Medium Dog Breeds – Starting with “H, I, & J”

Hello Delightful Doggie readers, we are going to continue with the medium size dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and today I have all the ones from the “H, I, and J’s” of the alphabet. And some are so adorable but we still have a very long way to go until we have them all.


HamiltonstovareThe Hamiltonstövare was developed in Sweden by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Hamilton, a breed of hunting hound. Its ancestry includes several German hounds as well as English Foxhounds and Harriers.

This scent hound was bred to hunt hare and fox they will follow their nose wherever it goes (and not return for a long time) therefore leashes and fences are necessary with this breed. An excellent lure coursing dog with an extremely high prey drive with both scent and sight. Standing 19 to 24 inches at the withers, weighing 50 to 60 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years, the tricolor coat is close-fitting to his body and is weather resistant.

Hamiltonstövare’s are energetic, patient, devoted, even tempered, friendly, and courageous, they can be easy to train despite their hound stubbornness, but higher competitive obedience levels are not usually an option. They are a good family pet for older children but never should be kept in a home with other smaller animals because of their high prey drive. A low maintenance breed that rarely sheds but they are not hypoallergenic. Since the late 90s they have been used as service dogs in America with their versatility and close bond with their owners shine.

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HarrierThe Harrier originated in England a medium-sized hound breed used for hunting hares by trailing them, a swift and prey-driven pack dog smaller than the English Foxhound but larger than the Beagle.

Being a larger more powerful hound than the beagle they stand 19 to 24 inches at the shoulder, weigh 45 to 64 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. The short coat comes in white, black & tan, lemon & white, red & white, and tricolor not a high shedding breed but a couple of brushing’s a week is required. As hunters they are built to endure a long day’s hunt.

Personality and temperament of the Harriers is cheerful, sweet-tempered, outgoing, friendly, active, tolerant, loving, and energetic. Acting like puppies well into their adult lives they require a lot of exercise so apartment dwellers this breed is not they love being around people and other animals (because they are a pack breed). Normally tolerant of children however you do need to watch them around other pets in the house that are not dogs.



HokkaidoThe Hokkaido originated in Japan, and is known by other names including Ainu-ken, Seta, Ainu dog, and in Japan its name is shortened to Dō-ken sometimes.

A medium size strong built dog noteworthy for its endurance and dignity they stand 18 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weigh 44 to 66 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years. The double coat has a coarse outer layer and a fine thick undercoat that sheds seasonally coming in colors of white, brindle, black, black & tan, red, wolf gray, and sesame. This breed is extremely rare outside of Japan where there is an estimated population of around 12,000.

A very loyal and dedicated companion that wants to please its human, they are intelligent thinkers and problem solvers excelling at tasks given to them. The temperament is docile, faithful, bold, dignified, brave, and highly alert making them an excellent watch dog. They are suitable as a family pet with children and known to be playful and affectionate around them, but if not properly socialized will become wary of strangers and protective of family members. Not recommended for apartment life needing moderate activity indoors will do best with a yard where they can expel most of it.

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Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic SheepdogThe Icelandic Sheepdog originated in Iceland from the dogs brought there by the Vikings, a Spitz type similar to the Norwegian Bunhund, Shetland Sheepdog, and the Welsh Corgi, commonly used to herd sheep in the countryside.

This is the only native dog breed to Iceland they are one of the 50 or so northern breeds known as spitzes, classified by the dense coat, foxy face, pointed ears, and the bushy curling tail. They stand only 17 to 18 inches at the shoulders, weight 20 to 30 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, the beautiful dense coat comes in white & cream, gray & white, black & white, fawn & white, gold & white, and chocolate & white.

Not a breed for apartment living with the active background of being a herder more exercise is required that what that would provide for them, also being a verbal breed the barking would not be so great with the close neighbors. With the temperament of hardy, inquisitive, energetic, cheerful, alert, agile, friendly, happy, and affectionate especially with children and other dogs they make a wonderful family pet. The males are usually more laid-back and cuddly than females in this breed, but both sexes are affectionate toward the family – not exactly a good watch dog because they are generally friendly.

Irish Terrier

Irish TerrierThe Irish Terrier originated from Ireland, one of the many and one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, introduced in a Dublin dog show in 1873 the first to have a separate class for the Irish Terriers.

Bred as a rat-catcher or vermin dispatcher this is a bold, dashing, courageous terrier of medium size standing 18 to 20 inches at the shoulder, weighing 24 to 26 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. The tight coat comes in red wheaten, red, and wheaten with the unmistakable mustached jaws. They are considered to be part of the breeds known to be hypoallergenic for those who have allergies. Irish Terriers were once described as “the poor man’s sentinel, the farmer’s friend, and the gentleman’s favorite.”

