This time we are going to talk about a rather special type of tattoo, and not because of the design or style itself, but because of the meaning and feeling that each tattoo of this type contains. And these tattoos are none other than those of dogs. And it is that with the passage of several generations, not only due to its beauty, but also to the deep meanings associated with these designs, tattoos with dog designs have become a perennial trend for all those lovers of best friends of man. We invite you to take a walk through our adorable and great gallery of tattoo images with dog designs, and let yourself be captivated by our faithful canine friends … but no barking, eh?
Dogs have been human’s loyal trusted companions for thousands and thousands of years, being a living legacy of the wild wolves they come from. It is for this fact and this historical union of this animates humanity that few animals have earned our love and closeness like these faithful companions.
In countless cultures throughout almost the entire world, dogs are animals so close to humans that they are considered as if they were other members of the family. Furthermore, being such intelligent animals, dogs have been trained and trained to help humans in different tasks of various kinds since time immemorial. They can be trained to carry out daily household chores, such as picking up the newspaper or simply guarding the house against intruders, and dogs can also be trained to perform more professional and complex jobs, such as, to name a few, helping herders keep their flock safe and clustered as they scour the fields for pasture to feed on.
Dog motif tattoos have had and still have a huge number of symbolic meanings for different people from different cultures throughout history to this day. The vast majority of inspirations and ideas behind dog tattoos revolve around love and personal affection for these canine companions.
Sometimes dog tattoos are tributes in memory of these loyal friends who have passed on to a better life. Interestingly, dogs are considered by many cultures as gatekeepers of the afterlife. For example, in Greco-Roman, Celtic and Ancient Egypt mythology and folklore, dogs represent mystical beings with the role of being the spiritual guides whose role is to help and guide the souls of humans to carry out the step or transition between the world of the living and the world beyond, and perhaps due to this fact, tattoos with designs of these animals can evoke the feeling of protection for those who carry them on their bodies.
In the world of Celtic beliefs, dogs are frequently associated with the powers of the forest and nature, being beings that help humans and guide them through the dangers of it, so it is common for tattoos of dogs can sometimes express this concept of guide for people.
According to Asian symbology and mythology, the dog is a very strong symbol of good luck. It is no wonder that the Chinese people thus associate the dog with the concepts of prosperity, good fortune, obedience, and kindness. The dog is also associated with the aquarius symbol in the Chinese zodiac, and for this reason it is considered in this culture to have a friendly and affable disposition. In this way, it is not surprising that when someone from this culture wants to get a little luck, or a boost in their social status, they resort to dog tattoos to attract all these improvements in their lives.
In general, tattoos with dog designs have a lot of meanings, and even more if you take into account the personal meanings and connotations that they can acquire for each individual person, but in general, the most common meanings of these tattoos are which represent trust, loyalty, strength, cooperation, community, friendship, obedience, protection, courage, intelligence, guidance, determination, perception, and so on.
When it comes to designs and styles, dog tattoos can be found in a multitude of sizes, styles and colors, and with numerous elements that can accompany them to achieve more colorful creations. One of the most commonly used options are the dog busts, usually made with the purpose of paying tribute to a specific canine companion, being portraits very faithful to reality and full of color and detail. We can also find dog footprint tattoos, being much more minimalist and simple designs, and usually only made using black ink.
This type of tattoos is worn by representatives of both genders in a wide variety of areas of the body, the most common being the back and chest, where these designs can be reflected in all their splendor thanks to the large work surface offered by these body areas.
If you are a lover of these animals, it is likely that with this gallery of images of dog tattoos the seed of inspiration has sprouted and you are evaluating acquiring a tattoo of this style. If so, we would like to remind you that a tattoo is something important and for life, so it is always advisable to play it safe and go to specialized centers, where you will be guaranteed the best results and the highest quality, since these are questions like that of tattoos, it is always better not to risk.
|Most chosen body parts||The back, shoulders, legs, belly and chest are the most frequent areas.|
|Is it more feminine or masculine?||The ratio of women to men is similar, although there may be more men than women.|
|Symbolism and meaning of these motifs||On many occasions these are people who want to always have their dog with them. At other times, when it is not a specific dog, they symbolize fidelity, intelligence and protection.|
|Average difficulty of designs||In this gallery there are designs with great difficulty that require a good tattoo artist and other reasons that are very simple that do not require it.|
What does a girl think about these designs?
The dog is said to be man’s best friend and surely there are not many people who are against this claim, beyond the fact that there are some who prefer cats to dogs. Anyway, it seems to me an exceptional idea to tattoo a dog on any part of the body. The feeling of affection that is felt by animals can only be deeply known by those who have lived with animals and a dog seems to me a very interesting option to tattoo. I have already declared on several occasions my love for animals and how I like any design that has an animal as the protagonist, this section can not be left behind, I would even classify it as one of my favorite tattoos for the union of aesthetics and feelings that it entails.
