20 Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds with Short Hair

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If you're looking for a dog that requires less upkeep, a short-haired breed is a perfect choice. Dogs with short hair require less maintenance than those with long hair, however all breeds of dogs need some maintenance. Like their long-haired counterparts, short-haired dogs continue to shed. Even dogs with short hair might benefit from weekly or biweekly brushing to eliminate loose hair and reduce shedding.

Here are 20 short-haired dog breeds worth considering adding to your family.

Breed Characteristics

Short-haired dogs often require less upkeep for grooming, which is a great benefit for busy families or those who are always on the go. Some short-haired dogs are hypoallergenic, which makes them a great option for folks who are allergic to dogs. Since they don't have lengthy, thick coats, the majority of short-haired dogs can endure warmer temperatures. Pugs, boxers, and bulldogs are examples of (short-nosed) breeds that are the exception. Short-haired dogs who reside in a region with chilly winters will probably need some gear, especially if their breed calls for a lot of outdoor activity.

When attempting to select the finest dog for you and your family, grooming requirements should simply be one of many factors you take into account. Finding an energy level match, the dog's size in relation to your home, and who else is in your home—other pets, frail elders, or boisterous children—are additional important factors to take into account.

Here are the top 20 short-haired dogs; they span the size spectrum from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.

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    Basenji

    The African Basenji has a silky, naturally clean coat that is odor-free and only has to be bathed occasionally. Even basenjis may comb their fur in a manner akin to cats. They are sometimes referred to as the "barkless dog" since they rarely make the traditional canine barking noises. They do not remain silent, though. Basenjis have the ability to cry, whine, and yodel in unusual ways. Although they form strong relationships with their human families, this breed might be wary of strangers.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hound (AKC)

    Height: 16 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder 

    Weight: 20 to 25 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth, short coat comes in chestnut red, black, brindle, or tri-color (black and red)

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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    Boxer

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    In the late 1800s, Germany saw the emergence of the medium-sized boxer. Weekly brushing with a rubber curry brush or soft bristle brush is necessary for the smooth, sleek coat. The breed is clean and only sometimes has to be bathed. Boxers are athletic, energetic, and fun-loving people with lots of energy. They need a lot of exercise to stay joyful and prevent behavioral problems. When it's hot outside, this brachycephalic breed (short-nosed, pushed-in face) should avoid vigorous exertion since it can soon become overheated.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Working (AKC)

    Height: 21.5 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 50 to 70 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short coat comes in fawn and brindle 

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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    The bull terrier has a distinct appearance with a long, horse-like face. It has a short, flat coat that is rough to the touch and shiny. Loose hair can be removed by weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush, curry brush, or hound glove. This breed usually gets along well with polite children. It requires moderate daily activity, such as lengthy walks or retrieve activities in the yard, while being strong and athletic.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Terrier (AKC)

    Height: 21 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 50 to 70 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short coat comes in almost any color including white, red, fawn, black, blue, or brindle (or a combination of these)

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

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    The Dalmatian originates in central Europe, in what is now Croatia but was originally known as Dalmatia. The Dalmatian has a thick, fine, and shiny short coat. Although you may want to brush this dog more regularly to reduce the amount of hair in the home, it needs to be brushed once a week. These dogs were coach dogs, which were used to calm and protect the horses while they traveled alongside horse-drawn carriages. The same was done with fire trucks pulled by horses. The Dalmatian needs a lot of exercise every day since it is strong and athletic and has a lot of energy.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Non-sporting (AKC)

    Height: 19 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 45 to 65 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short coat is white with black or liver spots

    Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years


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    Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman, a tax collector in Germany, is credited with creating the Doberman Pinscher, often known as the Dobie. The dog's sleek coat requires only a simple brushing once a week for maintenance. Due to their size and athletic ability, dobermans require a lot of exercise to be happy and pleased. These devoted dogs have a reputation for being excellent protection dogs. The Doberman is particularly affectionate and tolerant of youngsters while among family, despite its menacing appearance to outsiders.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Working (AKC)

    Height: 24 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 65 to 100 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short, smooth coat comes in black, red, blue, or fawn with rust (tan) markings

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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    A versatile gundog created specifically to point and recover waterfowl is the German shorthaired pointer. Weekly brushing and the odd bath make maintaining its coat a snap. When given the opportunity to burn off some of its intense energy, this breed makes a wonderful companion and family dog. Owners must try their best to offer plenty of opportunities for exercise and mental stimulation for this breed because they may hunt in the wild all day. Otherwise, these dogs may become nervous and destructive within the home.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Sporting (AKC)

    Height: 21 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 45 to 70 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short, thin coat comes in solid liver or liver and white

