Dogs that are short-haired and good for first-time pet owners

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  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Airedale terriers are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make great family pets. They excel at agility and love to hike. Learn more about living with Airedale terriers.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent, affectionate, and incredibly cute, the bichon frise could easily be mistaken for a child’s toy. This happy-go-lucky breed originated in the Mediterranean islands, which could be why they’re so easygoing and fun-loving. Bichons are the perfect companion for families, elderly couples, and everyone in between.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Border terriers are intelligent, energetic, and affectionate little dogs with big personalities and low grooming needs. They make great family pets and are easy to train. Learn more about living with border terriers.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, red, blue, white
  • patterns: tuxedo, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Boston terriers are friendly, intelligent dogs that enjoy brisk walks just as much as cuddling on the couch. Learn more about why these dogs are nicknamed “American Gentlemen.”
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, high potential for weight gain, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Toy fox terriers are smart, playful, and energetic dogs that are a perfect combination of the best traits from terriers and toy breeds. Learn more about living with this tiny, fun-loving pup.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, harlequin, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful, protective
Great Danes are enormous, gentle dogs that love spending time with their family, whether on walks or lazing at their elbows. Is this gentle gargantuan dog breed right for you?
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black, cream, white, gray
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Friendly, doting, and intelligent, shih-poos inherit their parents’ best personality traits. These small dogs are versatile and can do well in any home where they’re the center of attention.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Labrador retrievers, or Labs as many know them, are an ideal combination of friendly and active, making them one of the most beloved family pets. Read on for more information about this most popular dog breed.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hot weather tolerant, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: blue, red, black
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, blue and tan, sable
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, wiry
  • temperament: playful
Australian terriers are small pups that make excellent family dogs, but often prefer to be the only pet in a household. They are playful, high-energy, and affectionate.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, blue, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, long, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Chorkies are fun, affectionate little dogs who love to go everywhere with their humans. Learn more about living with Chorkies, a Chihuahua-Yorkie hybrid dog breed.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white, red, cream, fawn, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Frenchtons are friendly, playful, outgoing, and love to be the center of attention. Learn more about what makes this squish-faced hybrid so lovable.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Athletic. Regal. Suuuuuper tiny. Welcome to the wonderful world of the Italian greyhound.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, prone to health issues, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, fawn, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Bred primarily as companion dogs, Frenchies crave all the love and affection we humans have to offer. They’re just as satisfied playing with kids and other dogs as they are being a couch potato. Goofy, yet intelligent, French bulldogs make an easygoing best friend for any dog lover.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, black
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Pugs are known for their squishy faces and their charming demeanor. A bit mischievous but beloved by owners, this breed is ideal for laid-back homes and those who like to dote on their pet. Here’s what you need to know about living with pugs.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
You know that jowly face, those floppy ears. Basset hounds are excellent tracking dogs, but they're just as happy to spend time napping with your family. Learn more about living with basset hounds.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, easy to train, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long, short, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful
Pomchies are tiny dogs with larger-than-life personalities. These small, intelligent hybrids will often be found playing with toys or snuggling on their favorite human's lap.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, anxious
Cairn terriers are loyal, intelligent, and playful little dogs who are just as happy snuggling on your lap as they are accompanying you on hikes.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, cream, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
The Norwegian lundehund is an energetic, clever, and loyal dog. These rare pups are great hiking companions (thanks to their extra toes) and love to be outside.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, gray, cream, fawn, white, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, sable
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
The Pomapoo, a mixed breed dog with poodle and Pomeranian parents, is extra-friendly, playful, and loves to be the center of attention. This pint-sized pup is great for apartment living and doesn’t require a rigorous exercise routine.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black, gray, blue, white, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, merle, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, long
  • temperament: gentle, anxious, playful
Chihuahuas are charming, smart, and sassy. Small in size, but big in personality, Chihuahuas are beloved by owners for their unique appearance and entertaining attitudes. Learn more about living with this pint-sized breed.