Dog Breed Characteristics – Medium-sized Dogs

Not too sure which type of dog to buy? This is part 2 of 3 articles that addresses the different needs and characteristics of some of the popular dogs. Look out for my other 2 articles ‘Dog Breed Characteristics – small dogs’ and ‘Dog Breed Characteristics – large dogs’.


This is a commonly misunderstood dog. Although its name and appearance (and those cartoons that depict fierce bulldogs) suggest that it is not-so-friendly, it is generally friendly and docile. Due to this nature, they get along well with children and other dogs. They love attention and are really loyal creatures. They can also be easily trained. They need daily exericse and overweight bulldogs can lead to health problems related to the heart and lungs. Interestingly, it was used in the 1600s for bullbaiting, but has since lost its aggressiveness after the sport was outlawed.


This is probably one of the most filmed breed (think 101 and you get what I mean) and you cannot miss it with its trademark white coat with black spots. It is believed to be one of the oldest breed around and they are generally free from illness. They usually get sick with old age. Note that Dalmatians are dogs with lots of energy and they require frequent exercise. You should not buy a Dalmatian if you do not have the time to take care of it.

Siberian Husky

Originated from Siberia, it has a thick-furry coat and tail. It looks very much like its ancestor, the wolf. They are known to howl rather than bark. Because of their intuitive Hunting nature, they make good Hunting Dogs. They are also stubborn creatures and proper obedience training is needed. Siberian Huskies are very intelligent and are therefore popular with dog shows. They are also used in sled dog racing because of their high level of fitness.

Australian Shepherd

It was not originated from Australia as its name suggests, but was brought up on ranches in the United States. It is a popular herding dog, but has slowly made its way into homes due to its obedience and eagerness to please its owners. It is usually a sweet and affectionate dog which is faithful to its owners and is great with children. There are, noticeably, two distinct types of personalities. One is an energetic dog that requires frequent exercise and enjoys doing tricks, while the other enjoys being a couch potato. Due to their herding nature, they bark warnings when they notice anything unusual. Intelligent and good with tricks, they make good pets.


They are considered one of the most intelligent breeds of dog. They can be easily recognised with very short hair around the body, except for the head, legs and tail (google for the pictures). Owners can choose to groom their own poodles in any way they like, but I think they look funny though. Poodles are known to be active. They can get bored easily and have been known to create bad mischief. In general, they are eager to please and are easy to train. They make good pets for those families with children.

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9 Responses to “Dog Breed Characteristics – Medium-sized Dogs”

  • blissdds says:

    Good medium sized breed of dog for family?
    I am looking for a medium sized dog with the following characteristics (1 being most important)
    1. Good family dog with children above the age of 4
    2. Low energy inside the house, low exercise requirements (about a 10 to 20 minute jog/walk per day)
    3. Does not bark too much.
    4. Does not shed too much.

    We have a medium sized fenced yard, but this would be an indoor dog.
    It would not be left alone for more than a few hours a day.
    Any suggestions?
    I have been researching for some time and I have owned two dogs in the past.
    Basset hound = low energy requirements but barks and bays
    Poodles and Shih-Tzus don’t shed that much and there are hairless breeds as well but I have read Shih-tzu’s don’t make the best pets around children and I can’t bring myself to own a poodle.
    Basenjis don’t bark and Whippets and Greyhounds are much quieter than beagles.
    I wanted a breed that was a great compromise of all the traits listed. Especially if anyone has had personal experience with any great breeds.

  • Ashlyn w says:

    my 2 picks would be an Australian shepard or a bernese mountain dog. Mutts are the great. Take your kids and go to the local shelter. . Take your kids and go to a shelter and see what dogs they and you are attracted to and which are attracted to you.
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    vet tech student

  • latasomethin says:

    jack russell
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  • asminty says:

    Most dogs will need more than 20 minutes of exercise per day, if they don’t get enough they’ll develop behavioral issues like barking excessively. Maybe go to a shelter and find an older dog?

