How to Draw a Poodle

Easy, step by step Poodle drawing tutorial
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The poodle, also called a pudelhund or caniche, is a European dog breed. Developed as a water retriever, its characteristic grooming style was created to increase its efficiency in water. Poodles are very intelligent and have been used as working dogs in diverse settings, from hunting truffles to performing in circuses. The poodle has been bred in standard, miniature, and toy sizes.

Poodles are often associated with France due to their popularity there, pictured alongside cafes and the Eiffel Tower. Poodles also appear as animated characters. Examples include Georgette from Oliver & Company and Fifi from Open Season. Poodle characters and their owners are often stereotyped as snobby, selfish, frivolous, and vain.

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During the 1950s, "poodle skirts" were a popular fashion. These were circle skirts made of brightly colored wool felt. An applique or design of a poodle was attached near the bottom of the skirt, and a ribbon "leash" connected it to the waist. These skirts were often paired with shoes called saddle oxfords. This style is still popular among "rockabilly" fans in Japan and elsewhere.

Would you like to draw a cute cartoon poodle? This easy, step-by-step cartoon dog drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chihuahua, Corgi, and Golden Retriever.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Poodle

Poodle drawing - step 1
How to Draw Poodle: Step 1

1. Begin by using a series of curved lines to enclose an oval-shaped, cloudlike object. This forms the fluffy fur of the poodle's torso.

Poodle drawing - step 2
How to Draw Poodle: Step 2

2. Enclose a small curved rectangle at the top of the shape, erasing as necessary. This indicates the poodle's collar. Draw two overlapping curved lines to form the neck, lower jaw, and bottom portion of the snout. Enclose an irregular oval-shaped nose, and extend another curved line for the top of the snout. Draw a small oval to indicate the eye, with short curved lines for eyelashes.

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Poodle drawing - step 3
How to Draw Poodle: Step 3

3. Use a series of curved lines to create a fluffy "L" shape, enclosing the ear and the fur on the top of the head. Use a small circle and two curved lines to enclose a bow on the forehead.

Poodle drawing - step 4
How to Draw Poodle: Step 4

4. Use a curved line to enclose an irregular shape to one side of the torso, completing the body. Below this, use curved lines to enclose another cloudlike shape. This indicates the fur of the legs and hips.

Poodle drawing - step 5
How to Draw Poodle: Step 5

5. Enclose the oval shape of the leg, erasing as necessary. At the bottom of the leg, use a series of curved lines to enclose the cloudlike shape of the fur around the ankle. Enclose the foot using a curved line, and distinguish the toes with short curved lines.

Poodle drawing - step 6
How to Draw Poodle: Step 6

6. Draw the remaining rear leg. Use a curved line for the upper leg, and a series of curved lines for the fur around the ankle. Then enclose the shape of the foot and toes.

Poodle drawing - step 7
How to Draw Poodle: Step 7

7. Draw the front leg. Extend two curved lines for the upper leg, followed by the cloudlike shape of fur. Extend a line and double it back upon itself to form the paw. Use short lines to differentiate the toes.

Poodle drawing - step 8
How to Draw Poodle: Step 8

8. Draw the remaining foreleg. Again, extend two curved lines for the upper leg, followed by the cloudlike shape of fur. Extend a line and double it back upon itself to form the paw. Use short lines to differentiate the toes.

Poodle drawing - step 9
How to Draw Poodle: Step 9

9. Extend two curved lines to form the tail. Connect them at the end with a round, cloudlike shape.

Complete Poodle drawing
How to Draw Poodle: Step 10

Color your cartoon poodle. In reality, poodles typically have white, black, brown, or grey fur. In fiction or through the use of cosmetics, they may be pink or other colors.

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