Chion

4-9 lbs
6-11"
United States
Chihuahua
Papillon
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.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2001
Ancestry
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. The Papillion originated in France in the 1500s when they were called a Dwarf Spaniel and is thought to be a descendant of the European Toy Spaniels. This fluffy dog 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 Papillon is called the phalene, which means moth in French. During the 20th century, the Papillon made their way to the United States, where they became popular in the dog shows. The American Kennel Club accepted the Papillon to their roster in 1915. The Chion is an adorable mix of these two popular pups.

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. This attractive dog comes in all different colors including white, gold, brown, tan, cream, black, and any combination of these. Your best buddy will likely have a small head, large ears, a long tail, and short legs.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chion eyes
Brown
amber Chion eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chion nose
Black
brown Chion nose
Brown
isabella Chion nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chion coat
Black
cream Chion coat
Cream
brown Chion coat
Brown
fawn Chion coat
Fawn
white Chion coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chion wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chion Breed Maintenance

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

Brushes for Chion
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chion requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

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 30 to 45 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 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 while you are out there doing yard work is also acceptable, but they do need frequent attention from you as well.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Chion Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Chion Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Chion size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Chion size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 3 lbs
12 Months
Male Chion size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Chion size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
18 Months
Male Chion size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Chion size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs

Chion Owner Experiences

Luna
2 Years
3 People
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I wouldn't change her for the world
3 months, 4 weeks ago
Emily
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
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wrestling
Hide & Seek
Cuddling
Playing fetch
Emily is just a big, excitable bundle of doggie cuteness! We've had her for a year now and she's gotten so well adjusted to the routines of the family and such. She has her moments where she's still learning to socialize with other dogs but she's such a good dog overall. Plus she's so fluffy and cute, especially during winter time!
8 months ago
Boomer
3 Years
6 People
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Tug-of-war
Loves the kids and taking them to meet the bus. Keeps cats out of the yard.
8 months, 1 week ago
Willyjohn
2 Years
1 People
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Naps and he works at my shop as a greeter. I need
Omg what wonderful pup. I m a veteran chi owner and he is even better than that. A really zen spirit. Need 5 stars on the friendliness it wouldn’t let me do it.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Harrity or Harry for short
4 Years
2 People
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The rescue people told me he was 2 years old and a spaniel/Pomeranian mix. I had some DNA testing done and was told he is a Chihuahua/Papillon mix with a little Rat Terrier thrown in to give him his size. Harry is on the large side for a Chion, he weighs 25lbs. Harry is loyal and playful and does make me smile and laugh all the time, even when I may not want to.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Bunnie
2 Years
3 People
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Playing with toys
Cuddling
Napping
Bunnie was rescued with a broken front leg and the back leg on the same side had a grade 4 luxation of the patella. She’s had surgery but it’s still an issue for her. She is fiercely protective of me and barks and growls at strangers, birds, squirrels, falling leaves, her shadow, and pretty much everything. But when she warms up to people she is so sweet and loving. Not to mention hilarious and playful. She had a rough start, we do not know how she was injured or where she came from, but we are hoping that over the years we will break her of her initial rudeness and show her that we will never let anyone hurt her ever again.
1 year, 3 months ago
Stella
1 Year
3 People
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Stella is the friendliest puppy and can always put us in a good mood!!
1 year, 4 months ago
Saban
5 Years
3 People
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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.
1 year, 6 months ago
Pi
8 years
2 People
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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.
1 year, 9 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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