Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesPapihuahua, Chi-a-pap, Pap-Chi,
Chihuahua Papillon Mix
Scientific NameCanis Lupus Familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed
GroupToy Dog, Companion Dog, Watchdog
Bred ForCompanion Dog
Recognized ByACHC, IDCR, DDKC, DRA
Life Span12-14 Years
Ideal Weight4-10 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightAround 11 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeCurly-tipped, Wired
Common ColorsBlack, Black and White, Fawn,
Dark Brown, Cream, Chocolate,
Golden, White
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToChihuahua

The Chion is a result of the crossing breedings of Chihuahua and the Papillon. It is a small-sized breed that is best suited at the house that is looking for a lap dog.

It is also popularly known as Chi-a-Pap, Papihuahua, Pap-Chi. They are good at a house with older people and apartment life is also suitable for them.

Chion appearance depends on the dominant parent. They can have a coat from short to medium length. The head is likely to be small with long ears ad tail. Their legs are usually short with some long hair like the Papillon. Chion eyes are round, big and very expressive.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The Chion has mixed temperament from both of its parents. It inherits the spirited and fearless nature from Chihuahua and lively and loving nature from Papillon. It is protective of its people so are alert about the activities going on in the area. It can even face any danger without any fear.

Behavior: The Chion thrives on its people attention. If they are not given the love and affection they need, they can get depressed and even destructive. It will start barking, chewing on stuff and scratching. So, give your Chion all the love and attention it needs from its owner.

Personality: The personality of the Chion is friendly, alert, and fearless. It gets along with its family well and even greets visitors at home warmly. Although, they are alert and if they sense something wrong with the strangers, it will bark and warn their owner which makes them a great watchdogs.

Is Chion Child-Friendly?

Chion is good with children but they do best with older children who can handle them gently. Small kids play rough sometimes that your Chion may not tolerate and might lead to their aggression.

So, teach your kids to behave around dogs or only bring a Chion in a house with older children.

cute Chion and a baby laying and smiling
cute little Chion and a baby laying and smiling.
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Chion is not a difficult dog to train as long as you provide them with the firm and consistent training. They need a leader who can be patient with them while training and know their temperament. They respond well to positive methods of training so provide them with delicious treats and lots of vocal praises. This will keep them motivated and they will be focused on the training session.


  • The Chion is a rare breed that its history is vague.
  • It is not yet recognized by any major Kennel Club.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesPatellar Luxation, Lens Luxation,
Glaucoma, Hip Dysplasia
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow Chance
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes

Chion is a designer breed so it can inherit some of the common hereditary health problems from its parents.

  • Deafness: The Chion can face the problem of deafness that it has inherited from either of its parents. Although deafness can make its day to day life difficult, it will not at all hamper its overall health. There are several upgraded hearing aids in the market that can help your dog to hear some bit.
  • Patellar Luxation: When the kneecap of your dog is dislocated from its original position, it is called patellar luxation. Your dog will feel lameness and as it gets worse, it will fell strong pain on the knee part. Take your dog to a vet for a proper check-up.


The Chion comes in the mix of the following colors:

  • Cream
  • Dark Brown
  • Fawn
  • Golden
  • Black
  • Black and Brown
  • Black and White
  • White


Chion puppy sitting
Chion puppy sitting.
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Cost: The average cost of the Chion puppy is between $600-$750 USD which might rise up with the quality of the breeding.


Height: The average height of the Chion is between 6-11 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Chion is between 4-10 pounds.

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