Some superstar MORKIES

Some superstar MORKIES

Maltese and Yorkies have been favorites of celebrities and stars – even royalty – for centuries. Queen Elizabeth I had a Maltese in the 1500s, and Yorkies were on trend in Victorian England. Now, their offspring, Morkies, are finding favor with today’s rich and famous. 

Who Doesn’t Love a Morkie?

Britney Spears, an avowed animal lover, has always taken comfort in her pets.

So how perfect is it that she’s had a Yorkie, a Maltese – AND NOW HAS A MORKIE!

Here’s the superstar with her little Maltese, Bit Bit who has always been her great consolation and joy, through divorces, meltdowns and scalp shaving! It’s reported that Britney has a Chihuahua, a Maltese, 3 Yorkies and now a MORKIE.

So far, paparazzi are identifying Britney’s new dog simply as a “Yorkie mix.”


World famous rapper and Toronto sun Drake is pictured here with his new Morkie; in the other picture, he is seen with his massive “American Bully” called Winter, at Langdon Hall outside of the city.

No word on how the two dogs get along.

Jessie Tyler Ferguson

Jessie has been a Morkie fan since he got Leaf in 2010. Since then, he’s appeared as a spokesperson for Purina ONE’s adoption program.

Ferguson Mikita with their dogs

Ferguson with husband Justin Mikita, pictured in front of their new home with Leaf and Sam.

Steven Tyler

The legendary rocker brought his little guys Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” recently, where he explained that after seeing the two dogs for the first time he just felt like they looked like the classic Western movie.

Steven tyler and his two dogs

Tiffany Haddish

Actress, singer, model, comedian, and author Tiffany Haddish explains how her new baby got the name “Sleep.”

“I always name my pets after things I LOVE, so naturally this dog is called Sleep. See Haddish’s complete interview here on YouTube, including how the dog has saved her from having “at least 5 kids.”

Jann Arden

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden with her Morkie named Midi, who joined Jann in 2008. In an interview with the Toronto Star, the singer admitted that Midi (short for Midler) is not a big music fan and in fact, does not like Jann’s singing. Not at all.

Emily Rossum

Actress, television director, and singer-songwriter, Emily Rossum is pretty busy on the hit TV series Shameless but she’s never too busy for her rescue Morkie “Cinnamon.”

Rossum is a big believer in animal rescue and she walks the talk. In addition to Cinnamon, Emmy is also ‘mom’ to a Chihuahua named Sugar and a Lhasa Apso mix named Pepper.

Famous Yorkshire Terriers

Famous Yorkshire Terriers

In my last post, we looked at Toto in the original Wizard of Oz movie (1939). Most people know Toto was played by a Cairn Terrier called Terry, who even has a book written about his Hollywood life!

drawing from the book of toto in wizard of ozBut in the books that inspired the blockbuster movie, Toto seems to be a Yorkshire Terrier. The famous movie was based on a series of books written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. Although the books never specified exactly what breed Toto was if you take a close look Toto certainly does look like a Yorkshire Terrier. And interestingly, Mr. Denslow owned a Yorkie!

Toto isn’t the only famous Yorkie. Here are some more.

Famous Yorkies in the Movies

Audrey Hepburn was one of the most famous glamorous movies stars of the 1950s 60s and 70s starring in iconic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. She as also a devoted humanitarian; when she retired from movies she devoted much of her life to UNICEF.

Her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Famous was literally famous in Hollywood and around the world. He even starred in one of her movies, Funny Face along with Fred Astaire.

Meet me at the movies!

In the Ben Stiller movie Meet the Fockers, the Fockers (played by actors Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand) have a family dog, Moses, a little Yorkie who manages to get soaked by the mobile home’s exploding toilet, complete with blue chemical.

Not one, but THREE Yorkies appeared in the Jamie Lee Curtis movie, A Fish Called Wanda.

More movies featuring Yorkies

  • Butterfield 8 (Elizabeth Taylor)
  • Love in the Afternoon (Gary Cooper/Audrey Hepburn)
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Big Business (1988) with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin
  • Ace Ventura Pet Detective with Jim Carey
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Dustin Hoffman with a blue Yorkie in the Fockers; A Fish Called Wanda cast and Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8.


This Yorkie looks pretty great on the lap of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 – 1603), but she actually had a MALTESE dog among others.

Yorkies were not even a thing back then. They were introduced in the 1890s in northern England, as working dogs who chased down rats in Victorian coal mines and factories.

Famous Yorkies on TV

The best-known Yorkie to appear on TV was no doubt, Mignon, the Yorkie that Eva Gabor’s character (Lisa Douglas) owned on Green Acres.

