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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

The Cairn Terrier is a gutsy, lively little terrier that has retained its rather shaggy and unkempt look. The harsh, weather-resistant outer coat that can be anything from cream, through red or grey to almost black or brindled protects a soft dense undercoat. A distinguishing characteristic of Cairn Terriers is that they frequently change color for many years throughout their lifetime. It is not unusual for a Cairn to become progressively blacker or silver as it ages, making the color of a... read more about the Cairn Terrier.

Canaan Dog

A sturdy dog of medium-size built along the lines of a racing hunter rather than a heavy plodder, the Canaan Dog is the only breed originating in Israel and is a member of the Herding Group. Squarely proportioned without extremes, the Canaan moves with athletic agility and an efficient ground-covering trot vital for survival in the wild. The head is wedge-shaped with prick ears, the nose is dark and slightly slanted, and almond-shaped eyes are dark brown and have an alert expression. The f... read more about the Canaan Dog.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Long and low with a fox-like appearance and large erect ears, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the Corgi with a tail. The Cardigan has a low-set, long, brushy tail and an elongated body supported by very short legs. The intelligent Corgi is powerful, capable of both endurance and speed, handsome, and sturdily built but not coarse. The head is broad between the ears and tapers to the dark eyes; blue eye color is allowed only in blue merle dogs. The tapered muzzle ends with a black pointed nose.... 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

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are well-known for their large, dark and expressive eyes set in a slightly rounded skull. This member of the Toy Group is the smallest spaniel. The King Charles Cavalier has a tapered muzzle ending in a well developed nose with wide nostrils, and a flat head with a shallow stop. The dog's long ears are well feathered. Cavaliers naturally grow a lustrous coat of medium length, that should be free of curl. The King Charles come in four colors: Blenheim* chestn... 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 very smallest dog breed, the Chihuahua is ever vigilant and fleet of foot, with a spunky attitude. Compact with a terrier-like temperament, the Chihuahua has the appearance of a fine-boned but muscular dog that carries his sickle-shaped tail like a flag. The distinctive apple dome head features large eyes, dark or a luminous ruby in color, and large ears that stand erect when the dog is alert and flare out to the sides when at rest. The muzzle is short and pointed with a self-colored n... read more about the Chihuahua.

Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is a delicate, chic and nimble breed that comes in two distinct varieties (often dogs of each variety are part of one litter): the Hairless, which has hair only on its head, feet, and tail and its littermate the Powderpuff which is entirely covered by a double coat. A member of the Toy Group, this slender dog is somewhat longer in length than height, has straight legs, small feet resembling those of a rabbit or hare, and a slender curved tail that is carried gaily.... read more about the Chinese Crested Dog.

Chinese Shar-Pei

A unique and intelligent dog that most often is recognized for its wrinkles, the Chinese Shar-Pei initially was developed as an all-purpose Chinese farm dog: a medium sized, square and compact dog, close coupled with a large yet handsome head. The Chinese Shar-Pei has a unique look all their own, wrinkled loose skin with a short bristled coat that covers the body and head, small ears, a hippopotamus muzzle, and a high set tail. The dogs wrinkles are more pronounced in a puppy than in an... 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.