50 Best Medium Sized Dogs
If you’re searching for a dog that’s not too large and not too small, look into getting a medium sized dog breed! There’s nothing not to like about them. They are cute, smart and fun. And with tons of the best medium sized dog breeds to choose from, the perfect one is out there for everyone.
So no matter if you’re single and looking for a furry companion or have a big family and are looking for a fur baby to join your crew, we gathered 50 of the best medium sized dogs below to help you decide which one fits in best with your lifestyle! Trust us, no matter which pooch you’re drawn to, you can’t go wrong with these pups–they’re all fur-bulous!
50 Best Medium-Sized Dogs
1. Portuguese Water Dog
Follow in the Obamas lead and add a Portuguese Water Dog to your family. These medium sized pups have waterproof coats and webbed feet, so they’ll enjoy going swimming with you in the summertime and pretty much anytime they see water.
2. Border Collies
This Scottish breed is hardworking and loves herding sheep! But that doesn’t mean you have to live on a farm to own one. Although, Border Collies thrive if you have a backyard they can round around in, you can also play with them and take them to dog parks to get their energy out.
3. Siberian Husky
These high-energy canines weigh anywhere from 35-60 pounds. They are friendly, outgoing and clever, but also can be a stubborn sometimes.
If you’ve dreamed of having a dog like Lassie, you’ll want a Collie! Collies are beautiful, extremely loyal and great at following commands. However, they do tend to bark a lot, so keep that in mind.
These pooches can weigh up to 40 pounds. They have tons of energy and make excellent running partners.
Related: 300 Unique Dog Names
6. Golden Retriever
There’s no question about it, these dogs have hearts of gold. Golden Retrievers are extremely popular pets and are all about making their owners happy. They also make amazing guided ogs and therapy dogs.
7. Chinese Shar-Pei
Chinese Shar-Peis are ideal pets for those who are looking to add a more laid-back dog to their household. They’re great pets for first-time dog owners because they don’t need a ton of attention and are actually good watchdogs.
This fluffy breed looks like it’s wearing glasses thanks to its trademark spectacle markings around its eyes. Aside from its signature appearance, Keeshounds are also smart and social butterflies.
9. Finnish Spitz
No, this isn’t a fox, though it does resemble one with its orange coat, pointed ears and fuzzy tail. Having a Finnish Spitz will mean you’ll basically have a sidekick and playmate for life.
10. Labrador Retriever
Did you know Labs are one of the most popular dog breed in the U.S.? It’s true! They’re smart, very friendly and great companions. What’s not to love?
11. English Springer
Affectionate, gentle and playful are just a few words to describe English Springers. They are pretty much dream pets.
Part of the hound dog group, these dogs descend from Greyhounds. When running, Whippets are extremely fast and can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour!
Samoyeds love being outdoors, especially when it’s cold. They are incredibly athletic and require lots and lots of brushing to keep their coats in tip-top shape. Tip: You should never cut their fur because it regulates their body’s temperature.
Barbets are French, curly-haired, water dogs. Their name comes from the French word “barbe,” which means “beard.”
Eurasiers have amazingly thick fur that can come in a variety of shades. They are very calm-natured and originated in Germany.
Related: 250 Girl Dog Names
16. Dutch Shepherd
Dutch Shepherds are very independent pups compared to other canines. However, they make very loyal companions if you have one for a pet.
When you think about Poodles, their appearance is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. But did you know they are incredibly intelligent? That means they’re great at picking up all kinds of tricks!
These speckled creatures are stunning to look at. Though, while you might normally see black spotted Dalmatians, they can actually have chocolate brown spots, too!
19. Norwegian Elkhound
You might think that these pretty dogs are some type of German Shepherd mix or even a Husky cross, but the truth is, Norwegian Elkhound are a breed all of their own.
20. Chow Chow
Chow Chows aren’t just unique because of their furry coats, but they’re also unique because they have blue tongues! They aren’t born with blue tongues though. They start out pink and by the time they are six months old, their pigment is completely blue.
If you’re looking for a pet to relax at home with, check out a Bulldog. They are laidback, don’t need lots of exercise. Plus, their wrinkles are just oh so cute!
22. English Foxhound
Need a partner to hit the trails with? An English Foxhound will be just that. Hiking and running are two of their favorite things.
