The Kyi-Leo is a mongrel dog, a cross between the Maltese and Lhasa Apso dog breeds. Playful, lively and sweet, these puppies have inherited some of the best qualities of both their parents. You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and rescues, so remember to always adopt. Kyi-Leos are usually friendly, talkative and always ready to engage in a lively play session, especially if there are small children. Due to the breed’s long coat, they require a little more time and effort in the grooming department. However, they are also hypoallergenic, so if allergies are a problem, the Kyi-Leo could be the dog for you.


The Kyi-Leo is a mixed breed dog. The name Kyi-Leo comes from the Tibetan word for dog (“Kyi”) and the Latin word for lion (“Leo”). The easy-going nature of the breed and its small size make the Kyi-Leo an ideal dog for flat dwellers. They are less likely than many dogs to develop separation anxiety.Kyi-Leo are most often white dogs with black markings, but silver and tan or even tan in white colour combinations are also popular.Kyi-Leo coats are wavy and considered hypoallergenic. They are well adapted to cold climates thanks to their Tibetan Lhasa Apso ancestry.


The Kyi-Leo is one of the newest breeds in existence. It is rumoured that the breed was created by accident in San Francisco in the 1950s. After the breed was developed during the 1960s, it was given the formal name Kyi-Leo in 1972. The name is broken down into the Tibetan word for dog (“Kyi”) and the Latin word for lion (“Leo”). The Kyi-Leo has become known as a designer dog breed, but many of them unfortunately end up in shelters. So consider contacting local rescue groups and shelters if you are thinking of adding the Kyi-Leo to your home.

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Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 8 to 12 inches
Weight: 8 to 14 pounds
Life Span: 13 to 15 years

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