Medium Sized Dog Breeds

31 May 2017 | Dog Advice

6 Suitable Medium Sized Dog Breeds For First-time Owners

If you now began to start your search for a dog and you’re a first-time owner, then it is very important that you decide on a breed that suits your lifestyle.

A first-time owner can theoretically own any type of breed, but, if you’re not confident in the handling and have very little experience, you may wish to consider a medium sized dog breed.

For first-time owners, it is important that you do your research first on the different type of dog breeds and their personality traits.

If you’ve not considered any particular dog breed, but still working on narrowing down your shortlist of suitable breeds of dogs, then the medium sized dog breeds listed below are commonly known for being a great choice of dog breed for a first-time owner.

There are lots of options available for medium sized dog breeds that would make an ideal fit for a first-time owner.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is one of the best-known family dog breeds and the friendliest of the dog breeds. They’re extremely loving, friendly and love to show affection to their owner and family. Commonly known for being an intelligent breed of dog, they’re very easy to train, versatile and will fit into any family situation.

If you love the outdoors, then the lab makes an excellent companion. They’re very active and can take part in mostly all of the canine sports.

An important fact to consider regarding this breed is their love for food. The Labrador Retriever are also known for their large appetites and desire for begging for food. This is something that you would need to watch out for and train them not to do.

English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is known for being very cheerful, happy and loyal dog breed. They have a friendly disposition that makes training very easy and rewarding for both the Spaniel and owner.

They’re very affectionate and eager to please their owners. Great with children and other dog breeds. They're intelligent, exuberant, lively and require an active owner to keep up with them. If you love lots of walks and the outdoors, then this breed of dog is very suitable.

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is smaller than the English Springer Spaniel, with a slight calmer temperament and friendly nature. They’re normally very quiet when indoors, but as soon as their let out to play, you will find them running around with bundles of energy! They love nothing more than play time.

Their coats require regular grooming and a daily brush to prevent knots in their coat. it might be worthwhile looking into the costs for a professional groomer before you consider owning a Cocker Spaniel.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is medium in height with a muscular, stocky appearance. This dog breed is one of the most popular within the UK. They are calm, quiet and very loving towards their family.

The Staffie requires a moderate amount of exercise, with firm but fair training. They get on very well with children and enjoy playing and running around the park. If they’re correctly socialised from a young age, then you can expect this breed of dog to be good with other dogs and people.


The Whippet is lightweight and finely boned and is best described as looking like a smaller version of the Greyhound. The Whippet is popular within the UK for dog racing. However, they also make a great family pet for a first-time owner. Normally their relatively low maintenance and not particularly hard to look after.

The Whippet is very fast on their feet and does not require unnecessary amounts of exercise. A couple of runs around the park is sufficient to keep the Whippet fit and healthy. After a good run around the park, they love nothing more than curling up in their bed for a good snooze.

If you’re looking for a dog breed that shows lots of affection and loyalty, then the Whippet is one of the most suitable breeds to consider.


The Labradoodle is not a dog breed in it's on right, but a cross between the Labrador and Poodle, which makes them a crossbreed. Reasons behind crossing the two breeds are to get the best of both traits out of the dog breeds, such as the intellect of both dog breeds, the friendly nature of the Labrador Retriever and the low-shedding coat of the Poodle.

The coat of a crossbreed is never guaranteed and many of the Labradoodles have coats that are more like a Labrador rather than a Poodle. This meaning that the dog breed is suitable for those that have allergies to dog hair.

They have a lovely temperament and are extremely loyal to their owners.


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