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4-9 lbs
United States
Pap-Chi, Chi-A-Pap, and Papihuahua, Pap-Wa, Chi-Pap

The Chion is a mix of two small and intelligent dogs, the Chihuahua and the Papillon. They are small dogs and average about 8 inches tall and weigh about 7 pounds on average. They may have medium or long hair, depending on whether the Chihuahua parent had long or short hair. The coat can be straight, wavy, or wiry and the color varies from white, gold, brown, tan, cream, black, and mixed. This breed is good with older children but is not good for a home with small children. They like other pets but must be socialized early. Although they are smart, they can be hard to train because they are stubborn.

Date of Origin
Chihuahua, Papillon

Chion Health

Average Size
Male Chion size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 8-10 lbs
Female Chion size stats
Height: 6-11 inches Weight: 4-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Hearing
  • Blood Test
  • Physical Examination

Chion Breed History

The history of the Chihuahua is complicated by the many different theories. One such theory is that they were brought by Spanish traders to Mexico from China. It is said that they were then bred with the local native dogs and produced the Chihuahua of today. Another story indicates that they originated from the Techichi dog in the 9th century. The Techichi dogs were thought to be used as guides to the afterlife and were sacrificed and buried with the dead. Other stories say that the Chihuahua was used for food. However, the part of the story that everyone seems to agree on is that the Chihuahua was found in the late 1800s in a town called Chihuahua in Mexico. Soon after, they were brought to America where they were accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1904 and they are now the 30th most popular breed. The Papillion originated in France in the 1500s when it was called a Dwarf Spaniel and is thought to be a descendant of the European Toy Spaniels. It was popular with Louis XIV and other wealthy Europeans. The early Papillon had droopy ears but somewhere along the line they ended up with erect ears. This change is depicted in paintings from the 13th through the 15th centuries during the Renaissance period. Now, there are two types but the erect eared Papillon is most popular. The droopy eared Papillons are called phalene, which means moth in French. During the 20th century, the Papillon made its way to the United States, where it became popular in the dog shows. The AKC accepted the Papillon into the club in 1915 and they are the 53rd most popular dog breed in the United States.

Chion Breed Appearance

Your Chion will be a small dog between 6 and 11 inches tall and will weigh about 4 to 10 pounds depending on the sizes of the parents. They can have medium to long hair, depending on whether the Chihuahua was a short or long haired type. If the Chihuahua parent was a short-haired type, your Chion may also have wiry hair and it may be straight or wavy. The Chion comes in all different colors including white, gold, brown, tan, cream, black, and any combination of these. Your dog will likely have a small head, large ears, a long tail, and short legs.

Chion Breed Maintenance

You have to be prepared to brush your Chion often, at least three or four times per week. Use a stiff bristle brush and a metal comb but you should use your fingers to break up any mats or tangles. They can be bathed when necessary but do not shampoo them too often because it will cause her skin to dry out. It is also recommended that you brush her teeth at least a few times a week to prevent periodontal disease. In addition, you should check her ears once a week to look for earwax buildup, mites, and redness because they are prone to ear infections.

Chion Temperament

The Chion likes kids but is not good with small children under six years old. They do like other pets but must be socialized early to get along well with others. This breed is a bit stubborn so you will need to be patient when you train your dog. Be consistent and use positive reinforcement rather than yelling or physical punishment. They enjoy playing around and will make you laugh no matter what mood you are in. The Chion does not like to be left alone and wants to constantly be the center of attention so you should be prepared for spending a lot of time with your pet. When left alone, they will bark excessively and may become destructive.

Chion Activity Requirements

You should take your Chion out for exercise at least once a day for about 60 to 90 minutes. You can break it up into several times a day or do it all at once, but they need to work off their excess energy or they will become anxious and agitated. Some Chions may become lazy if you do not give them enough exercise and others become bored and develop behavior problems. Some of the best activities for Chions include walking, jogging, hiking, swimming, fetch, a trip to the dog park, and agility training. If you have a fenced yard, letting them run around outside for a few hours a day is also acceptable but they do need frequent attention from you as well.

Chion Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
Stella is the friendliest puppy and can always put us in a good mood!!
3 weeks, 5 days ago
5 Years
3 People
Saban was supposed to have been a purebred pappion but we really think he has long hair chihuahua mix. He learns tricks easily. He always has to sit in your lap or lay touching you.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
8 years
2 People
House & Yard
He is such a lovable dog and I am so afraid of losing him. He brought me such happiness. He was abandoned in Petsmart in a carriage. I can't imagine.
5 months, 1 week ago
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