Small, medium or large dog breed: how to differentiate by size and weight?

 Small, medium or large dog breed: how to differentiate by size and weight?

Tracy Wilkins

One of the criteria that many guardians use to buy or adopt a dog is the size of the animal. And it is not for less: this is a factor that can greatly influence the quality of life of the puppy, since large dogs, for example, do not adapt so well to apartments and very small places. So, to find the ideal dog breed for you, it is important to know which ones correspondIf your puppy is a small, medium or large dog - popularly known as a mongrel - it is also possible to decipher this by the size and weight of the animal. To help you in this mission, we have prepared an article with some tips on the subject. Just take a look!

Small dogs usually measure between 25 and 40 cm.

Small dog breeds are excellent companions to have anywhere: small apartments, apartments or houses. They do not take up much space, since in adulthood the height of these animals is between 25 and 40 cm and the weight is between 2.5 and 15 kg. If they are still puppies, it is also possible to tell when a dog belongs to the small breeds, since in the first weeks of life these dogs are very small.animals have a very high growth rate. It is no wonder that they grow almost nothing after that, since they practically already reach the size they will have as adults at this early stage.

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About small dog breeds, some examples that are well-loved here in Brazil are: Pinscher, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Poodle, Maltese, Pug and French Bulldog. The Pinscher breed, in fact, can have up to four different sizes (0, 1, 2 and miniature), but they all correspond to small dogs. The Poodle, on the other hand, can also have several sizes (toy, dwarf...),medium and standard), but they fall into different sizes, with toy and dwarf corresponding to small dogs.

The height of the average dog breeds is in the range of 40 to 60 cm

Intermediate between large and small dogs, medium-sized dogs also occupy a rather special place in the hearts of Brazilians. They usually measure between 40 and 60 cm and weigh between 15 and 25 kg, and are therefore also easily adaptable to basically anywhere. The medium-sized dog breeds that are well known here are Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Chow-Chow, Schnauzer,English Bulldog, Basset Hound, and again the Poodle, which can also be medium sized as well as small. Apart from these breed dogs, most mutts are also usually part of this group of dogs.

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Large dogs have an average height of 70 cm, but can be even larger

For those who love a large breed dog, it is important to keep in mind that these dogs need an appropriate space that can accommodate their size. These animals are, on average, 70 cm tall, but depending on the breed they can get even bigger than that. In addition, their weight can also vary between 25 and 50 kg.

Large puppies generally have a slower rate of growth in the first few weeks of life than small puppies. This means that, in practice, they take longer to reach the maximum size they can reach in adulthood, which can take up to 2 years.

You probably already know some large dog breeds, the most well-known and loved by owners are: Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky and even the Rottweiler, which, behind the tough appearance, is also a great four-legged companion.

Tracy Wilkins

Jeremy Cruz is a passionate animal lover and dedicated pet parent. With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeremy has spent years working alongside veterinarians, gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in caring for dogs and cats. His genuine love for animals and commitment to their well-being led him to create the blog Everything you need to know about dogs and cats, where he shares expert advice from veterinarians, owners, and respected experts in the field, including Tracy Wilkins. By combining his expertise in veterinary medicine with insights from other respected professionals, Jeremy aims to provide a comprehensive resource for pet owners, helping them understand and address their beloved pets' needs. Whether it's training tips, health advice, or simply spreading awareness about animal welfare, Jeremy's blog has become a go-to source for pet enthusiasts seeking reliable and compassionate information. Through his writing, Jeremy hopes to inspire others to become more responsible pet owners and create a world where all animals receive the love, care, and respect they deserve.