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Yorktese

Yorkshire Terrier / Maltese Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

The right side of a shaved wavy coated, black with tan Yorktese that is standign in grass and there are leaves in the grass. Its tail curls up over its back and its ears fold down at the sides.

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

Other Names
  • Maltiyork
  • Malkie
  • Malki
  • Morkie
  • Yorkiemalt
  • Yortese
Description

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.

Recognition
  • 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
Recognized Names
  • American Canine Hybrid Club = Morkie
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Morkie
  • International Designer Canine Registry® = Morkie
  • Designer Breed Registry = Malki
A fluffy soft looking little tan and black puppy sitting in a tan bucket that reads 'I never met a toy I did not bite' The puppy is sitting on top of a pile of toys. Its nose is black and its small furry v-shaped ears are hanging down to the sides of its head.

Lilith the Morkie as a puppy at 5 months old—"Lill is a true princess with the heart of a lion and attitude of a Great Dane."

The front left side of a soft-looking, longhaired, cream Yorktese dog standing on a trampoline and it is looking to the right.

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

The left side of a black with white Yorktese that is laying across a brick surface and it is looking forward. Its dark ears fold over at the sides and hang down with long hair on them.

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

The left side of a brown with white Yorktese tan sitting on a burgundy carpet. It is looking up and its head is tilted to the right. Its hair is shaved short and looks soft. It has wide round golden brown eyes and a black nose.

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

The left side of a black with white and tan Yorktese puppy that is standing across a carpet and it is looking forward. It has a long body and short legs. Its perk ears are small and stand up. Its thick hair on its face makes its head look square. It has a black nose, dark round eyes and a docked tail.

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

A wicker basket with three Yorktese puppies in it. The first puppy is black and tan with ears that hang down to the sides, the middle puppy is fuzzy and tan with perk ears adn dark eyes, and the puppy on the right is black and white with ears that hang down to the sides.

Basket of Yorktese puppies, photo courtesy of MiniPuppyPaws

The right side of a tall black Yorktese dog standing across a carpeted green carpeted surface looking up. It has long black hair, a tail that curls up over its back and ears that hang down to the sides with long hair on them.

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

Close up front view - A soft looking, tan with white Yorktese puppy is wrapped in a towel, it is looking forward and its head is slightly tilted to the right. There is a persons hand behind it. The puppy looks like a stuffed toy.

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

A soft, thick coated, tan with white Yorktese puppy is sitting on a rug and behind it is a plush dog toy. The dog has white tipped feet, a white chest and a tan body with a black nose and dark round eyes. It looks like a stuffed toy.

Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese as a young puppy

The left side of a tan with white Yorkese dog laying on a bed looking over the edge of the bed. The dog has a soft smooth shiny coat.

Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese at 3 years old

Top down view of a tan Yorkese that is walking across a hardwood floor and it is wearing a red and black with white shirt. It has a long body and a big black nose and wide round eyes.

Charlie aka Nooni, a Yorktese at 3 years old

A black with white Yorktese dog laying on a bed and its head is tilted to the right. It has long ears that hang down to the sides with long straight black hair on them.

Stoli the Yorkie / Maltese mix

Close up front view - A wavy coated, black Yorktese puppy with a white muzzle is laying on a bed and it is looking forward.

Merlin, a Yorkie / Maltese mix at 4 months old

Close up - Head shot of a white Yorktese puppy that is laying down and it has a ribbon in its hair that is holdingn its very long soft hair out of its face. It has a dark nose and darke eyes.

"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."