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Papillon Chihuahua Mix- Chion, A Complete Guide

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The Chion is a mix between the Papillon and a Chihuahua. He is a small dog. Most of these breeds are the result of crossbreeding in the first generation. These courageous dogs are alert, loyal, and loving.
These dogs had slim bodies and small heads. They had round, expressive eyes, and their ears were triangular and stood straight up. They can have hair that is small to medium in size. Their noses are dark, and their short, skinny legs are different from their long, hairy tails. Even though they are hard to find, these small dogs can make good family pets because they are small and friendly.

The dog’s Origin And History

 a Chihuahua-Papillon mix looking at the camera
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Chions have been around for a long time, but breeders started in the late 1990s to mix Papillons and Chihuahuas to one aim, likely in North America. Breeders wanted to mix the two purebred dogs to make a new, adorable, small puppy that has the Papillon’s characteristic coat. As demand for the mixed-breed puppies grew, they kept making Chions.

Even though Chions started out as a designer breed, some of them have ended up in shelters or with rescue groups. If you think this is the dog for you, you might want to look into adoption.

Check your local shelters, look up Chion rescues, or contact breed-specific Papillon or Chihuahua rescues, as they sometimes take in mixed-breed dogs and find them homes.

The Dog’s Appearance

Front view of "Chrissy," a Chihuahua-Papillon mix looking at the camera on a dark background. By using this photo, you are supporting the Amanda Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping homeless animals find permanent loving homes.
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Size

As the Chion is a fairly new mixed breed, there aren’t many rules about how big he should be. Still, since Chihuahuas and Papillons are the parents of Chions, you can expect them to be on the small side.

They weigh between four and eleven pounds and are between five and eleven inches tall at the shoulder. Some can be smaller or bigger than usual, though.

Coat Color

Their coats and colors are often a mix of those of their Papillon and Chihuahua parents. The main colors of Chion fur are white, fawn, cream, golden dark brown, and black. Sometimes their fur is all one color, and sometimes it’s a mix of colors.

They usually have short to medium-length, smooth coats and butterfly-shaped, wispy ears that are typical of Papillons. There are also chions with longer leaves, but they might not be as good for people with allergies. Both coats are easy to care for, which is great. A good brushing once a week should be enough.

Because their coats are usually shorter, Chions don’t do well in very cold or hot weather. In the winter, your dog will probably need a coat, and in the summer, you may need to use dog sunscreen on the ears, nose, and other sensitive areas where there is less fur. 

Temperament and Behavior

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Chions are smart, but they aren’t very quiet. They do bark sometimes, especially when they see people they don’t know or hear something strange. Even though they might not like strangers at first, it wouldn’t take long for them to warm up to them, which would keep them from being shy.

Even though they are usually good with kids and like to play with them, things might not always be safe for them. These dogs are too small and fragile for young or rough kids to handle. So, it’s best to keep an eye on them often. Also, you should keep an eye on the Chion’s eyes because it is easy for your pet to hurt his eyes. They may also be more likely to act aggressively toward other dogs. Some Chions bark a lot, so they might not be a good choice for people who live in apartments.

The Chion can be a great pet for its owner and his or her family. These dogs are also known for being kind-hearted and friendly. They keep an eye on and look out for the people they care about. Instead, they would want a little bit of attention and some loving time together.

Care

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Grooming

They shed. To keep a Chion’s coat in good shape, you only need to brush it a little bit. You should brush them at least twice or three times a week to keep their coats shiny and oily. You may also want to vacuum your carpets and furniture. Both you and your dog should stay clean this way. Also, keep their nails trimmed. If you notice that your Chions need a bath, give them one.

Health issues

Like most dog breeds, Chions can have different health problems at different times in their lives. Keep an eye out for these signs so you can take care of your pet when it needs it.

  • Conditions that are bad:
    Hip dysplasia: This problem is caused by the hip joint not growing and developing the way it should. It is one of the most popular health issues that These dogs can face throughout their lives. It can be fixed with surgery if your pet is in pain or can’t move because of it.
  • Eye Problems: Because these dogs’ eyes are so different, they can get many different eye problems that can make them blind or hurt. Just like with any other dog, you should take your pet to the vet right away if its eyes are red, it is tearing, there is discharge, etc.
  • Hearing Problems: If your pet has an ear infection, fluid can build up and make it hard for them to hear. Your vet can give you medicine to fix these problems, but if you don’t, they can be dangerous.

Minor Conditions:

  • Allergies: This is not a life-threatening problem, but allergens in the air can cause rashes, ear inflammation, or skin infections in your pet. To avoid these problems, brush your pet’s fur every day and keep it clean.
  • Cardiovascular Problems: Most pets with cardiovascular problems are cats, but Chions can also have this problem. If you take your pet for walks often but it always seems tired or out of breath, you might want to take it to the vet.

Preventive care is sometimes the best way to keep your Chion healthy. Your vet can give you a schedule of vaccinations that will keep your pet from getting sick. As long as you follow this schedule, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything.

Exercise

These dogs mostly stay inside, but they need a little space to run around and play, which helps them burn calories. They would stay busy all day by playing with the kids and other members of the family. But these dogs are very active and love to be outside.

