Do you want to adopt a dog that is neither too big nor too small? Medium-sized dogs are good companions who know how to adapt to any space. More reassuring than small models, medium-sized dogs are also less imposing than larger ones. These are good compromises for households that cannot agree on a size, but also companions that remain easy to transport everywhere and to take on a trip. Here are 10 medium-sized dog breeds that will make you happy.
1 – The Bearded Collie
Active and willful, the Bearded Collie is a hardworking sheepdog that measures between 51 and 56 cm at the withers. Although he is calm and constant, he needs to exert himself every day by practicing sports, because he is a dog that is rather made for life in the open air. Avoid adopting him to leave him locked up in an apartment most of the time, he would let himself waste away with boredom.
Easy to train, he very quickly establishes a close and strong relationship with his master, but he walks a lot on treats. Gifted with a confident character, he can tend to bark easily if you don’t socialize him early enough.
2 – The Border Collie
With a height at the withers of 51 to 53 cm, the Border Collie is a large size among medium-sized doggies. This loyal, protective and very endearing sheepdog is the perfect companion. On the other hand, he has a great need for activity inherited from his work with herds and he can play and exert himself for hours without getting tired. So avoid adopting him if you cannot devote a certain number of hours to him during the day and if you are away too much, because he will be unhappy.
Pleasant to live with and relatively easy to train, the Border Collie is an outdoor dog that cannot sit still, but will bring you happiness every day.
3 – The Boxer
With a height at the withers of 63 cm maximum for 30 kg, the Boxer is located in the large sizes of medium-sized doggies. This very sociable dog is the embodiment of joie de vivre. Playful, dynamic, tender and affectionate, it is an endearing breed that hops everywhere. On the other hand, it is imperative to educate him well from an early age and with kindness. To preserve his sociability, it is essential to treat him correctly, without violence.
Very attached to his family, he easily plays the protector and his physique is a help during isolated walks, because he easily impresses without being too imposing.
The Boxer has a life expectancy of between 10 and 13 years, but it is unfortunately subject to multiple fragilities and genetic pathologies.
4 – The English Bulldog
If his unattractive physique is likely to displease, the English Bulldog is nevertheless a very endearing companion. Deterrent to strangers, it is ideal for walking in isolated places without fear.
Rather stubborn, it is necessary to educate him very early in obedience, because it is far from being his strong point. Very homebody, he lets himself live without providing too much effort. However, with patience, kindness and firmness, it is possible to make him more sociable and relatively well educated.
Unfortunately, health is his weak point. Subject to certain genetic pathologies, he also tends to gain weight easily and he does not really exert himself. In addition, it does not tolerate heat well.
5 – The Brittany Spaniel
Very sporty, the Brittany Spaniel is a hunting dog – pointer more precisely – which weighs approximately 18 kg and is 50 cm at the withers. They are athletic dogs who have a great need to exert themselves daily, at the rate of 2 to 3 hours of sport per day. Often trained for hunting, they are still very affectionate companions if they are properly socialized. On the other hand, be attentive to birds and small animals, because his hunting temperament can very quickly take over, even if you do not raise him with this in mind.
With its life expectancy of 15 years, this dog is to be reserved for people who have time to devote to it and who will be able to take pleasure in following it in its physical activities.
6 – The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Dynamic and above all a good walker, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a characterful dog with short legs, but who only appreciates long walks! Rather cooperative, he must nevertheless be educated very early with benevolence and firmness to learn to respect the orders given to him.
Endowed with an unparalleled flair, he is a born hunter who will have to live in a fenced garden to avoid running away. However, it can be bred other than for hunting. It is then a very dynamic, playful, tender and cheerful companion.
7 – The Finnish Spitz
If Spitz are often among the small dogs, the Finnish Spitz is more of a medium size. Much appreciated for its incomparable beauty, this dog is nevertheless endowed with a particular character.
The Finnish Spitz is an ancient breed generally trained for hunting and capable of withstanding difficult, even very harsh living conditions. Even if he can be educated differently, you have to know how to be patient and attentive, because this determined doggie can have strong impulses, in particular for pursuit. Very active, it is preferable – or rather strongly recommended – to allow him to exercise himself every day in a large fenced garden.
Despite this, the Finnish Spitz is an endearing dog who, if he shows a certain independence, knows how to be tender and cheerful when he is well socialized and properly treated.
8 – The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Considered – excessively – as a dangerous dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is nevertheless a very affectionate doggie, close to his masters, dynamic, playful and enthusiastic. If he is of medium height with his 40 cm at the withers, he has a muscular silhouette and an imposing physique!
If this dog is overflowing with joie de vivre, it is essential to educate him very early on with firmness and kindness to prevent him from developing and asserting his tenacious character. It is therefore necessary to teach him to obey and respond to orders from an early age.
9 – The Tibetan Terrier
The Tibetan Terrier is one of the small, medium-sized dogs. This guard dog is active, dynamic, playful and always in a good mood. For these reasons, he badly needs to exert himself every day, but also to be groomed regularly, because his long hair cannot do without brushing.
Relatively easy to train, it is nevertheless necessary to intervene very early to help him channel his energy and behave well. It is imperative to ensure good socialization with humans, but it is normal for him to be more distant or suspicious of strangers.
With an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, the Tibetan Terrier is not very prone to genetic diseases.
10 – The Whippet
The Whippet is a medium-sized sighthound that measures up to 51 cm at the withers. Very dynamic, he has a great need to spend at least an hour a day. He therefore needs long daily walks and a garden with a high fence in which he can run as he pleases, insofar as he is a sprinter.
This endearing animal is graceful and elegant. Sweet, he is lively and playful, but relatively independent.