Best Medium Dogs for Kids

Although the size of a dog has little correlation with the relationship between dogs that are good and not good with children (well, to be precise, usually larger dogs are better with children than smaller dogs), the size that the puppy will grow to does play an important role when choosing the perfect dog for your family.

Here is our Top Dogs List for Medium Dog Breeds.  Please note that the red "NR" denotes Not Recommended for Small Children and the "*" denotes the sources of information on this particular breed are not in agreement. 


TOP KID FRIENDLY
MEDIUM DOG BREEDS


Medium Breed Rank Breed Family Info Dominance / Obedience / Affection Temperament with with Dogs/Pets/Strangers Care Notes Biting & Barking Notes
01English Cocker Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 001 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Awesome
Pets: Awesome
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Good
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 3 out of 10
02Keeshond

(Overall Rank: 002 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Great
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Excellent
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
03Vizsla

(Overall Rank: 006 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Great
Strangers: Awesome
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 3 out of 10
04Samoyed

(Overall Rank: 010 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Awesome
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Excellent
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 6 out of 10
05Brittany Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 012 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with acreage.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Awesome
Exercise Required: Vigorous
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Great
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 4 out of 10
05English Springer Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 012 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Great
Pets: Awesome
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Good
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 6 out of 10
07Beared Collie

(Overall Rank: 018 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Good
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
08Field Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 021 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with a large yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Awesome
Strangers: Awesome
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
09American Eskimo

(Overall Rank: 024 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Great
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Excellent
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 2 out of 10
10Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

(Overall Rank: 026 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Good for apartment living. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 2 out of 10
10Basset Hound

(Overall Rank: 026 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Good for apartment living. Does all right without a yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Low
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Very Low
Jogging Companion: Poor
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 4 out of 10
12Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

(Overall Rank: 029 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average sized yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Fair
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Great
Pets: Good
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Fair
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
13Australian Shepherd

(Overall Rank: 037 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with a large yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: Vigorous
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Great
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 2 out of 10
14Pharaoh Hound

(Overall Rank: 042 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with a large yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Great
Pets: Not Good
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
14Ibizan Hound

(Overall Rank: 042 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with a large yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Low
Dogs: Great
Pets: Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
14Welsh Springer Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 042 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Great
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
17*Clumber Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 046 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Not Recommended
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Great
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Low
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 3 out of 10
18Staffordshire Bull Terrier

(Overall Rank: 052 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
High
Dogs: Not Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Fair
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 3 out of 10
19Norwegian Elkhound

(Overall Rank: 055 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with a large yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Not Good
Pets: Not Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 4 out of 10
20Dalmatian

(Overall Rank: 058 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Great
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 6 out of 10
21American Water Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 059 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Excellent
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Not Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 7 out of 10
22Siberian Husky

(Overall Rank: 064 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with a large yard.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Awesome
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Terrible
Bark Over Bite: Fair
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
23Manchester Terrier

(Overall Rank: 066 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Good for apartment living. Does all right without a yard.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Terrible
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Poor
Bark Over Bite: Excellent
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
23Bulldog

(Overall Rank: 066 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Excellent
Home: Good for apartment living. OK without a yard.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Low
Affection:
Very High
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Great
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Very Low
Jogging Companion: Poor
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Poor
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 3 out of 10
25American Staffordshire Terrier

(Overall Rank: 096 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Okay
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Terrible
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 7 out of 10
25Kerry Blue Terrier

(Overall Rank: 096 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Good for apartment living. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Terrible
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Very High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 8 out of 10
25Puli

(Overall Rank: 096 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Does all right without a yard.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Low
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Good
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 8 out of 10
28Chinese Shar-PEI

(Overall Rank: 118 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Good
With Kids Rating 2: Good
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Does all right without a yard.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Very Low
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Good
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Good
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 3 out of 10
NR*Saluki

(Overall Rank: 088 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Tolerable
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with acreage.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
NRWhippet

(Overall Rank: 046 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Very Low
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
High
Dogs: Awesome
Pets: Great
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Great
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 2 out of 10
NRPortuguese Water Dog

(Overall Rank: 059 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient.
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Great
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
NRBedlington Terrier

(Overall Rank: 075 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Does all right without a yard.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Average
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Not Good
Strangers: Great
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Poor
Grooming: Very High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Excellent
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 7 out of 10
NRIrish Water Spaniel

(Overall Rank: 090 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
NRBelgian Tervuren

(Overall Rank: 096 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
High
Dogs: Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
NRBorder Collie

(Overall Rank: 096 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with acreage.
Dominance: Low
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Terrible
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Moderate
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 8 out of 10
NRAustralian Cattle Dog

(Overall Rank: 106 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with a large yard
Dominance: Moderate High
Obedience:
Great
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Good
Pets: Not Good
Strangers: Not Good
Exercise Required: Vigorous
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 7 out of 10
NRAiredale Terrier

(Overall Rank: 123 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Not recommended for apartments. Best with at least an average-size yard.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
High
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Not Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: High
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 7 out of 10
NRBull Terrier

(Overall Rank: 129 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. Needs an average sized yard.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Low
Affection:
Moderate
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Good
Strangers: Good
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: Very Low
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
NRStandard Schnauzer

(Overall Rank: 130 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Good for apartment living. Does all right without a yard.
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Good
Affection:
Low
Dogs: Not Good
Pets: Good
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Moderate
Jogging Companion: Excellent
Grooming: High
Dog Bite Free: Excellent
Bark Over Bite: Terrible
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 5 out of 10
NRChow Chow

(Overall Rank: 136 out of 136)
With Kids Rating 1: Recommended for Older Children
With Kids Rating 2: Recommended for Older Children
Home: Will be OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. A small yard is sufficient
Dominance: Extremely High
Obedience:
Fair
Affection:
Low
Dogs: Terrible
Pets: Good
Strangers: Terrible
Exercise Required: Low
Jogging Companion: Good
Grooming: High
Dog Bite Free: Terrible
Bark Over Bite: Poor
Likelihood to Bark for No Reason: 4 out of 10

 

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