How to Draw a German Shepherd: 12 Simple Steps

Drawing a dog could be a challenge for anyone and even artists at times because there are a lot of details to consider and execute. That’s where the differences between one drawing to another comes in. The ability to execute these steps and each artist’s individual touches make a huge difference.

If it’s your first time drawing a German Shepherd, we’re going to guide you through it. We’ll teach you how to draw a German Shepherd in 12 Simple steps.

To Start

Roughly sketch the body of the dog. Draw one circle to represent the head, sketch a little snout coming out of it. Then you could draw an oval in place of the body. Sketch the legs and the tail and don’t worry about it not being perfect.

Once you’re done with sketching, we can start adding the details. Be sure to lightly sketch your dog at first because we’re still going to add the details and define the features.

Step 1

Draw a small circle in the area that your dog will be facing. Draw it high enough that there’s still space for the rest of the dog’s body. Shade in the circle but leave a small white part. This white part represents the shimmer in the dog’s eyes.

Step 2

To draw the head you need to start by drawing a curved line above the eye a little. Then at the end of the line, the lower side, draw a little straight hook coming down. This symbolizes the eye on the other side of the head. So make sure that the eye and the little hook are leveled together.

Step 3

Start drawing the nose by drawing a straight line that’s slightly angled downwards. At the end of the line draw a little line downwards. Add another line similar to the first but going in the opposite direction.

Like the eyes, color a small circle at the dog’s snout. Leave a little bit of uncolored space so that the nose is shiny.

Step 4

At the tip of the head that you drew earlier, draw an upside-down V for the dog’s ear. Keep in mind that German Shepherds’ ears are big, so bring it down and level it with the eye.

Draw another upside-down V besides the first one. This will be the back ear, it should be smaller than the one you already drew but should come up to the same height. Draw another line of the back of each ear to complete them.

Step 5

Draw the rest of the dog’s neck. To do this, draw a diagonal line coming down from the big ears, in other words, the ears that are in front.

From the jaw, draw another diagonal line to complete the neck. You could make this line a little jagged indicating that there’s some hair there. At the end of that line, draw a curve, that’s its chest.

Step 6

You’re going to draw the legs now. Don’t extend the chest’s line all the way to the other end. Daw it so that it’s just below the front ear. From there, draw a line coming down, make sure that the tip of the line is a little bit above the chest’s line.

At the end of the foot’s line draw another line slightly angled outwards for the foot. Then draw a little curve that indicates the foot.

Draw another parallel line for the back of the foot making it a little jagged for the fur on the back of the legs. Then draw a little line that’s slightly angled outwards parallel to the front one.

Bring the little line down so that you can connect it to the curve you drew. Connect them in a straight line in order to make the foot. Add a little line in the foot in order to define the paws.

For your information, German Shepherds have thick and firm padded paws with well arched, compact toes. Generally speaking, there are three types of dog paws, webbed feet, cat feet, and hare feet. German Shepherds are classified as dogs with webbed feet.

In order to draw it, add a line parallel to the first leg line you made. This is done in order to draw a hind leg. Follow the same steps of the first line you drew, just not with the back part.

Step 7

In order to draw the backside; draw a slightly slanted line that comes from a little above where the neck ends. It’s not horizontal because German Shepherds usually have a back that’s slightly going down.

Draw a curved line at the end that extends a little below the top of the legs you drew earlier. Come out with a little line that’s slanted then another line that comes down to be the hind leg of the dog.

Step 8

In order to finish the hind leg, draw a curved line in place of the thigh. It should extend to the little slanted line that represents the leg joint. Then bring a line coming down from it.

Don’t bring it all the way down, instead, level it with where the paw starts in the front legs. Draw a curve and connect the leg together, then draw a little line to make the paws defined.

Step 9

To draw the belly, connect the line from the chest to the hind legs. Before you draw anything, keep in mind that German Shepherds are strong and muscular. They’re built to be agile and flexible, unlike other stocky dogs like bulldogs and boxers. Draw the body of a muscular, lean dog.

To draw it, Just level the lines from the chest to the hind legs together so that they match. The line should be going a little upwards, it shouldn’t be a straight line. You could make the line a little jagged for the hair.

Step 10

Draw the other hind leg. A little besides the first hind leg you drew, draw a curved line from the belly till it reaches the same level of the joint in the first hind leg. Repeat the same steps you took to draw the first hind leg.

The only difference is that the joint’s lines are slightly angled outwards and not straight like the other leg.

Step 11

Draw a jagged line coming out of the end of the dog’s body. This represents the tail. Their tails are a little curved upwards. They really do wag their tail all the time, to initiate a dog brawl, or when they’re feeling extra-friendly. You never know what this adorable breed is thinking.

The tail should be a little curved outwards. Then you’re going to curl the tail so that the tip points upwards or to the side. It’s up to you.

Step 12 (Optional)

Now that you’re done with drawing your German Shepherd, it’s time to color it! The colors that you’re going to be using are black, yellow, and brown. Try to use different shades in coloring to make your drawing more appealing.

Color the dog in little up and down strokes to convey the fur. You can leave it uncolored if you’d like but coloring helps bring it to life. I suggest coloring the whole thing with a light shade of brown first, then adding all the spots with different colors or highlighting some areas.

Bottom Line

Even if you follow all of these steps, your sketch will be different than that of others. You just have to imagine as you go without blindly following the instructions. It’s great to add some creativity and your own touch to the sketch.

A German Shepherd can be a little tricky to draw because there are lots of details to keep in mind. You totally got this, though!