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Best Medium Sized Dog Breeds

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll find the smallest ones like Chihuahuas that are as small as 5-8 inches and weigh not more than 5 lbs. to the large ones like Great Danes and Mastiffs that are more than 30 inches tall and can weigh up to 250 lbs. Some of you may have a thing for the cute tiny ones and others may like those strong and built giant dogs that make you feel like a gangsta! 

Between these 2 types, we can find a sweet spot of medium-sized breeds that are neither too small like a teddy bear nor too big like a life-size teddy bear. This is the world of Collies and Poodles of the dog kingdom. We can call them medium-sized dog breeds. These dogs have a height of around 18-25 inches, and they weigh around 50 – 70 pounds. These aren’t the defined sizes for a medium dog, but most will lie in these ranges. 

If you’re planning to get a four-legged buddy home and are confused about the size, here are some great medium-sized dog breeds to consider – 

Best Medium-Sized Dog Breeds

  1. English Cocker Spaniel 

With a luxurious coat and soulful eyes, English Cocker Spaniels are among the best medium-sized dog breeds for you. These spaniels grow up to 15-16 inches tall and can weigh around 29 – 32 lbs. They are energetic, intelligent and fun to play around with. You can get these in black, liver/brown, red/golden, blue roan, liver roan, orange roan, black and white, etc. An American version of this breed is available in the U.S. with a few distinct features. (1)

2. Standard Poodle

One of the most recognizable dog breeds out there, the Poodle comes in 4 sizes – standard, medium, miniature and toy. The standard ones are around 18-24 inches tall and weigh around 44-71 lbs. They are obedient, athletic, and highly intelligent. Their thick curly coats with harsh fur have been awarded at multiple avenues. Not just that, they have served in the military as well. (2)

3. American Bulldog

The muscular and popular dog breed of the canine world, the American Bulldog, is a farm dog that originated in the US itself. If you get one of these, your name will be added to the list of proud owners adjacent to stars like Adam Sandler, John Legend, Hugh Jackman, Beckham, and many more. With an average height of 20-24 inches and weight of 75-110 lbs., this breed is available in white, black, red, brown, fawn, and all shades of brindle. They are friendly, smart and highly energetic. They may not tolerate other dogs of the same sex though. 

4. Australian Shepherd

Australian by name but American by origin, these dogs are renowned for their intelligence, energy, and loyalty. They are eager to please and hence easy to train. This makes them excellent family companions, especially with kids. They have an average height of 18-23 inches and weight of 40-65 lbs. The herding instincts kick in even today as American ranchers highly favored them for their exceptional herding capabilities. 

5. Collie

Originating from Scotland, Collies are known for their sensitivity and awareness of emotions in people. You’ll find many versions of Collie including Bearded Collie, Border Collie, Scotch Collie, German ‘Koolie’, etc. These are extremely intelligent dogs. With an average height of 22-26 inches and weight of 45-75 pounds, they come in 2 types of coats - rough and smooth. Black, white and tri-color are the most common colors available here. Their high energy levels require a lot of physical and mental stimulation.

The list doesn’t end here. There are several other medium sized dog breeds that can make it to the top. These include – 

  • Portuguese Water Dog

  • English Springer Spaniel

  • German Pinscher 

  • Irish Terrier

  • Cockapoo, etc.

You could consider them as well. 

Best Medium-Sized Dogs for Apartments

Most people, when they think of dogs for their apartments, tiny breeds like Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, Chihuahua, etc. come to their minds. It may be because of the size of the apartment. However, there are some mid-sized dog breeds as well that can adjust very well to that lifestyle and give you great companionship. Some of them are – 

  1. Boxers 

A great dog breed for not just apartment-style living but also for active pet-parents who love to run or hike. They are intelligent, fearless, and friendly. 

2. Shiba Inu 

The popular dog breed, owing its fan base to the crypto family, Shiba Inu, is a clean, attentive and friendly one. They can be easily house-trained as well.

3. Beagle

The compact size of these dogs itself is one of the biggest reasons why they can be perfect for apartment-style living. Fun-loving, gentle and energetic, Beagles are great with kids and require very little grooming. 

Some other great dog breeds that can suit for apartment living are – 

  • Chow Chow

  • Whippet

  • Shar-Pei

  • English Cocker Spaniel

  • Bulldogs, etc. 

Are There Medium-Sized Dogs That Don’t Shed?

We understand the problems with dogs that shed a lot, especially if you have an apartment lifestyle. Having said that, no dog is completely non-shedding, but some shed less than others. Your list for medium-sized dogs that don’t shed ‘much’ includes – 

  • Dachshund

  • Irish Terrier

  • Lagotto Romagnolo

Some of the dogs that we covered in the lists before this can also be a part of your almost non-shedding dog breeds. They include – 

  • Poodle

  • Portuguese Water Dog

Health Issues for Medium-Sized Dogs

While medium-sized dogs can give you a perfect balance of size, energy, companionship, etc. they come with their own risks for certain health issues.

  • Australian Shepherds are prone to conditions like hip dysplasia, eye disorders and epilepsy. (3)

  • 20.97% of the English Cocker Spaniels were found affected by Periodontal Disease in a study. 10% were found with otitis externa and another 10% with obesity issues. (1)

  • The American Bulldog, because of its short nose is prone to several respiratory problems. Apart from that, it is also prone to some dermatological conditions like allergic skin disease, ichthyosis, solar dermatosis, etc. 

Some other common health conditions in dogs are arthritis, cataracts, patellar luxation, cancer, etc. Even a healthy dog needs a vet visit for routine check-ups. If diagnosed with one of these medical conditions, the treatment can sometimes put a severe dent in your savings. Some conditions require medications, alternate therapies, prescription diets and even surgery in some cases to be treated. Apart from these, our four-legged buddies can injure themselves by getting in an accident, falling from a height or eating something they’re not supposed to. Pet health insurance can help you save up to 90% of the costs for all these conditions. 

How Can Pet Health Insurance Help?

With an accident and illness plan from Spot, you can visit any vet in Canada or the U.S. and receive a reimbursement for veterinary services involved with the diagnosis, treatment, or management of eligible conditions. Spot plans can help cover a variety of accidents, illnesses, and behavioral conditions including; broken bones, bite wounds, anxiety, cancer, allergies, and more. For an additional fee, Wellness Riders can be added to an accident and illness plan, helping cover the eligible costs of wellness exams, vaccines, dental cleanings, and more. Learn more about what pet insurance covers or get a free quote today!


  1. Wikipedia contributors. (2024, April 16). English Cocker Spaniel. Wikipedia.

  2. Wikipedia contributors. (2024, April 24). Poodle. Wikipedia.

  3. DogTime. (2024, February 20). Australian Shepherd. DogTime.

  4. Finamore, E. (2024, April 24). 45 Best Medium-Sized Dog Breeds for every family. The Pioneer Woman.

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