Do you cherish your fur baby? Have you ever considered getting a pet tattoo of your darling dog? If so, we’ve got some dog tattoos ideas that will take your puppy portrait to the next level! Our dogs are part of the family so it’s only natural to express your deep devotion to your dog through the art of tattoos.
If you adore snuggles and kisses from your furry friend, go ahead and get a tattoo that depicts some of their best attributes. It could be those floppy ears or a cute button nose. The toy that they beg for the most and passive-aggressively squeak at you until you submit to their wishes. Whatever you love most about your pet, be sure to incorporate it into the tattoo design so that you paint the best portrait possible of your pup. We decided to take a look at people’s fresh ink to see what sorts of dog tattoos they’re getting these days. They did not disappoint! Get inspired by these adorable dog tattoos!
Get Inspired by These Dog Tattoos for Your Very Own Pet Portrait!
Oh, So Real!
Did the tattoo artist nail this pet portrait or what? We came across many photorealistic pet portraits among the dog tattoos we saw. What a sweet one!
On the other end of the spectrum, we have more whimsical interpretations like this dog tattoo that looks like it came from a children’s picture book. For your dog tattoos, you get to decide which direction you want to take it.
Here’s another realistic one of a labrador that we adore! The diamond shape helps the design feel defined. If you can find an artist with plenty of experience, you could very well walk away with something equally stunning.
How energetic and cute is this line drawing of a dachshund? You can go the more abstract route like this and have a unique tattoo that you can cherish forever.
A Stylistic Husky
Here’s one of the most uniquely imagined dog tattoos on this list. It looks wholly original and very fresh!
Here’s another photorealistic tattoo of a dog. Look at all of the detailed work put into that cutie’s fur. Flowers further sweeten this winning design.
Do we know what’s going on here? Nope! Do we care? Nope! How cute is this little ninja puppy? Often, the weirder the better when it comes to dog tattoos.
How sweet does this Pom look? This minimalist take on a dog portrait might be more your speed than a crazy-detailed realistic one that will take forever to complete.
Here’s a remarkable dog face that will surely bring a smile to anyone who beholds it. Take a look at those teeny-tiny whiskers! There is so much detail in such a small amount of space with this tattoo.
Line drawing dog tattoos are extremely popular. Here’s a Frenchie that’s done in the style that looks like it’s full of movement and visual interest.
Paw Print Tattoo
Among dog tattoos, paw prints were also exceedingly popular. Some people chose a “standard” paw print while others got their own dog’s print tattooed on their bodies. This paw print inside a heart is extra special!
Single Line Dog Tattoo
We told you these line drawings are really popular! Here’s another delightful one that looks perfect on the shoulder.
With just a few lines and minimal shading, we find a one-of-a-kind portrait of a dog named Coco. What a lovable little face!
This bulldog looks like a character, right? Done in black and grey this is a marvelous portrait that we’re sure the person with it will cherish for a lifetime.
Paws Up Top
Another popular trend among dog tattoos is paws and human hands interacting. We find both engaged in a high five here.
Just for Julia
Meet Julia! What a fun portrait that has been made even more engaging thanks to the watercolor effect of the background. Now, we want to snuggle Ms. Julia.
Okay! Here’s a pretty pup with a strawberry hat on. It definitely makes this design stand out among the other dog tattoos on this list. If your dog has a favorite toy or article of clothing, go ahead and let that inform your design.
We find not one but two dog tattoos on this arm that imagines the ears only. It’s a unique idea that we saw a couple of times as we researched dog tattoos. We’ll share another with you further down this list.
Here’s a cutie emerging from gorgeous roses. It’s a fine tattoo that shows so much shading skill on the part of the artist.
A Portrait of Red
Here’s a warm dog portrait that includes the pup’s favorite ball. By including other elements like flowers and leaves, you can really make your dog tattoos look robust.
This handsome silhouette of a dog contains a scenic mountain view. It’s the only tattoo of its kind we came across which makes it a fresh and unique idea that we think a lot of people will love.
This dog tattoo borders on hyperrealism which may or may not appeal to you. It’s one of the most detailed dog tattoos on this list.
Here’s a portrait of a dog named Marta who seems like she’s a real champ! Diamond-shaped frames are all the rage right now and you should consider one for your dog tattoo to add some color and definition.
Here’s a sweet little tattoo of a Yorkie with the faintest seafoam background. If you want something small, consider getting a micro tattoo that does not take up a ton of real estate on your skin.
Here’s another example of a micro tattoo that would fit on top of a quarter. If bigger isn’t necessarily better in your book, consider getting a tiny tattoo in tribute to your dog.
For His Rescue
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can rescue it,” the person who shared this image captioned it. It’s a smart sentiment and reminder to always rescue dogs!
This dog looks rather mischievous doesn’t it? We’re not sure how the artist managed to capture the pup’s personality but it’s a wonder of a dog tattoo!
