MORKIES are the adorable result when a purebred Yorkshire Terrier is bred with a purebred Maltese. The result is a designer dog you just might like. But what are the pros and cons?
Mixed-on-purpose breed dogs or hybrids dogs are very popular - in fact they're often advertised as designer dogs.
Breeders or hobbyists will breed two purebreds for a crossbred result. Those results -- the pups -- are almost always different since it takes many, many generations to develop a true breed.
So when dog breeds are designed, how do you know you're getting the best of both?? Is it possible to get the WORST of both breeds? Well that's the problem... but then again you might find the risk is worth it!
On the plus side -- Morkies are...
- ADORABLE puppies that grow into ADORABLE dogs
- small size
- varied colours
- great temperament, although a little aggressive
On the not-so-plus side--
- you could end up combining the "worst of" each of the stock breeds - the Yorkie and the Maltese.
According to many experts, Yorkshire Terriers can be willful, making training difficult. They are very territorial - and so can bark a lot. They need tons of human attention.
The Maltese is famously hard to housetrain. They're really not suitable for children because of their very fine bones. Maltese can be finicky eaters and often suffer indigestion. And like the Yorkie, the Maltese is territorial and will bark, even bite, when he feels his family is threatened.
A Morkie can look like either breed. It's not necessarily a perfect mix. True dog breeds take many, many years and multiple generations of very careful breeding to develop their particular characteristics
Yorkshire Terriers feature a straight-flowing silky body coat of bright shiny lustrous "steel blue" and clear-shaded golden tan.
The hair is parted on the muzzle and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail. Square and well proportioned, the Yorkie holds its head high and has a very alert expression.
The Yorkie is a confident, sparkling and vigorous little dog. It shouldn't exceed 7 lb. (3 kg)
Like the Yorkie, the Maltese features a beautiful, flowing coat - but in pure white... no other colours allowed! That hair must be perfectly straight, and the longer the better. In a showdog, the hair hangs to the ground. Black lips, dark brown eyes and a black nose complete the little Maltese - which shouldn't exceed 7 lbs (3 kgs)
The Maltese, first bred as a pampered lapdog for the wealthy, is one of the gentlest mannered of all little dogs although at times they seem fearless. They are intelligent, vigorous and very affectionate.
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