What Qualifies as a Medium-Sized Dog?

by Naomi Millburn
    "I'm not big, but I'm not exactly small, either."

    "I'm not big, but I'm not exactly small, either."

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    Bringing a new pooch into your life is an amazing thing, but not one that doesn't come without a lot of consideration. Size is just one of them. If you live in a smallish townhouse, for example, a giant pooch might not be the most practical or comfortable idea. A medium-size doggie is more suitably sized for many residences than large dogs.

    Size of Medium-Sized Dogs

    Medium-size dogs are at the midway point between tiny and massive canines, and both height and weight factor into the classification. Medium-size dogs generally weigh in the ballpark of 35 to 65 pounds, according to Kim Williamson of "Animal Planet." In terms of height, medium-size dogs are usually from 1 to 2 feet tall, measured from the ground to the withers or shoulder.

    Examples of Medium-Size Dogs

    Some examples of canines that often qualify a medium-size include cocker spaniels, Airedale terriers, whippets, pulis, Samoyeds, Chinese shar-peis, French bulldogs, Kerry blue terriers, border collies, Portuguese water dogs, Australian shepherds, beagles, basenjis, Norwegian elkhounds, English springer spaniels, American pit bull terriers, basset hounds, golden retrievers, Siberian huskies, Welsh springer spaniels, dalmatians, Ibizan hounds, keeshonds, flat-coated retrievers and soft-coated wheaten terriers.

    Financial Considerations

    Physical size isn't the only thing potential pet owners should consider before getting a dog, medium-size or otherwise. Medium-size dogs generally cost less than bigger ones and more than smaller ones. From meals to toys and medical attention, they usually require a financial commitment of roughly $620 annually, according to the ASPCA. Big dogs, on the other hand, usually require approximately $780. The estimate for tiny fur balls is around $420.

    Examples of Dogs in Other Size Ranges

    If the idea of a medium-size dog doesn't strike your fancy, then big dogs might be more up your alley. Some examples of sizable canines are Akitas, Saint Bernards, Tibetan mastiffs, German shepherds and Great Danes. If small pets that are suitable for city or apartment living pique your interest, some examples are Lhasa apsos, Yorkshire terriers, Shih Tzus, toy poodles, West Highland white terriers, Maltese, Pekingese, pugs, Chihuahuas and Pomeranians.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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