The Maltese dog on the other hand, is not as popular. Maltese ranks as the 29th most registered breed in 2014, behind uncommon dogs like the Pomeranian, Havanese and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Both 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.
Yorkies are smart, feisty 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.
Maltese on the other hand, are an ancient breed, developed strictly as lapdogs since the time of Aristotle. Their most treasured qualities are their affectionate, loving nature and beautiful, pure white coat.
Every breed has its pluses and minuses
What behaviors are so built-in to Maltese and Yorkies that they never change? In other words,
It also means persistent and habitual; for example, he’s a bred-in-the-bone conservative. You’ll hear similar expressions like these:
- the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
- blood will tell
- he’s a chip off the old block
Bred in the bone = Deep-seated and can’t be changed
But generally speaking, the REASON the dog was originally bred, will come through loud and clear in their everyday behaviour, even if that original reason isn’t valid any more.
Maltese - what's bred in the bone?
- pampered lapdogs
- super sweet
- very affectionate
- generally calm, quiet although they do have a very playful side
- loves to sit with ‘their people’
- will bark to warn you that someone is approaching
Yorkie - what's bred in the bone?
- explorers and hunters
- love chasing small animals and toys
- very alert and inquisitive
- despite their small size, can be aggressive and feisty
One more thing.... the size debate
The Yorkshire Terrier is very similar; an ideal dog is a minimum of 5 pounds according to breed standards, and not over 7 or 8 pounds.
Smaller than that is NOT ideal and in fact, you want to beware of breeders who offer “teacups.” A Maltese, Yorkie or Morkie that weighs less than four pounds when fully grown is a runt. That dog is more prone to genetic disorders and is at a higher health risk in general.