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59 Dog Breeds That Start With C | Complete List (with Pictures)

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The 59 Dog Breeds That Start With C

1. Cairn Terrier

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The Cairn Terrier is a cheerful little dog with a vivacious personality. They have a longer lifespan than average and make cute life companions. These small Terriers are used as ratters on farms and ranches. If you are familiar with Toto on “The Wizard of Oz,” you will recognize the Cairn Terrier.

2. Canaan Dog

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Canaan dogs are born herders. They are confident dogs, from the tips of their perky ears to their curled tail. They are often black and white, with an alert, intelligent expression. They also happen to be the national dog of Israel. Canaans make good, loyal family dogs but can be aloof with strangers.

3. Cane Corso Dog

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Cane Corsos are large dogs with intense reputations. Conflicting with what they look like, they are quite affectionate. They carry themselves with majesty and can serve a versatile number of purposes. Corsos are often guard dogs and can use these tendencies to be somewhat willful and assertive.

4. Canis Panther

The Canis Panther gets part of their name from their panther-like stature and color. They are large, extremely muscular dogs that are meant to be part of a pack. They are extremely sensitive dogs, even though they do not seem like it. They are loyal and excel in obedience and agility. They are used as protection dogs and make good guard dogs with proper training.

5. Caravan Hound

Caravan Hounds are also called Mudhol Hounds. They are native to India and serve as a sighthound, guarding and hunting for people in their region. They prefer to be by themselves in their homes. Caravan Hounds have a high prey drive and will catch and kill animals smaller than themselves.

6. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Cardigan Welsh Corgis are one of the oldest breeds known to live on the British Isles. They are adorable with their stumpy legs and long bodies with pointed faces. They are intelligent and need plenty of both physical and mental stimulation. Most of all, Cardigan Corgis are incredibly loyal.

7. Carolina Dog

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There is not much that is known about the history of the Carolina Dog. They are an example of a primitive form of dog descended from Asian wolves. They are loyal pups with an independent streak. They tend to be reserved with strangers but loving with their family.

8. Carpathian Sheepdog

Carpathian Sheepdog, or the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd, originates from a region near the Carpathian Mountains. These mountain dogs are an impressive size, with large, puppy-dog eyes and scruffy fur. They are confident and independent, always trotting around with a smile on their face. They are often used as farmers’ companions.

9. Catahoula Leopard Dog

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With webbed feet and a powerful body, these dogs are made for the swamp-lands that they were bred in. They are a working dog and have boundless energy. While they like to play around sometimes, when they are at work, they are serious-minded. Dappled with black and tan spots across a grey and tan body and often piercing eyes, these dogs always have a striking appearance.

10. Catalan Sheepdog

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The Catalan Sheepdog is a shaggy herder, originating from the Catalonia region in Spain. They were brought by the Romans to the area and have been bred because then. These dogs are gentle and easy to train, behaving well around any family members and even strangers. They need plenty of attention, and with such a cute face covered in hair, you won’t want to deny them.

11. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

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The Caucasian Shepherd Dog looks like a real-life teddy bear. They are large dogs with a double coat of fluffy fur. Just like a bear, they have a fearless attitude and are protectors and herders. With their humans, though, they are kind and rarely aggressive. These dogs know that there are not many things larger than them, so they have a self-confident attitude that is endearing.

12. Cavachon Dog

The Cavachon is a mixed breed dog. They are a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. The Cavachon tends to be a gregarious mix of both. They are spunky and love to have fun. They look like they could be mixed with a Poodle because their fur tends to form loose curls all over their body.

13. Cavador Dog


The Cavador is a mixed-breed dog, a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Labrador Retriever. They seem to inherit most of the best traits from their parents. They are friendly, pleasant, gentle, and sweet. Combine that with intelligence, and they have a high emotional sensitivity for the people around them. The Cavador often resembles more of the Labrador than the Cavalier, but the mixture can have a wide range of appearances.

14. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a history of being spoiled on royalty and nobility’s laps. They have an outgoing personality and prefer to go everywhere with you if it’s an option. They can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long. One of the lazier dog breeds, they are always ready for a good cuddle on the couch.

15. Cavapom Dog

The Cavapom is not as common a mixed breed as some of the other dogs combined with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The other parent is the Pomeranian, and Cavapoms inherit a combination of traits from both, physically and in their personalities. The Cavapom is affectionate, loyal, and social. They can be quite vocal, depending on which parent they favor. They are a small-breed dog because both parents are small.

