For some, small dog breeds are their favorite; they’re cute, cuddly, and so transportable. Others prefer the giant breeds, the bigger the better. For some of us though, our taste when it comes to dog size is somewhere right in the middle. These dogs are neither too big or too small, but instead “just right.” They are small enough to cuddle, won’t eat you out of house and home, but are still big enough for adventures or a bit of rough play. We generally describe medium dogs as weighing between 25 and 55 pounds. Let’s discuss the best medium sized dogs available.

Best Medium Sized Dogs

Australian Cattle Dog

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The British originally brought the Australian Cattle Dogs’ ancestors to the Land Down Under as imports. The cattle dog was created, with the help of the dingo and a few other breeds, out of necessity for a dog that could handle the high temperatures and rough terrain in Australia. These dogs were vital for herding cattle over long distances in the interior of the continent. They are also known as a Blue Heeler: named for the way in which they nip the heels of cattle in order to drive and herd them. Cattle dogs are compact and muscular, weighing between 35 and 50 pounds. They are active, intelligent, curious, and loyal, making them excellent companions.  

Basset Hound

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Basset Hounds are characterized by their signature looks: though no taller than 14 inches at the shoulder, these long-bodied, heavy-boned dogs weigh 40 to 65 pounds. These medium sized dogs originated in France and Belgium; the word “basset” is French for “low,” describing this dog’s short stature. Basset Hounds were bred as an ideal hunting partner, with an amazingly accurate sense of smell and ability to trail prey over rough terrain. Members of this breed are energetic puppies that mellow out with age. Their wrinkly skin and long ears require a little extra care to prevent skin issues or infections, but these patient dogs are otherwise amazing additions to any family.

Border Collie

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Border collies are one of the most intelligent and athletic dog breeds out there. These herding dogs stand between 18 and 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 30 and 55 pounds. This breed is a combination of heavy-boned herding dogs from the Roman Empire and smaller, more agile, Viking herding dogs. This new breed was compact and quick, perfect for herding livestock in the rocky highlands of Wales and Scotland. Border collies are workaholics: they absolutely need some sort of job to keep their minds and bodies occupied. Though medium sized dogs can be destructive if bored, they are loyal and affectionate when their lifestyle suits their high activity needs.


English bulldog beside ball on grass

Bulldogs are stocky, muscular dogs known for their unique appearance and gentle demeanor. Though short, these compact animals weigh 40 to 50 pounds. Bulldog puppies are quite energetic, but like the Basset Hound, tend to slow down as they age. Bulldogs have a loving personality that makes them fantastic family pets, though their short snouts can lead to health problems.

Australian Shepherd

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Australian Shepherds are a high-energy, intelligent breed that normally weighs between 40 and 65 pounds. Like most shepherds, they are agile and athletic. The Aussie is loyal and friendly, great for active families and families with children. They excel at sports like agility and disk. Australian Shepherds are also available in a miniature form, which weighs between 17 and 30 pounds.


Dalmation Dog, Dog, Animal, Mammal

Dalmations are easily-identified by their unique black spots. They range in weight from 45 to 70 pounds, meaning this breed straddles the line between medium and large dogs. This breed is smart and outgoing, but can also be stubborn or nervous. Dalmations were primarily used as guard dogs, running alongside and escorting carriages. As a result, they have an independent nature and incredible stamina. These dogs require plenty of exercise as well as structured training to build their confidence and trust. 

Cocker Spaniel

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Cocker Spaniels are versatile dogs that get along well with kids and families. At 20 to 30 pounds, these dogs are on the smaller side of this list, and don’t require quite as much exercise as some of the other breeds included here. Though they have a naturally long coat, many owners choose to keep the Cocker Spaniel’s hair trimmed short to make it more manageable. 


black and gray dog on brown sands

Whippets appear as if they are either miniature Greyhounds or very large Italian Greyhounds. They weigh between 25 and 40 pounds, exhibiting the same speed and agility as their Greyhound cousins. Whippets are friendly and affectionate, but have an intense prey drive and urge to run that must be taken into account at all times. Their short coats require little grooming, but they must receive regular and extended exercise.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Corgis are a long-bodied breed with pointy ears and short legs. Despite their height, these solid, athletic dogs weigh 20 to 30 pounds. They are surprisingly powerful and athletic, serving them well as excellent herding dogs. They are loyal and affectionate, fitting into most homes and families.

Staffordshire Terrier

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Staffordshire Terriers are one of the dog breeds referred to as “pit bulls.” This breed and the other “pit breeds” receive an unearned reputation as vicious and untrustworthy. Weighing between 40 and 70 pounds, Staffordshire Terriers are muscular, powerful dogs. They are also incredibly affectionate, playful, and attached to their human families.

Medium Sized Mutts

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We can’t have a list of the best medium sized dogs without including the mutt. Mixed breed dogs make some of the absolute best pets in the world. Visit your local humane society or shelter to see if there’s a mutt for you to fall in love with. If you have your heart set on a particular breed, look for rescue organizations that focus on that breed specifically. Find your new best friend and bring them home to live happily ever after.

Medium Sized Dogs, Large Amounts Of Fun

No matter what medium sized dog you choose, you’re in for a real treat. Medium dogs are large enough to romp and play with or to take on outdoor adventures. Yet, they are small enough to cuddle and travel alongside you with ease. What do you think? What’s your favorite medium sized dog breed?

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