How to Draw a Bulldog

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The bulldog is a short, stocky dog bred for centuries in Britain. It has a short nose and folds of skin that give it a wrinkled and frowning appearance, earning it the nickname “sourmug.”

Originally, the bulldog was a fierce predator used for fighting bulls. When these dogfighting events were banned in 1835, the breed nearly died out. However, enthusiasts kept it going, selecting for a loveable rather than ferocious personality. Today’s bulldogs are gentle pets and guardians.

Bulldogs are a fond mascot of England and the United Kingdom. During World War II, bulldogs represented Winston Churchill’s firm stand against the Nazi regime. A bulldog named Venus was the mascot of one British Royal Navy ship, and Handsome Dan represented Yale University. The bulldog is also the official mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps, and bulldogs live on many marine bases. A number of sporting teams have also adopted a bulldog mascot.

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Hector the bulldog is among the most well-known cartoon bulldogs. He is often seen restraining Sylvester the cat so that he won’t eat Tweety Bird. Another is Spike, Looney Tunes’ tough, scowling grey bulldog in a red sweater and brown hat.

Would you like to draw a tough-looking bulldog? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished dog.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bulldog

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the bulldog’s head. Use overlapping curved lines to craft a lumpy, incomplete circle.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 2

2. Use curved lines to draw the rounded, triangular shapes of the inner and outer ear. Then, use curved and “U” shaped lines to complete the irregular circle. Note the large “U” shaped jowl.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 3

3. Use curved lines to craft the somewhat triangular shape of the remaining floppy ear. Then, draw the collar. Begin by drawing small triangles with rounded bases pointing outward from the dog’s neck. Then, connect these using curved lines, forming the collar.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 4

4. Use long, curved, overlapping lines to sketch the dog’s back and chest.

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How to Draw Bulldog: Step 5

5. Draw the foreleg. Extend a pair of curved lines from within the body, allow them to converge. Use overlapping “U” shaped lines to enclose the paw, indicating the toes.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 6

6. Draw the remaining foreleg using a long, curved line. Then, enclose the paw, using a series of overlapping “U” shaped lines to indicate the toes. Draw the rear paw as seen behind the forepaws using overlapping “U” shaped lines.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 7

7. Draw the remaining rear paw. Again, use overlapping “U” shaped lines to form the toes and the bottom of the paw.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 8

8. Detail your bulldog. Draw a curved line across the chest to give him a muscular appearance. Use curved lines to enclose spots on his back and limbs. Draw curved lines across the face to indicate the snout and cheeks. Use “U” shaped lines to craft the nose, and enclose large ovals to form the eyes. Use curved lines to enclose a pointed brow above each eye.

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How to Draw Bulldog: Step 9

9. Use long, curved lines to sketch the bulldog’s lower lip and open mouth. Then, draw curved triangles to indicate the protruding teeth.

How to Draw Bulldog: Step 10

Color your bulldog. Bulldogs can be spotted or solid in color, typically in shades of tan, white, grey, or reddish brown. They may also be brindle, a delicate brown and black striping.

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