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Short-haired Small Dogs

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Short-haired small dogs are a perfect choice for someone who'd rather spend the day romping in the park, rather than waiting in a doggie salon.

If you are investigating types of small short-haired dogs, you are probably a person who:

  • Loves companionship of a dog more than grooming
  • Loves to play but hates to brush
  • Would rather spend money on chew toys than expensive doggie salon treatments
  • Love a clean face – Hate the appearance of matted hair and a ruffled look

You are in luck because there are many, many small breed dogs that just might make the perfect companion sans the grooming.  We have listed the most common short-haired small dogs world-wide, but there are more.

If you want to go straight to the list of short-haired small dogs, click here, or keep reading about small short-haired dogs.

What These Short-haired Small Dogs Have in Common:

  1. Small size
  2. Short or Smooth coat
  3. Most shed heavily in the spring and fall
  4. Require some grooming (nails, teeth, ears, eyes, and baths)
  5. All will need to be brushed (sorry to disappoint) but it is easy and a great time to bond.

How These Small Dogs Differ

  1. Energy level

  2. Personalities

  3. Adaptability

  4. Ease of Living with Other Pets

  5. Ease of Living with Children

  6. Health concerns

  7. Intelligence

  8. Ease of Training

  9. Quantity of Barking

Best Short-haired Small Dogs

American Hairless

  • Breed Group:  Miscellaneous
  • Height: 7 to 18 inches
  • Weight: 5 to 25 pounds
  • Life Span: 14 to 16 years
  • Technically not a Short-haired Small dog because it doesn't have hair.

Basenji

  • Breed Group: Hound
  • Height: 16 to 17 inches
  • Weight: 22 to 24 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years

Beagle

  • Breed Group: Hound
  • Height: two size varieties -- up to 13 inches at the shoulder & 13 inches to 15 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 20 to 35 pounds
  • Life Span: 13 to 16 years

Boston Terrier

  • Breed Group:Non-sporting
  • Height: varies
  • Weight: 10 to 25 pounds
  • Life Span: 11 to 13 years

Chihuahua (Smooth)

  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Height:5 inches or less
  • Weight: 6 pounds or less
  • Life Span: 12 to 20 years

Chinese Crested (Hairless)

  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Height: 11 to 13 inches
  • Weight: 10 to 13 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 14 years

Dachshund (Miniature Smooth)

  • Breed Group: Hound
  • Height: Miniature, 5 to 6 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 11 pounds and under (Miniature)
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years

French Bulldog

  • Breed Group: Non-Sporting 
  • Height: 11 to 12 inches
  • Weight: Less than 28 pounds
  • Life Span: 9 to 11 years

Italian Greyhound

  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Height: 13 to 15 inches
  • Weight: 7 to 15 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Jack Russell Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier (AKC)

  • Breed Group:Terrier
  • Height: 13 to 14 inches
  • Weight: 13 to 17 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 14 years
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Lancashire Heeler

  • Breed Group:  Foundation Stock
  • Height: 10 to 12 inches
  • Weight: 13 to 18 pounds
  • Life Span: 12-15 years

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Manchester Terrier

  • Breed Group: Terrier
  • Height: 15 to 16 inches
  • Weight: Up to 12 (Toy);
  • Life Span: 14 to 16 years
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Miniature Pinscher

  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Height: 10 to 12.5 inches
  • Weight: 8 to 11 pounds
  • Life Span: 15 years

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Prague Ratter

  • Breed Group:  Not Classified
  • Height 7 to 9 inches
  • Weight:  3 to 8 pounds
  • Life Span:  12 to 14 years

Pug

  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Height: Not specified in breed standard
  • Weight: 14 to 18 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 14 years

Rat Terrier

  • Breed Group: Terrier
  • Height: 10 to 13 inches (Miniature)
  • Weight: 8 to 25 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 18 years

Russian Toy

  • Breed Group:  Foundation Stock
  • Height: 8 to 10 inches
  • Weight: 3 to 6 pounds
  • Life Span:10 to 12 years

Shiba Inu

  • Breed Group: Non-Sporting 
  • Height: 13.5 to 16.5 inches
  • Weight: 17 to 23 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 16 years

Toy Fox Terrier

  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Height: 8 to 11 inches
  • Weight: 4 to 9 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Xoloitzcuintli

  • Breed Group: Non-Sporting
  • Height: Toy, 10 to 14 inches at the shoulder; Miniature, more than 14 to 18 inches;
  • Weight: Toy, 9 to 18 pounds; Miniature, 13 to 22 pounds;
  • Life Span: 12 to 14 years


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