How to Draw a Simple Dog

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This time we’re going to create a simple dog drawing. You’ll find that drawing a cute dog is easy and fast with the step-by-step drawing tutorial. The tutorial is suitable for kids and people of any skill level.

If you’re looking for a more challenging dog drawing tutorial, check the How to Draw a Cartoon Dog drawing guide.

In the guide below, each step adds only a simple line or two to the drawing. A cute puppy dog will take shape incrementally.

It’s best to sketch with a pencil as some of the lines will be erased before the dog drawing is complete.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Dog, Cartoon Wolf, and Simple Cat.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Simple Dog

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 1

We’ll start at the top of the paper and draw an arc for the top of the dog’s head.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 2

Next, draw another arc to complete the outline of the head.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 3

Draw an oval for the muzzle.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 4

Add two elongated ovals on both sides of the head for the ears.

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How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 5

At the bottom of the paper, draw a horizontal line. The line should be a little longer than the head is wide.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 6

Connect the head to the horizontal line with two curving lines.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 7

Draw another pair of curved lines for legs. The lines should follow the shape of the curving lines from the previous step.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 8

Draw two D-shapes for the front paws.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 9

Connect the ends of the horizontal line to the body with two short arcs. These lines form the back legs.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 10

Draw a curved line for the tail.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 11

Complete the dog’s tail with another arc.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 12

Draw two more D-shapes for the back paws.

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How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 13

Remove the extra lines in the paws.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 14

Draw short lines for the toes at the back paws.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 15

Draw another set of short lines for the toes at the front paws.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 16

Add a pair of ovals for the eyes.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 17

Draw thick arcing lines for the eyebrows.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 18

Draw a D-shape for the nose and complete the dog’s face with a smile.

How to Draw Simple Dog: Step 19

Clean up your dog drawing and color it. Drawing a dog wasn’t hard, was it?

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