Good morning readers, today I am going to continue on the medium breed dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club and we have some really sweet ones to look at today. Keep in mind there will be many more breeds to see and pick from.
The Australian Kelpie is an Australian sheepdog successful at driving with little or no guidance. They are a medium-sized dog and comes in a variety of colors black, fawn, chocolate, black & tan, blue, and brown. With a short double coat.
Australian Kelpies have been exported throughout the world and are used mainly to muster livestock, primarily sheep, cattle and goats. A lithe, active dog, capable of untiring work, they are extremely intelligent, alert, energetic, loyal, eager, and friendly with unlimited energy. A breed that originated from Collie type dogs from Scotland they stand 17 to 19 inches at the shoulders, weigh 31 to 46 pounds and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Although they love the great outdoors, the Australian Kelpie is no means a yard dog, but they do have a natural instinct and aptitude for working in sheep. Being bred to work with people, as a family pet, he needs to live indoors, but will require outdoors with you playing, jogging, or working, they enjoy children and other dogs doing agility and obedience training. Very eager to please you will find an Australian Kelpie makes a great family dog.
The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized breed of dog that was, despite its name, developed on ranches in the Western United States during the 19th century, they are a European breed perfected in California by way of Australia.
Considered the cowboy’s herding dog of choice, with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye, and their irresistible impulse to herd anything, they are rugged and agile movers of livestock. The Australian Shepherd coats offer different looks, including merle (a mottled pattern with contrasting shades of blue or red), black, red tricolor, black tricolor, and red. With herding in their blood, they will herd even birds, other dogs, and children. With this strong work drive can make Australian Shepherds too much dog for a sedentary pet owner, not a good companion dog for the elderly. Being remarkably intelligent, good-natured, affectionate, and protective, these are wonderful family pets with small children.
Standing from 18 to 23 inches at the withers, weighing 35 to 70 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years with their intelligence and tireless wanting to please their owners who can ask for a better breed. A fenced yard with this breed is recommended for their love to herd or chase anything keeping them safe from harm, know they will need regular exercise daily keeping them active makes them happy.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog originates in Australia a cross between European herding dogs and the Australian Dingo. They are naturally bobtailed or tailless, the tails are not cropped like most would think.
Unless you plan on getting a puppy and raising it with your children this is not a breed for you, this is not a breed for the faint-hearted an extra strong Alpha is required with the breed. Standing only 17 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighing 35 to 51 pounds, and with a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, they are a loyal, alert, obedient, devoted, intelligent, and courageous breed. The short coat comes in only three colors blue, red speckle, and blue & black.
Many will confuse the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog and the Australian Cattle Dog with a docked tail, but there are major structural differences in the breed types. This breed is an excellent herder and will move stock from one location to another without losing track of a single one. These dogs are great on any type of farm for herding and require plenty of exercise as a pet so having a fenced in yard is highly recommended.
The Barbet an archetypic water dog of France appears in artwork as early as the 16th century. The breed name comes from the French word barbe, which means ‘beard’.
Barbets are one of the hypoallergenic breeds, standing 20 to 26 inches at the withers, weighing 31 to 62 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. They have a long, dense covering of curly hair and a distinctive beard in a variety of colors black, white, fawn, brown, and gray and occasionally with white markings. Being an agile athlete the Barbet has been used to locate, flush, and retrieve birds for fowl hunters. But do not let this deter you from getting this breed they can live in an apartment as long as you get them out for the proper exercise daily.
With a cheerful disposition and being very social, they are wonderful with children and make a great family pet. An easy to train breed that is obedient, companionable, intelligent, loyal, and joyful with that shaggy coat and friendly nature with the way they move reminds you of a puppet with strings your pulling making them come to life. Having such a calm nature and so easy to live with making sure they get the proper exercise a fenced yard with a swimming pool would be an ideal home for this breed.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a serious hunter, short-legged dog, of the scenthound type, and originated from Brittany, a historical kingdom of France.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne, is also known as the Fawn Colored Brittany Basset, they are a small, stocky, very rough-coated and fairly short-haired, hardy dog that is energetic and extremely fast for its size. Standing 13 to 15 inches at withers, weighing 36 to 40 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 11 to14 years you will find them in only three colors fawn, red, and wheaten.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne gets along well with children and other dogs but may have a tendency to chase cats or other small pets. You will find with training and socialization the Basset Fauves de Bretagnes will not become a mischievous little dog, not being known as nuisance barkers, they will, however, let you know if another animal runs through the yard, as they then give the hound “howl” and start the chase. This breed is happy romping in the field hunting alongside their partner, as well as curled up next to the family on the sofa. Temperament of being stubborn, affectionate, sociable, companionable, adaptable, and courageous make this a breed great for either a companion dog or a family dog.
The Basset Hound originated in France and Great Britain and is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their sense of smell and ability to ground-scent is second only to that of the Bloodhound.
Basset Hounds are one of the most instantly recognizable breeds being a short-legged breed of hound with extremely long floppy velvety ears and a wrinkled brow. Standing no higher than 11 to 15 inches at the shoulders, weighing 44 to 64 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years these short hounds come in six colors brown & white, tricolor, lemon & white, black & white, black & brown, and red & white.
With their heavy bones, powerful little legs, and massive paws, they possess big-dog strength and stamina, but are built more for endurance than speed, they are a slower-pace hunting dog. Lazy around the house this breed is an excellent family or companion dog in small areas, they are mild and agreeable at home, but stubborn on the trail and bark in a loud, ringing voice. Being a pack dog, trained to hunt in packs this makes them very loyal to the family and they might always be underfoot in the house, they are known for being tenacious, affectionate, sweet-tempered, devoted, friendly, and gentle.
Looking up all the breeds and bringing them to you here is such a pleasure it is not only informational to leave about all the breeds but what a great way to learn more about my favorite subject dogs!
There are some very good-looking breeds here today but do not forget we have so many more to go, and you will always have this to reference back to in picking your favorite knowing which one is right for you.
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