Dog Breed Profile

Chion History

The Chion is a supplemental and investigative police unit of the Italian Carabinieri. The flag of the Comando speciale polizia di chiusura e di sicurezza (Special Brigade of Closure and Security), which protects the Italian Prime Minister, features the Lion of Saint Mark. The lion also appears on the coat of arms of Italy. The flag of the “Comando anticrimine dell’Agenzia federale dei diritti umani” of Arezzo features a Red Lion. The origins of the Italian word “Chion” is a loanword from Greek “χιον” (chion), which means “lion”.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Chihuahua, Papillon

Chion Physical Characteristics

The Chion is a small, short-haired, long-legged, toy breed of canine. The breed was developed in Japan in the 1960s by crossing the Japanese Chin with the Pekingese. They are small dogs that stand between 8 and 10 inches in height at the shoulders and weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. They have a small, rounded head, a snub nose, and large, round eyes. The coat is short, fine and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. They have an alert, lively temperament and make good companions for children and families.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown, Isabella

Coat Colors

White, Fawn, Brown, Cream, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 7 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 6 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 10 lbs

Female Weight Range: 4 – 9 lbs

Chion Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Chion Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Color Dilution Alopecia, Deafness, Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Chion Temperament and Behaviour

The Chion is a calm, laid-back, and good-natured breed of dog. They are generally quiet and not prone to barking. They are playful with their family, but can be a bit shy with strangers. They can also be stubborn and dominant, which can make them a handful if they are not properly trained.

Chion Activity Requirements

The Chihuahua is a small, compact dog that is full of energy. They are well known for being lively and outgoing. While they are not the most high-energy of breeds, Chihuahuas do require regular exercise. They prefer short walks or runs, and should have a chance to run around and play. If you are looking for a laid-back, low-energy pet, you may want to reconsider a Chihuahua. While they don’t require as much activity as a larger, more active dog, they are very active for a small dog. They will need just as much attention as a larger, more demanding dog.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chion is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chion is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Chion is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chion is part of the Unclassified group.

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