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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Chion is a mixed dog who’s parents are a Chihuahua and a Papillon. She is also sometimes called Papihuahua, Pap-Chi or Chi-A-Pap. She is a small cross who can be found competing in competitive obedience and agility events. She has a life span of 12 to 14 years and is a very confident, self-assured dog who is very good at charming everyone around her!
Here is the Chion at a Glance
Average height Up to 11 inches
Average weight 4 to 10 pounds
Coat type Short, medium or long, straight, can be wiry
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate/ average
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good but needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderate – can be headstrong
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Eye problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel,
Other Health Concerns Shivering,
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Chion come from?

The Chion is considered a rare hybrid as there are not many around. It is a designer dog, a term coined to refer to the many mixed dogs being deliberately bred now. Over the last 20 years the popularity of these dogs has increased a lot. Most are first generation dogs the result of being bred by putting one type of purebred with another. Take care though as this type of breeding has attracted a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills.

As there is not any information on where the Chion comes from we can look at the parents to get a sense of what she is like. Just keep in mind that with these dogs there can be a lot of differences even in the same litter. They can have any mix of looks or personality from their parents and it is not something that can be predicted with great accuracy.

The Papillon

The Papillon can be found in old paintings dating back to the 1500s. They were popular amongst noble women throughout Europe. His name is French and comes from the change in his ear appearance in the 17th century from droopy ears to upright ones which made him look somewhat like a butterfly. Back then he was also solid colored whereas today he is often white with patches.

In temperament the Papillon is a friendly and happy small dog. He likes to be fairly active and will try to take charge if you allow it. He is smart and easy to train though and prefers to be active rather than always a lap dog. Some Papillons can be nervous or high strung when they come from poor lines. He gets very attached so avoid being separated for long periods.

The Chihuahua

One theory on the origins of the Chihuahua says they were brought over to Mexico by Spanish traders from China where they were then bred with native dogs. The other says they descend from an ancient dog found in 9th century central and south America called the Techichi. Either could be true. In the 1850s the short haired Chihuahua was discovered in a Mexican state called Chihuahua, which is where the name comes from. They were brought to America in the late 1800s. The long haired variety is thought to be a result of breeding the short haired with long haired dogs like the Pomeranian or the Papillon.

Today he is a confident and brave dog with an alert nature. He is quite sensitive and demands a lot of attention and love. He makes a good watchdog can be reserved. While he may be friendly to the rest of the family he tends to have a closer bond to one person who he will choose over all others!


The Chion is a brave, very social and loving dog. She is clever and sweet and very easy to love. She gets on well with everyone and can be very charming. This spunky dog has a lot of confidence and loves to play. She is quite lively and alert and forms a strong attachment to her owner. She is a great companion or lap dog but she can be short tempered and is quite possessive of her owner. She will not happily share attention. She can therefore be quite demanding and likes to get her own way. She needs owners who can devote enough time to her and keep her engaged and happy. She is not immediately welcoming with strangers but will warm up eventually.

What does the Chion look like

This is a small dog weighing 4 to 10 pounds and standing up to 11 inches tall. She can have a medium to long coat that can be wiry or soft depending on which coat she has inherited from her parents. Common colors are black, brown, white, cream, fawn, chocolate and golden. She also has erect and large ears like the Chihuahua with a small head, short legs, a long tail and dark nose.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chion need to be?

She is a slightly active so does not require a lot of physical activity to keep her happy and healthy. However she does still need some daily exercise. Her play indoors will go towards some of that plus a short walk or two a day. She is small so is suitable to live in smaller homes like an apartment, but she is noisy so that may be an issue. Make sure that she gets some mental stimulation in her play and toys too. Also she should be given some off leash time at a dog park where she can run (she is very fast) and where she can socialize.

Does she train quickly?

The Chion is moderately hard to train as she can be stubborn and headstrong so for that reason she is not the best option for a first time owner. Be firm, consistent and patient and keep the sessions positive. You can always try a training school or professional to help. Just because she is a small dog does not mean you should skip obedience training or early socialization. She needs it as much as any dog does, it truly makes a difference in her attitude and behavior and other interactions. She is not easy to housebreak either, just keep at it.

Living with a Chion

How much grooming is needed?

Fortunately she is not a high maintenance dog to maintain. She will need brushing two or three times a week, her nails should be trimmed when they get too long taking care not to cut into the quick, and her ears need to be wiped clean and checked for infection once a week. Give her a bath just when she needs one as bathing too frequently damages the natural oils she needs in her skin. She sheds a moderate amount so there will be some hair on clothing and furniture and you will need to vacuum up some hair.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She can get on well with children and other animals and dogs but socialization is quite important here. She is possessive and jealous of any attention her owner might give to others and can be aggressive without it. Also she is small and delicate so she is not best around toddlers who are grabby and might hurt her by mistake. She is a typical small dog around larger dogs, being aggressive and trying to be dominant despite her size without proper socialization, and that could be a problem at dog parks.

General information

She is likely to bark at unknown noises or people around but may not be a completely reliable watchdog. She can be noisy and barks occasionally to frequently. She will need to be fed a good quality dog food for better health, and will need ½ to 1 cup a day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

The Chion can inherit health issues from her parents which include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Eye problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel and Shivering. While it may mean waiting for the right breeder you should only buy from ones who can show you parental clearances for both parents. You should also plan on visiting the puppy to check on the conditions and get a better feel for the type of breeder you might be dealing with.

Costs involved in owning a Chion

A Chion puppy can cost between $200 to $750. Other initial costs for things like a crate, carrier, bowls, collar and leash as well as micro chipping, spaying, blood tests, deworming, shots and a general check up will come to between $360 to $400. Annual non-medical costs for things like training, license, treats, toys and food come to between $300 to $400. Annual medical costs for things like shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups come to between $435 to $535.


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The Chion is a sweet, charming, confident lap dog. She is best suited to homes where owners can lavish her with attention and where she does not have to share that attention too much. She can live in an apartment or house with a yard though she can be vocal which may annoy neighbors if the live close by.

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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