Medium Dog Breeds



Not too big, not too small, medium dogs are just right for an owner who wants a dog with a little more substance without tipping the scales. Ranging from 20-60 lbs, these sturdy and reliable breeds like the Australian Shepherd, the French Bulldog and the American Pit Bull Terrier, are not going to fit in your purse, but you still might be able to pick them up. Many of the medium sized breeds are appealing to families who have smaller children, but don’t have the space for a larger dog.

Gordon Setter

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Gordon Setter

The Duke of Gordon developed the Gordon, the only Scottish setter, as a working setter early in the 19th century. The Gordon Setter's rugged build was well suited to working in dense cover in all weather.

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Harrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Harrier

These hounds are small versions of the English Foxhound and were developed to follow the large, slow European hare, accompanied by hunters on foot. They have gentle, houndlike temperaments. If raised in a pack, they are more dog-oriented, but when raised in a home, they enjoy their families.

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Ibizan Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Ibizan Hound

This tall, slender sporting hound has erect ears and bears a close resemblance to depictions of Anubis, the dog god of ancient Egypt. It's likely that the Ibizan shares ancestry with another Mediterranean hunting hound, the Pharaoh.

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Icelandic Sheepdog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Icelandic Sheepdog

The only dog native to Iceland, the Icelandic Sheepdog (also known as the Iceland Dog or Icelandic Dog) was brought to the country in the 9th century by the Viking settlers.

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Irish Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is nicknamed Daredevil for the reckless fire of its personality. Once called the Irish Sporting Terrier, this breed was used as a ratter and guard dog as well as to flush and retrieve game.

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Irish Water Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is a natural clown with an inquisitive, determined personality. A member of the ancient family of water dogs found in Europe, the IWS is probably closely related to the Poodle.

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Kai

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Kai

A dog of legendary bravery, the Kai is an ancient Japanese hunting dog that was developed on the island of Honshu. Hunting everything from deer to wild boar, this determined, agile dog was said to have climbed trees and swum rivers and lakes to catch its quarry.

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Karelian Bear Dog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Karelian Bear Dog

This Nordic hunting dog originated in the province of Karelia, which is divided by the Russian-Finnish border into two almost equal parts.

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Keeshond

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Keeshond

Distinctive facial markings called spectacles set apart this breed of Dutch origin and give it a look of great intelligence, a look that is borne out by the breed's alert, lively and trainable nature.

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Kerry Blue Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Kerry Blue Terrier

The well-dressed Kerry Blue Terrier wears a soft, dense, wavy coat of silvery blue, ranging in shade from deep slate to light blue gray.

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Kooikerhondje

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Kooikerhondje

If you happened to spy a Kooikerhondje walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t know what to call it, much less how to pronounce it (it’s “koy-ker-hondt-chuh”). Just seeing one of these dogs in the United States would be a treat because they are so rare.

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Labrador Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Labrador Retriever

This dog has a retrieving jones. Lead a Lab to a body of water and it will retrieve all day: balls, sticks, and even children who might happen to go for a swim. Descended from dogs found in Newfoundland by explorers, fishermen and settlers, the Labrador Retriever evolved by natural selection.

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Lagotto Romagnolo

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Lagotto Romagnolo

Truffles, Anyone? The charming, curly coated Lagotto is an old breed of water retriever from the lowlands of Comacchio and the marshlands of Ravenna, Italy. Eventually, the marshlands were drained and turned into farmland, leaving the Lagotto without a job. But not for long!

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Miniature American Shepherd

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Miniature Australian Shepherd

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Miniature Australian Shepherd

A smaller version of the Australian Shepherd, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed during the 1960s by a Californian who acquired several full-size Aussies from the rodeo circuit, where they were popular trick performers.

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Miniature Bull Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Miniature Bull Terrier

This little fellow is sturdy, muscular, active, intelligent and tenacious, yet good tempered. In looks and coloring, it's a scaled-down version of the full-sized Bull Terrier.

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New Guinea Singing Dog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

New Guinea Singing Dog

The New Guinea Singing Dog, a very rare breed, is a native to the central highlands of the island of New Guinea. This breed shares many traits with the Australian Dingo. The NGSD is small, weighing about 20 to 30 pounds.

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Norwegian Buhund

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Norwegian Buhund

The Buhund is one of the earliest known Nordic herding types, although it was not officially recognized until the 20th century.

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Norwegian Elkhound

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Norwegian Elkhound

Honored as the national dog of Norway, the Norwegian Elkhound descends from spitz-type dogs that have been known in Scandinavia since Viking times (800-1000 AD). In its country of origin, the Elkhound has been used to pull sleds, tend flocks, guard home and family, and as a mountain rescue dog.

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Norwegian Lundehund

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Norwegian Lundehund

Also known as the Norwegian Puffin Dog, the Lundehund is among the world's rarest of dogs. Distinctive physical characteristics enabled Lundehunds to excel at hunting. They have six toes on each foot, including two dewclaws. These extra toes enable the dogs to climb steep rock formations.

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