How to Draw a Cartoon Dog
(the Easy Way)
Woof, woof! It's time to play fetch with those pencils as we learn how
to draw a cartoon dog! Man's best friend has been a source of
inspiration for countless cartoon characters such as Snoopy from
Peanuts, canine sleuth Scooby Doo, Disney's Goofy and Pluto and Brian,
one of the most intelligent members of the Griffin family in Seth
MacFarlane's Family Guy. So, let's get those tails wagging and get
STEP-1: Doggie Doodles – Sketching out a
The first part of learning how to draw a cartoon dog is to sketch out a
basic shape for the body which will form the basis of our cute canine
character. First of all, draw a rectangular shape with a rounded end at
the top. You see? Follow our lead and you can't go wrong!
STEP-2: Going for Walkies with Some More Details
Now we've got the basic shape of how to draw a cartoon dog, we can
start adding some doggie details to bring our canine character to life!
To start, draw a large 'U' shape for the snout, followed by a curved
horizontal line along the top as in our illustration. Next, sketch in
some lines for our four-legged friend's legs.
STEP-3: Let's give our Four-legged Friend Some Features
It's time to add some more features to our cartoon dog so this pooch
can step out on all fours! Starting at the top of the head, draw a
jagged line to represent fur, then draw an upside-down 'V' shape for
For the next step in how to draw a cartoon dog, draw two lines
at an angle for our cute canine's eyebrows, followed by two small
circles for the eyes. A dog's vision isn't as good as ours, but they
are very good at detecting movement.
Who threw that stick?
Now it's time to add a nose so our perfect pooch can sniff out some
tasty snacks! All dogs have an amazing sense of smell, but did you know
that in some breeds, such as bloodhounds, this sense is up to 100
million times more sensitive than humans?
Our cartoon dog can certainly
sense a great talent like yours!
After this, draw a tongue poking out on the left hand side of our
cartoon dog, then finish off the legs you started in the previous step
by adding four paws. Finally, no pooch is complete without a wagging
tail to show you how happy he is! Let's add one now just behind the
STEP-4: Take the Lead by Giving This Pooch Some Personality!
Our cartoon dog is almost ready to go for walkies, but first, we just
need to add some final details to really give this pooch some
First, add another ear on the left-hand side, then draw
some lines for the inner ears. It won't surprise you to learn that dogs
also have an acute sense of hearing and can hear sounds far beyond our
range of hearing. They can also move their ears to pinpoint the exact
source of any sound – awesome! For the next step in how to draw a cartoon dog, let's sketch in the
rest of those jowels or cheeks by drawing another curved line beneath
Finish this off by drawing a vertical line that runs from the
bottom of the nose and stops just about in the middle of the jowels.
Next, add a series of dots to represent the whiskers on our cartoon
After this, draw a series of short vertical lines on each foot for our
canine companion's toes, then draw a curved line for the chest area.
Epic! Now, it's time to go fetch your pens as we add some canine color
– you'd be barking mad to miss this part!
STEP-5: Let's go Crazy with Some Canine Color!
Now that our drawing is done, it's time to fetch your favorite pens and
add some color to our cartoon dog!To start with, draw around the
outline in dark gray before rubbing out any lines you don't need.
taking a medium gray pen, color in the body apart from the chest area.
After this, take a black pen and draw around the outline of our perfect
pooch's nose, before filling in the shape with a darker gray – remember
to leave a small area white to represent highlight and that
all-important wet nose look.
Finally, take a lighter shade of gray and
color in the chest area. We're done – now you know how to draw a
cartoon dog! It's time to take the lead and go walkies with our awesome