What Qualifies as a Medium-Sized Dog?

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Size is a very important consideration for any new dog owner.

When you’re about to get a new canine companion for yourself, you want to make sure that his or her size is not going to be a problem for you. The opposite is equally true: if you have a small space, then having a large breed pooch is going to negatively affect them.

A medium-sized dog is, in most conditions and types of homes, the most suitable kind of dog. And I’m sure you’ve heard that before. So, what size actually qualifies as a medium-size? Let’s see.

But before, there are a few things that have to be clear.

Your residence is going to be your dog’s residence too

As your new pooch is going to call your residence their home, it’s only natural that you invest enough thought in the space issue.

A large breed dog is going to find it uncomfortable to live in a small place. Now, a small place doesn’t just mean fewer square feet. It also means how cluttered space is. For example, you could have a large enough room but if there’s a lot of furniture, appliances, and other miscellaneous home stuff – then all that actually becomes part of the room that your dog won’t be “living” in.

How much “free” space you have for your dog is a whole new consideration. It’s not just about the area of the rooms.

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For example, a center table or coffee table in your living room placed on a spacious rug is going to be the part of the room that doesn’t count for the dog. Add a couch, an almirah, and an occasional bar cabinet and you have a living room that theoretically medium or large but very small for a dog that’s big in size.

So, pay attention to how much free space you have for the dog, not for yourself or theoretically.

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Weight also decides whether a dog is massive, medium, or tiny

It’s not just about the overall body size or height of the dog when you want to figure out which size segment does a dog belongs to. The weight is also very important.

Usually, a heavy dog with relatively smaller body size than a large breed would still classify as a big dog and therefore, would require a different kind of space to live in.

For once, these heavy dogs can have habits similar to larger breeds of dogs and secondly, they’re going to put more weight and pressure on everything they sit on.

So, what qualifies as a medium-sized dog?

Usually, dogs that have a weight between 35 to 60 lbs and height from 1 to 2 feet are considered to be medium-sized. These dogs can live efficiently with zero discomforts in most modern homes and apartments that don’t have a lot of free space to roam, run, and play.

City living creates unique problems in terms of having a pet. And with dogs, the problems are all the more pronounced. So, if you have a feeling that your place is not going to be suitable for a large breed of dog then you should probably go with the feeling and get a medium-sized dog.

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It will not only improve the experience for the dog in question but for you as well. How? Well, you will need to rearrange, clean, move, repair, and be concerned about less stuff. A large dog in a small place can cause a number of problems that you might find very irritating to deal with constantly.

What are some medium-sized dog breeds?

So, now you’ve fixated on the thought that you don’t want a large breed (a silent giant like a Great Dane, for example) and would rather find it suitable to own a medium-sized pet dog. Kudos to you! This is the right decision.

Let’s go over some of the common dog species that are correctly termed medium-sized:

  • Airedale terriers
  • American pit bull terriers
  • Australian shepherds
  • Basenjis
  • basset hounds
  • beagles
  • border collies
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • cocker spaniels
  • dalmatians
  • English springer spaniels
  • flat-coated retrievers
  • French bulldogs
  • golden retrievers
  • Ibizan hounds
  • Keeshonds
  • Kerry blue terriers
  • Norwegian elkhounds
  • Portuguese water dogs
  • pulis
  • Samoyeds
  • Siberian huskies
  • soft-coated wheaten terriers
  • Welsh springer spaniels
  • Whippets

So, now you know which breeds are medium-sized dogs. However, note that there are more breeds that might fall into the small size or large size categories that can have individual dogs that don’t meet the size criteria of their brothers and sisters and rather fall into the medium-sized category. In either case, these are exceptions and you can’t bet on which dog will fall into which size category.


Financial considerations that you will need to make

Besides the size consideration of your room, you might also need to make certain financial considerations. 

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What I mean to say is that most small sized dogs are actually very low-maintenance relative to medium-sized ones. What this means is that you will incur significantly higher financial costs in keeping your medium-sized dogs fed, healthy, and happy.

Whether you want to invest in additional pastimes, toys, and playtime artifacts is completely up to you and a vital consideration that can be made for possibly any dog regardless of its size.

Meals, toys, medical attention, etc. all combine to become quite the annual expense with medium-sized dogs. Needless to mention, these dogs will still cost you less in maintenance than most larger breeds of dogs.

Small dogs, it’s estimated, cost around $420 annually. Medium-sized ones are around $620 per year. The larger breeds will cost you approximately $780 annually.

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