Height: 8-12 in.
Weight: 9-14 lbs
Color: Solid, Bi & Tri-color: black, white, tan, silver, cream
Origin: United States
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Temperament: Friendly, alert, social, sweet, gentle, intelligent, goofy
Original Use: Companionship
The Toi Leo, also formally known as the Kyi-Leo, was an accidental designer breed whose parents are the Lhasa Apso and the Maltese. Thanks to their sweet temperament, they became popular family dogs—and in high demand. Their name comes from the Tibetan word Kyi for dog and the latin word leo for lion.
The Toi Leo is a gentle and sweet dog that makes a great match for dog owners who work because they don’t have an issue with being alone. They’re also a great match for first-time dog owners as they are low maintenance. The Toi Leo is intelligent and very easy to train, but training and socialization must begin right away to ensure a well-rounded pup. It’s not uncommon for owners to coddle these dogs because of their small size, however, this is something that can lead to behavioral issues such as jealousy.
Toi Leos don’t require too much exercise. One walk a day and some interactive playtime will fulfill their mental and physical needs. These dogs would prefer to cuddle up with their owners than run around, which also makes them prone to obesity. Toi Leos are also alert, making them good watchdogs. However, they won’t stop any strangers from entering the house unless it’s for a belly rub.