Medium Sized Dog Breeds
Not too big and not too small. These medium-sized dog breeds are characterized as being a happy medium between the toy breed and the large breed of dog. Medium-sized dog breeds are known for their playful and energetic nature; making great family pets. This breed category states that the dog must fall within the range of 20 to 70 pounds. Below, we will share with you some of the most popular medium dog breeds from around the world!
Airedale Terrier (40 to 44 pounds)
The Airedale Terrier is positioned as one of the most intelligent terrier breeds, hence its great success as a companion animal and family pet, but it is crucial that it is socialized well at a young age. It is also considered one of the popular medium dog breeds.
These dogs are a somewhat stubborn and energetic breed and are best for owners who have time to teach them not to chase other dogs. The Airedale Terrier is a terrier with a lot of personality and it may not always do what you ask due to its high energy level. It all depends on how you train him. The sooner you start socializing your dog, the better. Another thing the Airedale Terrier needs in large quantities is plenty of exercise, affection, and long walks. Their strong hunting dog instincts can betray you from time to time, so be careful walking this terrier off-leash; he could go after another dog or cat that you bump into on your daily walks. In addition, the Airedale Terrier is very playful and sometimes nervous.
This hardy breed of dog has a curly, hard, and wiry coat with only blacks and gold browns. In addition, they have V-shaped ears that fold over. Without a doubt, we are talking about a strong and well-muscled animal with a maximum height to the withers of just over 60 cm. The sexual dimorphism of these terriers is well pronounced, and the females are considerably smaller than the males. It is a very proportionate dog with short, vee-bent ears and small feet, and a short, straight back.
American Staffordshire Terrier (40 to 70 pounds)
The American Staffordshire Terrier was raised, above all, for dogfights. His ancestors were supposed to have arrived in the United States around 1860 from Britain with British immigrants. Here, during the second half of the nineteenth century, large-scale fights of commercial dogs took place in which this muscular breed was used.
Luckily, there are American Staffordshire Terriers famous for much more than dog fights in the history of this breed. For example, the dog Pete was a representative of the breed in the popular children’s series The Gang: the Little Rascals. Today, the American Staffordshire Terriers are, above all, family pets and guardians.
In Britain, American Staffordshire Terriers are popular family dogs for their affinity and care for children. Also, they are often used as social dogs in nursing homes where residents are happy with their relaxed and playful nature. In addition, their aplomb and stamina make them excellent rescue dogs.
It has a large head on a muscular and compact body. The American Staffordshire Terrier looks imposing. The shoulder height is 43-48 centimeters, and the weight is up to 23 kilos. The dark eyes are on a broad head, and the ears are usually half upright. The hanging ears are not desired.
The short and bright fur of the breed can be seen in almost every shade. However, neither the lack of pigmentation of the nose nor the black coloration with fire marks, as seen in the Dobermans, nor a high proportion of white, associated with a genetic arrangement for deafness is desired.
Australian Kelpie (31 to 46 pounds)
The Australian Kelpie is characterized by its vitality, physical endurance, and herding ability. It is a tenacious dog that is agile; however, it tends to be very quiet, meek, and obedient with proper education and obidience training sessions. If you provide your Kelpie with enough exercise and outdoor activities that induce mental stimulation, the Australian Kelpie turns out to be a good family pet. The Kelpie loves children and feels a great sense of attachment to its family and friends.
For this herding breed, exercise is a must, but these smart dogs who like to work don’t just do that. Kelpies must train the body and mind; they need lots of exercise. They are considered independent dogs and seek the meaning of their orders; they don’t like stupid, repetitive exercises. They’ll look for something to do on their own that makes more sense to them, even if it’s not always to their owners’ liking.
The Australian Kelpie is a medium-breed dog that is as cunning as a fox, their body even somewhat mimics that of this animal. It has almond eyes and a prominent snout. When active, its tail remains straightened, if not, dropped and slightly curved. The short double coat of the Kelpie is divided into a lower mantle of short, dense hair and a shallow mantle of smooth, hard hair. The lower mantle of the double coat protects it from extreme temperatures, both from cold and heat, and thanks to the adjoining surface mantle, it is waterproof.
