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GENERALBreed group: Toy Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 9-14 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Kyi-Leo® is a small and sturdy rare dog that was developed from accidental crossing between the Maltese and Lhasa Apso dogs in 1950s in San Francisco Bay area, USA. The resulting puppies of this crossing caught attention of several dog lovers and one Mrs. Harriet Linn acquired some dogs in 1965 and several again in 1969. She then started seriously breeding them. In 1972, the breed was formally recognized as separate breed and was given the name "Kyi-Leo" to honour the parent breeds. "Kyi" is the Tibetan word for Dog while "Leo" is Latin word for loin and acknowledges the Maltese which is also known as Maltese Lion Dog. The registered trade mark sign affixed to its name indicates that this is a copy righted breed. This small but strongly boned dog stands between 8-12 inches and weighs about 9-14 lbs. It has moderate head with medium length muzzle. The head is covered with hair which falls to hide large but not protruding dark to brown eyes which hold expression of intelligence and alertness. Nose is black. Drop ears are covered with hair. The body is slightly longer than tall. The dog comes with cat like agility and good front feet grip which allows it to easily grasp objects with its front paws. It has long and silky or slightly wavy coat that almost reach the ground. Black and white colouring is most preferred however the dog also comes in striking gold and white combination. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club however it is recognized by American Rare Breed Association.
Black and white is the most common and preferred colour for this breed and 99% Kyi-Leo® dogs are born with this colour combination. The black and white can turn to silver grey and white when dog matures. A small number of Kyi-Leo® dogs are seen in a beautiful and very striking gold and white combination.
This breed has a thick, long, silky, straight or slightly wavy coat that almost reaches ground. The hair cover the whole body from head to toe. The coat takes 3-4 years to fully develop. Hair tend to form a natural part along the spine.
The Kyi-Leo® is through and through companion dog. It is an obedient, loving, affectionate, lively and playful dog that forms strong bond with its family. This bright and intelligent breed is a quick learner and easy to train dog. Very playful and active with children, the dog is also gentle and kind to them though children need to be taught not to mishandle this fragile breed as it is prone to injury due to rough handling. Very friendly to its family, this breed is naturally reserved around strangers and with its keen sense of hearing and loud voice, it makes a very decent watch dog. This small breed loves to be around its family, being cuddled, hugged and petted but it does not mind if left alone for a longer time period as the dog is self-entertaining. It is a suitable breed for apartment dwellers as the dog is active indoors and does not need large open spaces to play and run. With its loving and non-dominant nature, the Kyi-Leo® gets along with other dogs and pets in the family. It is a super companion dog with extremely loving and sweet nature that will endear every one who comes across this very good looking and cute dog.
Long, thick and silky coat of this breed will need to be brushed regularly to avoid tangles and matting. Regular brushing will also help in removing dead hair from coat of this average shedder as well as distribute skin oil evenly to the whole coat. Brushing the teeth every day is important as this breed has bad breath. Ears should be cleaned once per week. The dog is suitable for colder climates due to its thick coat but needs plenty of water and shade to cool itself in hot season. Cutting the hair short will also help the dog remain cool during summer.
A bright, intelligent and eager to please breed like Kyi-Leo® is very easy to train. This dog learns fast and obeys the commands. It is a quick learner and will not pose any problems regarding training. The trainer should use praise and appreciation as reward for this loving breed to speed up the training process.
The Kyi-Leo® is sufficiently active indoors and does not need extra open spaces to play and run. Daily walking should be provided to this dog to satisfy a dog's primal need to walk.