16. Cavapoo Dog

The Cavapoo is a mixed breed dog, combined with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. Because Poodles can be bred in multiple different sizes, the Cavapoo can be a variety of heights and weights. They usually have a mix of ginger and cream in their coats. They make excellent family dogs because they are loving and extremely loyal.

17. Central Asian Shepherd

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The Central Asian Shepherd is a large dog with a self-assuredness from bigger animals. They are quiet and independent dogs that prefer to watch from the sidelines than jumping into activity. These dogs came from ancient lines more than 4,000 years ago. They are highly territorial and can become aggressive if not watched and trained carefully.

18. Cesky Terrier

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These clever little dogs with their long faces look like they should be a sidekick on a mystery film. In reality, they are the national dog of the Czech Republic. They are adventurous and the perfect companion for any eager child or intrepid explorer. The Cesky tends to be more laidback than other Terriers but has a tenacious work ethic.

19. Chamuco Dog

The Chamuco is a large dog that looks similar to a Pit Bull. They are not a mixed breed anymore, though. They come from a region in the center of Mexico and were only recently developed in the 1970s. It is unclear whether they were the result of intentional or accidental crossing with the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Mexican Bulldog, and other similar species. They love around their family, and they are naturally friendly to people but make good watchdogs.

20. Cheagle Dog

The Cheagle is a mixed breed, a cross between the Chihuahua and the Beagle. It is a small breed dog because the Chihuahua is a toy and the Beagle is a small breed. They can display a mixture of temperaments and personality characteristics, depending on which parent they favor. They tend to be quite outgoing and can get easily excited. These qualities make them a good choice for families with children.

21. Cheek Dog

A Cheek is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Pekingese. They are not a common hybrid and are as a small-statured designer breed. Physical characteristics include a sturdy body with a rounded head if they favor the Chihuahua or a flat one if they favor the Pekingese. They do well around kids, although they do need to be properly socialized to understand appropriate behavior. They are loving and loyal pets, often thought of as purse dogs.

22. Cheenese Dog

The Cheenese is a mixture of a Havanese and a Chihuahua. They can also be called a Havachi. These dogs have a mixed personality between the two parents. They are often quite excitable and outgoing. The allure of these pups is that they often have the fluffier coat of a Havanese and act closer to a Chihuahua.

23. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed that originates in the Americas, near the Chesapeake Bay, to be exact. They are a duck dog and are widely used because they have an almost entirely waterproof coat. They are loyal and once trained, make a superb hunting dog, particularly for waterfowl.

24. Chihuahua

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A remarkably long-lived dog and one of the smallest breeds in the world, the Chihuahua comes from Mexico. They have a sassy personality, and even though they love to be close to receiving attention, they aren’t afraid to tell you when they are displeased. Most people are charmed by their outspoken personalities.

25. Chilier Dog


A mixed-breed dog, this pup is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are friendly and quite affectionate, often inheriting a mixture of the best traits from both of the dogs. Typically, the Chilier has a coat similar to that of the Cavalier Spaniel, while their overall body shape and stature is closer to that of the Chihuahua. They can also be called the Cavachi.

26. Chimatian Dog

The Chimatian is an interesting mixture of the Chihuahua with the Dalmatian. Their size and shape can vary widely because these two parents are shaped and patterned so differently. Often, they favor the size of the Chihuahua while having more of the speckled colored coat of a Dalmatian. They are lovely with their owners, feeling extremely loyal, and can be quite protective. These dogs thrive on any human companionship and shouldn’t be left alone for long amounts of time.

27. Chinese Crested Dog

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The Chinese Crested falls into the toy breed. They are popular mostly because of their extremely unique appearance, with large tufts of fur growing around their ears, tails, and paws, with the rest of their body being bald. They are sweet, and if dogs could skip, this one would.

28. Chinese Shar-pei Dog

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Chinese Shar-peis are considered one of the oldest pedigrees in the world. They are a standoffish breed, though loyal to their family. They have a unique look, being large dogs with fur that lies close to their skin and skin rolls all over their body. A real Chinese Shar-pei has a blue-black tongue.

29. Chinook Dog

The Chinook is a dog bred by the natives of New Hampshire, the Wonalancet. They are a devoted family dog with a hard work ethic and boundless patience. They are easy to train because they are so eager to please. They are one of the scarcest purebred dogs bred by the AKC.

30. Chi-Poo Dog

The Chi-Poo is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Poodle. These dogs are fun-loving and quite playful. They can be quite small, even if crossed with a Standard Poodle. Typically, they are crossed with Miniature or Toy varieties instead. They normally have a fierce independent streak but are also entirely loyal to their owners. The Chi-Poo is quite vocal.