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

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    One of the biggest dog breeds, especially in terms of height, is the Great Dane. Its coat will stay lustrous if you brush it once a week with a rubber curry or bristle brush. This breed is an excellent home dog since it is kind, friendly, and a truly gentle giant. Great Danes, despite their size, are often quiet indoors and don't require a lot of activity (a few daily walks is sufficient). Greater Danes and other large dog breeds have substantially lower life spans than the majority of other breeds.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Working (AKC)

    Height: 28 to 34 inches at the shoulder

    Weight: 100 to 200 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short coat comes in brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with black patches), or mantle (black and white)

    Life Expectancy: 6 to 8 years

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    The greyhound is regarded as the world's fastest breed and is capable of running at speeds of up to 45 mph. Greyhounds are unsurprisingly excellent home dogs. Compared to certain other short-haired breeds, the smooth coat sheds considerably less. Give this breed a thorough wipedown with a soft, wet towel because its hair is so thin and close to the body that you might not even need to brush it.

    But don't be fooled by all that speed. Greyhounds are fine to laze around the home for the majority of the day as long as they have the opportunity to exercise their legs every day in a secure enclosure. Italian greyhounds are a smaller breed of greyhound with the same characteristics and coat as their bigger relatives.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hound (AKC)

    Height: 27 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder 

    Weight: 60 to 70 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth coat comes in a variety of colors including black, blue, fawn, red, white, and various shades of brindle, or a combination of any of these colors

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years

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    The Spanish island of Ibiza is where the Ibizan hound is from. The breed originated from ancient Egyptian hounds that were about 3,000 years ago brought to the island by merchants. The short coat might be wiry or smooth. Simply brush both sorts of coats once a week to maintain them. Ibizan dogs are skilled rabbit hunters who pursue their prey while leaping and pounced for the kill.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hounds (AKC)

    Height: 22 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 45 to 50 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short, coarse coat, which can be smooth or wiry, comes in solid red, solid white, or white and red patterns

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

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    The tiny pinscher, which is the oldest of the two breeds, resembles a smaller version of its cousin, the Doberman Pinscher, in appearance. The silky coat of this breed is close to its body. To bring out its brilliance, its coat has to be brushed once a week with a soft bristle brush.

    This "King of Toys" is a member of the American Kennel Club's Toy Group and is renowned for its courageous liveliness, self-assurance, and proud personality. Min pins walk with a distinctive hackney gait (they lift their feet high when they trot). The greatest families for min pins are those with older, gentler children who can be careful around them because they are friendly but extremely little.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 10 to 12.5 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth coat comes in solid red, stag red (red with some black hairs), black with rust markings, and chocolate with rust markings

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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    Pug

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    The endearing, affectionate pug was a prized pet of Chinese emperors as early as 400 B.C. in China. The pug sheds a lot because of its short coat. Less hair will get on your clothing or furnishings the more you brush them. Pugs don't require a lot of exercise, and they can't stand heat, so on hot days, keep them indoors where it's cool. The most crucial role of a pug is to serve as your devoted friend and faithful companion. They don't perform well when left alone for extended periods of time, but because they are little and portable, it is simple to take them on your trips.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 10 to 13 inches

    Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth, short double coat comes in fawn (light yellow-tan with black ears and a black mask on the face) or solid black

    Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years

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    The rat terrier was developed by farmers in the United States and became a highly well-liked farm dog in the early 1900s. There are two sizes available: small and normal. These dogs were utilized for hunting and eliminating vermin, particularly rats, as the breed name would imply. Although the coat is short, it sheds a lot. Increase your brushing frequency to reduce hair loss indoors. Rat terriers are spirited, energetic, and tenacious dogs who are unafraid of a challenge. Rat terriers require more activity than you may anticipate from a little dog since they were bred to work.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Terrier (AKC)

    Height: 10 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder (miniature); 13 to 18 inches (standard)

    Weight: 10 to 25 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth, shiny, short coat comes in pied patterns (one or more colors with large patches of white)

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 18 years

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    South Africa gave rise to the Rhodesian Ridgeback to hunt lions. Due to a strip of hair developing in the opposite direction from the rest of the coat, the breed has a characteristic ridge running down the center of its back. The short, silky hair coat of the ridgeback requires little maintenance and loses somewhat to moderately. For healthy ridgebacks, little more than routine basic grooming is required.

    A Rhodesian Ridgeback is not a dog that novice dog owners should get. They have a strong prey drive, are big, strong, and independent-thinking. They require a lot of cerebral activity, instruction, and stimulation.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hound (AKC)

    Height: 24 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 70 to 85 pounds

    Coat and Color: short, smooth coat is light wheaten to red wheaten

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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    The German hunting breed known as the Weimaraner originated in the Weimar district. It has earned the moniker "gray ghost" because to its ethereal silver-gray hue, speed, and field endurance. A Weimaraner requires little upkeep when groomed. If the short, smooth coat becomes soiled, it will benefit from occasional cleaning with a rubber dog brush to remove loose hair.

