Family dogs: Medium breeds
Many four-legged friends are suitable as family dogs. Even several medium-sized breeds get along well with children and usually get along with other dogs. Which ones they are, and what you should consider when keeping a dog in the family, you can find out here.
Not all breeds make good family dogs, either. However, there are some medium-sized species that are great for keeping amidst family bustle and excitement. One of them is the smart beagle. This three-colored quadruped is playful and enjoys plenty of exercise. He doesn’t like to be alone – so children and other dogs are great company for him. However, consistent training is very important, as with most breeds.
Medium sized breeds as family dogs
Family dogs should have a hunting instinct that is as low as possible and no territorial behavior that is too strong. A high irritability threshold and a lot of patience are also ideal. Herding dogs and companion dogs of all sizes are generally more suitable than, for example, guard dogs or greyhounds.
Medium breeds also have the advantage of being neither as fragile as small dogs, nor physically superior to children as large quadrupeds. Nevertheless, both the dog and the children need good education 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. For allergy sufferers, this dog breed can also be well suited, as it does not have a coat change and therefore does not shed. Medium breeds for families are also the Bobtail or the Australian Shepherd. The Bobtail is smart and therefore learns very quickly. In addition, cuddles are very important for the four-legged friend.
The Australian Shepherd needs a lot of exercise and activity, so it is best suited for sporty, active families. However, since the Australian Shepherd requires a lot of time for a species-appropriate attitude, it makes sense to bring him into the family only when the children are already reasonable and mature enough to help with the dog activity. Otherwise it can happen that the four-legged friend comes too short, is bored and develops behavioral problems.
Bearded Collie, Cocker Spaniel and Tibetan Terrier as a family member
The Bearded Collie is a sensitive, good-natured and reliable working dog that needs a lot of exercise. He likes to be around calm and relaxed, so he is more suitable as a family dog for already older children. On the other hand, he likes hustle, bustle and noise less.
Other medium-sized breeds that can make good family dogs are the Tibetan Terrier and the English Cocker Spaniel. The Tibetan Terrier is a bit headstrong and needs quite a bit of exercise. With dog sports, fun and without coercion, this lovable four-legged friend can be trained quite easily and then gets along well with children. He likes to be with his favorite people and enjoys close family contact. With a little training, the Cocker Spaniel is very obedient and generally gentle, affectionate, playful and eager. If he gets enough exercise and is properly exercised, he will fit in perfectly with a family.