Yorktese, Malkie, or Morkie... An Adorable Combination of Yorkies and Maltese
Genetics is a funny thing. Sometimes when all those chromosomes start mixing together, weird things can happen. However, occasionally when the moon and stars line up just right, something amazing happens. Such is the case with the yorktese or "morkie" as some people refer to them, one of the most adorable of the "designer dogs" ever created. The yorktese is a combination of a Yorkshire terrier and a Maltese and like many hybrids, takes the best of both breeds to make one wonderful little companion dog.
Designer dogs are hybrid dogs that result when breeders mate two purebred dogs together. The difference between designer dogs and mutts is that mutts pretty much have a "Heinz 57" heritage, their parentage is shady at best, while designer dogs are intentionally bred from two registered purebred parents. Make sure if you do buy any kind of designer dog that they are rated F1. This means that both of the parents are purebred and not a mix of a hybrid and a purebred (F2) or a hybrid and a hybrid (F3).
Although Yorkies and Maltese are great little dogs in their own right, they make an amazing combination together. These little dynamos are usually between four and nine pounds and usually no larger than 12 inches. They have a very short snout and large expressive eyes. Their ears can stand up straight like a Yorkie's and fall into a little fold or hang like a Maltese's on either side of the head. That's the interesting thing about the Yorktese, some take on the physical characteristics of the Maltese, others more closely resemble the Yorkie. They can come in many different colors including black and tan, black and silver, white with greyish markings, solid white, and butterscotch. They have a pretty long lifespan for a small dog, 12 - 15 years, so be prepared for a long term responsibility if you get one!
Yorktese Personality And Temperament
A Yorktese is small, but what they lack in stature, they make up for in attitude! They don't realize just how small they are and will try to rule the roost if you let them! Early training is important to help them understand that you are the Alpha Dog and they are just part of the pack. When they get feisty, a veterinarian trick is to lift them up with your hand under their front legs and hold them up, letting their back legs dangle. Make eye contact until they stop struggling. Continue to do this until your puppy willingly submits when you lift them.
Sociability Of The Yorktese
They can get along with other dogs and cats well, but sometimes don't know their place among larger dogs. They are extremely protective of their family and will growl and bark at other dogs that they consider strangers or a threat to their family. They will also bark to alert you that someone is approaching your door if you are interested in their watch dog properties, but because they are so small, won't be too much help for a guard dog! They will bark when a new person enters your home, but once they see the person is a friend, they will show off all their best tricks for a place in their lap or to have their tummies scratched! With small children, you need to use caution at first. A Yorktese will sometimes snap until they realize this little stranger is part of the family, but once they do, they will shower your little one with love and kisses!
Because Yorktese are so small, they make a great house or apartment dog. However, this means they will need to be housebroken and walked on a regular basis. They are not difficult to housebreak and generally do well with puppy pads at first, moved closer and closer to the door until they associate going to the bathroom with going to the door. Since they are so small, they are the world's best escape artists and will dig a small hole or find any tiny opening to get out of a fenced yard, so they are best kept indoors. They are also somewhat cold-natured and like nothing better than curling up in the small of your back on a cold winter night. They like to have a warm and cozy bed to sleep in, but truly like being as close to you as possible, whether you are awake or asleep!
Yorktese puppies are available on the Internet, but if you buy your puppy online, make sure you are getting an F1 puppy from a reputable breeder. If you can find them locally and actually can go see the dog ahead of time, pay attention to where they are kept and any obvious health issues of any of the puppies. Ask if you can see the sire and dam, their AKC certification, as well as any medical records for the puppies. They will more than likely have their tales docked, but that is an individual choice. They have a puppy coat which may change colors as it changes into an adult coat later. They will also have to be groomed on a frequent basis since their hair grows quickly, but the good news is they shed very little.
Yorktese are very tiny when puppies, many weighing only one to two pounds, but are adorably cute and will quickly worm a big place in your family's heart!.