Jack Russell Terrier

12 Small Dog Breeds With Short Hair (Solved & Explained)

The benefits of having a small dog with short hair are that they do not require a lot of grooming time. This is especially beneficial for those owners who find it difficult to groom their dogs regularly.

Another benefit of owning a dog of any kind is because of the enormous amount of companionship, and love that they can give. These dogs have become known as some of the friendliest dogs, and they love to please their owners in every way possible. 

#1 Pug

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The Pug is a beautiful sturdy breed of short-haired dog characterized by a short, wrinkly, curly tail and rounded, muscular face. The breed typically comes in various colors, usually either light brown or black, with a compact, rectangular body with tightly-developed musculature. Pugs are excellent watchdogs and excellent family pets.

They tend to be alert and intelligent. Many people choose the Pug as a pet because of its versatility as a companion. As an indoor dog, pugs can be wonderful companions for the elderly, those with disabilities or limited mobility. These dogs are very calm with an energetic, outgoing personality that makes them fun to be around. 

#2 Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher
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The Miniature Pinscher, is a miniature breed of sporting dog, originating from Germany. The Miniature Pinscher is one of those breeds that has an excellent temperament and requires little training, as long as it has been taught properly, and socialized correctly, during its early years.

Miniature Pinschers are great pets, and is intelligent and eager to please with their loving nature. Due to their intelligence, they are great as working dogs as well as service and companion dogs. 

#3 Border Terrier

Border Terrier
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The Border Terrier dog breed is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. This small dog is extremely intelligent and eager to please, and possesses a strong working dog instinct that makes it a strong and loyal. The Border Terrier dog breed was originally bred to be a hunting companion, so its very small size and lack of activity make it quite suited to life as a herding dog.

However, they have now become popular as house pets due to their friendly nature and willingness to love you unconditionally. Their naturally shy nature makes them even more lovable, and they are very loyal companions.

#4 Beagle

The beagle, is an adorable little dog breed that can be cute and loving or destructive and mischievous. The beagle has been around since at least 1855, and they are said to have first been bred in England. The beagle was originally bred for scent hounds, developed specifically for hunting.

In recent years, the beagle has become popular as a companion dog or even a pet dog. They are great companions for the elderly, and can even act as watchdogs to deter thieves. Due to their high energy, the beagle will not be a good choice for people with a sedentary lifestyle who want a dog to simply walk and play with.

#5 French Bulldog

French Bulldog
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The French Bulldog is an extremely popular breed of dog, originally bred to be pet companions. The original breed was a cross between local Ratters from Paris, France, and English Toy Dogs imported by English settlers in America in the late 1800s.

They’re large, compact, energetic dogs with an even, gentle, docile temperament. They are particularly suited as family pets, as they have the eagerness to please and a calm, perceptive sense of their environment.

#6 Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier
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The Boston Terrier has become a favorite family pet for many people throughout the years, and is one of the most beloved dogs in North America. Their gentle, loving nature and dapper physique make them great companions.

The Boston terrier is primarily a sport breed, however, they can also be used for protection in rural areas as well. They are very athletic, yet their hardy temperament makes them a great choice for families with children.

#7 Short-Haired Chihuahua

Short-Haired Chihuahua
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The Chihuahua is probably one of the most well-loved dogs in the United States. They are very small dogs that have a sweet, loving disposition. Chihuahuas are highly social and get along well with other animals, but they can be aggressive toward other dogs and cats if they are not raised in a positive environment.

They are also known for being possessive towards their owner and stubborn at times. Most Chihuahuas are basically bred to be a companion or lap dog. Chihuahuas do have a tendency to be overly friendly and clingy toward people

#8 Smooth Dachshund

Smooth Dachshund
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Dachshunds are characterized by their love of attention, and a tenacious need for work and play. However, unlike other miniature breeds, dachshunds are affectionate and loyal to the family.

They are also playful, intelligent, small animals that are extremely capable of a great deal of energy and stamina. The Dachshund is one of the most popular dog varieties in the world, second only to the Poodler.

#9 Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier
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The Jack Russell Terrier, which got its roots in fox hunting in England during the late 1800’s. It is primarily white-colored, smooth or wrinkled and generally quite rough-coated. They are extremely friendly and loyal, and often prefer to spend their time with children.

They have a strong desire to please their owners and will do what they can to excel at whatever task is assigned to them. They tend to be highly intelligent and able to learn new things quickly.

#10 Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is an American breed with a long history as a farming dog and an excellent hunting companion. They are very loyal, courageous dogs, and will stick right with you if you are ever unsure of yourself.

They are intelligent, loyal, and ever willing to work for their master and will go to great lengths to please them. They have a naturally friendly disposition and will often greet guests with eagerness, and a lot of lovable pampering.

#11 Smooth Fox Terrier

The Fox Terrier is a beautiful and unique dog with some amazing traits. This is not a breed that should be entered into competitions unless it has been trained specifically for such purposes. Fox Terriers is basically two different breeds of the dog form: the smooth fox terrier and the wire fox terrier. 

Smooth Fox Terriers can be identified by their white or tan coats, which cover most of their body, except for a small amount on the face and head. Their coats are not overly oily but are rather soft and smooth. They have small white almond shaped eyes, a pointed nose, and short black and white tail.

#12 Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
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The Italian Greyhound is a beautiful and fun dog to have around the house. These little dogs have the personality, good-natured, well behaved and easy to train.

The best thing about them is that they are very pretty and do not shed as much as some other breed of dog.Its elegant-looking coat makes this breed a favorite for people who want a small dog that is elegant and lovely looking.


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