Yorktese Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Yorktese so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland Italy flagItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Yorktese have?
MalkiMalkieMaltiyorkMorkieYorkiemaltYortese
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Yorktese Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Yorktese puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Yorktese, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Yorktese for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Yorktese gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Yorktese?
Average: The Yorktese is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Yorktese Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Yorktese weigh? Yorktese weight:
6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Yorktese? Yorktese average weight:
6.7 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Yorktese? Yorktese height:
Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Yorktese average height:
Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Yorktese Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Yorktese have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineFeathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Yorktese's coat?
GoldBlue TanBlackWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Yorktese and how often?
Advanced: The Yorktese requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Yorktese a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Yorktese, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Yorktese dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Malki?
Yorkteses shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Yorktese dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Yorktese need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Yorktese every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Yorktese Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Yorktese have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertEnergeticIntelligentPlayfulCourageousIndependentLoyalActiveEasygoingResponsiveDocileGentleSweetTempered
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Yorktese? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Yorktese dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Yorkteses are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Yorkteses, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Yorktese sensitivity:
Sensitive: Yorkteses don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Yorkteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Malki need? Yorktese social needs:
Yorkteses need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Yorktese dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Malki bark?
A lot: Yorktese is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Yorktese good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Yorkteses are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Yorkteses will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Yorktese dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Yorkteses strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Yorktese bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Malki? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Yorktese? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Yorktese has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Yorktese has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Yorktese bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Yorktese do?
Yorkteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Yorkteses need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Yorktese to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Yorktese roam?
Yorkteses tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Yorktese have high prey drive?
Yorkteses have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Yorktese good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Yorktese breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Yorkteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Yorkteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Yorktese Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Yorktese temperament with other people:
Yorkteses are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Yorktese dogs get along with other pets? Are Yorktese dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Yorkteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Yorktese dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Yorktese temperament with children:
Yorkteses are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Yorktese dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Yorkteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Yorktese good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Yorktese dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Yorkteses are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Yorktese can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Yorktese breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Yorkteses are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Yorkteses good office dogs? Do Yorkteses make good office friendly dogs? Can Yorkteses be office dogs?
No
Yorktese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Yorktese dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Malki temperament with senior people? Are Yorktese dogs good for elderly owners?
Yorkteses are commonly okay with elderly people.

Yorktese Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Yorktese dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Yorkteses are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Yorktese breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Yorktese breed? Most common health risks of Yorktese:
Collapsed TracheaHypoglycemiaPatellar LuxationPortosystemic Liver ShuntProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Reverse SneezingWhite Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Yorktese breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Yorktese see the vet?
Rare
The Yorktese should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Yorktese dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Yorktese be? What is the age limit of the Yorktese? How many years can the oldest Yorktese live?
12-16 years
The average lifespan of Yorktese: 14 years
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Yorktese: 16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Yorktese breed hypoallergenic?
No
Yorkteses don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Yorktese have? What is the activity level of the Yorktese?
Yorkteses have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Yorktese dogs require per day?
Yorkteses exercise need is very minimal. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Yorkteses are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Yorktese need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Yorktese risk for obesity:
Average: The Yorktese has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Yorktese's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Yorktese has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Yorktese drool?
The Yorktese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Yorktese could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Yorktese. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Yorktese As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Yorktese be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Yorktese is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Yorktese be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Yorktese be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Yorktese breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Yorktese be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Yorktese is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Yorktese be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Yorktese is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Yorktese be a boat dog?

Not really

Yorktese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Yorktese be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Yorktese is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Yorktese dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Yorktese Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Yorktese: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Yorktese have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Yorktese Recognition

AKC Group
Is Yorktese recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Yorktese recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Yorktese breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine RegistryAmerican Morkshire Terrier Club

Yorktese Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Yorkteses are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Yorktese breed.
  • Shedding Level: Yorkteses shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Yorktese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Yorkteses are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Yorkteses tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Yorkteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Yorkteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Yorkteses are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Yorkteses are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Yorkteses don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Yorktese requires a lot of grooming.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Yorkteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Yorktese is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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