How to Draw a Chihuahua

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"Viva gorditas!"
- The Taco Bell Dog, 1990s commercial

The chihuahua is a popular breed of small dog known for its sassy temperament. In fact, it is the smallest recognized breed, typically weighing 1 to 6 pounds and being about 5 inches tall.

The breed has a long history dating back before the European colonization of the Americas. It was likely derived from the Techichi, a small, non-vocal dog kept by the Toltec people from about the 800s. It is named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where it was first noticed by canine enthusiasts.

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Chihuahuas are a national symbol of Mexico. They have also come to epitomize the lavish lifestyle as "purse dogs."

Chihuahuas have also appeared in popular media. Taco Bell used a chihuahua as its mascot. Other appearances include Tito from Oliver and Company, Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show, Tracker from Paw Patrol, and most of the cast of the Beverly Hills Chihuahua series.

Would you like to draw an adorable chihuahua? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chihuahua

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the eyes. Use curved lines to outline the shapes with pointed corners. Within each eye, draw a circle within a circle. Shade between them to indicate the pupil. Draw a curved line above the eye to form the eyelid.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 2

2. Draw a long curved line from the corner of one eye to form the muzzle or snout. Double it back upon itself to sketch the smiling mouth. Draw a rounded shape above this to form the nose. Draw a curved line across the nose, and shade two small ovals to indicate the nostrils. Connect the nose and mouth with a short line. Outline the lower jaw using a curved line.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 3

3. Outline the head with a long curved line, noting the curve of the cheek. Use curved lines to sketch the eyebrows and contour the top of the nose.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 4

4. Outline the ears, forming rounded triangles. Use additional curved lines to detail the inside of the ears and sketch the side of the face.

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How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 5

5. Use a long curved line to draw the back, and shorter lines to contour the neck.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 6

6. Use long curved lines to outline the chest and leg. Connect the leg at the end with overlapping curved lines, forming the toes.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 7

7. Use long curved lines to draw the remaining foreleg. Connect them with overlapping curved lines, forming the paw and toes. Contour the shoulder with short curved lines.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 8

8. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the seated rear legs and paws.

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How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 9

9. Complete the outline of the dog with a curved line to form the hip. Draw the tail using two curved lines that meet at a gentle point.

How to Draw Chihuahua: Step 10

Color your cartoon chihuahua. Chihuahuas come in a variety of colors and patterns. They may be solid-colored or spotted, with very short or very long hair. Many have mask like markings on their faces. Colors range from white, cream, and tan, to black, brown, and even red.

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