How to Draw a Labrador

Easy, step by step Labrador drawing tutorial
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Are you looking for a furry friend? Learn how to draw a Labrador, and you'll always have a friendly face to come home to! He'll leave paw prints on your heart.

The Labrador retriever is a friendly, energetic, and outgoing dog from the sporting group. They are medium to large dogs, weighing up to 80 pounds. Their average lifespan is 10 to 12 years. They are known as family dogs and are usually well suited to households with children and other dogs.

Called "labs" for short, the breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1903. They originated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as working dogs.

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They were companions to fishermen and retrieved wayward fish of the catch or downed ducks for hunters. English nobles noticed and popularized the breed during the 1800s.

Today, labs are the most popular dog breed in America. They are similar to golden retrievers but have shorter hair.

Sometimes, they are crossed with other dog breeds to create "designer dogs." For example, a cross between a lab and a poodle is called a labradoodle.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, and Cute German Shepherd Dog.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Labrador

Labrador drawing - step 1
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing the dog's eyes. Use curved lines to outline the rounded square shape of the eyes, similar to anime eyes.

Shade a large circle within each to indicate the pupil. Then, draw curved lines above the eyes to indicate the lids and brow. Note the tuft of fur on the inner side of the brow.

Labrador drawing - step 2
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Draw the puppy's nose and mouth. Use curved lines to enclose the nose; notice that it is slightly pointed on each side. Draw two small circles within the nose to indicate the nostrils.

Draw a wide "W" shaped line below the nose to form the mouth. Finally, draw curved lines on each side of the nose and at the corners of the mouth.

Labrador drawing - step 3
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Enclose the tongue using a large "U" shaped line, and texture the center with a curved line. Enclose the open mouth with curved lines on each side of the tongue. Draw a line below it as well. Then, Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the ear and top of the head.

Labrador drawing - step 4
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Complete the ear with a curved line that doubles back upon itself, overlapping the existing ear. Then, use another line to draw the side of the head. Create a near-mirror image on the opposite side using curved lines.

Labrador drawing - step 5
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Draw curved lines overlapping each side of the head to create the neck. Draw another set of overlapping curved lines to form the shoulders.

On one side, draw one more overlapping curved line to outline the chest and belly. Add a series of short curved lines in a "V" shape to texture the fur of the chest.

Labrador drawing - step 6
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Use long curved lines to outline the lab's legs. Notice how the lines overlap at the feet to form the toes.

Labrador drawing - step 7
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Complete the foreleg, again noting the overlapping curved lines that create the toes of the paw. Then, use overlapping curved lines to sketch the crouching rear leg.

Labrador drawing - step 8
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Use curved lines to sketch the dog's back, rear paw, and remaining rear leg.

Labrador drawing - step 9
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Complete the remaining rear paw using a series of overlapping curved lines. Then use long curved lines to draw the fluffy tail. Notice the jagged points at the end that indicate fur.

Complete Labrador drawing
Labrador step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon Labrador retriever. We've shaded ours a blonde or sandy color, making it a yellow lab. There are also black labs and chocolate labs. The latter are brown in color.

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