Medium sized dogs are tricky to choose. Whenever people talk about buying a dog they usually either go for very small or big breeds neglecting some of the best breeds out there. Yet even if they’re not as popular as pets, throughout the world these dogs have proven themselves serving as work, guide and therapy animals. Here are some of the best medium dog breeds. Not only are these medium sized dogs loveable but most are utility dogs, which means that they are interesting and quite smart.
Nothing says character like the good ol’ English Bulldog. Perhaps the most recognisable out of all medium sized dogs the bulldog has a dark past. Several centuries ago the breed was first developed for bull-baiting, a bloody and dangerous sport. Today, the only sport the Bulldog enjoys is frisbee and even that sparingly. After all, the saying ‘stubborn as a bulldog’ holds a grain of truth.
The Basset hound is another medium dog that is full of character. With its floppy ears and perpetual pout the basset too is a quite well known medium sized dog. Even though people tend to think that Bassets are lazy they are quite energetic when they want to, which is why they have been serving as tracking dogs with law enforcement agencies for decades.
8.Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog was specifically bred to herd cattle and sheep in the harsh climate of Australia and is therefore one of the hardiest dogs out there. It is also a perfect watch dog, as its inquisitive and careful nature demonstrates. Highly energetic, unstoppable and very intelligent, Aussie cattle dogs need owners that are just as wild and energetic.
7. Siberian Husky
Though most people think Huskies are large dogs because of their job as sleigh dogs they are actually the epitome of medium sized dogs. One of the friendliest dogs in the world Huskies will get along with just about anybody. Because they are bred as working dogs in cool climates Huskies will need a lot of grooming and a lot of exercise but the extra work is worth it for one of the craziest, happiest dogs in the world.
6. Shar Pei
The strange and regal Chinese Shar-Pei was a favourite of Chinese emperors. And you can definitely see why. Majestic and dignified, the Shar-Pei is more lion than dog. And just like a lion it is a fierce animal, especially when it comes to protecting its owners, especially children. Shar-Pei might look funny but they are excellent guard dogs and companions.
5. Portuguese Water Dog
Do you like the sea? Not as much as the Portuguese Water Dog. This playful and very active dog breed loves the water and was, in fact, bred as a ship dog, companion and helper both to sailors during long sea voyages. In recent years the Portuguese Water Dog has become quite popular since one such animal has found a new home at one of the most famous addresses in the world: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yes, since 2008 Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog is the official pet of the Obamas.
4. Canaan Dog
This dog might look like the average stray to you but it is Israel’s national dog breed and according to researchers it has been for over three thousand years. Yes, this humble but dignified dog’s ancestors might have walked and barked alongside somebody equally humble and dignified: Jesus Christ himself!
The Samoyed is one of the most beautiful dogs out there and one of the friendliest too. Yes this majestic dog with its long, beautiful coat is more than just a sight for sore eyes. The Samoyed loves interaction and particularly enjoys playing with children. Not only that but it is also an excellent watch dog. The perfect nanny and one of the most beautiful medium sized dogs, all in one.
2. Chow Chow
Chow Chows are not the sharpest tacks in the drawer and can be downright frighteningly protective of their masters but they are excellent medium sized dogs nonetheless. One of the oldest dog breeds, Chow Chow are truly aristocratic: they do not enjoy digging or chewing slippers and cannot be bothered to play fetch. They are exceptionally clean and beautiful and better guard dogs than doberman pinschers so if you want a dog that looks good while guarding your home the Chow Chow is the animal for you. The best thing about them: they have blue tongues!
1. Border Collie
Another case of the best things coming in unassuming packages the border collie might not look as majestic as its larger more well known counterpart but they are ten times the dog that Lassie is! The border collie is one of the fastest, most athletic dog breeds in the world, one of the friendliest, best with children and the smartest dogs in the world. Yes, this unassuming dog is the perfect companion for a child, a running buddy and a companion for life and might even outwit you in a game of chess!