Dog Names that Start with C

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: March 21, 2024
Dog Names that Start with C

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Choosing a good name for your dog is one of your first tasks as a pet guardian. Naturally, we all want to find the best dog name, and sometimes this can be difficult. As the name will identify the dog for the rest of its life, it makes sense to take your time choosing. Some people look to the dog's personality, or think of famous names or characters they like. Perhaps you have already decided on the first letter and just need a little inspiration to find that perfect dog name.

If you want a name starting with the letter C, you have come to the right place. In this AnimalWised article we have complied a list of over 200 of the best dog names that start with C, for both male and female dogs. We have cute, funny, unique and meaningful dogs names to choose from, so take a look - you might find the perfect one for your pup!

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  1. Hoe to choose a good dog name?
  2. Female dog names that start with C
  3. Male dog names that start with C
  4. Dog names that start with C - meanings and famous names
  5. More names for dogs

Hoe to choose a good dog name?

Before we list the names for dogs beginning with the letter C, it is important to understand how to choose a good name for a dog. In general, dogs learn their names quite quickly, especially if we adopt them as puppies. Of course, if you adopt an adult dog, you can rename them. If you choose an appropriate name, they are sure to learn it quickly.

So, here are the main aspects to keep in mind when choosing a name for your dog:

  • Length: choose a short name. Monosyllabic names are easier for a dog to learn, but they can also lead to more confusions. A name with two syllables is ideal, and the name should not have more than three syllables, as longer names are difficult for dogs to internalize.
  • Pronunciation: choose a name that is easy to pronounce for all members of the household. If each person pronounces the dog's name a different way, it will be much harder for them to learn to respond to it.
  • Similarity: names that sound like other names in the household or command words (like ‘sit’ or ‘stay’) will be confusing and more complicated for the dog to learn. For example, if you have a sister named ‘Mia’, it is best not to name your new dog ‘Lia’.

Female dog names that start with C

If you have just adopted a female dog and are looking for girl dog names that start with C, here is a complete list with beautiful, funny and unique dog names:

  • Cacao
  • Caffy
  • Cali
  • Calia
  • Callas
  • Calypso
  • Cami
  • Camila
  • Camilla
  • Camille
  • Candice
  • Candy
  • Canela
  • Canna
  • Cannoli
  • Canta
  • Cara
  • Caramel
  • Carey
  • Carly
  • Carol
  • Caroline
  • Carrie
  • Cashmere
  • Caspe
  • Cassie
  • Catalina
  • Catherine
  • Cathie
  • Catty
  • Cece
  • Ceci
  • Cecilia
  • Celeste
  • Cello
  • Ceres
  • Cerce
  • Ceyra
  • Chacha
  • Chachi
  • Chai
  • Chaira
  • Chaise
  • Chance
  • Chanel
  • Chantal
  • Chapa
  • Charleen
  • Charlotte
  • Chase
  • Cheddar
  • Cheer
  • Chelsa
  • Chelsea
  • Chenoa
  • Cher
  • Cherry
  • Cheryl
  • Chesca
  • Chiara
  • Chica
  • Chicha
  • Chili
  • China
  • Chiqui
  • Chiquita
  • Chiquitita
  • Chloe
  • Chrissy
  • Christelle
  • Chuchi
  • Cinder
  • Cindy
  • Cinnamon
  • Claire
  • Clarissa
  • Clarisse
  • Claudia
  • Clea
  • Clementine
  • Cleo
  • Cleta
  • Clodette
  • Cloti
  • Clotilde
  • Cloud
  • Clover
  • Coco
  • Coconut
  • Coda
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Colby
  • Cookie
  • Cora
  • Corliss
  • Cory
  • Cosi
  • Cosy
  • Cotton
  • Crash
  • Crete
  • Cristie
  • Crystal
  • Cuba
  • Cuca
  • Cuddles
  • Cupcake
  • Curly
  • Cynthia
  • Cyrine
Dog Names that Start with C - Female dog names that start with C