    Truthfully, though, it doesn’t sound like you’re ready for a dog. Dogs bark, dogs shed, and dogs need exercise, and if you aren’t able to deal with those facts try a cat.
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  • angelica f says:

    Except for size a Mastiff or Bullmastiff would be good choices. I don’t know of any medium sized dogs with that low of exercise requirements
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  • Grimm says:

    This site has a load of sites that have tests to best choose a dog for you. Just pick whatever test you like best and go for it. ^.^
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  • William M says:

    Try an American Eskimo. They are all white, tails curl up over their backs, reserved but very friendly. Not prone to biting. Don’t shed that much if you keep them brushed out. They are extremely sociable, and get along with cats and other pets. They do well with little children as they are very tolerant of being handled without becoming aggressive. They are INCREDIBLY smart and very easy to train. Train them 2-3 times a day for 5 minutes at a time, and they think it’s like playtime and pick it right up. I had one for 15 years, and he was fabulous. If he barked, it meant someone was just outside our fence or house. If the UPS driver pulled up next door, not a peep. If he pulled up in front of our house, Bear (his name) would bark. They only bark for a reason, no mindless yapping. Once when he was young, we couldn’t get him to stop barking, we finally started looking around and found a guy hiding behind our fence. After that we always trusted his judgement. They are a good watchdog for children too. Again, if they are out playing with the children, then they start to bark, it means a stranger is approaching, or something is wrong. Go and check it out right now!
    They are a smaller version of the Samoyed, but they only weigh from 15-20 lbs. Small enough for a child to handle. Not so big they do damage to house furniture. Give them their own special toys and they don’t chew on anything else. Easy to housetrain. They love to learn new commands. Lots of energy as a puppy, so you will have to play with them, or the kids will, but as they get older, they move into the low stress mode, and are happy to take naps and munch on dry dog food until the family comes home. Easy to discipline with just the tone of your voice. (We NEVER hit our dog) They can tell if you are sad and will try to cheer you up. They are a very happy and upbeat dog. I couldn’t say enough about them. I would have another right now, but I couldn’t give it the attention it would deserve. If you have kids, they will love it, and the dog will love them. They are excellent companion dogs, and will like to hang around with you and watch you do stuff. From planting plants to working on the car, they are interested and would like to help out. The best thing I can say is, my mom, who is now 87, hated dogs her whole life. No interest in being around them, petting them, nothing. (think she might have been bitten when she was little) When I got Bear, she got to the point where she walked down to my house every day just to take him for a walk. When I had a block wall put up around my house, she volunteered to baby sit him for a few days, and I found she made him a little sleeping place with his own blankets and pillow, and gave him treats constantly. When she watched TV, he sat on the sofa and cuddled with her. She still doesn’t like dogs, but she loves even the memory of Bear, and talks about how nice he was, a lot. Every time I see someone with an Eskie, I talk to them and they say the same. World’s Best Dog!
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    Living with an American Eskimo.

  • Boomer&Lola says:

    The Basenji is known for his fastidious habits and being full of play and activity. Because he often worked out of sight of hunters, he can tend to be independent and aloof and prefers to meet strangers on his own terms. Grooming is minimal due to his short coat, which lacks the typical "doggy" odor. Also, they have no bark so is a plus for a family who likes peace and quite.

    Shar Pei:
    An intelligent and often stubborn breed, Shar Pei ownership needs careful consideration. They are bright and learn quickly, but early training and socialization are important, as is daily exercise. Shar-Pei are clean dogs that require little more grooming than an occasional bath, regular ear cleaning and toe nail clipping.

    Air Dale:
    The Airedale has a sweet disposition, but when challenged, is not afraid to stand up for himself. Obedience training is important for these quick learners, but make sure to keep it interesting – they can get bored easily! They also thrive with daily exercise. Although relatively easy to maintain, the Airedale coat needs regular brushing and stripping.

    Australian Shepherd:
    An energetic breed with strong herding and guarding instincts, the Aussie requires daily vigorous exercise. Although sometimes reserved with strangers, they are "people" dogs that want to always be near their families. Their thick coats require weekly brushing.

    Border Collie:
    This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard. They thrive when they have a job to do and space to run. Due to their tendency to herd objects and people, they do best with mature, well-behaved children. They love their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers. They are seasonal shedders, and require regular brushing.
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  • carl gin , aka,- j j says:

    have a look at a bichon frise……they are loyal and can tolerate a lot of punishment despite looking like a poodle.
    also look at a black lab…..very relaxed carefree mut.
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