Take them for a short walk or jog, or take them to one of the dog parks near you, to help them burn off some energy. It’s also a good idea to let this dog play off-leash if you have a safe, fenced-in yard for it. Also, don’t let it have a leash when it’s inside.

Diet and Feeding

Chions are small dogs that can live well on a standard diet, but you should still think about what’s best for you.

Some owners of Chion say that their pets like dry food, while others swear that wet food is better. Try a few different things to see what your pet likes best.

As a general rule, Chions should get at least 1 cup of food per day, which should be split into two smaller meals to help them digest.

Make sure your pet has water to drink at all times of the day. How much it costs to feed your Chion depends on what kind of food you buy. Some are a lot more expensive than others, and if you want your Chion to live longer, it might be worth it to feed it good food.

Training

If your Chion isn’t stubborn or headstrong, it might be easy to train. Chions are usually very smart and can learn new tricks and training quickly. If their trainer is firm and patient, they can also learn a lot of other things. But don’t treat the puppy badly.

Be consistent enough to give them an idea of what kind of leader you are. But start training as soon as you bring the puppy home from the shelter or breeder. Give them basic potty, crate, and obedience training, just like you would with any other dog.
Teach them good manners and how to act around other pets and dogs, as well as with people they don’t know. You can help them do this by introducing them to more and more new people. Ask your friends and neighbors to come over for a hands-on lesson so that your pet doesn’t grow up with bad habits.

Male Vs Female

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The main difference between male and female Chions is how much testosterone they are exposed to while they are pregnant. Female puppies are exposed to high levels of testosterone, so they become more masculine. Male puppies, on the other hand, are not exposed to testosterone, so they become more feminine.

This means that female Chions tend to be heavier, have more muscle, be bigger all around, and have longer legs than male Chions. They are also not as aggressive as male Chions. In fact, female Chions are usually much friendlier than their male counterparts.

On average, male Chions can weigh between 6 and 12 pounds, while females can weigh between 8 and 16 pounds.

The eyes of female Chion tend to be bigger than those of males, while the eyes of males tend to be very close in size. Lastly, male Chion ears face more outward, while female ears are usually folded back or point inward (to provide protection from the sun).

Can this Mixed-breed get along with kids?

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Because the Chion is a small dog, kids who want to play can easily hurt them. These mixed breeds like to spend most of their time with adults or older children who know how to play gently. Still, a Chion can be a great, kid-friendly playmate for kids who learn early on how to approach and play with a small dog.

This mixed breed could be familiar with other kids in the house as long as they are introduced slowly and in a calm way. Getting to know people early will help this go smoothly. But Chions like to be the king or queen of the castle and may prefer to be the only animal in the house.
Still, many Chions get along well with children, so it’s mostly a matter of training, socialization, and luck.

Does This Dog Get Along with Other Pets?

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Even though Chion and his relatives don’t usually fight with other pets, that doesn’t mean they’ll get along with them very well. When you have a dog breed that was originally made to hunt rodents, you can probably guess how well he gets along with other animals.

The key is to make sure you socialized your pet well when he was young. You should still watch them when they meet new animals, but the Chion should get along just fine most of the time. If you spend less time with your Chions because you got a new pet, they might get angry. Don’t forget about your friend.

If the Chion has known the other pet since he was a puppy, there shouldn’t be any problems.

Chihuahua Paillon Mix Puppies

Do your research and choose a reputable breeder if you want to add a Chion to your family. Since Chions aren’t very common, it might take a while to find someone who breeds them. Be ready to spend more than $1,000 on a puppy.

Look for a breeder who is experienced and has a good name. Ask for references and a clean bill of health. Health clearances show that the dog has been tested for and found to be free of certain health issues that can be passed down from his or her parents.

A good breeder will know everything there is to know about the Chion breed. They can also give you a contract that tells you about their guarantees. Before you sign anything, make sure to carefully read the contract.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Weight 4 and 11 lbs
Height 5 and 11 inches
Size small
Coat Type short to medium-length, smooth coats and butterfly-shaped
colors  white, fawn, cream, golden dark brown, and black.
Amount of Shedding They don’t shed a lot
Nose black
Ears wispy ears that are typical of Papillons
Temperament stubborn, active
Life Expectancy 12-15 years expectancy
Hypoallergenic No
Intelligence yes they are smart
Kid-Friendly yes
New Owner Friendly yes
Activity level very active
Breed Recognition None

Last Word

If you want to bring a new pet to your household, the Chion is a great option. He may be small, but he has a lot of personality! This dog is a mix of a Chihuahua and a Papillon and is easy to take care of. They are happy, playful, and smart animals who love to give affectionate hugs.

These little guys are the perfect pet for any house or apartment. They are only about 8 inches tall, so they can fit anywhere (with some growing up to 10 inches). They don’t need much care, either. All they need is to be brushed regularly with a soft brush and given a bath when needed.

They do, however, need some physical activity every day because they have a lot of energy. If you can do this, then the Chion might be the right pet for you.

If you want to find out more about unusual breeds like this one, you can read about them on our blog.

Here is also another video of a cute Chion puppy:

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