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 (it’s a musical term) is not a big music fan and in fact, does not like Jann’s singing. Not at all.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard paid a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to making a false customs declaration that she had no animals or other livestock, during their working visit to Australia.

Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has said the government will examine whether Johnny Depp committed “perjury” by smuggling dogs into the country while knowing it was illegal. On a radio talk show, the bombastic mayor even threated to “execute” the Yorkies because of the threat they could pose to Australia’s large herds of cattle.

One of Johnny Depp's Yorkies

Johnny Depp’s Yorkies are called Pistol and Boo.

Johnny Depp and his Yorkie
Johnny Depp's Yorkies

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.


molly simms and her yorkie

Molly Sims and Chloe and Poupette the Yorkies

Molly Sims and her pair of Yorkies, Chloe and Poupette. She takes them everywhere – along with her baby – in their own doggy stroller!

molly simms and yorkies
Whitney Houston with her yorkie

Whitney Houston and Doogie the Yorkie

The late Whitney Houston loved her little Yorkie Doogie. When the singer passed away, daughter Bobbi Kristina took over care of the Yorkie and added two more of her own. Whitney’s sister now looks after the remaining dogs.

yorkie celebs ozzie osbourne and his wife

More Yorkie Celebs

Left to right. Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman; Rocker Ozzie Osbourne and wife Sharon with their baby; tennis superstar Venus Williams.


People have loved the Maltese dog temperament for CENTURIES! Yes, that’s how long the Maltese Dog has been a favorite of kings, queens, the rich and famous and everyone else too.  Maltese are playful, charming, and adaptable toy companions according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). You can read all about the breed standards of the Maltese dog, and the Maltese dog temperment here.

The Maltese is another breed that doesn’t shed because it doesn’t have fur; it has hair like  us. So the occasional hair will fall out, or come out in a comb, but Maltese (and Yorkies) don’t shed huge amounts of fluffy undercoat. They’re ideal for someone with dog hair allergies.

The Maltese dog has a stunning pure white coat (no other colours are allowed) that grows to the ground. It’s elegant and lovely.

Many people prefer the Maltese dog with a puppy cut or shorter hair. This is also adorable, and makes them look very puppy like.

A full grown Maltese weighs less than seven pounds, and stands about 8 to 10″ high at the shoulder. 

Maltese dog with a puppy cut.

The Maltese is loved for its beautiful coat but some people prefer the Puppy Cut.

beautiful show dog Maltese dog

Famous Maltese dog owners include Aristotle (2,600 years ago!), Marie Antoinette and Queen Elizabeth the 1st. Closer to our own time, Frank Sinatra gave a gorgeous Maltese to Marily Monroe and Elvis bought several for varoius girlfriends. One of the most devoted Maltese dog fans was movie star Elizabeth Taylor who had two Maltese dogs over the years and took them everywhere. 

Marilyn Monroe and her Maltese dog
Elvis and a maltese puppy
Elizabeth Taylor and her maltese dog
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