Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: July 16, 2017
Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds

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Size and coat type are two factors which come directly into play when it comes to adopting a dog. Do you want to know our top 6 short-haired small dogs?

Most people that live in a city or a small house look for small pets which can adapt to living in an limited space, while short-haired breeds are especially desirable at home for hygiene purposes.

In this AnimalWised article we reveal the best low-maintenance dog breeds, so that you consider a wider range of options before finally adopting one.

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  1. Boston Terrier
  2. Miniature Bull Terrier
  3. Dachshund
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Chihuahua
  6. Miniature Pinscher
  7. Do you want to adopt a small dog?

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is undoubtedly one of the best companion dogs thanks to its personality and ease of training. It's a small dog with a very short coat, so you won't have to worry about brushing or grooming it very often.

Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds - Boston Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

With a height of between 30 and 35 centimeters (12 to 14 inches), the Miniature Bull Terrier is a short-haired breed which is notable for its oval-shaped head and the appearance of its pricked ears. Its highly developed muscles mean that it's physically very strong, which makes it an imposing dog despite its small stature.

Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds - Miniature Bull Terrier


The Dachshund is without doubt one of the most charismatic and recognizable dogs around, due to its small and elongated body - which has given it the nicknames "wiener dog" and "sausage dog". Like the others, it also has short hair.

Two varieties of the Dachshund exist: the Standard and the Miniature - the latter of which was used in the past for rabbit hunting. Both are very special and loving dogs, although they can be quite stubborn.

Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds - Dachshund

French Bulldog

This breed actually originates from the English Bulldog. This dog is notable for its very short hair and its height, which doesn't exceed 35 centimeters (14 inches) tall. It looks extremely similar to a Boston Terrier, although the French Bulldog has a more muscular composition.

The French Bulldog is very quiet, and sometimes has a somewhat apathetic character. Because of its personality, it is considered as one of the best small dogs for children.

Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds - French Bulldog


Deriving from Mexico, where it is known as the Chihuahueño, we find the small dog par excellence: the Chihuahua.

This dog does not exceed 23 centimeters (9 inches) in height, meaning it is considered as the smallest breed of dog in the world. Whilst various types of long-haired Chihuahuas exist, they're usually found with a very short coat, making them look even smaller than they really are.

Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds - Chihuahua

Miniature Pinscher

This breed of dog belongs to the German Pinscher family, although its official name in the breed registry is the Miniature Pinscher.

It was originally used as a dog for hunting rodents, owing to its speed and small size, although nowadays it is only considered as a fantastic and tender pet. It rarely exceeds 30 centimeters (12 inches) in height and 6 kilos (13 pounds) in weight.

Top 6 Short Haired Small Dog Breeds - Miniature Pinscher

Do you want to adopt a small dog?

Share your photo and your adoption experience if this article has helped you choose a dog as a friend and companion. Remember that you'll also find small short-haired dogs in pet shelters, including some of the above list.

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