12 Medium-Size Dogs That Just Might Be Perfect for You

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If you're thinking about bringing home a midsized dog, let us suggest this appropriate name: Goldilocks. "They aren't too big, and they aren't too small; they're just right," says Nicole Ellis, resident dog trainer and celebrity dog expert at Rover.

Ellis knows, of course, that any dog you choose will be just right for you, especially if you take the necessary steps to weigh all of your options. Ellis says that some things to consider include how often you travel, whether you have kids, your apartment's rules for pets, your budget for dog food and health issues, and how active you like to be.

In most of these cases, midsize dogs are the best bet. Large dogs are harder to fly with, and some small dogs are tricky around children. Furthermore, large dogs eat more food and shed more, while smaller dogs can wiggle their way into dangerous spaces. As for exercise? "Medium-size dogs have more endurance than smaller dogs, so if you want a workout buddy, you may want to start with the medium dogs instead of the small ones," she continues.

While this comparison game can stretch on much further than the above outline, we'll keep our tips on a tight leash. We asked Ellis to recommend the 12 best midsized dogs for most homes so that you can get a general idea of how these potential family members can fit into your routine.

"Medium-sized pups are a great middle ground between huge and small dogs, and by getting a mixed breed you can have the best of multiple breeds, too," she says. "Be sure to do more research on the breed you're interested in to see that it's a fit for you and your household."