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.


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Afghan Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Afghan Hound

Developed in Afghanistan (from ancient lines, likely Egyptian), the Afghan Hound was bred to hunt large game, pursuing his prey by sight, in both mountains and deserts.

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Airedale Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale originated in England as an all-around working dog, hunting small game and guarding homes. During the world wars, Airedales delivered messages and searched for fallen soldiers.

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American English Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American English Coonhound

The American English Coonhound is derived from a combination of English Coonhounds brought to the New World by wealthy English land owners and Virginia Hounds, which had arrived with earlier settlers and were more adept at traversing rough terrain and harsher weather.

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American Pit Bull Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Pit Bull Terrier

This canine product of the American melting pot is a true success story, a bulldog-terrier cross that made its way out of the fighting pits and into the hearts of dog lovers.

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American Staffordshire Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Staffordshire Terrier

The Amstaff, a cross between the old English Bulldog and one or more terriers, was truly “made in America.” Originally known as the Staffordshire Terrier, American was added to the names to avoid confusion with their British counterpart, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

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American Water Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Water Spaniel

Also known as the Brown Spaniel, this is an American breed that was developed in the Midwest to spring and retrieve waterfowl, but it's an all-around shooting dog that will also bring in rabbits, grouse, quail and pheasant.

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Australian Cattle Dog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred to heel cattle in Australia's rough outback, but it's also an excellent all-around family dog. The dog is a sturdy, compact, symmetrically built, tough working dog with strength, stamina and endurance.

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Australian Shepherd

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Australian Shepherd

Probably originating in the Pyrenees Mountains (which, by the way, are not in Australia…), the Australian Shepherd was developed in the US for herding livestock and all-around ranch work.

Today’s Aussie, although still a capable worker, is a companion to families, not just cowboys.

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Azawakh

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Azawakh

The Azawakh bonds strongly to a single person or family. Puppies that are not properly socialized or older dogs that are re-homed often find it difficult to adjust. This is a highly intelligent breed that needs the occasional run for exercise, but is also happy as a house and guard dog.

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Barbet

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Barbet

What’s that adorable, shaggy-haired walking down the street? No, it’s not a designer Poodle mix—it’s a Barbet, a French sporting dog with a long history. Truly “the original” water retriever, the Barbet has been around since the 14th century.

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Basenji

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Basenji

The Basenji is known as the barkless dog of central Africa, but the breed is far from silent. It makes a series of noises and a crowing sound that breed fanciers describe as a yodel. This hunting breed, classified as a sighthound, is valued for speedy, intelligent and silent workmanship.

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

A lively dog developed in France for hunting rabbits and hare, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is known for its well-developed scent-tracking skills, courage and friendly nature. Derived from the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne in the 1700s, the Basset Fauve had nearly vanished by the end of World War II.

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Basset Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Basset Hound

Well-known as the symbol for Hush Puppies shoes, the Basset Hound is a short-legged hound with long, sweeping ears.

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Beagle

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Beagle

Hunting hounds in England date back to the Roman occupation, but an exact history of the Beagle is uncertain. Their popularity with 18th century English hunters, however, is well established history.

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Bearded Collie

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Bearded Collie

Records dating to the 16th century show that Polish Lowland Sheepdogs were brought into Scotland and crossed with local farm collies to create the Bearded Collie.

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Belgian Sheepdog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Belgian Sheepdog

In its country of origin, the long-coated black Belgian Sheepdog is known as the Groenendael, named after the village where this variety of sheepdog was created. Smart and sensitive, the breed adapts well to family life. It's active and alert, and is an excellent worker in obedience.

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Belgian Tervuren

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Belgian Tervuren

Except for coat color, this breed is similar to its close relative the Belgian Sheepdog: same size (up to 26 inches at the shoulder); same elegant outline; and same long, off-standing double coat, but in shades of red or fawn with a black overlay.

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Black and Tan Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Black and Tan Coonhound

A specialist in night trailing the raccoon, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a direct descendant of the Bloodhounds that were imported to the English colony of Virginia. Males measure 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females two inches less.

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Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Cur

The history of the Black Mouth Cur is shrouded in mystery. Some claim that the breed originated in the Tennessee mountains; others maintain that it hails from Mississippi. Southern geography notwithstanding, early Americans used them widely as versatile working dogs.

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Bluetick Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Bluetick Coonhound

During the early decades of this century, dog dealers made trips into the Louisiana bayou, the Ozark mountains and other isolated areas, bringing out hounds of remarkably pure type. These dogs, mainly of the heavily ticked blue color, were often referred to as Bleus de Gascognes or French Staghounds.

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