Dalmatians are such a beautiful dog breed. From the spots on their body to their friendly nature, Dalmatians are one our favourite dog breeds. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to draw a Dalmatian in 16 easy steps.

dalmation drawing

Dalmatians one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there! From working as fire dogs to friendly household pets, they truly are an all-purpose breed. Not to mention of the most popular dog breeds out there, thanks to movies like Disney’s 101 Dalmations! Now, let’s draw a happy dalmatian dog.

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil (Ideally a 4H Pencil)
  • Marker Pen
  • Eraser
  • Felt Tip Pens (optional)

How to Draw a Dalmatian

Step 1: 

Draw a circle on your page. This circle doesn’t need to be perfect, a rough sketch will do. Then draw a reference grid on the face. This will come in handy later on. 

1-dalmation head circle

Step 2:

Draw two more circles for the body. The bigger circle in the middle is for the front body of the dalmatian. And the smaller circle is for the back part of the body.

2-two circles

Step 3:

Join up the body and head. Your Dalmatian dog is almost taking shape. If you like drawing dog bodies, take a look at our cool and furry husky dog drawing tutorial.

3-join dog body

Step 4:

Draw your Dalmatian dog’s feet. You can draw a reference point for the ground first. Then draw the four small paws

4-foot line

Step 5: 

Draw lines for the legs. These lines will act as guidelines for where your Dalmatian’s legs will be and their correct size.

5-leg lines dalmation

Step 6:

Add some meat to those legs. Join up the legs to the body with some extra lines. 

6-legs dalmation

Step 7:

Draw the dog’s snout. To do this, you’ll need to draw another smaller circle coming off your Dalmatian’s head. Then join it up to the head to create a dog snout shape. 

7-dalmation snout

Step 8:

Outline the mouth. The mouth will look slightly smiley. 

8-dalmation mouth outline

Step 9:

Open your Dalmatian’s mouth. Draw another wide oval coming off the snout area. This will make your dog’s mouth look open.

9-open dog mouth dalmation

Step 10: 

Draw the eye and nose. This is pretty simple, just a circle shape for the eye and nose. 

10-dalmation eyes

Step 11:

Draw the ear. The ear is kind-of a rectangular shape for a dalmatian dog, with rounded ends. 

11-dalmation ears

Step 12:

Draw your Dalmatian’s tongue and teeth. Give that open mouth some more detail by sketching in the hanging tongue and small Dalmatian teeth.

12 - dalmation teeth

Step 13:

Draw the dog collar and tail line. The dog tail is just a curved line at the back of your Dalmatian. 

13 - dog collar

Step 14:

Add details to the paws. Give those paws some little doggy fingers. And then add some meat to your Dalmatian’s tail.

14- dalmation paws

Step 15: 

Draw in random spots all over the body. Dalmatian spots are not solid circles, so keep it natural. Natural Dalmatian spots are wobbly, splodges of dark marks in random places on the body. You can then colour in the nose and eyes a black colour.

15-dalmation dog spots

Step 16:

Using a fine marker pen outline your Dalmatian. Then rub out any unwanted pencil marks. Finally, you can colour in your Dalmatian’s collar and mouth area or leave it all black and white.

Dalmatian dog drawing

You got yourself a happy little Dalmatian Drawing! Now that you know how to draw a Dalmatian, you can draw more Dalmatians anywhere you like. Why not create your own greeting card with a hand-drawn Dalmatian as the cover or sketch your book illustrations for an upcoming doggy story you might be writing. 

how to draw a dalmatian