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Medium Size Dog Breeds

Medium size dog breeds include all those dogs that were once developed to work on farms or hunt.

Many of the so-called working dogs of today fit into this group.  Most are just companions for individuals, couples, and families.

Consider all the roles that many of these dogs performed in the past centuries. 

  • Tracking
  • Pointing
  • Setting
  • Flushing
  • Retrieving
  • Herding
  • Driving

Hunters would breed dogs that were particularly good at doing a job such as tracking, pointing, setting, flushing or retrieving. 

Water dog breeds enjoyed the water and would assist hunters near bodies of water. 

These were men that did most of their hunting on foot, either with guns or bows and arrows.

Then there is the group of dogs that hunt mainly by sight (the sight hounds).  They were bred to see prey and chase it down.  

Not all medium size working dogs were hunters, rather they were developed primarily to work with livestock. Herding and driving were the specialties of this group of medium size dog breeds.

Nowadays, most are bred to be companions to loving families.  But they are not likely to be the ideal breed if all you want is a couch potato.  Most are too big to be lap dogs.  

The perfect owners enjoy an active lifestyle. 

The dogs enjoy long walks, strenuous play sessions and even prefer challenges.  You can provide stimulation by participating in dog sports such as field trials, agility, or flyball.

Most will require enough exercise to keep their minds and bodies in top shape.

We have identified dogs that are between 22 and 44 pounds (10 to 20KG) in this category. 

Heights for dogs is always measured at the withers or shoulder blades. 

Medium size dog breeds range in height from short (Beagle, Welsh corgis) to very tall, Saluki measuring is tall as 28 inches (58-70 cm). 

Remember, they are likely to seem taller because these measurements do not account for the size of their head and neck.


Medium Size Dog Breeds

American Cocker Spaniel
Sensitive, Active, Responsive

(AKC. ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (UK), NZKC, UKC)
Height:  14 to 15  inches
Weight:  18 to 25 pounds
Activity Level:  Moderate
Life Span:  12 - 15 years

Read more about the American Cocker Spaniel

American FoxhoundAmerican Foxhound

American Foxhound
Independent, Free-spirited, Gentle

AKC, CKC, FCI, UKC

Height:  21 to 25 inches
Weight:  40-66 lb
Activity Level:  High



American Staffordshire Terrier
Devoted, Comical, Protective

AKC, CKC, FCI, ANKC, NZKC
Height:  17 to 19 inches
Weight:  40 to 79 pounds
Activity Level:  High
Grooming:  Easy
Life Expectancy:  12 -14 years

Read more about the American Staffordshire Terrier

American Water SpanielAmerican Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniel
Great Swimmer, Sensitive
AKC, CKC, FCI, UKC
Height:  15 to 18 inches
Weight:  25 to 45 pounds
Activity Level: High


Australian KelpieAustralian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie
ANKC, CKC, FCI, NZKC, UKC
Height:  17 to 20 inches
Weight:  26 to 45 Pounds
Activity Level:  High

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Beagle
Independent, Gentle, Energetic

AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC
Height:  10 to 15 inches
Weight:  20 to 30 pounds
Activity Level:  Moderate


Bearded CollieBearded Collie

Bearded Collie
Friendly, Exuberant, Sweet
AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC
Height: 20 to 22 inches
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Activity  Level:  Moderate


Belgium Shepherd Dog
(Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Sheepdog,Belgian Laekenois)
AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC
Weight: 40to 80 pounds
Height:  22 to 26 inches
Activity Level:  High


Berger des PyreneesBerger des Pyrenees or Pyrenean Sheepdog

Berger des Pyrenees
AKC, KC, FCI, CKC, UK
Also Called:  Pyrenean Sheepdog
Height:  15 to 20 pounds
Weight:  25 to 30 pounds
Activity Level:  High

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Border Collie
AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC
Height: 18 to 22 inches
Weight: 30 to 50 pounds
Activity Level:  High


Brittany SpanielBrittany Spaniel

Brittany Spaniel
AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC
Height: 17.5 to 20.5 inches
Weight: 30 to 40 pounds
Activity Level:  High

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Canaan Dog
AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC
Height: 19 to 24 inches
Weight: 35 to 55 pounds
Activity Level:  Moderate

Read About the Canaan Dog

Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Adaptable, Serious, Devoted


AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC

Height: 10.5 to 12.5 inches
Weight: 25 to 38 pounds
Activity Level:  Moderate


Cirneco Dell'etnaCirneco Dell'etna

Cirneco Dell'etna
One Ancient Hound
AKC , UKC , FCI
Weight:  18-26 lb. (8-12 kg)
Height:  17-20 in. (42-50 cm)
Activity:  High


Croatian SheepdogCroatian Sheepdog

Croatian Sheepdog
Wary of Strangers, Instinctive Herder
UKC,  FCI
Weight:  29-35 lb. (13-16 kg.)

Height:  16-20 in. (40-50 cm)
Activity Level:  High



Kennel Club Abbreviations

AKC:  American Kennel Club

ANKC:  Australian National Kennel Council

CKC:  Canadian Kennel Club

FCI:  Fédération Cynologique Internationale

KC (UK) The Kennel Club

NZKC:  New Zealand Kennel Club

UKC:  United Kennel Club


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