Male dog names that start with C

Have you adopted a male dog? Take a look at our complete list of names for boy dogs that start with C to choose one you like or that suits your dog's personality:

  • Cain
  • Cairo
  • Caleb
  • Caliber
  • Calo
  • Calvin
  • Camel
  • Camello
  • Candle
  • Cane
  • Canuto
  • Capo
  • Capon
  • Capone
  • Captain
  • Caramel
  • Cariel
  • Carlton
  • Carter
  • Cartridge
  • Carver
  • Casper
  • Cassius
  • Castor
  • Caviar
  • Cedric
  • Cerberus
  • Champ
  • Chaos
  • Chaplin
  • Charles
  • Charlie
  • Charro
  • Chaski
  • Chato
  • Chavo
  • Che
  • Checo
  • Cheddar
  • Chema
  • Chester
  • Cheto
  • Chevy
  • Chewie
  • Chicken
  • Chico
  • Chief
  • Chino
  • Chipper
  • Chopper
  • Chris
  • Chucky
  • Churro
  • Chuy
  • Cinnamon
  • Cisco
  • Clarence
  • Clark
  • Claudio
  • Clay
  • Clay
  • Clayton
  • Cliff
  • Clifton
  • Clinton
  • Coconut
  • Cody
  • Coffee
  • Cognac
  • Coke
  • Cole
  • Colin
  • Colonel
  • Colorado
  • Colt
  • Columbus
  • Comanche
  • Connan
  • Conrad
  • Converse
  • Cooper
  • Copper
  • Corban
  • Cornelius
  • Cornet
  • Corsico
  • Corso
  • Cortez
  • Cosmos
  • Cotton
  • Count
  • Crack
  • Crash
  • Crisp
  • Crosby
  • Cujo
  • Cullen
  • Curry
  • Curtis
  • Cyclone
  • Cyclops
  • Cyrus
  • Czech
Dog Names that Start with C - Male dog names that start with C

Dog names that start with C - meanings and famous names

It's always a good idea to consider your dog's personality, its physical appearance or what it represents for you when deciding on a name. This will help you choose a name for its meaning and not only how it sounds. You can also take inspiration from famous characters, people or dogs.

If you have looked through the lists, but still haven't the right name for your dog, or you prefer to know the meaning before you pick a dog name beginning with C, here are some ideas:

  • Cara/Caro: this is a name of Latin Italian origin, and means beloved. ‘Cara’ can also an Irish name meaning ‘friend’.
  • Caesar: this name is usually related to the title given to Roman emperors, or the historical figure Julius Caesar. The word originally means ‘long-haired’, so it is perfect for a long-haired dog and regal looking dog.
  • Cleopatra: this is a name of Greek origin that means ‘glory of the father’. Of course, it is more popularly known as the name of one of Ancient Egypt's most famous queens. This is a great name for a brave dog or one with a strong character. It can also be shortened to ‘Cleo’, if the name seems to long for the dog to learn.
  • Chewbacca: this is the famous name of one of the characters in the Star Wars saga. Chewbacca is a Wookiee known for being Han Solo's faithful companion. The name is said to derive from the Russian word for dog, making it a perfect dog name. It can also be shortened to ‘Chewie’ to make it easier for the pup to learn.
  • Coco (Chanel): these two names beginning with C are inspired by the world famous designer, known for her class and elegance. Either one is a good name for an elegant looking dog, one with an air of greatness.
  • Cerberus: this is a three-headed dog like creature from Greek mythology. Also called the ‘hound of Hades’, this fearsome beast guards the entrance of the underworld. This name could be given to a big guard dog, or as an ironic name to a small dog.
  • Courage: inspired by the character from Courage the Cowardly Dog, this is a great idea for an ironic or funny dog name, though it could also be used literally as a name for a brave and fearless dog.

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If you still haven't found the right C name, or have decided that you don't want a dog name that starts with C anymore, here are some other articles for great dog name ideas.

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