How Much Does a Morkie Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

A Morkie, also referred to as a Yorktese, is a crossbreed between a Maltese and Yorkshire terrier and is not considered to be a pure breed.

The dog inherits combined traits of both breeds, making it very affectionate, playful and energetic.  Coming from a small sized lineage, Morkies are just as small, weighing nine pounds at the most for the standard sized.  Some are even extra small and are classified as either a teacup, tiny toy or miniature.  A Morkie has long silky hair that requires daily brushing to keep up.

Coming from a small sized lineage, Morkies are just as small as their ancestors, weighing nine pounds at the most for the standard sized.  Some are even extra small and are classified as either a teacup, tiny toy or miniature.  A Morkie has long silky hair that requires daily brushing to keep up.

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How much do Morkie puppies cost?

On average, a Morkie can cost anywhere from $450 to as much as $2,500.  Like any dog breed, the price will come down to the age, its bloodline, the breeder, quality and colors.  With so many Morkie puppies on the market, the average tends to be inside the $700 to $1,000 range.

At PuppyFind.com, a popular online dog classified website, they had close to 450 listings at the time of this writing.  Prices were all over the place, with some listings as cheap as $475 to as much as $2,500.   The higher priced listings

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should always include, at a minimum, the registration papers, a health guarantee, a health checkup certified by a vet and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped.

Some breeders may also spay/neuter, include a microchip and/or include a starter pack with dog food samples and accessories.

What are the extra costs?

As with any breed, be prepared for the recurring costs such as food, accessories, grooming, training and routine/surprise vet visits.  Since these dogs are smaller than average, they won’t eat as much when compared to larger breeds; however, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to save a lot of money.  The average small breed dog can cost at least $500 to $600 per year if healthy.

To prevent matting and/or tangling, it’s highly advised you keep on top of its coat grooming.  If you can’t, then it’s advised you sign up for professional grooming sessions.

Like most dogs, the Morkie should be socialized at an early age since it can be a bit stubborn if the owner isn’t firm.  At a minimum, plan on signing up for obedience classes when the puppy is younger to teach it the basics of sit, stay and lay down.

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It’s hard to distinguish the actual size since it will be dependent on the prior parent’s characteristics.  On average, though, the height tends to be within the six to 15-inch range, with most weighing around five to 10 pounds.

The coat, again, depending on the parents, will often be straight, silk, fine or a mixture of the three.  Usually, the hair will be longer and will come in a variety of popular colors such as white, tan, black and sable.

With the mix of a Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier, it can often produce a lively, playful and very sweet dog.  It will do well with other pets as long as they are introduced at a young age.

Being a “mutt” designer dog, it can be hard to determine its lifespan; however, for the time being, it can be said they can live 12 to 14 years if we consider the Yorkie and Maltese.

Since it is not considered to be a purebred, prospective owners must be aware that this type of dog cannot be registered with the pure breed registry.

Being a crossbreed, a Morkie can suffer from genetic health conditions and may warrant close monitoring and continuous visits to the vet and excessive medical bills.  It is highly recommended that you pick up a pet insurance policy to help cover the potential costs in the future.

This breed can do well in an apartment or small home setting as long as they receive enough exercise throughout the day.

Common health issues, when we look at both the Yorkie and Maltese, can include slipping kneecaps, a collapsed trachea, retinal dysplasia, retinal atrophy, hydrocephalus and respiratory problems.

Due to their fragile size, it can be injured in various ways if not handled properly.  With this being said, it’s best to raise this dog in a child-free household.

These dogs are known to be quite yappy, even when trained properly.  Just like other small dogs, the Morkie will be no exception.

How can I save money?

Instead of paying top dollar for one via a local breeder, consider adopting from a local shelter or rescue group.  Remember, this is just a glorified mutt that’s bred between two breeds.  Adopting can help support a great cause and even offer a dog a forever home.  Plus, if that’s not enough, you can often adopt for as little as $50 to $100.


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  1. barboza (plam desert,  California) paid $1800 and said:

    I spent $1800.00 at a local pet shop store, and wanted to know if this a fair price ?

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Anonymous (Tampa,  Florida) paid $ and said:

    We love our Morkie pup!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Merari Barroso (spring hill,  Florida) paid $0 and said:

    I love her she is super nice and loving get one for your children!

    Was it worth it? Yes

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