The colors of the Kelpie’s fur can be very varied. However, most Kelpies that are raised and bred today are a single color due to selective breeding. Therefore, the color palette of its hair can range from black or brownish-black to bluish hues, to reddish, coppery brown, chocolate brown, or even cream color.
Border Collie (30 to 45 pounds)
This dog’s faithful and attentive gaze, which can change suddenly when working, reveals much about the nature of this dog close to people but of great diligence. However, when it comes to keeping animals under control, his expression becomes serious and rigid. This deep look gives you an authority that the caregiver should not underestimate. Another peculiarity closely related to its mission as a shepherd and sheepdog is the typical crouched posture at work, reflecting its concentration. The head is lowered, and the tail is usually tucked between the legs and close to the belly.
Even when these two characteristics are neglected, the Border Collie cannot deny its calling as a herding dog. The muscular, athletic, and well-proportioned body and the smooth, flexible movements indicate speed, agility, and stamina. The legs are lifted only slightly off the ground, moving stealthily and at great speed. The harmonious body, longer than it is tall, is about 55 centimeters high at the withers maximum in males. Females are slightly shorter, about 18 inches. The weight, which must be incorrect about the body, must be between 13 and 22 kilos.
The name of this breed dog refers to its area of origin. The English word border (border) refers to the border region between England and Scotland. For centuries, farmers in the area have dependable and obedient herding dogs that tend the sheep and do very well in the harsh climate. These exceptionally robust dogs who love herding work, who control their flocks like no other canine, are mentioned for the first time in John Caius’s treatise on English dogs “De Canibus Britannicus” of the year 1567. Although at that time they were not yet known by the name border collie, the description of Caius is very similar to that of this breed so popular today.
Caring for a Border Collie, compared to the physical and mental demands, requires little time. However, this dog also has to get used to a grooming routine. To maintain the beauty and health of its coat, it is important to brush it frequently. Especially those with long hair can develop unsightly knots. Additionally, you should check and clean your ears, eyes, and teeth frequently. In this way, possible infections can be avoided, discovered, and treated.
Spanish Water Dog (31 to 40 pounds)
The Spanish Water Dog is a lovely and active breed of dog. Without a doubt, when you finish reading this post, you will have fallen in love with this beautiful breed that is intelligent, sociable, and fun.
The Spanish Water Dog arrived in Spain through the southern border of the Iberian Peninsula, caused by the Arab invasions. They arrived on boats with the Arabs because they were excellent helper dogs in regard to fishing, hence its name.
Regarding its physical characteristics, the Spanish Water Dog is medium in size and quite athletic. Its height measured from the central cross of the back is 41 to 50 centimeters. Its average weight is between 14 and 22 kilos, depending on if it is a male or female.
With respect to the head of the Spanish Water Dog, it is very strong, with a bearing of elegance. Their eyes are very expressive, and their color generally matches their fur, being almost always brown or hazelnut.
The Spanish Water Dog has a somewhat strong character and sometimes incurs disobedience. However, it is a very intelligent breed of dog, as well as kind and affectionate with family members, especially children. They tend to be playful, which makes them excellent family pets.
You should be sure to brush your Spanish Water Dog’s curly coat daily and check to ensure it does not have fleas, ticks, or other debris stuck in its coat. Their hair should be cut during the summer months as excess heat can wreak havoc on their skin. Preferably, their hair should be cut every 3 months.
Basset Hound (44 to 64 pounds)
The Basset Hound is usually known for being slow and lazy. However, these hunting dogs really enjoy long walks with their owners and lots of love and playtime. Basset Hounds are excellent tracking dogs and have been used throughout history for hunting and tracking. They loveable dogs enjoy spending time napping with their family and particularly enjoy exercising their magnificent sense of smell with games focused on mental stimulation.
The Basset Hound is a fairly large dog that is both short and stocky in its build. They are known for their curved tails that are held high over their long backs. An adult Basset Hound typically weighs between 44 and 77 pounds. Relative to the size of the breed, they have a rather stocky build and are known for being “heavier-boned” than other dogs.
