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In French, you dont say "il est un (noun)". It's grammatically incorrect. So you replace il est with c'est.
Even if the dog is a male, and you wanted to describe the dog as such, you would still say "c'est un chien"
C'est is ambiguous. It can mean he is, she is, that is, this is, it is. It all comes down to context.
Also, as already stated above, animals are usually not referred to as he or she, but rather by "il".
C'est un chien = it/this is a dog
Il y a un chien = there is a dog
"il est un chien" is incorrect: http://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/cest-versus-il-elle-est
I hear a female voice, she clearly (to me anyway) says "chien". However, I understand that many people can't tell the difference between "chien" and "chat". All I can say, is that in time your French ear will improve and you'll eventually be able to hear the difference.
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