Due to the high train-ability of the breed, convenient size, they have the advantages and abilities to make a great companion for apartment dwellers due to the small amount of exercise they require. Temperaments in the breed include being respectful, lively, intelligent, protective, trainable, dominant, and possessive. They do not do well with dogs of the same sex and will not back down from a challenge. I have mixed emotions with this breed as a family pet with small children and the possessiveness they have toward things that belong to them. But as a watchdog you can not ask for much better.

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JindoThe Jindo originated from Jindo Island in South Korea a breed of hunting dog bought to the United States with South Korean immigrants.

This medium size breed stands 18 to 20 inches at the shoulders, weighs 33 to 51 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, with a double coat that sheds and twice a year the undercoat will shed. Colors of coats can be found in black, white, red fawn, brindle, black & tan, and gray. In their native land they are celebrated for the fierce loyalty and brave nature they show their masters, with a very strong instinct for hunting they are not tempted easily not impetuous.

A bold, loyal, intelligent, faithful, active, brave, watchful, alert, careful, agile, and strong breed which is extremely faithful to its master. This breed is considered the best one-person dog although he will accept a new master he will never forget the former master who raised him from puppyhood. These dogs are valued as loyal companions, independent hunters with a good sense of direction, and discerning guardians of their property. Properly socialized growing up they can be good with children but never other males animals this is not your typical dog park companion. For a dog they keep themselves amazingly clean and eat sparingly.

In Closing

Today’s breed have been eye-openers from some great family dogs to the last one which I would most surely recommend as a one-person no other pet owner breed.

People who are familiar with breeds known if it is possible to mix the animal with other pets in a household but for those of you who are just starting out please make sure to do plenty of homework on the breed you are interested in.

I have had dogs all my life and still come across the one or two in every breed line that just does not fit into the personality or temperament traits that it should have been born with.

Having dogs from a few breeds in the same house at one time I can tell you that at times it can get rough until they figure out who is going to be the dominant or alpha male of the house or even delta female depending on which might be the case.

More than one dog means that one is going to be the leader but in my case what is best the owner or master needs to be the leader of a pack, once you learn this then they all fall into place where they should.

What are your opinions on the breeds here today?

Find any that tempt you to look for one of them to add to your life?

Answers to those questions along with any comments, suggestions, or questions you have for me can be left in the space provided below.

Thank you for stopping by and do not forget to bookmark the website there are many more breeds to come,



12 thoughts on “Medium Dog Breeds – Starting with “H, I, & J””

  1. Different dog breeds fascinate me and was really looking to find more information on Hamiltonstovare breed.   I think my kids would really love this scent hound as it seems like just the right amount of energy for young kids.

    Also the size seems perfect for our family!

    This is definitely the one for us!  Thanks!

    • Barry,

      Thank you for stopping by my website today.  The Hamiltonstovare breed is alright with older children but not toddlers or small ones and if you are thinking about getting one I do hope you have a fenced in yard their hunting drive kicks in and they will follow their noses where it may lead chasing squirrels and rabbits.  The only good thing is they always find their way back home, but still can put stress on a family that falls in love with this sweet dog.

      A good choice that your wife might appreciate they have minimal shedding and require less grooming that most breeds and as long as the children are older and you are prepared for a scent hound then you have made a good choice.  Another good thing they have these days is GPS Tracking that can be used for this breed and please get your dog micro chipped  very important with runners.

      Thank you again,


  2. Awesome list Susan!

    That Hokkaido is super cute, I think the viral Doggo or Doge memes on 9Gag are named after that. Jindo looks adorable too! And the Irish Terrier looks like those dogs that appear in movies, I’m tempted to adopt one already. Do you think they can live in tropical climates? I live in Malaysia and it would be awesome if I can take care of one here 😀

    • Riaz,

      For you in that climate I would recommend the Irish Terrier and I seriously think you would do awesome with one of these the short curly coat could be trimmed to keep them cool in your climate.  The Hokkaido and Jindo both have double coats even though these do keep them both warm in cold climates and cool in the warmer summer months I do not think the climate of Malaysia would make them very comfortable with their fur coats.  Irish Terriers are full of spunk and energy for a young person and although the other two would keep up with you the Jindo especially is not for a first time dog owner.

      Thank you so much for checking out these medium breeds but do come back we have so many more to look at and find out about how they are as pets.


  3. Hi Susan, I am excited to have come across this wonderful article on dog breeds. You really did great by putting this piece down, it will help lots of dog lovers especially me. I have been looking for a perfect pet that will be suitable and not a menace to my kids–the Kokkaido breed suits that purpose already! I love both the height and the stamina it portrays. Its features are wonderful, bold, brave, dedicated companion, wow, exactly what I need. The recommendation is taken note of. Thanks once again.

