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The Chion is a mixed breed, a cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon.. It is considered a hybrid dog, meaning it is not purebred, however the lineage is known.

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Common Name(s)

Chion, Papihuahua, Chi-a-Pap, Pap-Chi

Breed Type

The Chion is a mixed breed. A cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon, this is a lively and loveable hybrid.

Background

The Chion is a somewhat rare hybrid, and there is little reliable information about its origins. Most Chions are the result of first generation crossbreeding.

Description

Chions are small dogs, usually with long or medium length coats. They come in a variety of colors and have large, erect ears. Height and weight vary, but are less than 11 inches and 10 pound, respectively.

Care and Feeding

Both Chihuahuas and Papillons thrive on a diet that includes poultry, so it's safe to assume that Chions will do well on such a diet as well. Gentle brushing is the most important step in maintaining a Chion's coat. Nails should be trimmed regularly, and baths given as needed. Chions need regular checkups to stay healthy. Vaccinations are due as follows:

•6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC) •10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC •14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies •Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Chions are average shedders. Regular vacuuming of the carpet and furniture is essential.

Housing Your Dog

Chions are indoor dogs. Some bark excessively, so they may not be the best choice if you live in an apartment.

Social Behaviors

Chions are too small and delicate to be handled by young or rambunctious children. They may not like strangers, and they tend to be aggressive toward other dogs. But with proper socialization, they may get along with other pets.

Handling and Training

Chions may be easy to train, or they may be rather headstrong. They are usually very smart, though, and can learn lots of things from a firm and patient trainer.

Activities

Chions are active, and they need daily walks and play sessions to stay healthy. They enjoy playing off-leash outdoors when weather permits.

Breeding/Reproduction

Chions are often bred back to Chihuahuas or Papillons. When selecting a mate for your Chion, check for gum and joint problems.

Common Health Problems

Chions may have a fontanel, or soft spot in the skull. Care must be taken to protect this sensitive area from injury. This breed may also be prone to colds.

Availability

Chions can be difficult to find in many areas. Prices vary.

References

"Chion", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008 "Chihuahua", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008 "Papillon", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008 Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Chihuahua", Referenced online, 2008 Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Papillon", Referenced online, 2008

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