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.
10. Toy Fox Terrier
Little dogs 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 Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound. 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 massive, 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
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 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
Similar in appearance to the aforementioned Toy Fox Terrier, the Rat Terrier was also bred to
be a 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.
not all Dachshunds are short-haired, nor are they all small. Dachshunds come in two sizes
and three coat types of various colors and patterns. But the iconic short-haired smooth
miniature Dachshund wiener dog 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
6. 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, Boston is suited for city life. A bright dog with a natural gift for comedy, the
stylish 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
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.
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, shiny coat needs
minimal maintenance, however, it will shed. Not that at 14-18 pounds it has many bodies to
shed hair from. Pugs are ideal house dogs. Pugs are happy within the city or country, with
children or old people, as an only pet or in a pack. They do best in moderate climates—not
too hot, not too cold—but, with correct care, Pugs may be their adorable selves anywhere.
3. Manchester Terrier
The Manchester Terrier is a sleek, wash and wears kind of dog. Wiping your Manchester
down with a damp cloth once a week is about all the grooming this spirited little dog needs.
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
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, the 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 wipe down 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.
After all, low maintenance does mean no maintenance. We recommend a good dog brush
such as the Fulminator. I leave a link in the description. 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,
1. 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 want to. Also, which of these breeds is YOUR favorite