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Kyi-Leo Dog Breed

This small herding breed has an unusual name, and an unusual origin. Kyi means dog in Tibetan, and Leo means lion in Latin. It was developed in San Francisco, USA through an accidental mating between a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese. It stands at a height of 8 to 12 inches and weighs between 9 and 14 pounds. Although small in stature, the Kyi-Leo is a solid dog with good musculature and sturdy built. Its head is completely covered with long hair and has a profuse beard and whiskers. It has dark eyes, and a black nose. The forelegs are straight and its tail curls over the back especially when it is alert or excited. The coat which is long and thick usually takes up to 3 or 4 years to grow to full length. It has a natural part that runs across the spine and either hangs straight or is slightly wavy. Colour is predominantly black and white but there are rare cases when they change to silver/grey and white.

Because it is a small dog and is an excellent household companion, the Kyi-Leo is good for apartment dwelling. They are affectionate, friendly and always eager to please their family. They are people-oriented and are excellent with children as well as other non-canine pets. It is known for its catlike agility, grasping objects with their front paws much like a cat would do. The Kyi-Leo is also an energetic breed and will make a good watch dog for the house. The breed has a life expectancy of about 12 to 14 years.

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