Morkies are hybrid dogs. Hybrid dog breeds, also known as designer breeds have become increasingly popular because many undesirable traits, such as temperament and health, of both parent breeds, are eliminated while the more desirable traits maintained.
Morkies were specially bred to enjoy perks of both Maltese and Yorkie worlds; specifically, for the Maltese gentle and docile temperaments together with the Yorkie active and over protective temperaments. Like the Yorkie, the Morkie may crave and even demand attention from its family. From the Maltese side, the Morkie may inherit a sense of fearlessness as well as energy.
This breed of dog is also likely to be very dedicated to its family, making it an ideal family dog and watchdog. Tiny and adorable, the Morkie is an affectionate crossbreed that loves people and pets. They are lap dogs to the core and strive to please their owners.
Morkies are very playful and will run to chase a ball for quite some time. They will surely keep children busy playing and then cuddle up in their beds at night to sleep. The Morkie attaches to his family quickly. His love for the family can create a problem when he needs to be left alone for extended periods of time.
Overall Morkie temperaments are known to be lively, playful, bold, watchful, adventurous, protective, gentle, graceful, loyal, energetic, clever, suspicious, stubborn, lovable, brave, intelligent, and trainable. Note: individual temperaments vary.
The Morkie is best suited for an environment in which it can be close to its family. It will do equally well in an apartment or condo as well as a house. The Morkie does not require a large yard for exercising as it is a small dog and will be able to get most of its exercising on its own. It will enjoy taking a walk and playing outside on occasion. Exercise requirements may vary.
One of the advantages to the Morkie is that it is a low to non-shedding dog. Grooming is necessary regardless of the coat style of the Morkie. This crossbreed needs to be brushed several times a week to keep the coat from matting or tangling. A monthly bath with a quality shampoo and conditioner is essential for keeping the coat and skin healthy. Also, it will be important to be sure that the hair around the Morkies eyes is kept clean on a regular basis.
There is no defined coat style or color defined for the Morkie because it is a crossbred dog. The Maltese coat is pure white or pure black, while Yorkie coats tend to lighten and become more silver as they age. For the most part, the coats are soft and rather long. The colors usually range from solid white to black and tan and every color and combination in between.
Information obtained from Wikipedia, greatdogsite, and pet-guide.