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This section contains in depth information on all AKC recognized dog breeds. In addition to the more serious information about dog breed characteristics, care, and history, we have also included pictures and reader-submitted stories so you can have some fun while you do your research.

Cairn Terrier

Scrappy to the max, the Cairn Terrier is an affectionate, lively dog wrapped in shaggy fur. While their unkempt coat won’t be winning any fashion awards anytime soon, it is super useful at blocking out nasty weather. You might find Cairn Terrier puppies with coats that are almost any color under the sun, including cream, red, gray or black. But watch out! Cairn Terriers change their coat colors over time, the little pranksters. It’s pretty typical for their coat to fade to blac... read more about the Cairn Terrier.

Canaan Dog

Sturdy and sleek, the Canaan Dog is built for speed and agility. The only breed in the whole world originating from Israel, their minds are just as quick as their bodies. They have an energy-efficient stride that eats up the miles with ease. Canaan Dogs are evenly proportioned without any extreme features. Their head is slightly wedge shaped, and their triangular ears stand straight up. Their expression is intelligent and alert. Their paws are hard padded, almost cat-like.

The... read more about the Canaan Dog.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a very unique profile. Long and low, this breed has short legs and a long middle. The ears are very large for the size of the dog, and they stand erect, like two radar dishes sweeping the area. It’s easy to imagine this dog running happily through tall grass, all but disappearing from view save for those two inquisitive ears.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s tail is thick and bushy. The head is broad between the two large ears and tapers quic... read more about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.


What happens when you mix a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise? You get this adorable, hypoallergenic pup! A Cavachon is a highly desired mixed breed as they have an amiable, playful personality and low exercise requirements, and they dont shed much, if at all. They are a versatile companion for older families or homes with children since they are known for their gentle and affectionate nature. Physical and temperamental traits depend on the breeding of the parent dogs. A Cavach... read more about the Cavachon.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

With a name like Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, it probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that this breed was intended for royalty! Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small, toy-sized dogs, and they have some of the biggest brown eyes you’ve ever seen. They will make you weak in the knees with their adorable expressions, and it will take monumental self-discipline to avoid handing over treats left and right.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniels have long ears that are cov... read more about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


The Cavapoo is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. Cavapoos are a gentle and affectionate breed that doesnt shed, making them an excellent companion for households with sensitivities to pet allergies. The Cavapoo is distinguishable by long ears, a round and expressive face, and the soft, wavy coat characteristic of the Poodle. Cavapoos come in several colors: gold, black, white, blenheim or tricolor. The size of the Cavapoo varies depending on the Pood... read more about the Cavapoo.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a hardy and resilient breed designed to retrieve waterfowl from cold waters, sometimes even breaking ice to do so, and the features of the dog reflect this purpose. The skull is round and broad with a medium stop, the scissor-bite jaws large enough to carry large birds with ease. The eyes are large and clear, amber in color, and convey an expression of intelligence. The neck, shoulders, back and chest are powerful and well muscled. The hindquarters are sligh... read more about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.


The Chihuahua dog is as small as it gets. Tiny but fierce, their personality has a lot in common with terriers. Their head is shaped much like an apple, and their eyes are large, just like their always-erect ears. Chihuahuas can convey a lot of emotion, such as deep-brown-eyed affection, inquisitive curiosity, and irate ferocity. Their features are very fine, and their tails are crescent shaped. They carry their tails quite proudly, like a flag.

Their coat has two distinct sty... read more about the Chihuahua.

Chinese Crested Dog

Talk about stylish! Chinese Crested Dogs are small enough to qualify for the toy size. They are a bit longer than they are tall, with straight legs, and tiny, rabbit-like feet. They sport a curved tail, which they carry upright with pride and enthusiasm. The unique, delicate-looking Chinese Crested Dog comes in one of two coats: hairless and powderpuff.

The hairless variety has hair only on their head, feet, and tail. The head is adorned with a flowing mane of fur just begging... read more about the Chinese Crested Dog.

Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei is instantly recognizable. No other dog has their unique profile or heavy wrinkles on their face and body. These medium-sized dogs are smart, strong-willed, and, despite their serious personalities, look a lot like a cute hippopotamus. Their loose, wrinkled skin bunches up sometimes, especially around the face. This is especially apparent in Chinese Shar-Pei puppies, whose wrinkles sometimes bunch up over their faces. Most dogs have to grow into their paws, but these l... read more about the Chinese Shar-Pei.


Despite their silly sounding name, Chiweenies are real! They are an adorable, pint-sized breed that is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. This mixed breed isnt well-known, but given their one-of-a-kind look and loving personality, that may soon change. Chiweenies usually have a low-shedding, short, glossy coat. However, depending on the heritage of their parent breeds, they could also have a long, fluffy coat. The coloration on a Chiweenie can be almost anything, including black, br... read more about the Chiweenie .

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is a firm, powerful, squarely-built dog of medium size. Heavy bones and solid muscles endow the breed with its characteristic working appearance. The Chow Chow can have black, cinnamon, red, blue and cream coloring, and its appearance reflects northern roots and capability of enduring extremely cold temperatures. The breeds wide-set, triangular ears are carried erectly with a slight forward incline and rest on a short, small and flat skull. The Chow Chows medium-sized, deep s... read more about the Chow Chow.

Clumber Spaniel

A long, low, substantial dog, the Clumber Spaniels heavy brow, deep chest, straight forequarters, powerful hindquarters, massive bone, and large feet combine to give it the power and endurance to move through dense underbrush in pursuit of game. Soft to the touch, dense, straight and weather resistant, the coat is pure white with lemon or orange markings; such colors improve the dog's visibility to hunters. Rectangular in shape, the Clumber has the appearance of great power. They have a ma... read more about the Clumber Spaniel.


Known as the original designer dog, the first Cockapoo puppy was born in the US in the 1950s! Cockapoos are a bright-eyed and affectionate mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. As with most hybrids, the Cockapoo can be a combination of the most desired traits from both parent breeds. They have the affectionate, friendly nature of the Cocker Spaniel with the low-dander, low-shedding traits of the Poodle. Like Cocker Spaniels, Cockapoos love to follow their nose. But since they also have t... read more about the Cockapoo.

Cocker Spaniel

The smallest dog in the Sporting Group, the Cocker Spaniel (or American Cocker Spaniel as it is sometimes called) has an efficient and serviceable-looking body, with straight forequarters and a spine that slopes gently to powerful, moderately bent hindquarters, and a docked tail. The Cocker's head is fine and well developed, with a rounded skull and very long, luxuriantly feathered ears, all covered by a posh coat. The Cocker Spaniel's face features noticeable eyebrows and stop, clean chee... read more about the Cocker Spaniel.


Lithe and agile, the Collie is a dog of effortless grace. The head is light and wedge shaped, with a slight stop and flat skull. Small ears are carried semi-erect when alert, with the top portion tipping forward. Eyes are dark, medium sized and almond shaped with an expression of intelligence and curiosity, and are not prominent on the head. The neck is long and arched, accentuating the frill, and the body is muscular and athletic. Feet are small and oval shaped. The tail is long and carried... read more about the Collie.

Curly-Coated Retriever

The oldest of the retrieving breeds, the Curly-Coated Retriever is also the most graceful and longest of leg. Its distinct head is clean cut and wedge shaped with a shallow stop, topped with small, close lying ears. Eyes are large and almond shaped, and vary in color from black to amber, depending on coat color. The muzzle tapers gradually, and features a nose with large nostrils, tight lips and a scissors bite. The body conveys power and elegance, with a deep chest, strong level back, and... read more about the Curly-Coated Retriever.