    • Gracen,

      Thank you for visiting the website today, I appreciate that you took an interest in the Hokkiado a good family pet just be sure to socialize it as it grows they do have a tendency to become overprotective of their family members.  Just remember this is a small selection of what is available in breeds I will keep posting more to the website as I complete the research on them.  I want to make sure people know if they are getting the right fit for their families and knowing this ahead of time is important not enough realize that not just any dog is going to fit in.

      Once again, thank you come back anytime,


  4. Thanks for bringing up an interesting article as this, I must say these breeds of dogs are quite rare because I haven’t really heard of them, but among them the best I will go with the Icelandic Sheepdog it best describes the kind of pet I would want to have indoors, since I already have a Rottweiler as a watch dog, the fact that the Icelandic Sheepdog is affectionate and friendly makes me love it a lot.

    • Seun,

      Thank you exactly the reason for these articles and the website is to keep people informed of the breeds available and which ones could be the fit for their family.  You already having a pet in the house that can be dominant you do not need another that wants to challenge his/her position of the pack.  Icelandic Sheepdogs are very docile and it is surprising that the males are cuddly over the females but that is the case with this breed.  Just a suggestion for you because of the Rott you have get the opposite sex in the next breed they seem to get along best this way 🙂


  5. Hi Susan, I just happened to come across your website and decided to give this article a read. I lost my Lab a few years ago and have been very hesitant about getting another dog. I was so upset when I had to put her down after 15 years of loyal companionship.I am now at a point where I realize I need another dog in my life because I just feel a void and miss the companionship, I like the Hamiltonstövare but I have a 1 year old grandson who seems to love touching my friends dogs nose and stuff so I have 2 questions. Would a Hamiltonstövare be a good dog around young children? My second question is regarding Labs as they are my favorite breed. Do you think a young Lab would be to hyper around my grandson? From experience raising 2 of them in my life I know they are playful when a puppy but also loyal as they mature but they like to nip which is how they play. I would just like your input before I decide on another dog.

    • Jason,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article as a dog owner all of my life and having had Labradors for years (actually I did breed them for a time) I am going to show favoritism here as this would be my choice for a first dog for a child that age.  Yes, Lab puppies do nip when they are young and playful but for some reason mine always knew never to nip the young children very hard, and as they matured they would be protective of all children and aware of danger around them.

      Hamiltonstovare’s I think would be a good first dog and pet for a child here comes the but – with the curled fluffy tail young children must learn respect for animals and as adults we must teach them.  With this breed it is going to be overly protective of your grandson and puppies unless he is pinching the nose are not going to mind him touching it – my grandson at that age had a habit of sticking his fingers in the dogs nose making them sneeze!

      Do hope this helps you make a decision either way you are getting a good breed and in my opinion cannot go wrong with either, finding the Hailtonstovare in the United States might take some time over finding a Labrador.


  6. Thank you Susan for sharing with us this very interesting article on ´Medium Dog Breeds –Starting with ¨H,I & J¨´. I wonder if  the American Kennel Club has investigated the relationship between characteristics of dog breeds and their popularity.I suppose one considers breed health, longevity and behavioral qualities such as aggressiveness, trainability and fearfulness and correlate them with their overall popularity. I checked with the American Kennel , for example,  that registration of Irish setter puppies, a breed you mention in your article, climbed from about 2,500 in 1961 to over 60,000 in 1974, only to drop to about 3,000 by 1986. I wonder why this big fluctuation. Perhaps they are the result of chance or shifts in population preferences or fads. But it would be interesting to find an explanation

    • Enrique,

      I have been into dogs all of my life and could discuss them forever.  I have had many of the breeds that are registered with the AKC and some that were not recognized by them as well known as mixed breeds or mutts, Heinz 57 varieties, how ever you would like to refer to them.  Basically in the articles that I am doing right now is investigating all areas of how other breed owners view the dogs their behaviors, temperaments, traits, longevity, trainability, etc.  But also I am including what experience I have with the breed from either having them myself or knowing others who have them now or in the past.  When you take and lump all the information together it is not as hard to figure how an animal really is as far as all those things mentioned above.

      Drops of registration with the AKC happens for more than one reason although one is popularity of the breeds the other is many who purchase a purebred are not concerned for having the papers for it, therefore, they never send them in.  I am one of the people that do this when I purchase a dog it is going to be mine until the day we part here on earth so having papers for them really does not matter I will not be using them for breeding purposes.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and please come back any time any other questions I will be more than happy to answer.



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