I am not an expert in the field but I think this dog belongs to the Rottweiler breed. This girl has tattooed her dog on the left side of her back. We do not know if it is because your dog has passed away but I am sure many people have thought of doing this to forever remember their dog. In this case, only the dog’s head or face has been tattooed.
In this second image we see the fully tattooed dog. It is a French Bulldog and is one of the most popular breeds. It takes a good tattoo artist to get a result as good as this. It has many little details.
Colorful design of a dog following a cat. The proportions are not very accurate, since the dog should be somewhat larger than the duck. Disregarding this detail, it can be said that the design is full of a wide variety of colors and the way in which the two elements are integrated is very original. It should be noted how well the design adapts to this part of the body.
Classic design of the head of a German shepherd, in which special attention should be paid to the coat, which has a good result. The eyes could be represented in a more faithful and realistic way, giving more strength to the look could make it a more attractive result. Still it is a correct design.
Curious design of a dog with a background that does not look good at all, since it draws more attention to that blue shading that has a color that does not stick and also seems to reflect on the dog’s face, so it still takes away more prominence. The color saturation is correct and the paths are correct, but the shading makes sense of the design.
Original tattoo of a dog wearing a suit. The curious thing about the design is that these animals have many wrinkles on their faces, especially this breed, however, in this design, although not many wrinkles have been made, the breed of dog in question is identifiable.
Pensive dog on its paws. Although it is not very common to see the tattoos of the dogs in this position, because most go out standing or playing, it is another way to give it another meaning. In this case, it seems that it is a thoughtful dog.
Another dog in which we can see that a good saturation of color has been made. Although it seems unfinished because the necklace is completely blank as well as white spaces that look like they are going to be painted brown like the spots on the face. If you look at an old design is being covered, so it is a good option to use dark colors.
Design of another somewhat strange dog with missing ears, has disproportionate eyes, small mouth, crooked muzzle. It is not a good design at all and there is nothing positive that can be highlighted about this tattoo.
Curious design about this dog that seems to have a sad expression and little attention has been paid to the eyes, as each one of them looks in one direction. On the other hand, the shading is not correct either and it is not well blurred around, neither is the saturation of the color.
Design of a nice dog with very good lines and saturated with color. Indicate the importance of the details with white ink both in the nose and in the eyes of the dog, which give brightness and realism to the design, providing a very good result.
Strange design from another dog, where once again shading spoils the end result. Although in this case it must also be admitted that the expression of the dog is not natural.
These two dogs have been tattooed, once again, in bad ways. The eyes that usually attract a lot of attention in dogs, must be taken care of primarily in other aspects when we represent these animals and, in no case has it been respected. There is no need to comment on the facial expression of the dog on the left of the image. Horrifying background with wrong color in my opinion.
Face of a dog accompanied by the phrase “only the strong survive”, which means that only the strong survive. Although the letters are well defined, the same does not happen with the dog, which has a good layout but is not accompanied by color saturation, which is very poor as well as the blur.
Good design of a dog, in which the proportions have been respected, the color, the coat has been faithfully represented (with the difficulty that the white coat has to be able to represent it properly). The shadow behind is natural and gives consistency to the design because it is a color consistent with the design as a whole.
Another dog design with poor colors. The chosen colors are somewhat dark, poorly blurred, poor chosen area in which the design does not adapt. I can’t think of anything positive I can comment on this tattoo.
Original design of a dog, in an unusual area to print this animal, since more extensive body parts are usually used. As a detail it has a good result and it does not lack any detail, it also seems colorful although there are not many colors that have been used.
Design a little forced and we say this because the layout is too thick and looks more like a cartoon than a dog. So if you want to represent realistic things we must use finer paths or colors more in line with the rest of the design.
Image of another dog that transmits tranquility. Although on many occasions we see designs of dogs barking, jumping or playing; It is also a good idea to present your more docile and calmer side to offer new meanings or points of view about this animal.
A good color saturation technique, which may resemble the oil we see on the canvases. The shading is too dark, but the dog itself has a good result and the dimensions have been taken care of.
Tender design of a dog, in which one of the most relevant aspects of the gaze has been worked on, including white tones that give brightness and liveliness to the gaze of the animal. The fur is another element that has been faithfully represented and gives cohesion to the design.
Design of a barking dog with a strange background that is confused with the animal itself, since the exact same colors and textures have been used so there is a confusing result.
Tattoo of a dog of prey on the arm of this man who has wanted to never forget who was his best friend or who still is, although these dogs are said to be very dangerous, some also say that he is very protective of Small children.
This man has tattooed his dog with his tongue hanging out and lots of details outlined in white, as well as doing a great job with the dog’s coat, resulting in a nice tattoo of man’s best friend.
