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20 Short Haired Dogs With Low Grooming Needs

A Comprehensive List of Dogs Who Won’t Put the "Fur" in Furniture

By Sam Bourne. November 20, 2013 | See Comments

Weimaraner on a leash

While looking for dogs who don't shed may having you barking up the wrong tree (since all dogs with fur shed at least a little), you might try your luck with a short haired dog that requires minimal grooming. These dogs are all low maintenance when it comes to brushing.

Having a dog is a wonderful experience, but if you have ever had to sit down with one, hold them still, and brush out their fur into collections the size of a small cat, it comes as no surprise that one of the most common concerns when getting a new dog is “how often do they need to be groomed?” For pet parents worried about constant brushing sessions, here are some breeds that can go for extended periods of time without the touch of a brush.

1. Italian Greyhound

This tiny, wispy breed is known for being calm, timid, and very easy to get along with. Their short coat requires minimal grooming, making this breed a good choice for anyone looking for a great companion but not a lot of work. One thing to note about this breed: be careful when handling them, as their frail bodies make them prone to injury.

 

 

 

2. Boston Terrier

A quintessentially American breed, the Boston Terrier makes for a perfect companion in nearly any setting. Great with kids, these dogs love to play for hours, and never get rough. Sturdily built for a tiny dog, these low maintenance pups are ideal for a growing family.

 

 

3. Miniature Pinscher

A small dog in stature, this breed is nothing if not spirited and courageous. They are highly energetic, requiring a large amount of exercise and attention for optimal development. Thankfully, because of their petite size, exercise can be provided in the confines of your living room. With their short coat and minimal need for grooming, this breed is great for someone looking for a big dog personality without having big dog space.

 

 

 

4. Harrier

This long time hunting dog has a short, low maintenance coat that makes them a clear choice for those averse to grooming, but want an energetic pup that will fall in line with the family/pack paradigm.

 

 

 

5. Dalmatian

The firehouse favorite, Dalmatians have a short, durable coat that won’t leave remnants all over your couch. While not a great fist-time-pet-parent dog, the Dalmatian is a sure fit in a home with some dedicated adults.

 

 

6. Whippet

Basically a shrunken down Greyhound, this breed has a sheer coat that only needs brushing on the odd occasion, making them some of the most low maintenance dogs around. Just be careful when playing, as their slender frame is easily injured.

 

 

 

7. German Pinscher

The father of some of our favorite breeds, the German Pinscher is a smart, playful, and exceptionally loyal breed. Great for a growing family, this dog needs ample exercise and space to run, but as far as grooming is concerned, they couldn’t care less.

 

 

 

8. Basenji

A playful, well-tempered, loving dog, the Basenji is best suited in a home without little children or small pets, but they are quite an amicable breed. Thanks to a short, sturdy coat, the Basenji only needs to be brushed on rare occasions, making them a fur hater's dream come true.

 

 

 

9. Australian Kelpie

This live-wire of a breed is known for their boundless energy and friendly demeanor, especially toward kids. While they don’t always gel with other pets, the Kelpie makes for a great family pet, especially for those that don’t have time for routine brushings.

 

 

 

10. Weimaraner

A kind and playful companion, this breed is great in a family setting, as they can switch between being playful with the kids, or just sitting by your feet as you crack open a good book. And with an easily manageable short coat, this dog takes little effort to keep them looking handsome as ever.

 

 

11. Vizsla

An ancient hunting breed, this dog is a natural fit as a companion dog. Highly trainable, smart, and compassionate, if you take the time to train this dog, you are sure to get a high return on your investment. And with minimal grooming required, this breed is sure to make you and your furniture quite happy.

 

 

12. English Foxhound

Known for their boundless energy and friendly demeanor, this breed is a naturally independent breed, making them somewhat tough to train, but totally worth the effort. Their short, lustrous coat requires only the occasional once over with the brush, making them simple to keep looking fancy.

 

 

13. Boxer

Known for their flat faces and their loving disposition, Boxers are a great family dog, as they are extremely patient with even the youngest of children, and cooperative with other pets. Thanks to their easily manageable coat, these dogs are great for people that don’t have time for weekly grooming sessions.

 

 

14. Black & Tan Coonhound

Bred for their heightened ability to sniff out and hunt down raccoons, this dog is a natural hunting companion. A smart, loyal, and friendly dog, they are best in a house with strong willed adults, as they can be a little bit rough around the edges. And with their low-maintenance coats, this breed is definitely made to work.

 

 

15. Rottweiler

This mammoth breed is known for being a superb guard dog, but can also double as the biggest softies, being very even tempered and calm with children and other pets. Trained properly, this breed is loyal, friendly, and easy to groom.

 

 

16. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Originally a hunting dog, this breed is calm, kind, and obedient. Not always the best with small kids or pets, these dogs have some ingrained hunting traits that make them prone to rough play. However, with some training, these dogs are ideal for a couple without kids, especially if they don’t have time for routine brushing.

 

 

17. Neapolitan Mastiff

A descendant of the Mastiffs of Rome, this is a humongous breed that is known for being bright, calm, and protective. A hulking dog, they make for great guards, but are fine playing with kids as well. And with their short coat, the only grooming this dog is going to need is the occasional de-crudding of their meaty jowls.

 

 

18. Mastiff

Tipping the scales at around 200 pounds, this gentle giant is known for having a calm demeanor, except toward unwanted intruders, in which case they can chase them off with the best of ‘em. Great with kids, these dogs make awesome family pets, and because of their sheer coat, they only need to be brushed out occasionally.

 

 

19. Great Dane

Easily the largest domestic breed, this dog is known for being exceptionally easy going, but should still be trained early, as the sheer size of them is cause enough for some precaution. They are great with kids and other pets, and because of their short fur, they only need to be brushed once in a blue moon -- which is good since there is so much of them to brush!

 

 

20. Bloodhound

The quintessential scenthound, this breed is known as the ultimate hunting companion for their keen nose. They are also great with kids, to the point where children might need to be watched to make sure they aren’t being too rough. While they are laid back, they are also tricky to train, as getting them to do anything is a chore -- but at least you won’t have to worry about routine brushing, as their short fur is as low maintenance as it comes.

 

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