Medium small dogs breeds stand about 10-20 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 20-40 pounds. Below is a list of 33 dog breeds of medium size suitable for families.
Standard Dachshunds of all breeds (Smooth, Wirehair and Longhair) typically weigh between 16 and 32 pounds.
Generally speaking dachshunds are excellent family dogs. They are loyal and extremely loving and affectionate towards their families. They are also very protective and don’t trust strangers.
French Bulldogs are about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males weigh 20 to 28 pounds, females 16 to 24 pounds.
The French Bulldog is a cute, affectionate dog that makes a great pet for every family. Their small size means they can perform well in smaller homes, but they are tougher than average small dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Adult Pembroke Welsh corgis are about 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh between 23 and 28 lb(10 to 13 kg).
Corgis are known to be intelligent, playful and loyal to their families. However, since they are raised for herding, they can be very bossy and try to get things done their way. Because of this assertive temperament, Corgis is not recommended for families with children under 5 years old.
Beagles come in two sizes: 13 inch and 15 inch. The smaller ones include Beagles that are no taller than 13 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 22 – 30 lb, while the larger ones include Beagles 13 inches taller but no more than 15 inches tall and weighing up to 35 lb.
They make great family dogs because they are nice to children and very playful.
The Shetland Sheepdog, sometimes known as the Sheltie, is a breed of shepherd dog. They are small to medium-sized dogs, and come in a variety of colors, such as mink feathers, calicoids, and crayfish.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a dear companion to all family members, including children, but they can be reserved or even shy about meeting strangers.
Basenjis typically weighs around 9.1–10.9 kg (20–24 lb) and 41–46 cm (16–18 in) tall at the shoulders.
This dog will bond with his family and is a curious and affectionate pet but he may be wary of strangers.
Bichons love to play with other dogs and they can get along well with cats and other pets.
The Bichon Frise is a small dog, weighing about 5–10 kg (10–20 lbs) and measuring 23–30 cm (9–12 in) in height at the shoulders, but slightly older dogs are not uncommon.
The Boston Terrier comes in three weight types: under 15 pounds (7 kg), 15 to under 20 pounds (seven to nine kilograms) and 20 to 25 pounds (nine to 11 kilograms).
The Boston Terrier is an excellent family dog. They are affectionate and friendly. Boston’s welcomes both friends and family to their homes, making it easy to invite people over.
Brittanys are medium sized dogs, with American lines 17.5–20.5 inches at the shoulders according to AKC standards. Tends to be larger and has a more cubic head than the French 17–20.5 inches
The Brittany is an intelligent, easy-to-train and very sociable dog. They are usually good with other pets and are comfortable with home visitors.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis
Cardigans are generally friendly with other pets in the house, as long as they have gotten along with them. They can be aggressive with dogs that are not in their family, but they prefer to have a second or third dog in the family to play with, especially another Corgi.
Cesky becomes a great pet in the family. They are sweet and moderate and want to please. They yearn for attention and dislike being left alone, but are very adaptable and will feel at home in the county or city.
Although Cirnechi were originally bred as fast-moving hounds, they can be calm, low-maintenance domestic dogs, perfect for active families or families with older children.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers
This breed is tough but generally friendly and suitable for older children. It is both a good companion and a guard dog but one of the most obedient of all terriers; they usually don’t ask for their owner.
Finnish Spitz have a lively, light gait, and are as intelligent as they are animated. They make good companions for active families. Friendly, they get along well with children. They’re good watchdogs and protect their families, but they rarely show aggression unless it’s warranted.
An excellent breed for children. Their small size, gentle disposition and large heart make them adorable and gentle dogs, perfect for families with children or older.
The German Pinschers are usually not good to children when they grow up with them from a young age. But because of their decisive nature, they do best with older children, preferably those over the age of nine.
The Icelandic Shepherd Dog is adorable, friendly and playful. These affectionate dogs love to be central to family life and to be very loyal friends. They are good for children and since they are only 18 inches long, they are small enough not to pose a danger to young children.
Irish Terriers are excellent dogs as they are socialized early and this makes them great family companions. They are best suited for families with someone at home during the day.
They are very loyal and loving, making them a perfect family companion. The Lagotto makes an excellent family companion and a good warning dog.
Miniature American Shepherds
The miniature American Shepherd can be a great pet and companion. They are usually good for children and other animals.
Miniature Bull Terriers
Miniature Bull Terriers are great family dogs. They tend to behave well with young children, but would be better if placed in larger middle-aged families. Less likely to be aggressive with older kids who know how to respect them.
A Norwegian Buhund is a good, friendly family dog, and is usually good-natured and loyal.
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small medium-sized breed. They are cute and playful, and are good for children.
Best known for his long, stringed coat resembling the scared dog, Puli is a hardworking dog and a good family companion.
These dogs are not likely to accidentally knock or harm a child. Their playful personality is great for active families and they will love having kids to play with.
The Caucasian shepherd dog can be a great family companion and should stay indoors with humans as much as possible.
Although Sealyhams thrive in a busy family environment, they’re one of the more self-contained breeds of terrier, very happy amusing themselves if necessary.
The Shiba Inu is a good family dog - it is loyal and devoted – and treats children well as long as it is properly socialized and trained, and the children treat it with kindness and respect. Spaniels (Boykin) 30-40 pounds 25-35 pounds
The typical Cocker Spaniel is a gentle dog, a reliable and loving companion in the family, good with children, other pets and the elderly.
A Skye Terrier can make an excellent companion for older children if he’s properly socialized. The Skye Terrier can be aggressive toward dogs he doesn’t know, but he should get along well with dogs and cats he’s raised with.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Strong and cheerfully loving, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a friend to all. They are relatively easy going for a terrier, need moderate exercise and can be a great family dog.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers
There’s really no better companion than a Staffy, especially for families with kids. They’re known for their caring, affectionate and trustworthy nature
Vallhund Sweden is generally sociable with everyone, including children and respectful, as well as most other pets.
Whippets are natural family pets and are good with both small children and other dogs. They make a great breed to keep the kids tired and older dogs energized.