23. Basset Hound
It’s hard to resist Basset Hounds with their long ears! But that’s not their only signature feature; their noses are pretty spectacular, too. In fact, they have incredibly sensitive noses, which is one reason why they make great hunting buddies.
24. Cocker Spaniels
These beauties are a little high-maintenance in the grooming department, but their friendly personalities make up for that. Cocker Spaniels are loving, good listeners and get along with whoever they meet.
25. Australian Cattle Dogs
Australian Cattle Dogs typically weigh 35-50 pounds. They are very muscular, curious and loyal animals.
Related: Best Small Dog Breeds
26. Bearded Collie
Bearded Collies look a lot smaller than they actually are thanks to their fluffy coats, but they actually only weigh 45-55 pounds. If you have one of these dogs, they need regular exercise to burn off their energy.
27. Pyrenean Shepherd
Pyrenean Shepherds come in two varieties: smooth-faced and rough-faced. Both will follow you around wherever you go and want to play with you all the time.
They may be called Greyhounds, but that doesn’t mean these pups always have grey fur. These dogs can actually be born with any color coat.
Basenjis are known as barkless dogs. However, they aren’t completely silent. They make a yodeling sound when they get excited. How funny!
30. Bernese Mountain Dogs
Bernese Mountain Dogs are referred to as “Berners.” They thrive in the outdoors and enjoy vigorous activities like long walks and hikes.
Bergamascos are an ancient breed that are said to be at least 2,000 years old. They have great herding skills and unique mop-looking coats.
Weighing up to 35 pounds, Briards are total fluffs. One of their key characteristics are their bushy eyebrows and ponytail looking ears.
33. English Setter
With their unique coats that are only long on the backs of their legs and under their belly and tails, English Setters are quite stunning. They’re sweet-tempered and happy hunting in the fields or curling up on the couch with their owner.
34. Clumber Spaniel
Clumber Spaniels are a rare breed today. They make great pets though and are known for being gentle and loyal.
35. Kerry Blue Terrier
Believe it or not, Kerry Blues don’t shed even though they have luscious wavy coats. And even though they might not look tough, they are great watchdogs and are fearless if it comes to protecting someone they care for.
Related: Large Dog Breeds
36. Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are originally from Switzerland. They are smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs weighing roughly 45-65 pounds.
37. Finnish Lapphund
Finnish Lapphunds have a double coat, which is also water-repellant. Pretty cool, right? It protects them from the extreme cold and water.
Known as the Mexican hairless dog, Xoloitzcuintlis are one of several breeds of hairless dog. This type of canine can be found in a mixture of sizes including standard, miniature, and toy.
39. Irish Terrier
You guessed it! This dog breed is from Ireland and one of the oldest Terrior breeds that exists today.
40. Australian Shepherds
No, these guys aren’t from Australia. Despite their name, Australian Shepherds are actually from the American West.
41. Wheaten Terriers
Quiet by nature, Wheaten Terriers aren’t noisy pups. They are adorable pets that are really affectionate.
This medium sized pup was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1927. However, historians believe that they are actually the oldest breed of domesticated dog, dating them back to 329 BC.
43. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgebacks descend from Africa. Their sleek coats aren’t just for show; they help them withstand the extreme African temperatures and weather.
44. Standard Schnauzer
Fetch and backyard games are a couple of this breed’s favorite activities. So be prepared for lots of fun if you have a Standard Schnauzer.
45. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
You’ll never forget the sound of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever’s bark. Why? When they get excited, they have a high-pitched bark that almost sounds like a scream.
Related: How to Adopt a Dog In Every State
Historically, these dogs were bred to be royal guard dogs! Nowadays, they have become more and more common house pets.
47. Silken Windhound
Silken Windhounds are social pets who do best in homes where they aren’t left alone often. But seeing how they have sweet attitudes and love snuggling, you’ll want to be with them all the time.
Beagles are low maintenance, happy and friendly pets. They are also one of the most familiar dogs in the world and have existed for hundreds of years.
49. Golden Doodles can weigh up to 45 pounds. They are a pretty new breed that combines a Poodle and a Golden Retriever.
Vizslas love being close to their owners and usually have a tight bond with them. They are loyal, easy to train and they’re great at learning tricks, too.
Check out these 50 dog puns that get you howling!