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Height: Up to 11”
Weight: 4-10 lbs.
Energy Level: Low – Moderate
The Chion is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-14 years
The Chion is a hybrid breed of the Chihuahua and the Papillion. When it comes to this breed of dog, it is important to look at both of the parent breeds to see what health problems may be passed down. Fortunately, this breed does not have as many major and secondary health concerns as some other breeds. The medical conditions you need to keep an eye out for include hypoglycemia, patellar luxation, eye problems, heart problems, hydrocephalus, and collapsed trachea.
Hypoglycemia is a serious condition that your Chion may experience and happens when your pup’s blood sugar drops below normal levels. This can be a fatal condition if not caught in time. If you do notice that your pup acting sluggish or not being as active as they usually are, you should talk to your veterinarian right away.
Patellar luxation occurs when your dog’s knee is dislocated. This commonly occurs in females, but this is not to say that your male dog will not experience it either. You will likely be alerted to this condition because your pup will hold his or her leg elevated from the ground.
Eye and heart problems can occur in your Chion and it is important that you pay attention to your dog’s health and report any problems to your veterinarian right away. Some of the conditions your pup may have include eye infections, blindness, heart murmurs, heart disease, and similar.
Hydrocephalus is another condition that your pup can develop and this comes from the Chihuahua in him or her. This condition basically means liquid or fluid on the brain. The fluid places extra pressure on the brain and can lead to odd behavior in your Chion.
Lastly, your Chion may have a collapsed trachea. You will likely know this is the problem because your Chion will cough a lot and will often have a horn cough that is loud and continuous. If you hear this cough, know that your Chion’s airway is partly blocked and contact your veterinarian immediately.
The Chion’s life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Chion is considered to be a social pup and is affectionate, independent and brave. You will likely find that your pup has no problem wandering around your home and looking in places he or she probably should not.
This breed is very affectionate and does not hold back when it comes to love. You will find that your puppy is eager to please you and craves your attention on a daily basis. It is important that you try not to leave your Chion alone all day, as he or she will likely become destructive and suffer from separation anxiety.
This breed is not necessarily a watch dog, but is protective of you and your family, so he or she will not be very welcoming of strangers in your home. If you plan to invite a new person into your home, make sure a proper introduction is had to prevent any timid behavior.
This breed does have a possessive side and will nip and become aggressive when her fuse blows, which does not take too long. The Chion is good for a couple, single person, or seniors and can do well in apartments. You should not raise the Chion around young children due to their short temper.
You do not have to provide your pup with too much exercise, but you should take him or her on a walk once per day for 15 to 30 minutes.
The Chion is considered easy to train, but is often headstrong and may make it difficult for you to do so. When your pup does indeed listen, he or she will perform the commands you announce. It is important that you are patient, yet consistent when it comes to training, especially if you want to make any progress.
The Chion is not considered to be a breed that needs a lot of grooming, which is a good thing for those who do not want to put much effort into it. This breed needs to be brushed at least three to four times per week to ensure his or her hair stays smooth and free from mats and tangles.
You do not need to give your Chion a bath all the time and should only do it when really needed because shampoo can strip the oils from their skin.
You will need to clean your pup’s ears once per week with a cotton ball and an ear cleansing solution. In addition to this, you will need to clip your Chion’s nails, so that they do not become too long.
You can expect your Chion to eat 1/2 cup to 1 cup of food per day. You want to make sure that you choose a high quality food that does not contain a lot of by products or chemicals. As you select a brand of dog food for your pup, look for brands that are all natural.
You can feed your Chion wet food, but make sure that you do not rely on it as the only source of nutrition, as it will not properly keep your pet’s diet balanced.
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A Chion puppy will cost you anywhere between $250 and $750. You will probably not find this breed in a shelter, but if you do, you can expect to pay somewhere between $150 and $300 for the adoption fee.
Remember to consider additional fees of ownership, such as food, supplies, toys, vet check-ups, medication, and vaccines, to name a few.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Chion is a good choice for a senior, single person, or a couple. This breed does not do well with children and can often have a short temper, which may lead to a nip or two. While considered easy to train, you may run into an issue with your Chion being stubborn. This breed ranks a 3.
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