Their breeding began in the 1950’s with the accidental mating of a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese in U.S.A. “Kyi” means dog in Tibetan and “Leo’’ means lion in Latin. Unlike other crossbreeds, the name Kyi-leo has officially been registered as a trademark, making the dog on the lines of a brand rather than a breed.
Temperament & Personality
Kyi-Leo is known for its liveliness, alertness and catlike quickness. Its gentle nature helps it to get along with people. Children should be taught to be more kind to this dog because of its gentle nature. It is good with other dogs as well as non-canine animals. The dog can be a good watchdog and the owners should socialize the animal with people and noises from an early age. It will make it wary of strangers. The owners should be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals. It has a quiet and forgiving personality and is good for modern apartment living in the cities. They love to get petted and cuddled by the family and toys keep them engaged for a long duration. Kyi-leos have cat-like tendencies to grasp objects with their forelimbs. Lastly, they are a great addition to any family.