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How to Draw a Chihuahua

Updated on September 29, 2012

Drawing a Chihuahua

Drawing chihuahuas is not very difficult if one follows a few easy steps. As with drawing anything, first study your subject and try to see the shapes that make up the basic form. Chihuahuas have a very round head. The shape is known as "apple dome" by those who raise and show dogs professionally.

Start with a dome shaped arch to represent the top of the chihuahua's head.
Start with a dome shaped arch to represent the top of the chihuahua's head.

Chihuahua ears are like softened triangles, similar but not identical to the ears of cats.

Let's study a few photographs of chihuahua eyes. Their eyes are very round and very large, possessed by an intelligent expression at all times.

Chihuahua eyes are very expressive and very tender. They depict a personality that is simultaneously tough and sensitive, cautious and curious. When drawing the eyes we must take care not to make them too round or too oval shaped, but rather a mixture. The corners of the eyes make a bit of an oval, but the centers themselves are completely round.

Chihuahuas are prone to getting cataracts when they get older. This should be noted when looking at their eyes in depth, so as not to portray this in the drawing unless one wishes to do so.

Large, round eyes, oval in the corners but with very circular centers.
Large, round eyes, oval in the corners but with very circular centers.
Notice the nose shape and try to capture it in your drawing.
Notice the nose shape and try to capture it in your drawing.
Lines from the eyes come down and eyebrows appear.  Although technically dogs do not have eyebrows, they do have tufts of whiskery hairs above the eyes that resemble eyebrows.
Lines from the eyes come down and eyebrows appear. Although technically dogs do not have eyebrows, they do have tufts of whiskery hairs above the eyes that resemble eyebrows.

Neck lines can be drawn as two L shapes that face each other.

Add depth lines to the ears, and add color if you so desire.

I added in a second color for shading and tweaked the line around the mouth. Notice also the highlights in the eyes! White works well as a highlight color when used very sparingly.

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      Silver Poet 7 months ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Golden Retrievers are fun to draw. Thanks for the idea!

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      Clive Williams 23 months ago from Nibiru

      can i see one with how to draw a golden retriever

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      Silver Poet 4 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Heather:

      I appreciate your honesty. Let me encourage you to practice your art as much as possible, for the only artist who ever did anything worthwhile is the one who refused to give up. :)

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      heather 4 years ago

      im not saticfied at all this did not help me draw

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      Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Susie: Right about the shapes. Absolutely.

      Kamalesh: Thanks for your kind words. I hope you have fun drawing!

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Hi Silver Pet, now I know you are an Artist too. I love to draw pictures but sometimes they turn out nice and sometimes not. I shall follow your technique which is very good indeed. Thanks for sharing the hub which I find Useful, Beautiful, Interesting and taking everything into account I would say it is Awesome. Voted Up.

      Best Wishes.

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      Susieq42 6 years ago

      Great hub! I learned to draw and paint by taking classes years ago. You're right in your technique...just look at the various shapes. You can use your pencil to measure the proper distance from the top of the head to the eyes, etc. Thank you for your great drawings.

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Kenneth:

      Thanks! I'm glad you liked the hub!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Silver Poet...I LOVED THIS HUB! Can you say HYPNOTIZED?

      And you are an artist too? I am in awe of your talents. And THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ME. Your profile didn't have a Contact Silver Poet, so this is the only way I could Thank YOU for the follow which I APPRECIATE and am honored that you chose to do that. I will strive to make YOU proud to be my follower. Promise.

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Alexander: Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I was able to enlighten you about these brilliant albeit iron-willed little dogs.

      Betty: Thank you kindly for your visit and your comment. Horses are indeed beautiful!

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      Cool! I would love for you to do horses.

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Cute. I never there was such a variety of Chihuahuas.

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Jackie Lynnley and Mentalist acer:

      Drawing has been shown to strengthen and exercise your brain's prefrontal cortex, so no matter how well you draw, you will still reap the benefits! Rhythmic motion like coloring stimulates the production of seratonin, and induces a calm mood in some people.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A picture is really worth a thousand words,thanks for sharing SP.;)

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Gee I think I might just try this! I sketched a picture of my Mom once and it was so good, never any experience but it got messed up with age, maybe I will try again soon, thanks!