Medium size dog breeds
Apart from the division into 10 different groups made by the FCI, dog breeds are primarily distinguished by their size. Depending on shoulder height, a distinction is made between large, small and medium-sized dog breeds.
The shoulder height of medium size dog breeds ranges between 40 and 59 centimetres. However, the appearance, physique and weight can vary considerably, so that there are also quite different breeds of medium-sized dogs, from the comparatively compact Beagle to the Bull Terrier and the Labrador.
Known medium size dog breeds
If you are interested in buying a medium-sized dog, you can choose from many different breeds. Which medium size dog breed is the right choice depends, among other things, on the experience and individual living conditions of the prospective dog owner.
Popular medium-sized dog breeds are, for example:
- Australian Shepherd
- Appenzell Mountain Dog
- Bull Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- Border Collie
- Shiba Inu
The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog breed with a shoulder height of up to 58 centimetres and a weight of up to 32 kilograms. These intelligent herding dogs originate from North America and are well suited to families, as they are child-loving dogs, provided they are trained consistently and are sufficiently exercised.
Appenzell Mountain Dog
The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a medium-sized breed of dog that can reach a weight of 32 kilos and a shoulder height of 56 centimetres. Originally from Switzerland, these herding dogs are very active and should be kept busy both mentally and physically in everyday life.
Bull terriers belong to the medium-sized dog breeds, which generally have a rather dubious reputation and in some federal states are even on the breed list. However, if you take a closer look at the Bullterrier, you will soon realise how sensitive and playful this breed really is. Provided that a Bull Terrier is correctly raised and lovingly treated, it will prove to be a patient, child-loving family dog.
The Beagle is a medium-sized breed of dog that originally came from Great Britain and was bred there as a hunting dog. Beagles are considered to be fearless and intelligent. They can also be a little stubborn at times. Consistent education of the medium-sized dogs is therefore very important. With enough activity, the Beagle is nevertheless a child-friendly and harmonious companion.
The Labrador is a medium-sized dog breed, whose origins lie in Newfoundland. There, it was first used as a retrieval dog. Today, the Labrador is one of the most popular family dogs in the world, thanks to its friendly and uncomplicated nature. However, their high level of exercise need makes these intelligent medium-sized dogs more suitable for more active owners.
The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog breed that can weigh up to 20 kilos and has a shoulder height of around 53 centimetres. Border Collies are classic herding dogs. Both their keeping and their training require a certain amount of effort. However, a busy Border Collie is a lovable family dog, with which every dog owner should have fun.
The Siberian Samoyed is a medium-sized dog breed, which was formerly used as a herding and sledge dog, among other things. The medium-sized dogs are considered to be stubborn. They, therefore, require a consistent education and are only suitable to a limited extent for owners who have no previous experience as dog owners.
The Shiba Inu is a medium-sized dog breed from Japan. The agile four-legged friends weigh about 11 kilos and grow to 40 centimetres. The Shiba Inu possesses a stubborn nature and, despite close ties to its owner, always retains a certain degree of independence. Therefore this medium-sized dog breed is not a dog for beginners.
Dalmatians are probably known worldwide thanks to their white fur with striking black or brown spots. The medium-sized dogs are very active and are therefore primarily suitable for active owners who can offer them enough exercise. Apart from that, Dalmatians are very sensitive. It is therefore absolutely necessary to avoid excessive harshness when training them.
Our feeding recommendation for dalmatians
A genetic defect in the dalmatian ensures that their purine metabolism is disturbed. For this reason, the medium-sized dog breed should definitely be fed low-purine dog food, such as our insect-based varieties.
The Husky is a medium-sized dog breed from North America. The persevering four-legged friends are, without doubt, the most famous sled dogs of all. Due to their original keeping conditions, in packs, huskies still prefer to be kept together with several other dogs of the same species. It is also important to pay them enough attention and to satisfy their high urge to move.
Medium-sized dog breeds and health
In comparison to very small and very large dogs, medium-sized dog breeds have the reputation of being robust and less prone to disease. Depending on the breed, however, certain diseases can also occur more frequently in them.
Beagles, for example, quite often suffer from problems with the intervertebral discs, while Appenzeller Mountain Dogs have an increased tendency towards joint diseases and Huskies are particularly susceptible to skin diseases.
Apart from this, even medium-sized dogs very often suffer from food allergies and associated complaints. To control the symptoms of food allergy in your dog, we recommend switching to our hypoallergenic dog food with insect protein from the larvae of Hermetia illucens (black soldier flies).
Species-appropriate food for medium-sized dog breeds
A balanced diet that optimally meets the needs of your four-legged friend is also very important for medium-sized dogs. In addition to the right amount of food, the quality of the food is of course also important.
In the Bellfor range, you will find the right products for every dog breed. Our dry and wet food, our tasty dog snacks, as well as our natural food supplements and care products, are characterised by carefully selected raw materials in premium quality.
With the Bellfor nutritional concept, you can provide your medium-sized dog, regardless of the exact breed, with all the important nutrients it needs from a young age and thus make a valuable contribution to a long and happy dog's life.