Pinscher dog next to her name. A very nice face and very successful colors, as well as the mustache hairs and other hairs that protrude the dog.
Exemplary who has wanted to give a baby air, for it has been tattooed a small hood to the dog and a baby stroller. A person who is undoubtedly very in love with their pet.
This woman has tattooed on her back the labrador dog that for so many years gave her great company, the tattoo does not have too many details and is simple in outline, but it has achieved a great shading of the animal and a very well defined muzzle.
Bull terrier with scars and small details on the neck. It is not too well drawn and above all, we do not like animals with wounds and less if they are dogs used in fights.
This man has tattooed with great definition and dedication to his French bulldog in a relaxed position and deep gaze, a beautiful dog and a magnificent pet, but above all one of the best friends that man can have.
This man has tattooed his dog on the leg in blue and black, and has completed it with original yellow eyes. Maybe it’s the dog you always dreamed of.
Brown puppy with some bay leaves. We would like to highlight the good shading achieved to shape the animal.
Copy of a pit bull breed with one with a crown and above the phrase “Loyalty comes”.
Pitbull showing his teeth and with the face of few friends, which has been completed with a spiked collar and orange flames that surround the entire animal. An aggressive tattoo that can be even a little scary.
Of blue and black color and with yellow eyes, as we can see the dog has long bent ears and colors, both eyes and hair, which are not real, perhaps it is the dream dog of this tattoo artist.
Boxer shorts with pointed ears and with some tattooed words underneath that could possibly be his name. As you can see, the dog has been tattooed with infinite details on its skin and wrinkles.
Nice and adorable puppy with green eyes and a very sensitive look. We highlight the sympathy that has been transmitted to the animal and how well it has achieved all its fur.
Doberman with typical colors and shapes that characterize it.
He highlights that not only has his head been tattooed, but part of his body has also been drawn, resulting in something very novel.
On the leg, possibly of mixed race, but it is very beautiful and therefore, it was great. It has been known to squeeze every detail of the animal to capture it on the skin.
Rottweiler with the tongue out. Una raza canina de tipo moloside originaria de Alemania, con una injusta fama de agresivo, cuando de sobra es conocido el buen trato que tiene hacia las personas, sobre todo a los niños, aun así hay que tener cuidado.
Tres Husky Siberiano, cada uno de un color y que se han tatuado sólo la cabeza, como ya sabréis el Husky es una raza originaria del noreste de Siberia y presenta un gran parecido a los lobos, además son ideales para climas muy fríos.
Rodeado por un laurel y que como se puede apreciar ha sido tatuado en el brazo a color marrón y negro, con unos grandes y preciosos ojos achinados.
Corazón en cuyo interior se han tatuado dos perros de distintas razas, como muestra de amor hacia los animales por parte de esta persona y estamos convencidos que esos dos perretes son de esta persona y le han dado mucha alegría.
Los labradores son animales muy dóciles y dan una gran compañía.
Dos bull dog francés, uno con la cabeza entera negra a excepción del hocico y el cuerpo planco. El otro bulldog ha sido tatuado a color entero blanco y con un parche negro en el ojo.
Pastor alemán, raza que proviene de Alemania y que su origen se remonta a 1899, una a raza en general muy actual.
Canino en el brazo coloreado en tonos marrones claros y sombreado en azul, al igual que el fondo del perro que se ha tatuado en azul también, ya que si se hubiera dejado sin ese fondo, la propia piel del tatuado dificultaría ver los detalles del animal.
Con el colgante y el nombre del animal, un cachorro de color marrón y con el hocico y ojos de color negro, además de tener unas grandes orejas.
Cachorro de boxer con las orejas enteras y unos ojos almendrados, al que se le han tatuado todas las arrugas que caracterizan a este animal.
Con su correspondiente collar de pinchos, del que nos gustaría destacar el buen colorido que se le ha sabido sacar al animal, desde aquí felicitar a ese gran tatuador que se esconde tras esta magnífica obra de arte.
Ejemplar de color negro, posiblemente de raza labrador y para el que se ha tatuado todo el cuerpo en su totalidad, destacando los grandes brillos y sombreados conseguidos.
Tattoo del que fue el mejor amigo de este hombre, como podemos ver ya habrá fallecido porque el tatuado se ha inscrito la fecha de nacimiento y muerte de su mascota, a la que seguro le guarda un gran cariño.
Bullterrier, al que se le ha dibujado un colgante muy raro y al que se le han añadido unas cicatrices.
Simpática mascota llamada Popper y con un gran pelaje.
En la pierna, de raza desconocida y del que nos gustaría destacar el gran brillo conseguido en los ojos y el bonito colorido que se ha sabido plasmar. Sin duda, uno de los más bonitos que hemos visto en nuestra galería.