The show, which ran from 1965 to 1971 was a very popular sitcom featuring a New York couple who make the move to the countryside and buy a hobby farm. The glamorous little Yorkie played beside Arnold Ziffle the pig, on countless episodes.

The late singer Whitney Houston’s Yorkshire Terrier named Doogie was featured with her on the reality TV show:  Being Bobby Brown. 

On MTV’s ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave, a reality show involving the now-finished marriage of model/actress Carmen Electra and musician Dave Navarro, the couple had a Yorkie named Daisy.

Milhouse Van Houten from The Simpsons television show owns a stuffed animal Yorkie who he calls Puppy Goo-Goo.

Stuffed animal or not, Milhouse’s dog in the Simpsons is clearly a Yorkie.

Celebs owned by Yorkies

A Yorkie named Pasha belonged to Tricia Nixon and lived in the White House while Richard Nixon was president.

Just a few of today’s celebrity-owning Yorkies include:

  • A-Rod (Baseball player Alex Rodriguez)
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Kenny Roland
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Mariah Carey
  • Missy Elliott
  • Paris Hilton
  • Tara Reid
  • Tiger Woods
  • Tom Brady
  • Venus Williams
  • Singer-songwriter Anastacia
  • Brett Fabre, quarterback
  • Britney Spears 
Paris Hilton
  • Carmen Electra
  • Heather Locklear
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Joan Rivers
  • Justin Timberlake

missy elliott and yorkie

Missy Elliott and her Yorkie Poncho.

Britney SpearsBritney Spears and one of her many dogs.

Vanessa WilliamsVanessa Willliams

Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy and a Yorkie who looks VERY frightened.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence with a Yorkie – prop or pet?

Johnny Depp's Yorkies

Johnny Depp’s Yorkies,  pictured here during their unwelcome visit to Australia in 1995. Read how the PM of Australia was ready to put the dogs down because they weren’t quarantined.

Next: some famous MORKIES

What kind of dog was Toto?

What kind of dog was Toto?

Toto was pivotal in the plot of the Wizard of Oz. In the 1939 movie classic, The Wizard of Oz, it’s clear that Toto was a Cairn Terrier. But the book that inspired the movie, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, features illustrations of Toto that make him look a lot like a Yorkie.

amazon book the wonderful wizard of ozTHE BOOK

  • published in 1900
  • written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Winslow
  • a tremendous success; critics loved the lavish illustrations and full color printing
  • 13 sequels followed but the first was by far the most successful
  • the first edition, a total of 10,000 copies, quickly sold out. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sold three million copies by the time it entered the public domain in 1956


the wizard of oz original movie poster


  • released in 1939
  • produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and directed by Victor Fleming
  • a sensation; the first Technicolor movie
  • the film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton with Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, and Clara Blandick,
  • dozens of versions followed over the years including The Wiz, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow


Toto was pivotal in the plot of Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz movie starts with a bang when Dorothy’s nasty neighbor, Miss Almira Gulch, threatens to have the young girl’s dog, Toto, put down for biting.

The dog manages to escape the clutches of Miss Gulch and run back to Dorothy. At this point, Dorothy and Toto run away from home, just as a tornado hits….and the fun begins!

How Toto compares in the book and in the movie

In the book

In Denslow’s illustrations, Toto was a scruffy-looking little dog. Many fans argue that in the book, Toto was clearly a YORKSHIRE TERRIER. His personality matches a Yorkie too: brave, protective and smart!

Supporting this theory is the fact that Denslow himself owned a Yorkie. The breed was quite popular at the time, so it’s possible.

The Oz books don’t spell out Toto’s breed, but the illustrations certainly look a lot like a Yorkie.

In the movie

Toto in the movie was a female Cairn Terrier called Terry.

Owned by Carl Spitz, Terry was in 10 other blockbusters, including some with Shirley Temple.

In the Wizard of Oz, Toto made more than many of the actors, earning $125 per week (equivalent to $2,200 a week today).

The little dog lived to be 11 and has a memorial stone in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles 

You have to admit it - Toto was a YORKIE in the book

The strange life of W. W. Denslow

An American illustrator and caricaturist remembered for his work in collaboration with author L. Frank Baum, especially his illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


After the phenomenal success of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Denslow, the artist and the writer managed to quarrel with Baum,  and refused to work with him ever again. Baum, always desperate for money, went on to publish 13 more volumes of the Oz saga, but without Denslow’s wonderful drawings. 

KING Denslow?

