Dog Breeds

Caucasian Shepherd

Caucasian Shepherd

Their origin is disputed. Some authorities believe they are the result of crossings between mastiffs and sheepdogs; others see them as descending from Tibetan Mastiffs about 2,000 years ago; others prefer a Mesopotamian origin.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles has become the most popular of the Toy Spaniels. It is the ideal small companion dog with lots of character. Affectionate and friendly, it loves to interact and play games with everyone within the family.

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Also known as the Alabai, the Mid-Asian Shepherd, the Central Asian Sheepdog, the Central Asian Owcharka (also written as Ovcharka or Ovtcharka), the Middle Asian Owcharka, the Sredneaziatskaya Owcharka, or simply the Asian Shepherd.

Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier

This attractive, short-legged breed, with its bushy beard and eyebrows, was deliberately created by the Czech geneticist Dr Frantisek Hоrak of Klanovice, following World War II. Before the war he had been a keen hunter and had then favoured Scottish Terriers.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

In earlier days it was sometimes referred to as the Red Chester, the Brown Winchester, the American Duck Retriever or simply the Ducking Dog. Its primary role is as a cold-water retriever of game birds. It is known to its friends as the Chessie.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Totally unaware of their diminutive size, Chihuahuas really do believe themselves to be Mastiffs in heavy disguise. However, these feisty little dogs make extremely loyal pets and they enjoy family life and human company.

Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

With a hairless body and a crest of hair reminiscent of a Chinese pigtail, this unique dog has other peculiarities; for example, many do not have a complete set of teeth. It is said to be one of the ancestors of the Chihuahua.

Chinook

Chinook

This is a breed created by one man — the American explorer Arthur Walden. Born in New Hampshire, he left to face the challenges of Alaska in 1869. Once there he became fascinated by the local working dogs and acquired great skill as a sled-driver.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow

It takes a special kind of personality to be the owner of a Chow Chow. Distinguished by their unique blue tongue, they have adapted to being household pets from their origins as hunting dogs in China. Chow Chows are prized species.

Cirneco dell'Etna

Cirneco dell'Etna

The Cirneco Dell'Etna has been living on Sicily for several thousand years. Dell'Etna is a reference to Mount Etna, the 1o,ooo-foot active volcano on Sicily's eastern side, where he hunts rabbits on the terrain formed by molten lava.