31. Chippiparai Dog

Other than being fun to say, the Chippiparai is an exciting dog on their own. They come from India and have stayed in that area of the world for the most part. Although a purebred, they are not yet recognized by the AKC. They are elegant and were once the chosen pet of most Indian nobility. During the British reign, this slender, gentle hunter fell from popularity.

32. Chiweenie Dog

A Chiweenie is not only an adorable name, but it represents an adorable dog. These pups are a hybrid mix between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. They are sweet dogs, with a caring nature. They can be vocal and are always on the alert. The Chiweenies are loyal dogs and quite protective of their family. Typically, they bond strongly with one person more than all the others. They need plenty of one-on-one time and do not need much exercise.

33. Chorkie Dog


Chorkies are a hybrid mix between a Chihuahua and a Yorkie. They often favor the overall appearance of the Yorkie in terms of coat texture and color. Their size does not vary much because both of these dogs are a toy breed. From both of their parents, they inherit the tendency to be vocal. They are otherwise quite active, with bubbly personalities and just enough intelligence to make them goofy.

34. Chow Chow Dog

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Hailing from China with an ancient pedigree is this deep-chested dog with the air of millennia of aristocratic breeding about them. They are serious-minded and are aloof, even with their family. Chow Chows prefer to watch, observing the entertainment rather than actively engaging.

35. Chow Pei Dog

The Chow Pei is a mixture between a Chow Chow and a Sharpei. These dogs have a unique appearance, with large wrinkles in their skin all over their body. They have a golden coat and hanging jowls. They are often a mix of the two in terms of personality, always wary and watchful. They do not do well around strangers and can be standoffish, even in their family.

36. Chug Dog

The Chug Dog is a mix between the Chihuahua and the Pug. These dogs can have a mixed personality between the two parents. Pugs tend to be much more laidback and easygoing. They are social creatures and love being around people. The traits that they can get from a Chihuahua include more standoffishness with strangers and peevishness. They are almost always loyal and sweet with their family.

37. Chusky

The Chusky is a stunning mix between the level-headed breed, the Chow Chow, and the playful Siberian Husky. These dogs almost always have an extremely unique appearance. Often, they have bright blue, intelligent eyes, and fluffy, red fur with pointed ears. If they favor their Chow Chow parent, they might have the skin wrinkles typical to that breed. They are not a common hybrid.

38. Chussel Dog

The Chussel is a hybrid mix between a Brussels Griffon and a Chihuahua. They are not a common hybrid because the Brussels Griffon has not gained in popularity as a purebred dog. The Chussel is a playful dog, with plenty of energy and quite a bossy attitude. With stubbornness and a tendency toward dominance, they are not great dogs to have with other pups.

39. Cirneco dell’Etna Dog

These are clean-cut dogs placed in the Hound group. They have longer than average lifespans. They look like Pharaoh Hounds but instead come from Sicily. They have sleek bodies covered in sinewy muscles. They are athletic hunters with a low-maintenance personality. They have a gentle nature and make for cherished companions.

40. Clumber Spaniel

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Clumber Spaniels are one of the largest Spaniels. They are dignified and laidback, having been the hunting companion to kings. They do tend to drool and shed quite a bit. If they were a human in the household, these pups would be the butler. They have an amusing personality too.

41. Cockalier Dog

The Cockalier is one of the most affectionate pups that you can find. They represent another of the many breeds mixed with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The other parent is the Cocker Spaniel. Together, they make loving and loyal the Cockalier. They form lifelong bonds with almost anyone who gives them any form of kindness. They are quite intelligent and want to please you, making training easy. The Cockalier is an excellent breed for first-time owners.

42. Cockapoo Dog

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A Cockapoo is one of the more common hybrids, a mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. They are highly intelligent, inheriting smarts from both parents. The Cockapoo is not only adorable but also extremely friendly and outgoing. They prefer to be active as much as possible and need a family who likes to get out.

43. Cock-a-Tzu Dog

Cock-A-Tzus are a sweet-natured dog that is a combination of the Cocker Spaniel and the Shih Tzu. Depending on which parent they favor, they can be a medium-sized or a small breed. They are playful pups, with a stubborn streak inherited from the Shih Tzu. These pups make excellent additions to the family because they are loyal and protective of everyone. They are known for being quite vocal if they are not trained well.

44. Cocker Spaniel

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Cocker Spaniels are known for their happy-go-lucky personalities and long, fluffy ears. They are intelligent dogs that enjoy learning new tricks to place them at the center of attention. Although they were originally bred as hunting dogs, they are now companion dogs for the masses.

