The dog is the favorite pet of the French. Many people dream of having one, but one question often comes up before adopting one: which breed to choose?
The choice of the breed of a dog is made on many criteria. The character is surely the most important, but the size of the dog counts.
If you are looking for a medium-sized dog to adopt with your family, this article will certainly help you discover the most popular medium-sized breeds.
I present to you the 8 best medium dog breeds that will make a good duo with you and the rest of the family.
With a calm temperament and lack of aggression, the Barbet is an excellent dog for the family.
Originally, it is a specialist in aquatic hunting, but it has become a pet dog par excellence.
Recognized by its thick, breezy fleece and beard, the Barbet is generally 20 to 25 inches long. This dog is gentle by nature, affectionate, obedient, loyal and loves to play with children. It is especially easy to train.
However, it needs a little attention and proper care. The barbet’s meals must be of good quality and balanced because it gets fat easily.
The barbet is a very robust breed of dog that has a life expectancy of 14 years.
Very popular with French families, the Beagle generally measures 12 to 18 inches. Its hair is short, dense and resistant to bad weather. It has a muscular body and gives an impression of strength.
The Beagle is a very loyal dog, if well trained. They love the company of children and enjoy playing with them. He is able to play for hours.
Although he is very intelligent, he tends to be stubborn during the first months. Firm training and patience will allow the dog to integrate best into the home.
The Beagle is a “big eater”. It is important to give him a balanced diet of one or two meals a day and to provide him with lots of activities to calm his overflowing energy.
The Beagle is predisposed to pulmonary shrinkage, but it remains a resistant dog that has few health problems.
Regarding its maintenance, it needs to be brushed once or twice a week to remove dead hairs. It is a minimal grooming.
The Entlebuch Mountain Dog
The Entlechbuch Mountain Dog is a very athletic companion dog that is quite rare in France but deserves your attention.
This medium-sized dog has a brilliant short and thick coat. Its tricolor coat is typical of the breed. A white chest, pasterns and some areas of the head brown and the rest black. If you have a dog that meets these aesthetic criteria, it is worthy of a dog show!
It is known as a gentle, loyal dog, but wary of strangers. Dogs of this breed are gentle with children, love to play and spend time with them. Entlebuch Mountain Dogs need a balanced diet of calcium and vitamins.
This breed of dog does not have any particular health problems. It is rather hardy, tireless and has a life experience of 12 years.
For maintenance, its undercoat must be removed during the moulting period.
The Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a hard-haired, fairly short dog. It is considered tireless, powerful without being heavy and extremely intelligent.
If you are looking for a medium sized dog that can accompany you on long walks, this is the dog for you. He was bred in Australia to accompany the settlers in the bush.
It is generally between 15 and 20 inches in height. He is faithful, clever, obedient, very gentle with children and loves to play with them.
The Australian Cattle Dog is prone to deafness and progressive retinal atrophy. So if you adopt one, you must carefully monitor its ears and eyes.
He has an average life expectancy of 13 years, but can live a few years longer.
The Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel is a very lively, affectionate, loyal dog breed with an inimitable coat.
It is friendly and likes to play with children. Many people think of him as a “grandma’s dog”. However, if this dog has the elegance of its English heritage, it is a dynamic and playful medium dog.
Nevertheless, he needs an education of softness, patience and understanding, as well as a small dose of firmness. Indeed, he is not aggressive, but a little stubborn and his natural excitement can alter the understanding of your directions.
It is an extremely greedy dog and needs a rationed food. It is recommended to brush him several times a week to keep his coat clean and shiny.
In order to keep his beautiful coat, you should never shear him, but cut his hair with scissors. Doing so will always give him a youthful look.
This breed of dog is very robust, but predisposed to certain anomalies such as incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle (IOHC), hip dysplasia.
The Brittany Spaniel
The Brittany Spaniel is a perfect and admirable companion dog of medium size. It has a beautiful and expressive look with a great intelligence.
Of an intermediate size, it has a solid bone structure that contrasts with its natural elegance. His eyes are round and lively. In addition to its calm, sensitive and sociable character, it is a very sporty dog with children. Moreover, the Brittany Spaniel is renowned for its hunting qualities.
But, it is not because he is appreciated by hunters that you cannot adopt a spaniel for a family home. In this case, you must provide him with enough outings and games to keep him busy and thriving.
The Brittany Spaniel is a robust dog with almost no health problems, but its ears must be well watched.
The Shiba Inu
With a size generally between 11 and 17 inches, the Shibu-inu is a faithful, kind, courageous, active companion dog.
He seduces more and more families and I often meet him in the street.
Its small defect is its barking side. But, it can also be an asset for your security.
He likes to play, especially with children. His enthusiasm knows few faults. For his well-being, ensure him frequent physical activities. This will allow him to keep his figure (he weighs between 7 and 14 kg as an adult).
He is a robust dog and does not pose any particular health problems. Concerning his well-being, be careful not to leave him alone too long. He is not a loner and does not tolerate the absence of his family.
The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is a robust dog with a rough coat. His physique is easily recognizable. He is a real hairball. Take him out when it rains and he changes his appearance.
But, this hairy dog is not a slacker. He is known to be active, sociable, tender and gentle, but also playful. His stamina allows him to run for a long time.
He can sometimes be stubborn, which requires an education based on both softness and firmness.
In order to make sure that he is always the best looking dog in the house, it is advisable to brush him regularly. This is also good for him because you reduce the risk of knots in his hair.
Since he has floppy ears, you should examine the inside of his ears and clean them regularly with a lotion. This will prevent any risk of ear infections.