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(Morkie) (Malkie) (Malki)


Yorkshire Terrier / Maltese Hybrid Dogs

Information and Pictures


This hybrid was originally called the Yorktese, but is now more commonly called the Morkie. The Morkie is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Yorkie and the Maltese. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.


Recognized Names:

American Canine Hybrid Club = Morkie

Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Morkie

International Designer Canine Registry® = Morkie

Designer Breed Registry = Malki


Junior the Yorktese (Yorkshire Terrier / Maltese mix) at 1 year old


ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club

DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®

DBR = Designer Breed Registry


Bella the Maltese / Yorkie hybrid dog—her owners go by the hybrid name Morkie.



Ladybug the Yorktese at 5 years old, weighing about 12 pounds



Petie the Yorktese (Yorkie / Maltese hybrid) at one year old, bred by Sunrise Kennel



Yorktese puppy (Yorkie / Maltese hybrid) bred by Sunrise Kennel



Basket of Yorktese puppies, photo courtesy of MiniPuppyPaws



Bentley the Yorkshire Terrier / Maltese cross (Yorktese) at 2 years old



Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese as a young puppy after his bath

Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese as a young puppy

Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese at 3 years old

Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese at 3 years old

Stoli the Yorkie / Maltese mix



Merlin, a Yorkie / Maltese mix at 4 months old



Mongrel = Mixed Breed Dogs – Mutt or Mutts

"This is Jenny. She is a three-year-old Maltese / Yorkie mix. She has the fur, ears and tail of a Maltese, but the rest of her is pure Yorkie. She likes to think she is boss, and with all the power of her entire five pounds’ of weight, she'll take on any and all real and imagined foes, including our 125-pound Great Pyrenees, who ignores her threats. Jenny is also the sweetest, most loveable dog you'd ever want to meet. She is our little catalog queen, because she has won three contests where she was featured in various pet catalogs. Her family includes two purebred Maltese, one Great Pyrenees, one Amazon Blue Front Parrot and, of course, us, mom and dad."



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