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Printable Dog Patterns With Simple Shapes for Kids' Crafts

Updated on November 3, 2017
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Adele has been a youth librarian for 20 years. She has learned lots about making crafts easy and inexpensive.

Printable Dog Crafts for Kids
Printable Dog Crafts for Kids

Dogs and kids just go together and many times, printable dog shapes are essential to any pet activities or units you do with preschoolers and elementary kids.

For this article, I’ve created some printable templates that you can use as coloring sheets, decorations, bookmarks, or puppets. I’ve mainly focused on using simple shapes that children can easily identify, though I’ve also included some more intricate designs like the Shar-Pei and the Chinese Crested.

All of the patterns here were created by me, and permission is given to print these templates for personal and educational use. Commercial use is prohibited.

How to Use These Patterns for Dog Craft Projects

The images here are all loaded as photos (jpegs). To “pick up” any of these images, click on the pattern image, and then right click to copy it and paste it into a word processing or publishing software. Once you’ve pasted it, you can then enlarge or minimize the image the way you'd like.

Floppy-Eared Dog

This is one of the simplest dogs to draw. Children can draw an oval for the head and an oval on either side for the ears. Draw eyes and a nose, and they’re done. But, if you’d like a pattern, here is one that you can print and cut out to make a dog.

Pattern for floppy-eared dog
Pattern for floppy-eared dog

Dog With a Ball

It’s pretty cool what you can do with a big circle and a bunch of ovals. This little dog is ready to play with his favorite toy.

Pattern for dog with ball -- made from ovals and circles
Pattern for dog with ball -- made from ovals and circles
Assembled dog with ball -- made from ovals and circles
Assembled dog with ball -- made from ovals and circles

Dog With Folded Ears

This pattern includes a little 3-D effect. Color the ears, then glue them on to the head.

Pattern for dog with folded ears
Pattern for dog with folded ears

Dog With Folded Ears and an “Eyepatch”

Here’s another variation of a dog with ears that stand out.

Pattern for dog with folded ears and eyepatch
Pattern for dog with folded ears and eyepatch

Happy Dog

This dog uses a couple of irregular shapes for the ears, but is still basically an oval with some simple shapes for the face.

Pattern for happy dog with ears outstretched
Pattern for happy dog with ears outstretched

Heart Dog Face

I bought this pattern with a Chinese Zodiac set. I know you can also think of it as a cat, but it could also be a dog with perky (and maybe catlike) ears. I was drawn to it because kids do love to make things out of heart shapes.

Template for making a dog face from a heart
Template for making a dog face from a heart

Oval Dog Face

Here is a dog that is ovals all the way. Cut out the face and ears and assemble for a quick dog.

Pattern for oval dog --black ears
Pattern for oval dog --black ears

Oval Dog Face With Ears to Color

I made the same pattern with open ears in case you want a color other than black.

Pattern for making a dog from ovals
Pattern for making a dog from ovals

Perky-Eared Dog

This little dog reminds me of a West Highland Terrier. Color and cut to assemble your own little Westie.

Template for dog with perky ears
Template for dog with perky ears

Circle and Ovals Dog

This dog is a little more in a cartoon style, still using mostly circles and ovals.

Pattern for dog made with circles and ovals
Pattern for dog made with circles and ovals

Circle Dog

This fella shows what you can do when you put a couple of circles together.

Pattern for dog made with circles
Pattern for dog made with circles

Rectangle, Triangle, and Diamond Dog

Here’s a little dog, reminiscent of a Scottie that you can make by putting together a variety of straight-edged shapes

Pattern for dog made of straight-edged shapes
Pattern for dog made of straight-edged shapes

Square and Oval Dog

You can make a dog face out of almost any shape. Here, the square forms the head and ovals are the ears.

Pattern made from square and ovals
Pattern made from square and ovals
Template for dog made from a square and ovals. On this pattern, you can color the ears whichever color you wish.
Template for dog made from a square and ovals. On this pattern, you can color the ears whichever color you wish.

Standing Dog Pattern

Here’s the little Westie face, back again on a dog with can stand up. Be sure to print or trace it on to card stock.

Pattern for standing dog. Fold the body segment in half.
Pattern for standing dog. Fold the body segment in half.
Here is the standing dog assembled. I've cut out a red circle to give him a ball to stand by.
Here is the standing dog assembled. I've cut out a red circle to give him a ball to stand by.

Shar-Pei Dog

Shar-Peis are such adorably wrinkly dogs. Follow the pattern to draw on this dog's face.

Shar pei pattern
Shar pei pattern

Chinese Crested Face

I couldn’t resist doing an outline of a Chinese Crested. They don’t have a lot of hair, but they sure make use of what they’ve got, with unruly tufts all around the face.

Template for Chinese Crested face
Template for Chinese Crested face

Chinese Crested Dog

Once again, the tufts of hair at the tail, face, and legs serve to make this an adorable dog.

Chinese Crested dog pattern
Chinese Crested dog pattern

Origami Dogs

You can also fold an origami dog to use in any projects with kids. Here are a couple of the videos I found that show simple ways to fold a dog.

How to Fold an Origami Puppy Dog

How to Make a Paper Dog

© 2017 Adele Jeunette

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