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As a miniature Goldendoodle, I have to say (with bias) that the goldendoodle is obviously the best medium sized dog. We’re hopelessly loyal, we love to play, we can outrun any dog that gets in our way, and in my case, every person who meets me says I’m the “happiest dog ever”!
There was a time when people thought the Basenji would be a great dog, because, well, they can’t bark. According to Wikipedia, “The Basenji produces an unusual yodel-like sound commonly called a “barroo”, due to its unusually shaped larynx.” However, if you’ve ever heard the barroo, you’d know that it’s even more annoying than a bark.
Then there’s the mini-goldendoodle, which is me. What could go wrong when mixing the family-favorite Golden Retriever with the smart-as-a-whip miniature poodle? They don’t shed, they don’t smell, and they’re the most loyal, loving dogs on the planet. On the downside, they’re also incredibly hyperactive, love to eat everything, and need lots and lots and lots of excercise.
So when someone is looking for the “best” medium sized dogs, it still comes down to your lifestyle, where you live, and how much time you have to entertain your dog. If you’re a couch potato, get a more sedentary dog, if you’re a runner, get a dog who’s ready to go. Try Animal Planet’s Dog Breed Selector.
Since so many people ask about the best medium sized dogs, here are a few to look at:
- Easy to Train Medium Sized Dogs: Australian Cattle Dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Miniature Poodle
- Family Medium Sized Dogs: Beagle (although notoriously hard to train), Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Keeshond
- Energetic Medium Sized Dogs: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, English Springer Spaniel, Pointer, Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Hypoallergenic Medium Sized Dogs: Mini-Midi F2B Goldendoodle, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer
- Laid Back Medium Sized Dogs: Bulldog (told ya), Glen of Imaal Terrier, Pug
- Pet-Friendly Medium Sized Dogs: Harrier, Sussex Spaniel, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Any more to add to the list?
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