The Kyi-Leo is a small-statured dog which originated from accidently crossing the Lhasa Apso and a Maltese. Though tiny in size, they have pretty striking characteristics. They are stoutly built and are known for their ‘cute’ looks. Their roundish face is studded with roundish eyes, matched with a dark, round nose tip. The whole body is covered with long, silky hair. They are typically black and white, but in rare cases, they can fade to silver and white with age.
|Coat||Dense, straight, long, silky|
|Colors||Black, white, yellow, silver|
|Type||Toy Dog, Lapdog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||13-15 years (average)|
|Height (Size)||Small; 8-12 inches (adult)|
|Weight||9-14 pounds (full grown)|
|Personality Traits||Playful, social, energetic, affectionate, peaceful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Comfortable in cold temperatures|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACA, APRI, ARBA, CKC, DRA, KLC, NKC|
After being developed during the 1950s in USA’s San Francisco Bay, it attracted the attention of many. For almost two decades, the line breeding of this new breed continued. During this time, one Mrs. Harriet Linn, who was much fascinated by the new breed, took the initiative in acquiring a few specimens in 1965. She several others in 1969 from the San Jose Kennel which she began producing extensively.
Finally, in 1972, as the new dog could successfully gain the attention of many owners and breeders, they joined hands together and arranged for a formal meeting, wherein the breed was unanimously named as ‘Kyi-Leo,’ also attaining recognition. The breed’s popularity began spreading gradually throughout the country until it officially recognized as a ‘legitimate breed’ by the American Rare Breed Association.
Kyi-Leos are dogs that are kind, affectionate, gentle, and eager to please. Its calmness is often compared to that of a cat since it ‘s hard to provoke it. These dogs are safe with their families, as well as quite playful with kids. They even mingle well with fellow pets, including other dogs and non-canines.
They are alert and wary when it comes to strangers. Kyi Leos are also vocal, having a keen sense of hearing, warning its family if it comes across anything ‘fishy.’ This behavior makes this little one a good watchdog.
K-Ls are intelligent and patient, which makes it ideal for indoor life. They would sit and wait calmly for their owners, even when they are left alone for extended periods of time. However, it is important that a pack leader controls them, or else they might show obstinacy at times.
Premium dry kibble, which is high in protein, is good for your little dog. However, you might want to avoid foods like meat since their digestive system is not always able to handle such substances. Refrain giving them spicy or canned foods since their sensitive stomach might end in developing pancreatitis. Note that; food intake might also be an issue because of its small size, for which they tend to gain weight quickly.