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The TOP FIVE QUESTIONS about Morkies & Morkie Puppies
Full grown Morkie

how big will my Morkie puppy get

The Morkie’s parents are the Maltese Yorkie mixed, two breeds that are similar in size. Since the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese dog usually weight about 5 to 8 or 9 pounds, it makes sense that’s how much a Morkie weighs.

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 determine his adult weight.

More ways to estimate your Morkie’s adult size.

Or download this worksheet to calculate his size:

Morkie size worksheet


How long do Morkies live?
how long will my morkie live

How long your Morkie will live depends on many factors, including health, exercise, and genetic influences.

√ But it’s been proven that smaller dogs tend to live longer than 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 is 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 the best quality. Mix canned food with dry food (kibble) and try fresh-packed foods like Fresh Pet. Here are the main things to keep in mind:


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

How often should I bathe my Morkie?

bathing Morkies

Regular combing keeps your Morkie’s coat smooth and mat-free. It even reduces that doggy 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 often, and the short answer is NO.

Although you might have to use your own products or even baby shampoo 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 vital you pick a shampoo that’s labelled “Certified Organic” shampoo. Any other claim on the label, like pure or natural, is bogus.


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Grooming Your Morkie

Yourself at Home


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Why does my Morkie keep going in the house?
Potty training a MorkiePotty 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 goes 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.

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Morkies and Morkie Puppies need excellent quality, SAFE food. Check online at the Dog Food Advisor to see if your Morkie’s food has been recalled!

Latest recall:

Viva Recalls Duck Recipes Due to Potential Salmonella+

January 2024

One lot of Viva Duck for Dogs (Ground), Viva Duck for Dogs (Chunked), Viva Duck for Cats and Viva Pure Duck (for cats and dogs) has been recalled due to potential Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Read more.

Blue Ridge Beef Issues Recall of Blue Ridge Beef Puppy Mix

January 2024

Blue Ridge Beef is expanding its voluntary recall made on December 22nd, 2023 to include additional lot numbers. This recall includes Puppy Mix 2 lb bags with specific lot numbers. Read more.


Want to learn more about keeping your Morkie happy and healthy? Check out my MORKIE EBOOKS.

Morkie ebooks

The Ultimate Guide to Morkies and Morkie Puppies, from getting a new dog to seniors. More than 320 pages of valuable information about the Yorkie Maltese mix. More.

Tired of puppy cuts? Groom your Morkie yourself at home. In just minutes a day, you can learn how to 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, in one Kindle book.  More.

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

50 handy cheatsheets on raising a dog right. From training and feeding to vaccinations, dog parks, and more. More.

FREE REPORT! Read this before you get a Morkie.  This 28-page Kindle report features seven key things you need to know about the Yorkie-Maltese mix before you get one. More.

Yorkie, Morkie, or Maltese? Which small dog is right for you? Read about 3 adorable breeds that don’t shed, and stay small. More.

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FREE REPORT. Download this short ebook to read about the 7 Things You Need to Know Before You Get a Morkie.  More.

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