Medium dog breeds are a good compromise for those new dog owners that like larger dogs but may not feel able to handle large dog breeds.
Don’t make the mistake that many new dog owners make. Too many fall in love with a particular dog breed and just purchase one.
This can sometimes lead to problems when unexpected and unwanted characteristics show up. These surprises can usually be avoided if you just do a bit of research beforehand.
If you know the breed you’re interested in, you can quickly see what characteristics that breed generally expresses. Click here to view our comparison chart of Medium Dog Breeds.
This chart can also be useful if you just want to check out the characteristics of the most popular medium sized dogs without investing too much time.
The categories below will help you find a breed for any category that’s particularly important to you.
Please note that these can only be generalities. That means that any particular dog could vary somewhat from a characteristic that the breed normally displays.
There’s no guarantee what genes are going to do in an individual dog. It’s just that the chances are good that these characteristics will win out.
Puppies generally have a ton of energy, but what will the adult version be like? Does a dog with lots of energy sound like fun to you, or does it sound like a nightmare?
Most people actually prefer dogs with lower energy levels. These are the medium dog breeds with the lowest energy levels:
All dogs need some exercise each day. If you choose a breed that requires a lot of exercise, will you have the time and energy to provide it? If not, choose a breed that doesn’t need much exercise.
The medium dog breeds with the lowest exercise needs are:
Other good choices with slightly higher exercise needs are:
Some breeds require more interaction with people than others. They may be constantly dropping a ball at your feet, begging you to play with them. You might ask yourself:
Will I get annoyed with a dog that always wants to play? How much am I interested in playing with a dog?
The medium dogs that are typically most playful are:
Other playful medium dog breeds are:
Some dogs will jump all over you and lick your face every chance they get. How do you like a wet face with dog slobber all over it? Other dogs will show their devotion to you with less outward affection.
Which would you prefer?
The most affectionate of the medium dog breeds are:
Almost any dog may fight with a strange dog or even a familiar dog at times. This is especially true when they invade each other’s territory.
Do you have other dogs? Will your new dog need to get along well with other dogs?
These medium sized dogs tend to do the best with other dogs:
Some breeds have been bred to chase and kill smaller animals. These breeds are much more likely to chase the family cat or other small animals.
Therefore, you should carefully consider this if you have other pets in the house.
These dogs usually do the best with other pets, but most dogs can learn to live with other pets if raised with them:
Other good choices are:
Depending on your situation, you may not want a dog that’s overly friendly with strangers. But then again, you might.
If you frequently have visitors and don’t want to keep your dog locked away, you might want to choose one of these medium dog breeds:
Other good choices are:
All dogs can be trained. But, some dogs require more repetition and patience than others. If you love spending time with your dog, this won’t be a problem.
If you’re looking to get a “good dog” with the least amount of effort on your part, choose one of these medium dog breeds:
Other easily trained breeds are:
This category rates whether a breed is alert and barks when something is wrong. You may find that some dogs that rate highly in this category bark a lot. If barking annoys you, choose a breed that rates lower for this characteristic.
These dogs tend to make the best watchdogs:
Does this medium breed dog have the desire to protect as well as the physical ability to protect you and your family? The idea of having a dog that will protect you and your family sounds great on the surface, but these dogs can be dangerous if not properly trained.
You should also be aware that owning such dogs can disqualify you with some insurance companies for a homeowners policy. They consider the risk too high that the dog could hurt someone.
If you’re sure that you want or need a dog for protection (and if you’re prepared to train the dog properly), consider one of these:
A dog breed can have one of several different coat types. Some coats require more grooming than others. If grooming a dog is not your idea of fun, consider one of these medium dog breeds:
Do you intend to keep your dog outside a lot and do you live in colder climate? The medium sized dogs that can best tolerate the cold are:
One of these medium dog breeds could also be a good choice for colder climates:
None of the medium dog breeds do well in excessive heat. That’s why you should never leave them unattended in a hot car.
You should also take care on hot days. Make sure they always have access to fresh water and that they can always get out of direct sunlight.
These breeds are the least tolerant of heat in the group:
The following are links to individual breed pages. More pages will be coming soon...
German Shepherd Dogs - Strong, agile and substantial, with an outline of smooth curves. Because of their protective nature, they make excellent guard dogs.