How to Draw a Shih Tzu

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"Being Cute is a way of life for this lively charmer." - American Kennel Club description of the Shih Tzu

What breed of dog is your favorite? You can adopt an adorable pup when you learn how to draw a Shih Tzu with the help of this cartoon dog drawing tutorial.

Shih Tzus are small dogs of the toy class, weighing no more than 16 pounds. They are known for their long, flowing fur and playful, affectionate, outgoing personalities.

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Did you know? The Shih Tzu or Shittsu's name comes from the Chinese word for lion. The dog's luxurious fur was thought to resemble depictions of the maned lion in traditional Chinese art.

Once you've mastered the Shih Tzu, you can fill your kennel with all sorts of pedigreed companions. Learn how to draw a French bulldog, a Pomeranian, a chihuahua, and more.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Bulldog, Dachshund, and Poodle.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Shih Tzu

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How to Draw a Great Looking Shih Tzu for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

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1. Outline the furry sides of the Shih Tzu's muzzle with a series of curved lines. Then, draw the rounded triangular nose, and enclose the round eyes with curved lines. Inside each eye, draw a circle within a circle and shade between them to indicate the pupil.

Easy Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 2

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2. Continue to use groupings of overlapping curved lines to contour the furry face. Draw the brows, the top of the nose, the side of the face, and the bottoms of the upper and lower jaw. Use a "U" shaped line to enclose the tongue, and draw a short line down the middle.

Easy Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 3

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3. Continue to draw overlapping curved lines for the brow, side of the face, and top of the head. Draw a "C" shaped line with a line across it to form the hairbow.

Easy Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 4

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4. Use curved lines that meet at gentle or sharp points to draw the tuft of fur or "ponytail" on top of the dog's head. Then, use curved lines that meet at points to continue the head and draw the ear.

Easy Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 5

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5. Finish the first ear using a series of curved lines. Then, draw the second.

Easy Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 6

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6. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to complete the head, to outline the chest, and texture the fur of the chest.

Easy Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 7

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7. Draw the dog's leg using a series of overlapping curved lines. Notice the furry texture and the overlap of the toes. Then, use a series of curved lines to begin sketching the belly.

Add More Details to Your Shih Tzu Picture - Step 8

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8. Draw the remaining foreleg. Again, use overlapping curved lines to draw the leg, paw, and toes with a furry texture. Then, use curved lines to begin the rear legs.

Complete the Outline of Your Shih Tzu Drawing - Step 9

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9. Draw the dog's tail by sketching curved lines - some connected at points and some unconnected - in a spiral shape. Then, enclose the dog's back with a line.

Color Your Shih Tzu Drawing

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Color your cartoon Shih Tzu dog. They are often white with streaks of brown or grey.

For more great Dog drawing tutorials, see the 50 Step-by-Step Dog Drawing Guides post.

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