There are a significant amount of dog breeds that can be categorized as medium or standard-sized. These dogs weigh between 25-50 pounds. Keep in mind size categories only take into account the weight; there are a variety of heights and shapes across this weight class.
Numerous characteristics distinguish each standard dog from the other. Some were originally used to assist hunters with finding and retrieving prey; others were bred to hunt pests and rodents, and others were and still are herding and guard dogs used by ranchers. Even though they are rarely used for these purposes today, they still make great companions.
One benefit of owning a medium-sized dog is that they are big enough for children to rough-house and play aggressively with, but small enough to live in a suburban environment.
As with any dog breed, when deciding what kind of dog you want to adopt and in addition to their size, you should consider their personality and any outstanding characteristics the breed has. The dog should mesh well with your family and living space.
Browse the articles below to get an overview of each medium-sized dog breed to help you with your decision.