Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds with Short Hair

Short-Haired Dog Breeds for Low-Maintenance Care. 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.

1 - Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Not only do Italian Greyhounds require little maintenance, but they also have a wonderful temperament that the American Kennel Club describes as "playful, alert, and sensitive." These little dogs make excellent pets and companions.

2 - Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

Despite their diminutive size, miniature pinschers have enormous personalities and aren't hesitant to show them off. They continue to play with the larger canines despite their lack of or almost complete disregard for size. Families with older kids who are able to treat these spunky short-haired toy dogs with respect will get devoted pets for life.

3 - American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Pit bull breeds include the American Staffordshire Terrier. If you are able to get past that, you'll discover a dog that fulfills all of your criteria. The coats of American Staffordshire Terriers are relatively short. This enables you to see how an American Staffordshire Terrier's musculature ripples as they run or catch a toy, similar to the Redbone Coonhound. Particularly when compared to coonhounds, American Staffordshire Terriers were fairly muscular. The redbone and pit bull have a lot in common in terms of why they shed so little. American Staffordshire Terriers have wiry, one-layer coats. The American Staffordshire Terrier's fur is a little bit stiffer now, so a bristle brush instead of a grooming glove is what I'd advise. Even so, you don't have to be concerned about your house being dirty if you only brush your dog once a week.

4 - Basenji


The African Basenji has a smooth, thoroughly clean coat that is odor-free and only needs to be bathed occasionally. Even Basenjis are capable of cat-like grooming of their coats. They are frequently referred to as the "barkless dog," as they rarely bark in the traditional sense. They do not remain silent, though. Basenjis have the ability to whimper, whine, and yodel in unusual ways. Although they form strong relationships with their human families, this breed of dogs might be wary of strangers.

5 - Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

According to the AKC, Australian Kelpies have an additional coat that needs brushing once a week, making them slightly more maintenance-intensive than a few of the other puppies on this list. Other than that, they are a breed that requires little upkeep and is clever, devoted, and energetic, making them ideal for households with young children.

6 - Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier

Despite their little stature, the toy fox terrier was a very intelligent dog who was also brave and full of personality. Even though they are a small breed, they more than make up for it with their ego. These proud puppies, who weigh under ten pounds but have large brains and massive bones, love rewards and are easy to train when given the correct incentives to whet their appetites. Just be careful not to overdo it since these tiny dogs are prone to obesity.

7 - Boxer


In the late 1800s, Germany saw the emergence of the medium-sized boxer. Weekly brushing using a rubber curry brush and a soft-bristled brush is necessary for a smooth, sleek coat. This kind of dog is clean and only occasionally has to be bathed. Boxers are 
energetic, athletic, muscular, and fun-loving dog. They need a lot of activity to stay joyful and prevent behavioral problems.

8 - Vizsla


Due to their high level of activity and daily desire for vigorous exercise, vizslas are ideal for owners who enjoy the outdoors and are always on the go. They don't need much other than room to run around, which means you can spend longer playing catch and less time tidying up fur.

9 - Pug


Despite having short hair, the well-known pug dog breed requires more maintenance than a few of the other dog breeds on this list. Pugs do shed, and often, particularly in the summer. They don't perform well in hot weather as they form a brachycephalic breed with respiratory problems, so they shouldn't be left outside in very hot weather. So long as you are okay with a little snoring, a pug is the ideal dog for the job if being a lazy couch potato is what you prefer.

10 - Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

The bull terrier has a short, flat coat that is rough to the touch and glossy. Loose hair can be removed by weekly brushing using a soft bristle brush, curry brush, or hound glove. It requires moderate daily exercise, such as lengthy walks or retrieval activities in the garden, while being muscular and athletic.

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