    Weimaraners need a lot of exercise (running is excellent), training, and care since they are so energetic and athletic. When given enough exercise, Weimaraners make ideal family pets and get along well with kids.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Sporting (AKC)

    Height: 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder

    Weight: 55 to 90 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short, stiff coat comes in various shades of gray.

    Life Expectancy: 11 to 13 years

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    Mastiff

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    Mastiffs are a large breed that make wonderful family dogs since they are non-aggressive, gentle friends and guardians of the home. The mastiff has a short coat that usually just requires normal maintenance (regular brushing, bathing, and nail trimming). This breed drools a lot and sheds at a somewhat high pace. Despite having short hair, this breed is not a suitable choice for those who have dog allergies due to its high shedding rate and drool production.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Working (AKC)

    Height: 27.5 to 30 inches

    Weight: 120 to 220 pounds

    Coat and Color: Coat is short and sleek. Colors are fawn, apricot, or brindle, all with a dark mask on the muzzle, ears, and nose

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

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    The Boston terrier is known as the "American Gentleman" breed because of its coat, which has a tuxedo-like appearance. This breed is renowned for being vivacious, playful, friendly, and clownish. The Boston terrier's short, silky coat requires little maintenance; a weekly brushing to remove dead hair is typically enough. Although they do shed, it is not as much as many other dogs.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Non-sporting (AKC)

    Height: 15 to 17 inches

    Weight: 15 to 25 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth, short coat with a white muzzle and chest; the rest of their body will be either black, seal, or brindle

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

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    This Hungarian breed is well-known for its pointing and retrieving abilities as well as for being a devoted, attractive, and energetic companion. Vizsla coats require little upkeep. To remove dead hair and maintain the quality of their short coat, they simply need to brush it once a week. They do not shed excessively.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Sporting (AKC)

    Height: 21 to 24 inches

    Weight: 44 to 60 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth, short, and dense coat; varying shades of golden rust in color

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years

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    Chihuahua

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    The Chihuahua is a little yet self-assured dog that enjoys giving and receiving attention. There are two different coat lengths for this breed. Due to their short hair, smooth-coated Chihuahuas require nothing more than basic regular care, but long-coated Chihuahuas need more frequent grooming and hair brushing. Despite seeming little, the breed has a huge dog temperament contained inside its small frame.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 6 to 9 inches

    Weight: 2 to 6 pounds

    Coat & Color: Smooth or long coats; solid or two-color combinations; popular hues include black, tan, fawn, cream, white, blue, silver, chocolate, and red.

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 20 years

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    One of the most well-known and identifiable dog breeds is the beagle, which is Snoopy's breed. Short, water-resistant coats of beagles shed at a moderate to high rate. Beagles need basic weekly maintenance to maintain their finest appearance. They shouldn't require regular bathing because their coat doesn't collect up a lot of dirt. Beagles are boisterous, carefree, and upbeat canines, but they may also be obstinate at times. Active families are perfect for beagles.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hound (AKC)

    Height: 13 to 15 inches

    Weight: 20 to 25 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short coats in all hound colors, including but not limited to tri-color (tan, black, and white), red and white, and lemon and white

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years

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    Daschund

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    The dachshund is a playful dog breed that people like for its adorable disposition. Three main coat types are available for this breed: smooth, short hair, long hair, and wire hair. The kind of coat affects the grooming requirements. While the long-haired type does not normally require professional grooming, it does require regular brushing. The smooth dachshund sheds more frequently than other kinds. Every dachshund should take a bath when necessary. Doxies frequently experience skin issues and can need more frequent bathing. The dachshund makes a great watchdog despite its small size since it has a tendency to be highly protective and watchful.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hound (AKC)

    Height: 8 to 9 inches

    Weight: 16 to 32 pounds

    Coat and Color: There are three types of coats: smooth (shorthaired), longhaired, and wire-haired. The colors include black, tan, fawn, beige, blue, chocolate, and red.

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

Breeds to Avoid

If you're interested in short-haired breeds, you probably don't want to have many grooming sessions or a lot of hair piling up about the house. The mountain dogs, Scandinavian breeds, and are typically the hairiest breeds. Spitzes are double-coated breeds designed for subarctic climates, like as huskies and Finnish spitz. Similar to and Bernese mountain dogs, have long, thick coats to protect them from the weather. Other working dogs, such as herding dogs, spent long days, endured all kinds of weather, and need coats to withstand the challenging terrain.

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