Top 10 Medium Dog Breeds
The medium dog breeds are very popular because many consider them the exact sized dog that they want. While they’re not like our small dog breeds that melt everyone’s hearts for being little fluff-balls but also look extremely fragile and almost small enough to pack inside a handbag, they are also not as big as our large dog breeds that tend to be almost as tall as their humans. Usually, the medium dog breeds are dogs that add a little more substance than the small dog breeds but will not tip the scale entirely like the large dog breeds. Depending on who you talk to, there are a wide range of dogs that are included in the medium dog breeds category. Mostly, people will put dogs that are between twenty and sixty pounds in this category but really it depends and these are not the absolute limits. Depending on your own weight limits, you may be able to pick up the medium dog breed still (which is not usually possible with the large dog breeds).
Medium dog breeds appeal to people for a variety of reasons. First off, some people think that many of them are great partners in crime to their humans. They will go on jogs, runs and hikes with you and can swim in the river with you as well without as much ‘care’ needed to be taken as a small dog breed. Others like medium dog breeds because they are the perfect size for households with children. They’re not so small that you can run over them without knowing it. They’re also not so big that they will run over small children and unintentionally hurt them while playing.
Here is a list of some of the most common medium dog breeds that you will hear about in the dog community. Please keep in mind that there are more than one hundred medium dog breeds and this list is not comprehensive.
Poodles are one of the hypoallergenic medium dog breeds and thus, are very suitable for people who might be allergic to dander from dogs. Poodles are known for their instinctive behavior. They also have a high marking and hunting drive where is more observable in them than in many other dog breeds. This is why it is important to make sure that they are not allowed with small animals such as rabbits, cats or hamsters by themselves without any supervision. Poodles are a medium dog breed that need tons of exercise and can get bored very easily. A bored Poodle will chew on your clothes, shoes and even furniture. Make sure to take them out and about daily. A great way to get them their required physical and mental stimulation is by enrolling them in obedience or agility training. This will also help them socialize with other dogs.
9. Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terriers are one of the most popular medium dog breeds. Known as the “King of Terriers”, the Airedale Terrier is the largest of the medium dog breeds. They are great working and hunting dogs, and have also been used by the police for investigations. This medium dog breed was bred to hunt independently. Sometimes, Airedale Terriers displace herding characteristics. They are one of the medium dog breeds that will chase down smaller animals and even toddlers! This is why it is important to train them well and make sure that they follow commands closely. Airedale Terriers are also very popular in the medium dog breeds’ world because they make excellent family dogs when the dog and children are trained and socialized well. They can live with cats and even other smaller animals if they are raised with them. They’re very swift and extremely intelligent dogs.
8. Basset Hound
With their short legs and droopy skins, the Basset Hounds have come to be known as one of the most popular medium dog breeds. Originally from France, the Bassett Hounds are great scent dogs that were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rabbits and hare. Their sense of smell is second to only that of the Bloodhound. Even though their droopy skin makes them look sad, the Basset Hounds are actually a very friendly, playful and outgoing medium dog breed. They can be great with children of all ages and also other pets as long as they have been socialized well from an early age. Just liked dogs need to be trained, children also need to be trained respect the dog and not tug at his or her ears or torment them. They should be given some space and privacy while they eat and relax.
7. Australian Shepherd Dog
Australian Shepherd dogs are one of the most loved medium dog breeds. A fun fact about Australian Shepherd dogs is that they were actually bred and developed in western United States in the 1800s. They are an extremely trainable and intelligent medium dog breed that has been used by stockmen as stockdogs. They have also competed in herding trials. Australian Shepherd dogs do really well in obedience and agility courses because of their willingness to please and their ability to learn quickly. They are a high energy medium dog breed and need to be able to get a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Ideally, they should be given a job to do even if it means carrying a backpack on a city walk.
6. Border Collie
Border Collies are one of the medium dog breeds that have been popularized through their appearance in many television shows. Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs ranks Border Collies first in terms of dog intelligence. In fact, in 2011 a Border Collie was reported to learn 1,022 human words and respond to them accordingly! They are smart, acrobatic and athletic dogs that are known to complete successfully in different kinds of dog sports. Being the athletic dogs are, Border Collies are one of the medium dog breeds that need TONS of rigorous physical activities every single day. They are suitable for families that love to lead an active life full of jogging, hiking, biking and running. While they’re high energy dogs, they can live in apartments as long as owners commit to taking them and having them let out their energy.