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8 Small Dog Breeds That Start With The Letter C (Solved)

So what exactly makes small dog breeds with the letter C in them so popular? Well there are several reasons why this is such a popular letter and it all has to do with how well known they are and how recognizable they are as a breed. Below you will find the most popular small dog breeds, that start with the letter c.

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier
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The Cairn Terrier dog is originally a terrier breed derived from the Scottish Highlands, designated as one of the oldest working dogs of Scotland. The name Cairn Terrier was given to the breed because the original purpose of the breed was to chase and hunt down foreign quarry in the Scottish highlands.

The dog was primarily bred for this purpose because it has an exceptional hunting instinct, strong working abilities, as well as being highly intelligent, with the combination of its working and hunting skills making it highly suited for these tasks.

The coat of the Cairn Terrier tends to be long and flowing and can be found in various colors from jet black to various shades of brindle. Because the Cairn Terrier requires a lot of exercise, it is quite common to find the dogs lounging around their home, barking nonstop, wagging their tails and generally enjoying being part of the family.

They have a friendly temperament and are very easy to train despite their somewhat boisterous nature. However they are also quite lazy compared to other breeds of dogs in terms of movement. However, if the right amount of exercise is given to the Cairn Terrier, it will grow to be an active and healthy adult.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi
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The Cardigan Welsh Corgi belongs to a group of dogs called Cocker Spaniels. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi belongs to the same group as the English Cardigan but is a bit smaller and was originally bred for the purpose of working dog.

The Cardigan has gained fame worldwide as a popular working dog and show dog. They are very athletic, strong, compact, and strong-willed animals. 

These dogs were originally bred to be a companion or guard dog. The Cardigan Welsh corgi have excellent hearing, and good eyesight, both of which make it very difficult for them to be involved in any kind of accident.

Cardigan Welsh corgi dogs require regular grooming and health checkups, because their wrinkled coat makes them susceptible to diseases like ringworm and mange.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog is truly a unique dog. It is one of few dogs that are,  and have the full working ability of a Sporting breed. This makes the Spaniel one of the most highly desirable dogs today.

The only Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed that can compete with the Sporting breed in agility trials and such is the Miniature Schnauzer. Though both are working dogs, the differences between them in personality, working ability and intelligence are clearly evident.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel comes with a long coat, a body that is very muscular with high confidence. Its long and silky hair easily bounces off the collar, making it look neat and unruly.

However, the beautiful coloration of its mane is also one of its prominent features. Although the body is smooth and compact, the dog has a slightly wrinkled underbelly. Its distinctive coat needs to be brushed regularly.

Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier
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The Cesky Terrier, otherwise known as the English Toy Dog, is an adorable little terrier form of dog originating from Czechoslovakia. They are very affectionate, giving wonderful gifts and cuddling up to anyone who visits you’re home.

The beauty and the personality of these dogs are their greatest feature. This breed is a very social creature and will get along well with other animals of the same species. These dogs are very friendly and will make a great family pet.

They make an excellent choice as a first dog or as part of a multi-dog family. The personality of this breed makes it easy to train, yet very lovable. Their active nature will always keep them alert.

Proper socialization and training will help to keep them a joy to live with.


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The Chihuahua is probably one of the most recognizable dogs on the planet. Originally from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the Chihuahua was named after the Mexican city of Chihuahua, which translates literally to “little dog”.

This small breed has come to symbolize coolness, elegance, cuddliness, as well as the spirit of friendship, in the midst of larger, stronger breeds.

If you are thinking about getting a Chihuahua for a pet or as a family pet, there are several things you should keep in mind, since these little dogs are delicate and often hurt easily. 

While the Chihuahua may look cute and delicate compared to other breed dogs, they are actually quite robust and hardy. They can withstand many different types of weather conditions and are capable of running a full marathon with their stamina alone. 

Coton De Tulear

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The Coton De Tulear is an adorable breed of very tiny dog called for the town of Tulear in Madagascar. The Coton De Tulear has a long and sturdy frame and is known for its high intelligence and willingness to please.

This makes this dog a wonderful non-sporting breed as it will not be overly active and is rather content to play around with the family all day. Although it is quite tiny, it is rather strong, which makes it ideal for any sized dog.

It has a sweet personality and although it may be a little loud at times, it is not a barking dog. This makes it perfect for those homes where there is no one else to watch over the pet.

This small dog does require exercise on a daily basis and should be socialized from an early age to become friendly.

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested Dog, is a great companion dog, this dog is calm, gentle, and very lovable. This breed originated from China and is said to have been created by crossing the now-extinct Aztec dog the Asian greyhound.

These dogs are said to have been used as hunters in packs during ancient times. The Chinese Crested Dog has two varieties, namely the hairless.

As its name suggests, the hairless variety is completely without hair, while the hairless ones have a hair strip on the abdomen, usually around the hips. Like all other hairless dog breeds, both these types of the Chinese Crested Dog come in two varieties, namely the Powderpuff and the Hairless.

The Chinese Crested Dog, as with many other breeds, requires regular vet checkups and cleaning, and hence is not suited for those who are busy and do not have time to groom such an animal.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel
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Cocker Spaniels belongs to two breeds of this elegant dog kind: the American Cocker Spaniel or the English Cocker Spaniel, which are also often called simply Cocker Spaniel even though they are from different countries of origin.

In the late 19th century, Cocker Spaniels was also included among the small sporting dogs used for foxhunting. Their short coat and keen intelligence make them capable of being trained to retrieve birds, and of tracking small wild animals running across country roads.

Separation anxiety is one of the problems common to the cocker spaniel breed. This is also a common problem to many breeds of dog, and as a result, owners of cocker spaniels are advised to teach their dogs to socialize with each other and make sure that the dog learns to accept humans and other dogs.

Cocker Spaniels make wonderful pets, but you need to remember that training them is essential if you want to get the best out of your cocker spaniel.