Good evening all, continuing with the medium breed dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club we seem to have so many to chose from that I am enjoying this more each time I research them. Check these breeds what sights to behold!
Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound
The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a breed of dog from Germany, a cross between the Bavarian Hound and the Hanover Hound. These scent hounds have been used in Germany since the early 20th century for trailing wounded game.
Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds are calm and balanced, standing 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weighing 44 to 55 pounds and having a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, these are not a breed for apartment living or any type of city living. The temperament of Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds is loyal, agile, spirited, quiet, courageous, calm, devoted to its owner, and reserved with strangers.
As a scent hound, the notable trait of their outstanding “cold nose” tracking ability is acute and they can distinguish between the injured game they are tracking over other animals of the same species. Being a sound, self-assured, unafraid, biddable dog, neither shy nor aggressive. These are not kennel dogs and need to be around humans making them good with children with dispositions to be playful, energetic, and affectionate with them. Needing regular exercise making sure you have space for them to run and play is essentially a fenced in yard would be ideal. Color varieties are brindle, tan, red, black-tipped fawn, and biscuit.
The Bearded Collie breed originated from Scotland, once used as a herding dog primarily by Scottish shepherds, today, however, they are mostly a popular family companion.
Bearded Collies stand 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder, weighing 40 to 60 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 14 to15 years, coming in colors of black, fawn, tricolor, blue, black & brown, and brown. The temperaments of this shaggy breed are self-confident, hardy, lively, alert, intelligent, and active.
This dog was bred to be an independent decision-maker, boisterous and charismatic driving sheep in all weather and still enjoys playing outdoors today. They can be willful but are always friendly, covered from head to tail in a shaggy double coat keeps them cool in summer but warm in the cold temperatures as well. A breed to get along great with children a reminder they were bred to be a herder so they may have a tendency to herd the children, but they are a great protector of them as well. Socialized from a young age this breed will get along well with other animals and if you are; looking for an outdoor playmate that will be loyal and affectionate but an amusing comic then this breed is for you.
The Bluetick Coonhound originated in the United States (Louisiana), a sweet and affectionate charmer who might enjoy snoozing in the shade, but known for its cold nose and deep bawl mouth when in pursuit of their quarry
They are relentless, bold, and single-minded, their off-the-charts prey drive must be channeled, they are most commonly used as a raccoon hunting dog, but also make a great pet. Bluetick Coonhounds stand 21 to 27 inches at the shoulders, weighing 45 to 80 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 11 to 12 years, coming in only the one color Bluetick. Bluetick Coonhounds are speedy nocturnal hunters named for the mottled (or “ticked”) black-and-blue pattern of their glossy coat. The droopy-eared charm of Bluetick Coonhounds is irresistible, craving affection and are deeply devoted to those who provide it, neglected and under-exercised coonhounds with no outlet for their hardwired instincts can develop problem behaviors, like serenading the neighbors with loud, mournful “music.”
Being an intelligent, active, friendly, affectionate, loyal, and easy-going, Bluetick Coonhounds are considered people loving pets. This breed enjoys children and would be a great choice for a family dog with proper training and socialization. While Bluetick Coonhounds are intelligent and sensible, they can be difficult to train due to having a stubbornness about them.
The Border Collie developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region is a working and herding dog breed for herding livestock, especially sheep. They were specifically bred for their intelligence and obedience.
An intelligent workaholic, the Border Collie is an amazing dog with energy galore and not meant for a sedative lifestyle companion for owners without the time, energy, or means to keep it occupied. They will settle down for cuddle time when the workday is done with their affectionate side showing. Being an athletic herding dog standing 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder, weighing 27 to 45 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 17 years, coming with a rough coat and a smooth coat in a variety of colors from black, white, blue, red merle, lilac, brindle, chocolate, liver, blue merle, sable, sable merle, red, and gold.
Border Collies are people-oriented with a temperament of being tenacious, responsive, energetic, keen, alert, and overly intelligent. Want a pet to train for agility this is the breed and great for children with the over-protective nature for their people you can rest assured they make good sitters when children are at play outside. Need a Frisbee player a breed easily trained for individuals and as a companion helper dog with a willingness to perform jobs is the key to keeping a Border Collie happy.
The Boykin Spaniel originated in the United States, it is the state dog of South Carolina, where it was discovered and further developed by hunters in the 1900s.
Boykin Spaniels are medium-sized flushing and retrieving breed of dog, bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina. Known for its rich brown coat, it can come in three shades chocolate, liver, and brown standing 14 to 18 inches at the withers, weighing 25 to 40 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years. This avid, eager, merry, energetic, companionable, intelligent, friendly, and trainable bird dog was a best-kept secret in South Carolina as a mellow house dog but great hunting dog as well.
Boykin Spaniels are born with web-toes and excellent swimmers and at one time were only known to the waterfowl and wild turkey hunters of South Carolina. Becoming wider world discovered the Boykin Spaniels with their long feathery ears have become a delightful house dog today. Their trainability and intelligence make them a good family pet along with the medium size for children. I recommend that to have one of these Boykin Spaniels you get them as a puppy and raise them with the children they are going to be living with teaching children their ears are not play toys. Like all dogs in the sporting breeds, the Boykin Spaniel will require daily exercise so not a good companion dog for elderly people.
Braque du Bourbonnais
The Braque du Bourbonnais originating in France, is a breed of gun dog (used for hunting), of rustic appearance, at times they can be born with a short tail, with a coat ticked in only two colors liver or fawn.
This ancient breed evolved during the 15th century in the historic province of Bourbonnais, and the breed is pronounced is brock-do-bor-bon-NAY. They are a pointer and have a calm, agreeable, kind, affectionate, cooperative, intelligent, gentle demeanor ideal for a foot hunter. Standing 19 to 23 inches at the withers, weighing 35 to 55 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years, the smaller size and short coat make them well suited as an ideal home companion for the family that also hunts.
The breed was known by French hunters as a tailless pointer with distinctive fawn and liver ticking, by the 1800s, and now the Braque du Bourbonnais has now gained a strong following in North America. In some years there are more puppies that are registered in the United States than in its homeland of France. For the English, he is known as the Bourbonnais Pointing Dog, kind and affectionate at home but a serious, adaptable, intelligent hunter in the field. Braque du Bourbonnais are calm and affectionate with the family and children but do not do well in isolation, being eager to please and a fast learner they can become destructive if not properly exercised so not a good companion breed for the elderly.
Today’s medium breeds come from the herders and hunters that have been breed through the years to perfection to serve people’s needs of the past.
But with proper training, most of them can make a good family pet and as always all dogs should be supervised when playing with children – raising children to respect animals is important for them not to hurt a dog having the dog retaliate to protect themselves.
I do not do this often enough in the dog websites and should – please prevent unwanted litters and get your dog spayed or neutered – there are too many unwanted fur babies sitting in shelters now.
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