The adorable Chion is a small and delicate little dog. Like it’s parentage this is a lively little dog that is quite loveable.
The Chion is a mixed dog breed, a cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon. Chions may have any combination of traits from its parentage, but there are some things that you can be relatively sure about. Both the Chihuahua and the Papillon are charming dogs that are active yet affectionate. They are also quite intelligent. When selecting a Chion, look for eye, gum and joint problems.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Canidae
- Genus: Canis
- Species: lupus familiaris
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 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
Common Health Problems
“Chion“, Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
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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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