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Family dogs: medium-sized breeds


Many four-legged friends are suitable as family dogs. Several medium-sized breeds get along well with children and usually get along with other dogs. You can find out what these are and what you should consider when keeping dogs in the family here. The Beagle is a popular medium-sized family dog ​​- Image: Shutterstock / Halfpoint

Not all breeds are good family dogs. However, there are some medium-sized species that are great for keeping in the midst of family hustle and bustle. One of them is the smart Beagle. The three-colored four-legged friend is playful and is happy about a lot of movement. He doesn't like being alone - so kids and other dogs are great company for him. However, as with most breeds, consistent education is very important.

Medium-sized breeds as family dogs

Family dogs should have as little hunting instinct as possible and should not display excessive territorial behavior. A high stimulus threshold and a lot of patience are also ideal. Herding dogs and companion dogs of any size are generally more suitable than, for example, herd guard dogs or greyhounds.

Medium-sized breeds also have the advantage that they are neither as fragile as small dogs, nor physically superior to children as large four-legged friends. Nonetheless, both the dog and the children need a good upbringing to make living together work. You can find more tips on this in our guides "Dogs and Children: How Everything Goes Well" and "Dog or Baby: Which Should Come First?"

Poodle, bobtail and Australian Shepherd as a family dog

Medium-sized breeds like the poodle are lovely dogs for the whole family. With good socialization, these active four-legged friends are very adaptable, fond of children and friendly. This dog breed can also be suitable for allergy sufferers, as it has no fur change and therefore does not have hair. Medium-sized breeds for families are also the bobtail or the Australian Shepherd. The bobtail is smart and therefore learns very quickly. In addition, cuddle units are very important for the four-legged friend.

The Australian Shepherd needs a lot of exercise and employment, so it is particularly in good hands with sporty, active families. However, since the Australian Shepherd takes a lot of time to keep the animals in a species-appropriate manner, it makes sense to bring them into the family only when the children are sensible and mature enough to help them deal with the dog. Otherwise it can happen that the four-legged friend is neglected, bored and develops behavioral problems.

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Bearded Collie, Cocker Spaniel and Tibetan Terrier as family members

The Bearded Collie is a sensitive, good-natured and reliable working dog that needs a lot of exercise. He likes it to be calm and relaxed around him, so he is more suitable as a family dog ​​for older children. He likes hectic, restlessness and noise less.

Other medium-sized breeds that can be good family dogs are the Tibetan Terrier and the English Cocker Spaniel. The Tibetan Terrier is a bit stubborn and needs a lot of exercise. The lovable four-legged friend is very easy to train with dog sports, fun and without constraint and then gets along well with children. He likes to be with his favorite people and enjoys close family connections. With a little practice, the Cocker Spaniel is very obedient and generally gentle, affectionate, playful and eager. If he gets enough exercise and is busy accordingly, he fits perfectly into a family.