn how to protect your small dog, without poisoning him.  More.

Tired of puppy cuts? Groom your Morkie at home yourself, in just minutes a day. Keep his coat long and flowing. More.

50 Best Blog Posts: All About Morkies. This site’s most popular posts cover everything you need to know about Morkies.  More.

Want your information quick and concise? Here’s a book with 50 cheatsheets on raising a happy, healthy dog. More.

Read this before you get a Morkie.  The 28-page report with everything you need to know about the Yorkie-Maltese mix. More.


BEST DOG SHAMPOO plus homemade recipes

Think about it — skin is the biggest organ we have. A dog’s skin is thinner than ours, more sensitive and a different pH. So our shampoo can irritate a dog’s skin and make his cost dull.

Commercial pet shampoos can be worse than using our own. Many contain at least SIX ingredients that are proven to cause cancer.

And organic and natural pet shampoos? There’s one thing you must watch for, otherwise, it’s not really organic.

In this ebook you’ll read about the best and worst shampoos; what ingredients to watch out for; and even how to make your own dog shampoo that’s safe and effective.



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