How To Draw A Dog

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Dog in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Dog.

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How to Draw a Dog - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start with the head. It is a sideways hook shape with the shorter part of the hook on the bottom. Be sure to add a small bump to the end of the long hook line. This is the nose. The top part of the snout is twice as long as the bottom jaw.

Step 2: Continue the top long snout line to make the bent ear. Keep drawing the bottom of the snout back and down to make the front of the neck line.

Step 3: Now draw a long line from the top of the head to make the back line. Curve the line down sharply at the end.

Step 4: Draw the rump line down into the back of the hind leg to the paw. Bring the line back up almost to the back line. Make the top of the back leg a bit wider than the bottom. Draw the belly line from the hind leg forward and add the front leg. The front leg line starts just above the belly line and continues down to the paw. It is the same size as the back leg. Draw the front of the leg line back up to join the neck line.

Step 5: Add another straight front leg in front of the first leg. Add another curved back leg in front of the first hind leg. Finally, from the rump draw a thin curved pointy tail.

Interesting Facts about Dogs

Many, many years ago, people became friends with gray wolves – yes, wolves!

When people first discovered how smart wolves were, they began teaching the wolves how to help them with their work.

They learned:

  • How to pull small wagons and carts to help people move things from one place to another.
  • How to gather and keep sheep and cows together into herds so they could be fed, milked or moved to another place.
  • How to “sniff out” birds and animals for food and warn people when there was danger nearby.

Over time, the great, great, great grandbabies of those friendly wolves became what we know today as “dogs.”

Dogs of all kinds are loved by millions of people everywhere and are often called “man’s best friend” because they are so friendly, smart, helpful and entertaining.

Did you know?

  • A dog’s nose has a print, just like human finger prints, that can be used to identify them.
  • A dog’s sense of smell is over 100,000 times better than a human’s sense of smell.
  • A dog can hear something up to 820 feet away. That’s over 2 football fields!
  • Most dogs have two coats of fur; an undercoat and an outer coat.
  • Dogs have nearly 100 facial expressions, which include the many ways in which they move, or hold their ears.
  • The most popular names given to dogs are “Bear” for boy dogs and “Lady” for girl dogs.
  • A dog’s wagging tail can signal what it is feeling. A high tail wagging in wide arches from side to side is a playful wag. A dog may be scared if its tail is hanging low and barely wagging, or it is held between the legs. A high tail wagging very quickly may be a signal that the dog might attack.
  • Dogs can also help people be more happy, healthy and safe. They are trained to work with police and firemen, to help people who are blind move around, and are loving companions to people who are sick or unhappy.
  • Just like children, however, dogs need lots of love, attention and care to be the very best that they can be.
  • There are about 400 million dogs around the world.
  • Dogs can have all different kinds of jobs, just like humans. Some are police dogs who help sniff out crime. Some dogs are called service dogs, and they help blind people walk safely. Hearing dogs assist their owners who are deaf, and they can let them know when the phone is ringing.
  • Dogs are not actually color blind.
  • Dogs usually live up to 14 years of age.
  • Dogs have a sense of time. That’s why your pooch knows when to greet you every day you come home from school.
  • Dogs sleep for about 10 hours per day.
  • Just like human fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their nose prints.
  • More dogs live in the United States than any other country in the world.
  • A female dog is typically pregnant for 63 days before she gives birth to her litter of puppies.
  • “Rocky” and “Bailey” are two of the most popular names of dogs.
  • Dogs are the descendants of wolves. They were first domesticated by humans about 15,000 years ago.
  • Dogs are more bonded to humans than any other animal, and that is why they are famously known as “man’s best friend.”

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