The Kyi-Leo is a relatively small breed and doesn't weight a lot either. It is around 10 inches tall and weights only between 9 and 14 pounds. It's most common color is black and white but it can more rarely happen to be gold and white. Regarding it's hair, it has a tendency to grow on it's face as well as it's tail. This breed's legs are known to be quite fragile but this doesn't prevent the Kyi Leo from being very agile and quick.
This breed's history starts in 1950 with the accidental cross breeding of a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese. This is only after 20 years of careful breeding and standard setting that the Kyi Leo gets it's name and is officially recognized as a new breed in 1972. The name and standards for this dog breed have been established by Harriet Linn. Interestingly enough, the breed is also a registered trademark, turning this dog into a brand as well.
The Kyi-Leos are known to be very gentle. They usually bond very well with anybody and are known to be wonderful dogs to have when kids are around. They tend to be cautious and alert around strangers but as soon as they socialized with someone they become very friendly. Children will love how the Kyi-Leo is a playful and active breed around people they trust and know.
One advantageous trait of this breed is that they don't mind being left alone for a long time, which is great for people who will leave the house empty everyday because of their work. Thanks to their small size, it is easy to keep them in an apartment.
This breed needs to really be harshly provoked to show any sign of an aggressive behavior. They're also known to be excellent watchdogs thanks to their alertness and excellent hearing. Don't expect them to protect the house though as their friendly nature would most likely push them to ask for hugs from the intruder.
Training these dogs is an absolute must, as this breed is extremely intelligent. You must start at an early age and avoid to coddle them too much when they're still tiny puppies. This will avoid trouble in the future.
The lifespan of a Kyi Leo goes between 12 and 14 years.
These dogs are great if you don't want to bother with dog hair all around their house. Their shedding is minimal which will avoid you hours of cleaning in your car and house.
|8-12 inches (20-30 cm)
|9-14 pounds (4-6 kg)
|Average $600 - $800 USD