The dog’s short legs and long body allow it to run with grace and power. They are typically seen running with their noses to the ground as they are always looking to pick up a scent trail. Their tight and thick coat comes in a variety of colors and protects the dog while hunting or out on daily excursions. Experts have concluded that the long ears and wrinkled appearance of the dog help in trapping scents. The Basset Hound’s skull is characterized by its large and long nose. Their amazing tracking ability is second only to the Bloodhound.
The Basset Hound breed first appeared around the 16th century, as it was cited in a text about badger hunting. However, people have used dogs similar to the Basset Hound since ancients times for hunting and tracking; there is not a specific point in time that can be attributed to the creation of the Basset Hound. Before the French Revolution, short-legged dogs were commonly used for hunting. After the French Revolution, many hunters wanted a dog that could be followed by them on foot. They needed this hunting dog to be strong and have wonderful tracking ability. The Basset Hound appeared as the optimal choice for hunters as the dog moves rather slowly and allows hunters to follow more easily.
Beagle (22 to 24 pounds)
The Beagle is a compact dog of medium breed. It can measure up to 40 cm and weigh up to 18 kg. It has rather short legs that are solid and give it speed and resistance. The head is elongated, and the drooping and rounded ears are its most characteristic feature. All colors are recognized in this breed, except the liver color; the most frequent in bicolor beagles are brown and white, copper and white, and lemon and white; in the tricolor, they are black, brown, and white. According to the breed description, the tip of the tail should always be white.
Its short, shiny double coat is straightforward to care for, for example, after a hike through the woods where it gets into the undergrowth, you should brush its coat to remove debris and dead hair. Its tail, always pointing happily upwards, looks great as it runs around the terrain and also indicates its hunting heritage.
The Beagle knows what it wants. Its good nose and speed are due to its origins as a hunting dog. For this reason, the breed has a very marked prey instinct. A Beagle can disappear into the bushes, even though his owner is calling him because he has found a rabbit.
These intelligent dogs like to appear innocent, but they need a firm hand. Anyone who has a Beagle and has not made it clear from the beginning who is boss has to count on his dog to take the reins, in the literal sense of the word. This dog, originally bred as a hunter, stubbornly pursues his goals, regardless of whether you are out for a walk, in the woods, or on a normal day.
These characteristics are not the result of chance; in fact, Beagles have been bred as hunting dogs for centuries. Its breeding dates back to the so-called St. Hubert’s dog or northern hound, which the Normans introduced in England in 1066, with the conquest of Great Britain. Then, around the year 1400, it was crossed with the southern hound, a spotted breed of dog from the south of France. For the breeders of that time, what was important in these animals was their aptitude for hunting dogs and their role within the pack.
The name Beagle first appeared in 1515 in the account books of King Henry VIII. In 1615, a small breed of dog called the little Beagle was mentioned for the first time, which could fit inside the hunter’s saddlebags due to its compact size. These dogs turned out to have excellent hunting instincts. At this time, the term Beagling was coined to refer to hunting with a pack of dogs. However, the British Kennel Club – the British Cynological Federation – did not recognize the breed until 1890.
Cocker Spaniel (29 to 32 pounds)
The Cocker Spaniel is a popular breed of dog known for its beauty and faithful, sweet character. Cocker spaniels are lively dogs that are rather small in size, making them just the right size for many homes and apartments. They are great family dogs as they are highly trainable and will fall in love with all of the members of your family. Keep reading, as we will introduce more characteristics on the beautiful Cocker Spaniel that will surely make you fall in love with this wonderful breed.
The Cocker Spaniel is a small breed of dog; however, it does not fall into the category of mini or toy because its weight exceeds that category. Generally, females weigh between 10 and 12 kilos, and males weigh between 14 and 15 kilos.
The wavy coat of the Cocker Spaniel comes in many different solid colors, the most common being dark brown, black, red, and golden. The Cocker Spaniel’s hair is usually long on their ears, legs, and lower part of their bellies, almost resembling a skirt. The long hair on their floppy ears makes them appear to have long wavy that hangs down over their face.
Their hair must be well cared for, so it is best to take them to an expert groomer as opposed to cutting it yourself. In addition, they need to be brushed daily to remove any tangles or debris that may have accumulated in their silky coat.