45. Cockinese Dog

A hybrid mix with a Cocker Spaniel Abd a Pekingese is the Cockinese. They come out as a playful cuddle-bug. They typically have a body similar to that of a Cocker Spaniel and the flat head of a Pekingese. These pups make excellent companion dogs and can entertain endlessly.

46. Cojack Dog

Cojacks are a mix between a Corgi and a Jack Russell Terrier. They tend to be a well-maintained balance of the two. These pups are energetic and love to have fun. They have plenty of stamina, though if they inherit the short legs of a Corgi, they won’t be able to go too far. The Cojack is mischievous and loves to have a good time. They are easy to train because they never want to upset anyone.

47. Collie

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Collies became a well-known breed after their stardom in several well-known films. They are lovable and loyal. Intelligent, they make a lovely family pet or a hard-working companion. They are strong dogs with a beautiful coat of long, multi-colored fur.

48. Colorado Bulldog

Colorado Bulldogs look similar in appearance to that of the English Bulldog. They have a strong, stubborn streak but are still relatively easy to train. These dogs are stocky and strong. They are often used as a guard dog. Even though they are not particularly naturally aggressive, they look intimidating enough to be avoided.

49. Combai Dog

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The Combai pup, which can also be spelled Kombai, originates from India and are the most common in this country. They are strong dogs that have a reputation for being aggressive. Reportedly, they make good family dogs and wonderful watchdogs. They are alert and protective, knowing who should be there and who shouldn’t. They are much like a Rottweiler in their overall personality.

50. Corgipoo Dog

The Corgipoo is a common hybrid mix between the Corgi and the Poodle. They are outgoing and playful, carrying over these characteristics from both of their parents. They have a mischievous side as well, from the intelligence and wit found both in the Poodle and the Corgi. They need plenty of toys and puzzles to keep them occupied, or they can get themselves into trouble.

51. Corgsky Dog

Corgskies, although not common, are an incredibly cute dog. They almost always have the overall appearance of a Husky, with the grey and black coats, pointed ears, and wolf-like faces. The difference is that they have the short, dwarfed legs of the Corgi. These dogs are good-natured and friendly. They are easy to train because they want everyone around them to be as happy as they are.

52. Corkie

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The Corkie is a unique mix between the Yorkie and the Cocker Spaniel. They are loving and affectionate, although they can be quite yappy if not trained properly. These are not a common hybrid, so it can be difficult to know exactly how they will turn out, both physically and emotionally.

53. Corman Shepherd


The Corman Shepherd mixes the Corgi with the German Shepherd. They combine to form a pup that is similar to the Corgsky. The body and overall appearance are that of the German Shepherd and the legs are like the Corgi. They are a friendly dog and mix mischief with obedience. They are also protective, with a slightly less intimidating appearance than their German Shepherd parents.

54. Coton De Tulear

These dogs are one of the longest living breeds that we currently have on record. The Coton De Tulear is a beautiful, pure-white pup with plenty of long fur covering their entire body. They have a charming personality and always seem to be happy. Also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar,” they have grown popular throughout the world.

55. Cotonese Dog

The Cotonese are a hybrid mix between the Coton de Tulear and a Maltese. They are bright white dogs, small in stature and with wavy coats of fur. They do not shed much and can be hypoallergenic. These little dogs get attached to their family and need plenty of time around humans.

56. Cretan Hound

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The Cretan Hound is a well-balanced dog and an intense hunter at heart. When in the home, they are gentle, humble, and patient. They are also quite curious and love to get out to explore new areas. These pups are alert and make excellent watchdogs. When used as a hunting dog, they are stubborn and can chase their prey for many miles.

57. Croatian Sheepdog

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Croatian Sheepdogs look different from other long-haired dogs. They still have thick fur but are jet black with wavy fur and pointed ears. They are loyal and need to be active. They are excellent herding and working dogs and learn quickly.

58. Curly Coated Retriever

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Although not as common as Golden Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers are beautiful specimens. They have curly, short fur that is typically brown or black all over their bodies. They are excellent hunting dogs, always confident in their capacity to do the job. Some people describe them as wickedly smart because their intelligence can get them into messes sometimes.

59. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

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The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a primitive canine that is wolf-like in appearance because they are close descendants. They are smart and active dogs. Although they are devoted and loyal to their owners, they are also quite independent. Much like their wolf ancestors, they have keen eyesight and a superior sense of smell and instinct.

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