The Morkie is a designer dog, with a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier for parents. The typical Morkie temperament isn’t too hard to predict. Your Morkie is likely to be friendly, affectionate. Morkies fit well into smaller homes where someone is around for much of the day. As a pet they do best when they’ve had plenty of socialization during puppyhood, and have benefited from positive reinforcement training.
Friendliness and Affection
Morkies are generally known for being friendly and affectionate dogs, especially with their own families. However, exactly how outgoing and confident they are can vary between individual dogs. Make sure you meet both your Morkie’s parents to predict exactly how friendly your dog will be.
Morkies will form strong attachments with their families, so they will want plenty of attention and affection. If you’re looking for a small dog that you can spend lots of time cuddling and interacting with, the Morkie is a great shout.
Both parent breeds for the Morkie are intelligent, so your mixed breed pup is likely to be intelligent too. Intelligence is an important part of training, but so is finding what really motivates your dog to take part!
Your Morkie might be very food motivated, or they might find their favorite toy or game more rewarding.
Training should be consistent and patient. Don’t try to intimidate your Morkie. They will respond best to positive reward training. If you are consistent and patient with your training, you will get great results from your Morkie.
Intelligent dogs are easily bored. If your Morkie doesn’t have enough entertainment or mental stimulation, he is likely to show some destructive tendencies. This can include barking, digging, chewing things they shouldn’t, and more.
Do Morkies Bark A Lot?
If you’re looking for a quiet dog, the Morkie temperament won’t suit you. This is a very vocal dog in general.
Both parent breeds – the Yorkie and the Maltese – are prone to barking. So it’s pretty certain that a cross between them will too.
Morkies will be sure to alert you whenever anyone approaches the house, but they may also bark out of boredom, excitement, and frustration! They can make great little vocal watch dogs. But, this can be problematic if you live in an apartment.
Is The Morkie Temperament Playful?
Morkies are surprisingly energetic, especially if they take after their Yorkie parent. They will need daily exercise, and plenty of playtime with you. Dog sports such as agility and obedience are a great way to combine exercise and training.
This small mixed breed won’t need as long walks or as much space at home as larger dogs, so they can suit people with smaller homes or apartments. But, they will need at least a daily walk, and lots of games to play at home.
Is The Morkie Temperament Ever Aggressive?
Morkies are known for being friendly, affectionate dogs, especially with their families.
The Yorkshire Terrier parent was originally used as a rodent pest control dog. So, they are likely to have natural chase instincts for smaller animals. They may also display aggression towards bigger dogs and animals too.
The Maltese was bred to be a lapdog, but they can still show aggression to strangers, their owners, and animals.
Studies on Aggression
A 2014 study looked at aggression in the 30 most popular AKC breeds using the C-BARQ questionnaire. It found that the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier breeds scored higher than average for stranger-directed aggression, dog-directed aggression, owner-directed aggression, and dog rivalry.
In fact, the Maltese breed scored the highest for owner-directed aggression. However, this doesn’t mean that all Morkies will be aggressive. Read more about dog bite statistics in this guide.
Even though Morkies are small dogs, it’s important to do all we can to prevent aggression. Socialization as puppies is the best way to do this. A lot of aggression is fear-based. Socialization will reduce this because it will help get your puppy used to new situations and experiences.
Numerous studies can be found that link early socialization to reduced aggression. So we can’t stress the importance of this enough to ensure Morkies grow up to be friendly and affectionate with everyone.
Are Morkies Good with Children?
These small mixed breeds tend to form strong bonds with their families. They can display aggression, but this chance is minimised if they are properly socialized.
The main problem concerning Morkies and small children is the size of this breed. They can be easily injured by young children who don’t know the right way to play and interact with a little dog.
Are Morkies Good with Other Pets?
Morkies will often do well if they are raised with other dogs. However, there is still the issue of their size. They are delicate little dogs. So, big dogs can accidentally hurt them.
The main potential problem with Morkie temperaments and other pets is the natural chase and hunt instincts that could be inherited from the Yorkshire Terrier parent.
If they do inherit this natural instinct, a Morkie may be prone to chasing other small animals in your home – including cats. If raised alongside these other animals, you may be able to reduce this tendency. But it’s not a guarantee.
So, generally, Morkies will do best in homes with no other small pets that roam around freely.