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How to Draw a Shiba Inu

Easy, step by step Shiba Inu drawing tutorial
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The Shiba Inu was first bred in Japan around 3,000 years ago. The Shiba Inu is a hunting dog, used for catching small animals and ground-dwelling birds. It is known for its screaming bark and concentrated loyalty to its master.

During World War II, the breed nearly died out due to starvation, disease, and the cross-breeding of the Shiba Inu with western dogs. Enthusiasts worked hard to preserve the three remaining bloodlines. During the 1950s, the first Shiba Inu was brought to North America. Today, it is a popular pet and companion dog around the world.

Did you know? Inu is the Japanese word for "dog." Shiba refers to small trees or shrubs that turn red in the fall. This naming could refer to the mountainous hunting terrain or to the dog's typically red coat. In one dialect, shiba can also mean "small," and may refer to the animal's size.

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Would you like to draw an adorable Shiba Inu puppy? This easy, step-by-step cartoon dog drawing tutorial is here to help. You will need on a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished cartoon.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Pug, Arctic Fox, and Kitten.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 01

1. Begin by sketching the dog's face. Use an "S" shaped line to craft the forehead and top of the snout. Then, draw an irregular rounded shape to form the nose. Draw a "U" shaped line beneath the nose to form the bottom of the snout and the smiling mouth. Draw a short, curved line beneath this to form the neck.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 02

2. Continue to draw the dog's head. Sketch rounded triangular shapes to form the ears. Place a similar shape inside each ear. Then, use a curved line to form the back of the head and neck. Draw a long "S" shaped line from the nose down the neck, indicating a change in coloration. Draw a teardrop shape for the eye, and another above it to form the brow.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 03

3. Draw the dog's collar. Use long, curved lines to enclose the shape of the collar. Draw a circle beneath it to indicate the dog's name tag. Use a short, curved line to give the tag a three-dimensional appearance.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 04

4. Use long, curved lines to sketch the dog's back and rear leg. Notice the pointed overlap of the lines on the back, indicating the texture of fur. Also, note the overlap at the tip of the foot that indicates the toes.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 05

5. Draw the foreleg. Use long lines to craft the leg and a short, curved line to form the front of the shoulder. Use overlapping "U" shaped lines to enclose the foot and form the toes.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 06

6. Use a series of short, curved lines that meet at jagged points to form the patch of color on the dog's chest.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 07

7. Draw the remaining foreleg using a series of long, curved lines. Note the jagged points that indicate a furry texture. Use "U" shaped lines to enclose the foot and form the toes.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 08

8. Draw the remaining rear leg using a pair of horizontal lines and overlapping "U" shaped lines to form the toes.

Shiba Inu drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 09

9. Draw the dog's curled, spiral-shaped tail. Note the furry "U" shaped lines at the base of the tail. Draw a zigzag line across the bottom of each leg, just above the paw.

Complete Shiba Inu drawing
How to Draw a Shiba Inu Step 10

Color your Shiba Inu. They are typically a combination of white, ginger, tan, red, or black. Then, check out our animal drawing guides, where you can find a whole pack of puppies and other pets.

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