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15 Types of Short-Haired Dogs: Find the Perfect Breed For Your Family!

Here are 15 friendly, spunky and totally tangle-free short-haired dog breeds to consider for your family.

Are you thinking about getting a dog, but worried that he will leave a trail of fur running from your front door to your bed? If so, it might be time for you and your family to consider short-haired dogs. By getting this type of pet, you can save on grooming costs and make cleaning your home less of a chore. Not sure which breed is right for your family?

Here are 15 types of short-haired dogs that you’ll want to seriously consider:

  1. American Staffordshire Terrier
    The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes the American Staffordshire Terrier as courageous and strong. These dogs enjoy being around people and often do well with other pets.


  2. Basset Hound
    These short-legged dogs are all-around adorable. According to The Basset Hound Club of America (BHCA), these dogs have mild temperaments, which makes them patient, obedient and easy to train.
    Basset Hound


  3. Boston Terrier
    The tuxedo-wearing terriers typically weigh no more than 25 pounds, according to the AKC. Nicknamed the “American gentleman,” they have a sweet, gentle disposition. These easy-to-train dogs are known for their superior intelligence and their ability to get along well with children and other pets. They just love to dole out the affection!


  4. Chihuahua
    Talk about big-time sass in a pint-sized package. The short-haired Chihuahua is bright, peppy and good with other animals. If you live in a smaller space or are partial to taking your pooch along with you, this tiny guy (or gal) is right for you!


  5. Dalmatian
    There are 101 reasons to choose this breed — but that’s too many to list here. According to the AKC, these firehouse dogs, which were made popular by the famous Disney film, are alert, active and speedy. These attributes make Dalmatians great performance animals and family pets.


  6. French Bulldog
    These companion dogs are small in stature, but big on muscle, and their recognizable bat ears and squishy faces make them hard to resist. According to the French Bull Dog Club of America, these dogs are affectionate and have a balanced temperament. Frenchies aren’t big barkers and they enjoy being around people, which makes them a great fit for families that live in small spaces.
    french bulldog


  7. Greyhound
    These graceful dogs have a sleek, aerodynamic body. Though these pets have a lot of energy, they are docile and happy to be around people. But rescuing a former racer will require you to help acclimate the dog to a life off of the track, as the National Greyhound Adoption Program (NGAP) points out.


  8. Olde Boston Bulldog
    Do these dogs look familiar? They’re actually ancestors of the Boston Terrier. Even though this breed served as fighting dogs centuries ago, the modern bulldog is loyal and friendly, which allows it to quickly become a loving member of your family.


  9. Mastiff
    If you’re a big dog person, this breed’s for you. Mastiffs reach as tall as 30 inches (at the shoulder)! Though these not-so-dainty droolers make great guard dogs, they are also patient, loyal and protective.


  10. Weimaraner
    The AKC characterizes Weimaraners as friendly, obedient and fearless. If you’re a runner, this sporting dog can quickly become your best friend!


  11. Boxer
    The boxer has earned a top-10 spot in AKC‘s list of the most popular dog breeds in America for the past couple of years. Though this breed is large, powerful, athletic and protective, these dogs are also gentle and patient


  12. Pug
    The playful pug is tiny enough for apartment life. Its outgoing personality and love of people makes it a clear (and completely charming) choice for families with children.


  13. Great Dane
    Is it a pony or a really big dog? These elegant canines are loving companions that are truly gentle giants.
    great dane


  14. Whippet
    Despite their quick, Greyhound-esque bursts of energy, these short-haired dogs are quite relaxed and calm. A whippet’s friendly nature makes it a perfect addition to a family with kids and other pets.


  15. Dachshund
    Also known as the “wiener dog,” this clever breed has a long, hot dog-like body and stubby legs. The dachshund is loyal, playful, curious, friendly and full of spunk.

Erica Loop is the mom to one teenager, two energetic Olde Boston Bulldogs and one very shy cat. She’s also a freelance writer, educator and the creator of the blog Mini Monets and Mommies.