Not too big and not too small. Medium dogs such as Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers are just right for owners that find small dogs too fragile and big dogs just too big. Medium dogs include robust, tough dogs. If you want to see the complete list, just scroll down to the end of this article.
Medium Dog Facts
Size: 16-24 in (40-60 cm)
Weight: 22-57 lb (10-26 kg)
Lifespan: 11-14 years
What Pros and Cons Are There for Medium Dogs?
- Weight: right in the middle
Medium dogs won’t fit into handbags like chihuahuas. But you can pick them up and cuddle up in their fur when they’re laying next to you on the sofa. It’s generally easier to take a medium dog for a walk, as they don’t pull with as much power as a large dog. When it comes to weight, the “outlier” in the medium dog category is the Poodle. The Toy Poodle weighs a nimble 9 lb (4 kg), while the Standard Poodle can weigh in at over 66 lb (30 kg). The Shar-Pei and Labrador Retriever weigh a little more than average despite their medium size.
- Family: ideal with small children
Medium dogs are perfect for families with small children. Small and large dogs can be more difficult. Small children don’t yet have proper control of their muscles, so could end up hurting a small dog by accident. On the other hand, a large dog may be boisterous and accidentally knock over a child.
- Health: healthy genes
Especially small or large dogs have health problems more often. The genes for short legs and a slight body are bred to create small dogs. That’s why they often suffer from knee and hip problems. Large dogs’ long legs and solid builds often lead to elbow and hip joint problems as well as disc prolapse.
- Effect: very positive
Large dogs scare some people. Walkers intuitively keep their distance - even if there’s no need as the animal is properly trained. On the other hand, small dogs get adoring smiles and can be trip hazards. A medium dog is the best of both worlds.