What Qualifies as a Medium-Size Dog?

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Cute medium-size dogs that don't shed are the goal of many families who are looking to adopt a dog, but learning about the way dogs are sized and what that means in terms of canine care is the first step to permanent dog ownership. Weight, exercise needs, the amount of playtime, and the type and volume of food are all a part of understanding medium to large dog breeds. Deciding which breed matches your family's personality is another consideration. Once your pup is selected, finding a bed, collar, and toys are the next (and most fun) steps.

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The weight of medium-size dogs tends to range from 20 pounds to 60 pounds.
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Medium to large dog breeds

Searching online and visiting pet shelters are two ways to find medium to large dog breeds. A few breeds to consider include:

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  • Whippet:​ This elegant hound can run like the wind — up to 35 miles per hour — so be sure you have access to open space for this dog to stretch his legs.

  • Corgi:​ The corgi is the queen's dog, but that doesn't mean nonroyals can't enjoy this breed too. This herding dog is a loving family choice and is beautiful to behold.

  • English springer spaniel:​ If you're looking for a smart, energetic canine who's also a worthy hunting partner, you should consider this great-looking bird dog.

  • Bulldog:​ He's squat in shape, but his wrinkly jowls and sweet waddle are too cute to resist.

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Weight of a medium-size dog

Pounds matter when it comes to bringing a dog into your home. An animal's weight is an important factor, not only because larger dogs will eat more but because handling your pet on the leash and during bath time will take a certain amount of strength and stamina. The weight of medium-size dogs tends to range from 20 pounds to 60 pounds. Small toddlers in the home should be carefully supervised around all dogs lest your tot annoy or taunt your new pet. Careful and consistent training is also necessary with any size of dog, especially when children are in the family.

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Supplies for medium-size dogs

Use the proper size equipment for your dog so she's comfortable and at ease in your home. Be sure your pet's water and food dishes are large enough to accommodate her kibble and to hold the water she'll need to drink throughout the day. When it comes to a dog bed, check that the one you choose is marketed for medium to large dog breeds because bigger dogs sleep a bit more than smaller pups, and quality will matter in this regard. Also, your pet will need enough room to turn around (and around) and stretch out when she's very tired.

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Also consider your dog's toys, which are for mental stimulation and physical enjoyment. Read labels carefully, as too-small balls could be dangerous to larger breeds if they are swallowed and become stuck in the throat. Petite toys could end up being destroyed by larger, stronger jaws.

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Cost and time commitment

Shelling out money for your dog is another factor to weigh, and medium-size pups will cost families a bit more than smaller ones. A dog of medium size and weight will run you about $620 a year, which includes food, veterinary visits, toys, and proper licensing. As with a dog of any size or type, allotting enough time to train, walk, and play is critical for good sociability and happiness.

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