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How to Draw a Standing Dog

Here I will show you how to draw a standing dog on four legs using two simple lessons and PDF with additional materials to them.

First of all, I will show you the process of drawing a standing dog using 9 steps, then I will show you another way. In addition, we will consider the main issues related to this topic.

How to draw a Standing Dog
How to draw a Standing Dog step by step

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Basic Information on How to Draw a Standing Dog

Here is another lesson on drawing pets. The lesson is simple and interesting. Now I will show you how to draw a standing dog. Any child or novice artist can handle this task.

The picture shows a cartoon dog, but the same proportions can be used to draw a realistic dog. As you work, make smooth lines and maintain proportions. Memorize all the steps of drawing, practice, spend more time drawing and you will achieve excellent results.

Some of the steps in this quest are going to be easy and some are a little more difficult. Be careful at every step, try to draw the same lines as in the example. As usual, we will start drawing the main parts and then move on to drawing the small elements.

To make it easier for you to draw a standing dog, I’ve added another tutorial at the end of the article that shows the whole process in a slightly different way.

Try both tutorials on how to draw a standing dog to decide which one suits you best.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Steps on How to Draw a Standing Dog

Time needed: 20 minutes

How to Draw a Standing Dog

  1. Draw the head.

    Add the circle and on this line leave free areas for drawing the ears and neck. The head should be located at the top right side of your sheet.How to draw a domestic Standing Dog

  2. Sketch the ears of the dog.

    The ears are shaped like small triangles. By the way, you can try to convey the dog’s mood by drawing its ears in one position or another.How to draw a funny Standing Dog

  3. Draw the torso.

    Use smooth lines to sketch the outline of the torso. Leave empty spaces for the legs and tail. Try to maintain the correct proportion between the head and torso.
    sketching the torso

  4. Sketch the legs.

    Draw four legs with smooth lines as in the example. Try to also repeat the position of the legs, because it conveys the volume of the drawing.
    sketching the legs of the dog

  5. Draw the tail.

    The tail is raised up and has a spiral shape. But of course, dogs are very different, and the shape of the tail depends on the breed, so you can draw a tail of any other shape.
    sketching the dog tail

  6. Portray the muzzle and the inside of the ears.

    First, outline the dog’s eyes and the pupils inside the eyes. Next, outline the triangular nose and mouth. Complete the step by outlining the dog’s ears.
    sketching the face and ears

  7. Draw borders for the face, chest, and abdomen.

    To do this, draw several free-form lines. First of all, draw lines on the face dividing the upper and lower parts. Next, mark a line on the dog’s chest and belly.How to draw a Standing Dog quickly

  8. Correct any inaccuracies.

    Check your drawing. Evaluate your drawing of a standing dog, trying to find all the mistakes and differences from my example in order to correct them.How to draw a Standing Dog easy

  9. Color the standing dog drawing.

    Use brown as the main color, and paint the lower part of the face, chest, and belly with yellow. Paint the eyes black, leaving white highlights in them.How to draw a Standing Dog for kids

Additional Content

Now you can evaluate the result. You can add surroundings or some details, such as drawing a grass, a house for a dog, or drawing food for a dog. Show your imagination and make the drawing bright and rich. Share the finished result with your friends.

Use the PDF file that we have prepared especially for you. The file contains a short version of the lesson. Download this file and keep learning drawing lessons.

How to Draw a Standing Dog From the Side

In the previous example, we drew a standing dog step by step, moving from detail to detail. Here we will do everything a little differently.

The first step is to outline the basic shapes for the head and torso, then add the details of the head and legs.

how to draw a dog from the side step by step


Is it possible to draw different breeds of standing dogs using this drawing lesson?

Yes, this basic tutorial shows the basic principles of drawing rather than specific instructions on how to draw a specific animal.

What other animals can be drawn using the steps in this tutorial?

First of all, all animals from the canine family, such as wolves, coyotes, etc. But no one bothers you to draw a cat, changing the necessary features.

How can I make a drawing of a standing dog more realistic?

To do this, you need to draw the dog a less cartoonish face and more mature body features. That is, the dog should not look like a puppy.


We hope you enjoyed this standing dog drawing tutorial and had a good time. If some elements did not work out the first time, do not despair. Keep practicing and you will soon be drawing much better. My lessons will help you with this.

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