Medium-Small Breeds

These breeds aren't the smallest, but they also aren't very big. For many dog owners, dogs between 20 and 40 pounds make the perfect pet because they are easy to manage when walking, yet strong and active enough to play frisbee in the back yard. Here's a list of breeds that we consider to be medium-small.

American Water Spaniel  

American Eskimo

The Eskie is one of the best dogs for children. They are affectionate, playful, charming, and loving. The shape of their eyes and mouth seem to give them an appearance of smiling. The American Eskimo are fiercely loyal and protective, with accounts of some dogs refusing to allow a guest to enter a house without their owner’s signal of approval.

 

Basenji  

Basenji

The Basenji, also known as the Congo dog, is a primitive breed known for its ability to make a variety of sounds, except for normal barking. Its mood determines if it will howl, snarl, crow, or yodel. This medium-sized breed has an elegant look about it, despite its athletic tendencies.

 

Beagle  

Beagle

The Beagle is a friendly and affectionate hound that constantly needs to be with humans or other dogs. Its willingness and mild behavior make it an ideal pet and playmate for children. However, given it's autonomous nature and tendency to follow a scent, the Beagle should always be kept on a leash.

 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi  

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Corgis are smart, brave, calm, and form a close bond with its family. This smallish sized breed is intelligent and easy to train but needs a firm hand when it comes to nipping.

 

Cocker Spaniel  

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a medium sized and solidly-built dog breed that is known for its long ears and its beautiful dark eyes. They are relatively easy to train, extremely affectionate, and get along with other pets very well. Because of these features, they are still one of the most popular breeds of dog.

 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier  

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a very loving and warm dog that loves to play. It’s also easy to train, as it is a very intelligent breed. They have short, strong legs and are usually longer than they are tall.

English Cocker Spaniel  

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a sturdy, well-built dog. They also make for effective retrievers, and can hunt even on uneven terrain. However, their hunting gene has been put in the backseat by breeders, as they now make for effective companions, as they are very pleasant dogs.

 

Finnish Spitz  

Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz is a medium-small dog breed that weighs between 30 and 35 pounds. It is an active and lively dog, making it an ideal companion for children and adults alike. The breed commands and enjoys attention and can sometimes be quite aggressive, especially towards strangers. The Finnish Spitz is also known as a barking dog so it requires obedience training in order to make them realize when and when not to make noise. Take note, however, that this breed easily gets bored so training must be short and to the point.

 

German Pinscher  

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher is a medium-small breed with most dogs weighing between 25 and 35 pounds. They are a physically strong and emotionally brave dog, making it an ideal companion. They are very protective and loyal, always ready to defend the owner and his family as well as his territory. However, the German Pinscher is not an ideal dog for children, as it tends to be quite aggressive and cannot differentiate between play and real trouble.

 

Kai Kens  

Kai Kens

Kai Kens are medium-small dogs that normally weigh between 35 and 45 pounds. Owners of Kai Kens describe their pet to be trustworthy and devoted guardians to their masters. They are reserved towards strangers and are loyal and affectionate towards its owners, especially with children. Kai Kens are alert and intelligent; they can be trained quite easily. The Kai Ken have are very devoted to their pack. This trait was one reason why the breed was able to maintain its purity.

 

Kerry Blue Terriers  

Kerry Blue Terriers

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium-small dog breed weighing anywhere between 30 and 45 pounds. This unusual looking dog is a family favorite. It is affectionate, loyal, and intelligent. Its out-going, high-spirited and people-friendly attitude makes it a dear companion. It loves children and is a safe playmate for older kids. It loves to dog its master to know what he is doing and to get his attention. It can be housetrained easily. Like with any other dog breeds, the Kerry Blue Terriers must be treated with respect and loving gentleness. It may also turn scrappy with other dogs.

 

miniature bull terrier  

Miniature Bull Terrier

The Miniature Bull terrier is an active and playful breed that does not like to stay put. It is a fun, loyal pet that’s not quite submissive, as it tends to be autonomous and stubborn. For this reason, this breed needs rigid but gentle training.

 

Norwegian Buhunds  

Norwegian Buhunds

The Norwegian Buhund is a medium-small breed of dog that weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. Cheerful, active, untiring, vigilant, attentive, and intelligent – these words are generally used to describe Norwegian Buhunds. They are very affectionate dogs who enjoy being embraced and kissed. However, they require constant and consistent training because they have the tendency to be out of control. They like learning new things and they are fast learners. Norwegian Buhunds are vocal and brave but not aggressive. This breed can also be excellent watchdogs. They love their family and popular for their fondness for children.

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi  

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed is quite popular for its obedience, intelligence, and loyalty. Having been accustomed to cattle driving, some may nip humans at the heels, though proper training can correct this behavior. It tends to be outgoing and active, and must be given proper socialization while still young to relax its over-protective nature.

 

Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen  

Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen

The PBGV is a medium-small dog that weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. Quite a proactive breed, this dog spends most of its time exploring, and will make its own fun when feeling lonely or bored. Though quite independent, the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen will demand attention from its owner when it feels ignored. It also tends to be quite friendly towards children, strangers, and other dogs, though it does a lot of barking and digging.