Denslow (and Baum) made so much money from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz book royalties, that he was able to buy an island off Bermuda, called Bluck’s Island in the Great Sound, and build himself a turreted castle-like house, pictured here.

He then proclaimed himself King Denslow I.

Denslow was married and divorced three times. Go figure.

The most iconic line in the movie is spoken to Toto

Though most people say ‘Looks like we’re not in Kansas anymore,’ or ‘Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore,’ those quotes aren’t quite right. Dorothy actually says ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.’

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Meet the newest celeb Morkie fan – Tiffany Haddish and her Morkie, Sleeper.

The actor/comedian had become friends with “an older lady” who owned the Morkie. The lady suggested that Tiffany take the puppy home and bring her back for visits. Sadly the lady died shortly after, so Tiffany is the newest devoted member of Morkie Nation!

Who doesn't love a Morkie!

Tiffany Haddish on her late-night podcast comedy Two and a Half Women… Featuring Tiffany Haddish, Tamara Johnson, celebrity stylist Dwen “The Diva” Curry & comedian Donnell Rawlings.

The “half” is Sleeper, Tiffany’s Morkie.

See Tiffany Haddish on People TV with her Morkie Sleeper

Famous Morkie Owners

Ashley Tisdale

Blake Lively


Jann Arden

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

And some more….

Kevin Jonas

Marnie Stern

Susan Sarandon

Perez Hilton

Steve Tyler

See their photos here

Yorkie, Morkie or Maltese?

Yorkie, Morkie or Maltese?

simon cowell with yorkie puppyWhich dog is the perfect pet for you and your family?

If you’re like me, it can be really tough deciding between dog breeds.  You can narrow them down, but it seems there are always two left and you just can’t decide. For me, it’s Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese Dogs, but happily, I can have “both” when I get a Morkie – the happy results when a Yorkie and a Maltese are bred together. Let’s take a look at all 3 breeds.

The popular Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie

iStock_000006731803SmallEvery now and then, a dog or a breed comes along that just steals your heart.  For many people, that dog is the Yorkshire Terrier.  In fact Yorkies are the #6 most popular pure breed dog in America* and in some cities, like New York, they’re #1.

Yorkies are smart, energetic little terriers, in brown and tan. They are relatively new as far as pure breeds go, developed in northern England in the 1850s to work in coal mines and factories to catch and kill rats and mice. Those Yorkshire Terriers were much bigger – about 15 pounds at least — and were kept by working men to catch vermin. But when upper class ladies first saw these dog they fell in love and Yorkies soon left their humble beginnings for a more comfortable life.

yorkie in cageOften described as “feisty,” Yorkies may be classified by the Kennel Club as “toy dogs” but they are also real terriers – the ideal Yorkshire terrier character or “personality” is described with a “carriage very upright” and “conveying an important air” according to the Kennel Club of Great Britain.

Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t know it! He is active, loves attention and should not show the soft temperament seen in lapdogs like the Maltese according to the breed standards, the official benchmark developed by the American Kennel Club.

The elegant Maltese dog

408190-dogs-cute-two-little-maltese-puppiesThe Maltese dog on the other hand, is not as well known.  Maltese ranks as the 29th most registered breed in 2014, behind less common dogs like the Pomeranian, Havanese and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Maltese are an ancient breed, developed strictly as lapdogs since the time of Aristotle.  Maltese descended from one of the original six dogs  a Spitz-like dog which was bred for hunting rodents in the marsh and wooded areas.

The Maltese breed spread around the world because like gold, frankincense and myrrh, the Maltese was an exotic article of trade.  Caravans took Maltese to the farthest reaches of the civilized world, including the Middle East, Tibet, China, the Philippines and Japan.

Their most treasured qualities are their affectionate, loving natures and beautiful, pure white coats.  Maltese were bred to be super affectionate lap dogs, content to sit quietly for a great part of the day. They are very gentle and loving. Maltese were not bred to chase down mice and rats like the Yorkie. They weren’t bred to do any specific kind of work like many other breeds.  They have no other purpose than to be a pampered pet.  So it’s no surprise they are very sweet-natured. 

A symbol of wealth, Maltese were prized by the upper class, aristocrats and royalty and bred to be with people. That explains their engrained people-pleasing, loyal and affectionate behaviour.

However, sometimes Maltese forget they’re small and can seem fearless.  Maltese will usually bark when someone new comes into the room or is at your door – his mini-watchdog side coming out. Not all dogs are described as “small dogs with big hearts, but both the Maltese and Yorkie are!”


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The Morkie – the best of both worlds?

