Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair – No Grooming Required

Grooming is not a chore all of us want to take on and regular trips to a groomer can be expensive. If haircuts and brushing out mats are not your thing, here’s a list of pups that just might tickle your fancy. With Short Hair.



10. Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier

Little are wonderful family pets. They make a house or apartment a home and can be both a source of comfort and entertainment for their families. But many small dog breeds come with no small amount of fluff.

The Toy Fox Terrier is not one of those breeds. This little tri-colored Terrier is guaranteed to bring joy into your life with its playful and friendly temperament. This spirited little dog, standing at merely 8-11 inches at the shoulder, is loyal and intelligent, making it a great choice if you want more than just a lap dog.

With its roots as a barnyard ratter, the TFT was created by crossing Smooth Fox Terriers with smaller toy dogs such as the and . Today, they find themselves competing in competitive agility or just hanging out around the house.

A surefire recipe for fun, according to the AKC: Take the lovability of a lapdog. Combine with terrier tenacity. Wrap in a tight-fitting satin coat. Top with large, erect ears and dark eyes that sparkle with eager intelligence. This is the Toy Fox Terrier, a lithe but sturdy little comedian packed with enough charisma for a whole kennel of ordinary dogs.

9. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound

Speaking of the Italian Greyhound, it certainly belongs on this list. If you’re looking for a small dog, who also happens to be extraordinarily quick on its feet, the Iggy is your dog.

Bred for centuries to be doting companions and jesters, these high-stepping Greyhounds in miniature refuse to be ignored.

This affectionate and companionable dog is definitely small at just 8 – 11 pounds. One of the smaller dogs by weight on this list.

The Iggy is athletic and intelligent and a bit mischievous. The Iggy’s short hypoallergenic coat comes in a variety of colors including: Black, Blue Fawn, Fawn, Chocolate, Sable, Tan, Red Fawn, Blue, Slate Grey, Grey, Red, and Yellow.

The Iggy’s short, smooth coat only needs occasional brushing and baths are rarely needed unless your Iggy has gotten into something particularly yucky.

8. Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier

Similar in appearance to the aforementioned Toy Fox Terrier, the Rat Terrier were also bred to be barnyard ratter, which should be pretty obvious from their names.

The Rat Terrier is friendly, inquisitive and lovable with a smooth, short coat that comes in a variety of pied patterns and colors.

The Rat Terrier’s short, dense coat requires very little care to remain in good condition. A weekly once-over with a soft brush will keep its coat healthy and glossy. A bath every month or so will likely be enough, depending on the dog’s lifestyle

7. Dachshund

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Before you blow up the comments, no not all Dachshunds are short-haired, nor are they all small.

Dachshunds come in two sizes and in three coat types of various colors and patterns.

But the iconic short-haired smooth miniature Dachshund wiener dog definitely deserves a spot on this list.

The Dachshund—with its unmistakable long-backed body, little legs, and big personality—is truly an icon of dogdom.

Dachshunds are moderate shedders, relatively clean, and have little or no body odor, unlike most hound dogs.

Smooth-coated Dachshunds are “wash and wear,” needing little beyond a wipe with a towel to stay fresh.

Athletic and agile, the Dachshund is an accomplished hunting breed despite its lapdog reputation.

6. Boston Terrier – Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair

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Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a friendly little companion with his short, tuxedoed coat. The stylish easy-care coat can come in white and either black, brindle, or seal (dark brown).

The American Gentleman as he is often called has a friendly glow in his big brown eyes that lets you know that you’ve found a true friend. As it originated in the city of Boston to be a family companion, the Boston is suited for city life. A bright dog with a natural gift for comedy, the dapper Bostonian is a steady source of smiles.

The Boston’s sleek, fine coat does shed a little, though not a lot. Weekly brushing will help to remove the loose hair. A good brushing also promotes new hair growth and distributes skin oils throughout the coat to help keep it healthy and shiny. Bostons need to be bathed only occasionally, unless they get into something messy that can’t just be wiped off with a damp cloth.

5. Beagle – Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair

Cute Beagle Puppy

Although not often the perfect little gentleman like the Boston Terrier, the Beagle holds a special place in the hearts of many a dog lover. And although featured on our naughtiest dogs breeds and most difficult dog breeds to train videos, the Beagle is a popular family pet ranking #6 in AKC popularity thanks in no small part to its pleading expressions and happy-go-lucky personality.

At under 20 pounds, this merry little dog is the smallest and perhaps friendliest of the scent hound breeds.

The Beagle has a smooth, dense double coat that gets heavier in the winter, so spring is shedding season. Beagles also shed moderately year-round.

4. Pug – Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair

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Another popular companion pet is the Pug. This charming and loving, and sometimes mischievous little dog will steal your heart.

The Pug’s short, smooth, glossy coat needs minimal maintenance, but it does shed. Not that at 14-18 pounds it has much body to shed hair from. Pugs are ideal house dogs.

Pugs are happy in the city or country, with kids or old folks, as an only pet or in a pack. They do best in moderate climates—not too hot, not too cold—but, with proper care, Pugs can be their adorable selves anywhere.

3. Manchester Terrier – Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair

Manchester Terrier Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair
Manchester Terrier

The Manchester Terrier is a sleek, wash and wear kind of dog. Wiping your Manchester down with a damp cloth once a week is about all the grooming this spirited little dog needs. The Manchester is truly a no-grooming needed dog.

They’re easily recognized by a short tight coat of rich mahogany tan and jet black that does shed, but not a lot.

2. Miniature Pinscher – Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair

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Sometimes quite similar in appearance to the Manchester Terrier is the fearless and fun-loving Miniature Pinscher or Min Pin for short.
Often called the King of Toys, this proud, fun-loving toy breed of lustrous coat and a compact, wedge-shaped physique is a true personality.

Cited by historians as being a cross between the Dachshund and the Italian Greyhound, the Min Pin’s short, hard coat is easy to maintain. A weekly once over with a soft brush and occasional wipedown with a damp cloth is pretty much all the grooming your Min Pin will require.

Do small short-haired dogs need to be brushed? Sure they dog. Despite their short hair, most of the dogs on this list do shed and regular brushing helps to cut down on that excess hair that would otherwise end up on your clothes and furniture. Not to mention it’s a great way to bond with your pooch. Afterall, low maintenance does mean no maintenance. We recommend a good dog brush such as the Furminator.

But our next breed just might allow you to throw out that dog brush, because it’s no technically short-haired, it’s hairless…well, sometimes.


American Hairless Terrier Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair
American Hairless Terrier

Oddly enough although the word Hairless is literally in the American Hairless Terrier’s name, they do come in two varieties, hairless and coated.

But, for either type, grooming needs are minimal. Rather than keeping this small dog’s hair groomed, more attention needs to be taken to protect it from sunburn.

Even with the coated variety, they shed little and all the grooming needed is a weekly once over with a soft brush to help distribute oils around the coat.

The hairless variety might have eyebrows and whiskers, while the coated has a short, shiny coat. The skin of the hairless is smooth and warm to the touch.

I know we missed some breeds and I’m sure you will shout those breeds out in the comments. Go ahead, you know you wanna.

Also, which of these breeds is YOUR favorite?

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