4-7 lbs
United States
Yorkshire Terrier
Malkie, Malki, Maltiyork, Morkie, Yorkiemalt, Yortese

The result of combining two toy breeds, the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier, the Yorktese is a small designer breed with a quirky character and a distinct look. This breed is well-known for being a lap dog and an excellent overall companion thanks to its affectionate and playful nature and portable size. Even so, they can be a bit finicky with other dogs, other pets, strangers, and small children, so socialization is important if they are to regularly interact with more than just their owner. They sport long straight coats that are usually a bit limited in color to black, white, silver, and fawn and require a good amount of maintenance to keep their recognizable look nice and clean, especially around their short-nosed faces.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese

Yorktese Health

Average Size
Male Yorktese size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 4-7 lbs
Female Yorktese size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 4-7 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Portacaval Shunt
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Obesity
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Dental Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Endoscopy

Yorktese Breed History

The Yorktese is a modern designer breed with a short history that is based in the United States, unlike the parent breeds, who are long established in their countries of origin. The Maltese is an ancient mix of Bichon and Spaniel and was named by the Romans after the island of Malta it is indigenous to. The various names attributed to them over time such as the Comforter, the Roman Ladies dog and the Spaniel Gentle aptly describe their affectionate and gentle nature, while the name Maltese Lion Dog covers their long manes and often fearless demeanor. Throughout their history, these dogs played comforters to the sick, as it was believed that they had healing powers, and they were well-loved by European aristocracy due to their rich personalities and regal aesthetic, so much so that they were often the subjects of art and literature. They first arrived in the United States in the 18th century and have since taken off as companion dogs and show stoppers alike. Like the Maltese, the Yorkshire Terrier is named for its place of origin in England. Its development was sparked during the Industrial Revolution when Scottish immigrants flooded England in search of work and with them, brought now-extinct Waterside and Old English Toy Terriers, two breeds well-adapted to keeping rodent populations low. The pairing ended up being some of the breed's earliest refinements. Over time, they eventually crossed the ocean to the United States, where they were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and like the Maltese, also saw a rise in popularity for their big, affectionate personalities and showmanship.

Yorktese Breed Appearance

Toy-sized by nearly every measure imaginable, the Yorktese stands a maximum of 10 inches tall and usually averages about half of that in weight, at least some of which can be attributed to their long, silky coats which come in a small variety of colors from the base black or white to steel blue and tan. They have short snouts capped with a black nose and flanked by dark brown, marble-looking eyes, ears that are pricked or cocked, and pronounced eyebrows and mustaches. They generally have a squarish stance, an even back and a tail docked to medium length that is often groomed to boast a bit of extra length.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Yorktese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Yorktese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Yorktese coat
black Yorktese coat
blue Yorktese coat
silver Yorktese coat
fawn Yorktese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Yorktese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Yorktese Breed Maintenance

Due to their longer coats, Yorkteses are high maintenance dogs that require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling. They also require a bit of trimming to keep the shape appropriate and the overall length more manageable but can also be taken to a groomer for assistance. They require bathing on a semi-regular basis as well, but owners with a vigilant eye should easily be able to tell when their dog is beginning to get dirty. Bathing is a relatively easy process but should be approached with care, meaning pre-bath brushing to free up tangled hair beforehand and even using a light dog-made conditioner to make the coat easier to work with are important. Gently blow drying on low heat after a light toweling will help to ensure no excess moisture remains and provides a much better-looking coat once all is completed. Ears, teeth, and nails should also be monitored and should be given regular cleaning, brushing and clipping respectively to maintain good overall health, happiness, and comfort.

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Brushes for Yorktese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Yorktese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Yorktese Temperament

Small in stature and big in personality, Yorkteses are exceptionally affectionate towards their owners and have a constant craving for attention they're not afraid to show. They are generally high-spirited and fun-loving but without proper training and socialization, can develop Small Dog Syndrome, leaving them neurotic, yappy, and demanding and stands as a direct correlation with how well they do with small children, strangers and other pets. Even with training, it can be hard to break a Yorktese of their drive to be a watch dog and they will not shy away from providing loads of yappy warnings should they feel they or their owners are in any danger, even if none exists. But with a little direction and affection, these small dogs make great family pets that offer loads of love and entertainment.

Yorktese Activity Requirements

Because of their size, Yorkteses are generally low-to-mid energy dogs and don't take much more than a good walk and a little playtime to satisfy their needs, especially if they have a good amount of space to roam and/or follow their owners around regularly. Getting them out for around 5 or 6 miles of walking per week should suffice when coupled with a little extra playtime, around 30 to 45 minutes a day. Keeping them stimulated mentally will also help control any undesired behavior, so playing games and teaching them tricks can go a long way for the mental health of both parties.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Yorktese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.50
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Yorktese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Yorktese size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
Female Yorktese size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Yorktese size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
Female Yorktese size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Yorktese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Yorktese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs

Yorktese Owner Experiences

4 Months
4 People
Playing fetch
Tug of war
Playing in the snow
Got Thor whilst out of work due to layoffs. Had two months for just him and I to bond, he was not the easiest to train (at first) but once he got got the idea of the sit command, the rest rolled easily. He’s very playful in bursts. Will play for 30 minutes then take a nap. If he goes without a nap for more than 2-3 hours, you can bet he’ll sleep for 2 hours straight. He is very loveable and enjoys visitors. Something I’ve found is that if I show to Thor that I trust a guest (handshake, hug, etc), his tail start wagging and he loves the Visitor. Would recommend for families with children if any age. A brilliant companion, but does need a attention consistently when you first bring them home.
3 years ago
18 Months
6 People
Our Yorktese is the sweetest and most loving dog we have ever had. She absolutely adores all the members of our family. Although we worked hard to socialize her as a pup, she is still wary of strangers. She is intelligent and picks up on tricks and rules quickly. However, she was a bit challenging to house train.
2 years, 7 months ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Agility training
Puzzle Toys
Playing in the snow
Extremely loving dogs. The yorkie makes potty training a little longer. He learns extremely fast with positive reinforcement! My pup is extremely cuddly. He loves pleasing his human! He does agility and is one of the best in his class. He is extremely sensitive to human emotions he knows when you are sad and comes running to lick you no matter how far he was when you started crying. He will be more cuddly when you are anxious. He needs a lot of mental stimulation and games. He has a lot mental energy when more than physical one. They can be picky but only if you allow them to by constantly changing and adding stuff to their food. They need to wear harness and not collar on walk since they have fragile trachea to prevent collapsed trachea. My pup gets his teeth brushed at least once a day to prevent teeth issues that are extremely common with any yorkie mix.
2 years, 5 months ago
8 Weeks
8 People
Play keep away
So far great she’s amazing I’m so glad to have Dior I’m my life. She helps with my depression and anxiety
1 year, 8 months ago
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