63235_Fluffy-Maltese-Puppy-Dogs-White-Puppies-wallpapers-1280-1024-9_1280x1024Both the Yorkie and the Maltese are wonderful companion animals, with plenty in common, but enough differences to make their offspring – the Morkie – a very interesting little pup too.

If you decide to go with a Morkie, you’ll find the characteristics, looks, behaviour and health of both parents, the Yorkie and the Maltese, apparent in the Morkie.  

But since the Morkie is so new, you don’t really know which breed’s qualities will dominate, and even which parent the Morkie will most resemble physically. That explains the wide range in looks of the Morkie. he can be nearly white, with flopping down ears – thus very close to the Maltese.  Or dark haired, with prick ears, like the Yorkie. And of course everything else in between, like a black white and beige Morkie with one ear standing up and one a little floppy. 

The Many Faces of the Morkie!


**Good job you found us!

Simon Cowell, a well known meenie music mogul who seems to love to make performers cry, is a baby at heart himself. How do we know? This great big 6’4″ man LOVES Yorkies! Enjoy these photos.

simon-cowell-and yorkies

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman enjoy a day at the beach with newborn baby Eric and their two dogs, Miami. They where joined by family member including Lauren’s mother. All pictures taken on a public beach.Pictured: Eric Cowell, Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman, Simon’s dogs Squiddly and Diddly Ref: SPL705072 230214 Picture by: SDFL / Splash News


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Are you thinking of getting a small dog?  Have you considered one of the most popular –the Yorkie? Or one of the most glamorous – the Maltese?
YMM-price-smallWhen you cross these two pure breeds, you get a Morkie, the magical blend of Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese. These dogs may look similar….

But they’re really quite different from one another.

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OMG Australia wants to kill Yorkies!

OMG Australia wants to kill Yorkies!

feat11Luckily, Johnny Depp’s two Yorkies, Pistol and Boo, did in fact bugger off out today before Australia’s Minister of Agriculture had a chance to exercise his threat: euthanasia!

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce underlined the fact that there are no exceptions to their strict animal quarantine laws (even if you were the sexiest man alive, twice).  In fact, if the Yorkies in question didn’t bugger off, in his words, they were dead. 

It seems Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard, had brought the Yorkies into Australia (and for an extended period) on a private jet and did not register them properly with the authorities.  All animals must undergo a 14-day quarantine before being officially allowed to enter, in Australia and many other countries. 

In fact, it’s almost impossible to bring a dog to Great Britain; when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were there to make a movie in the 60s, she was not allowed to bring her 4 dogs into the country without a SIX MONTH quarantine.  Their famous solution – rent a 120′ Bolivian yacht and keep it in the Thames River as a floating kennel, so that technically the dogs had not set foot in the country!

But meanwhile in Australia, Depp and Heard were in huge trouble with government officials and it all went (hilariously) viral.

From the hashtag #WarOnTerrier to newscasters holding up signs on camera, “Bring Boo and Pistol home” … the internet was alight.  But what’s the big fuss?


Australia has strict biosecurity requirements for good reasons—to protect Australia from exotic pests and diseases that can seriously harm humans, animals and their economy. All animals entering Australia must have an import permit, which means they’ve passed the stringent requirements to get in.

Dogs can carry diseases

The problem is that dogs can carry diseases, including rabies, ehrlichia, leishmania and leptospirosis among others.

Huh? What?

We know all about rabies, but what are these other diseases?

Ehrlichia is a tick-borne disease and is also called ‘tracker dog disease.’ There are 3 phases and all involve a lot of pain for the animal.  Dogs in phase 3 with chronic ehrlichia usually die.

Leishmania isn’t about leashes, it’s an infection carried by parasites (the sandfly) and is more common in the Mediterranean area than in North America.

It’s also known as black fever. Signs and symptoms include emaciation, kidney failure, joint pain and more. This disease can be treated but it never really goes away; and…people can catch it from their dogs.

Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection. Although there is a vaccine against it, it’s very dangerous for small dogs (with the highest rate of adverse reactions) and it’s effective against only 3 or 4 of the 120+ strains of the virus. 

Lepto as it’s called, can result in chronic fever, vomiting, dehydration, renal failure, severe infection and ultimately, death. This is another zoonotic – that is, people can catch it too.

If you’re travelling…

Be sure and check out – at this link, they summarize all the requirements for visiting other countries. 

More photos

johnny depps dogs groomers

The Australian dog groomers who let the cat, er Yorkie, out of the bag by posting this pic of their celeb guests.

Johnny Depp and Yorkie

One of Johnny Depp's Yorkies

One of Johnny Depp’s Yorkies

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