Lots of Love
If a diamond frame does not work for you, consider framing your puppers’ face with a heart. The artist as worked the name of the dog into this one which was a clever idea.
Watercolor Paw Print Tattoo
Here’s another watercolor tattoo this time, with a paw print on top of it. Notice how the artist has employed white ink to really make the print pop against the rich colors behind it.
A Unique One
For a dog named Yoshi, this person got a paw print with his face in it. This is an extremely original idea that we did not come across twice. This dog tattoo could be the perfect inspiration for how you devise your own.
Traditional Dog Tattoo
We did not see a lot of traditional designs on dog tattoos today but we did come across this one which looks so fun. If you love old-school tattoos, your dog tattoos can be translated to the style rather easily.
A Couple of Cuties
Do you love kawaii? We think celebrating all things cute should be mandatory. How precious are these two puppies? We love their rosy cheeks!
Here’s a minimalist tattoo of a dachshund. A simple outline of your dog could be all it takes for you to score a winning tattoo.
This doggo is going places! Expertly done in just black and grey, this dog in a spaceship is one of the most playful dog tattoos on this list. Get weird, it pays off!
Here’s a dog tattoo that was done in memorial for a friend that passed away. We love all of the radiant color and energy it brings to this piece.
A Little Tattoo for a Big Dog
This Doberman tattoo looks rather butch and to the point which we imagine will speak to many people. Something small and straightforward can serve you well!
A Dog Named Baby
This dog’s name is baby and it looks just darling in this pet portrait tattoo. Notice how the artist has made its eyes seem to glisten. Just precious!
Crank the Color
Here’s another vividly colored dog tattoo that finds a sweet baby with butterfly wings. Feel free to experiment with colors and styles until you find the perfect scheme for your dog tattoos.
Here’s one of our favorite dog tattoos on this list. Half has been completed in a photorealistic style while the other half goes abstract. Mix and match styles and you could walk away with an equally original design.
As promised, here’s another tattoo of just the dog’s ears. These are so evocative and cute! This emerging trend among dog tattoos is likely to blow up in the coming years. It’s such a fun idea!
Kevin the Chihuahua
Hi Kevin! We find a photorealistic dog portrait surrounded by traditional elements in the banner and the roses. Again, don’t play by the rules and reap the rewards.
Rose Colored Glasses
We’re here for the Chihuahua love! Here’s another portrait of our friends from Mexico wearing pink, heart-shaped glasses. It’s an offbeat blast!
These Pets Rock
Check out these radical pet portraits that imagine a dog as Ziggy Stardust and a sphynx as a rockstar as well. Find yourself an artist with a point of view and you’re going to end up with awesome dog tattoos like these!
This person has chosen to go the more illustrative look for her dog tattoo and we think it turned out perfectly. Evocative, precious, and warm this is an amazing tattoo that we’re sure others would love having on their bodies.
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Creative with Color
We leave you with one of the more offbeat dog tattoos on this list that finds a dog filled with neon color. It’s a bold interpretation that ultimately looks fresh and original.
There you go! 45 dog tattoos in varying styles and sizes. If you’re looking for tattoo ideas, we hope you feel inspired by these phenomenal examples of what a pet portrait tattoo can look like. Go with your heart and think of the very best way to celebrate your fur baby with some awesome ink!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Get Inspired by These Dog Tattoos for Your Very Own Pet Portrait!
- 1.1 Oh, So Real!
- 1.2 Little Cutie
- 1.3 A Stunner
- 1.4 Minimal
- 1.5 A Stylistic Husky
- 1.6 Pretty Girl
- 1.7 Okay!
- 1.8 Precious Pomeranian
- 1.9 Happy Boy
- 1.10 Frenchie
- 1.11 Paw Print Tattoo
- 1.12 Single Line Dog Tattoo
- 1.13 Coco
- 1.14 Bulldog Baby
- 1.15 Paws Up Top
- 1.16 Just for Julia
- 1.17 Strawberry Boy
- 1.18 All Ears
- 1.19 In Roses
- 1.20 A Portrait of Red
- 1.21 Silhouette
- 1.22 A Masterpiece
- 1.23 Marta
- 1.24 Cutie Pie
- 1.25 Tiny Pup
- 1.26 For His Rescue
- 1.27 Those Eyes
- 1.28 Lots of Love
- 1.29 Watercolor Paw Print Tattoo
- 1.30 A Unique One
- 1.31 Traditional Dog Tattoo
- 1.32 A Couple of Cuties
- 1.33 Sweet Dachshund
- 1.34 The Traveler
- 1.35 Colorful Angel
- 1.36 A Little Tattoo for a Big Dog
- 1.37 A Dog Named Baby
- 1.38 Crank the Color
- 1.39 Super Stylish
- 1.40 Tiny Ears
- 1.41 Kevin the Chihuahua
- 1.42 Rose Colored Glasses
- 1.43 These Pets Rock
- 1.44 Precious Pup
- 1.45 Creative with Color
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