 

Polish Lowland Sheepdog  

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium-small breed that weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. A quick learner, the intelligent Polish Lowland Sheepdog can be willing to please, though at times, it will not readily follow commands. The hard-worker that it is, the Nizinny, though quite lively, tends to be a serious dog that will need to work to stay happy. It can be a good pet for attentive children, and may do well around most other pets and dogs, though it will defend itself when challenge. It is also quite protective of its territory, and will bark in the presence of strangers.

 

Portuguese Podengo  

Portuguese Podengo (Medio)

The Medio Portuguese Podengos is a medium-small sized breed that weighs between 35 and 45 pounds. They are intelligent, lively dogs. They are also very brave and this makes them a good watch dog. Their sweet disposition make them excellent family companions. Though generally affectionate, some may fight with other dogs. The Portuguese Podengos are more affectionate to people than to other dogs.

 

Portuguese Water Dog  

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a medium-small dog that weighs between 35 and 55 pounds. The Portie loves water, and is a fairly affectionate breed. It loves spending time with its people, as it is quite obedient, fun loving, and friendly. It is quick to learn and generally well-mannered, though young ones are notorious for chewing on just about anything.

 

Pyrenean Shepherd  

Pyrenean Shepherd

The Pyrenean Shepherd is a medium-small breed weighing between 15 and 25 pounds. Though smaller than most herding dogs, there is so much power and energy packed inside the Pyrenean Shepherd. Originally designed to be a sheepdog, it has all the energy of one. Always wanting to do something, this clever dog is perfect for sports. They are loyal dogs – very dedicated and attached to their owners. They have this sweet gesture of following their owners around the house to be able to help out in the usual chores if they can. They are fast learners and thus, very easy to train. They are very vocal when wary of the unfamiliar.

 

The Sealyham Terrier  

Sealyham Terrier

The Sealyham Terrier is described as “the most beautiful union between cheerfulness and courage” because of its loyal and affectionate nature. This medium-small breed tends to bark a lot and is reserved with strangers. However, as pack dogs, they get along with other dogs and members of the family quite well.

 

The Shetland Sheepdog  

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog has a very gentle temperament, always willing to please and extremely loyal to its owner and its family. It is also a highly trainable breed that possesses exemplary intelligence, which some say, can even rival that of his human owners.

 

Skye Terrier  

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier, while playful and affectionate, requires much attention to keep it happy. It must be trained to socialize with other people because the breed tends to be suspicious of strangers. This small breed can also be anaggressive chaser.

 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier  

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. The breed is known for its puppy-like nature even throughout adulthood. Its gentle, affectionate, pleasing, and playful nature makes it an enjoyable companion. The Wheaten is a loyal pet, having lived with people for centuries. It tends to move gracefully, and behaves well around children and other pets. It is unlikely to start scuffles with other dogs, though it may become overexcited at times.

 

The Spanish Water Dog  

Spanish Water Dogs

The Spanish Water Dog weighs anywhere from 25-40 pounds. Many owners think that the Spanish Water Dog is perfect. They are obedient, hard working, faithful, well balanced, and totally devoted to his family. Provided that they are properly introduced or raised together from a very young age, they would get along well with other dogs, and cats. They also do well with children.

 

staffie  

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of the most gentle dogs and ishuman-like in it's ability to integrate with the family. The staffie is a medium-small dog that adores people, especially children. It can get along fine with other household pets but can be aggressive and combative with other dogs.

 

Standard Schnauzer  

Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer weighs between 30 and 45 pounds. It is very affectionate and a great companion especially when traveling around. Being an intelligent dog, It is quick to learn and willing to play. It is always lively but not to the point of being restless. Thus, it is an ideal pet and watchdog for the house and the kids. However, this dog needs proper training for it can be can be over-protective of things, places, and humans.

 

Tibetan Terrier  

Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier, as the name implies, is from the Himalayan country of Tibet. It is an ancient breed originally bred, and kept purebred, by Tibetan monks for 2000 years. This breed was used as companions, lucky charms, watchdogs, and gifts to highly respected individuals as bringers of good fortune.

 

Treeing Tennessee Brindle  

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a medium-small dog that weights between 30 and 45 pounds. The breed is a fine and practical companion for men and dogs during hunting. As passionate hunters, they are fast, attentive and brave. As house pets, they are affectionate, intelligent, obedient and easy-going companions. However, this breed can be sensitive and when exposed to constant abuse and neglect, will lose its affectionate and hunting spirit.

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel  

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is medium-small dog that weighs between 35 and 45 pounds. It is a popular choice as a family pet due to its good-natured disposition and natural bonding with the whole family especially the children. It is also friendly and quite playful with other household pets. A puppy of this breed is high in energy and needs early socialization. Welsh Springer Spaniels thrive on human companionship and do not like to be left alone all day. It is usually reserved with strangers but is not timid, shy or unfriendly.

 

West Highland White Terrier  

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers are small dogs with a lively disposition - two attributes which makes them ideal family dogs. This breed is very intelligent, highly trainable, faithful, courageous, is good with children and very devoted to its owner. Extreme affection is very evident towards its family though it cannot be trusted with small animals due to its natural inclination towards hunting.

 

Whippet  

Whippet

A Whippet is a medium sizedl, graceful dog that resembles a greyhound. Whippets are generally calm and gentle dogs that spend most of their day sleeping. They are quite attached to their owners and are good with young children making them ideal house pets.

 

Wire Fox Terrier  

Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a friendly breed towards humans but tends to be aggressive towards other dogs. It is an alert and highly trainable breed but easily becomes bored with repetition.

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