How to Draw a Dachshund
Welcome to this drawing lesson.
Here we are going to draw a Dachshund from a proportional outline.
Have a ruler at hand to draw the squares and rectangles.
the first part of this lesson we'll draw the dachshund from a side
perspective, and in the second part we'll draw the dachshund in front
If you want to jump to the second part right away, click here.
Otherwise we start now with the side view drawing of the dachshund.
How to Draw a Dachshund - Part 1: Side View
1.1: Proportional Outline
First, we create a proportional outline into which we draw the
dachshund later. This outline will help us to draw the body parts of
the dachshund in the right size.
Draw this outline very lightly, because we are going to erase it again.
by drawing a large rectangle on your paper that is twice as broad as it
is high (blue numbers). It will contain the dachshund's torso.
Then separate the lowest fifth of this rectangle with a straight line
from the rest. This section is reserved for the feet.
a smaller rectangle on the left top of the large one. Make it as broad
as a fourth of the big rectangles width, and slightly higher than the
half of the big rectangles height. Attach another rectangle with the
same size to its left, and you have completed the proportional outline.
These smaller rectangles will contain the dachshund's head.
Now we can go ahead, and draw the dachshund into this structure.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 1.2: Torso Outline
It doesn't really matter where you start to draw the body, but I begin
to describe it at the throat (upper left).
You can just draw it after this picture, if you like, or read the long
the left side you can see a red mark. This lies one fifth below the
large rectangle's top (same distance as the separation at the
The dachshund's throat goes upwards from this mark and slightly towards
the mark the chest begins. It bulges a bit forward and out of the
rectangle, and then curves down to another red mark, where it touches
the line. This second mark lies exactly below the right edge of the
small rectangle for the head.
After this deepest point, the line
goes upwards into the hind part of the large rectangle. Where it
reaches the highest point, the distance between the body and the line
below it is also about one fifth.
Behind this point the leg begins
already. Draw the line curving down to form the dachshund's knee, and
then let it go down just behind the rectangle.
back begins a bit to the left of the small rectangles right edge. It
gently curves downwards, reaches its deepest point a bit behind the
middle, and then goes slightly upwards again. At the hind end the line
curves down and transitions into the leg. Let the dachshund's heel
stand out clearly there.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 1.3: Head Outline
in the outline for the dachshund's head into the small rectangles now.
Look at the points where lines are touching or crossing the rectangles
for your orientation.
The head touches the top in the left side of the right rectangle.
The left edge is touched by the snout about one third of the
rectangle's height above the bottom.
Let the step between snout and forehead stand out clearly.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 1.4: Legs &
To complete our dog's shape we now draw in the front leg, the paw for
the hind leg, and the tail.
Let the front leg cross the chest just in front of the chest's deepest
Draw the tail reaching slightly higher than the dachshund's
The feet are simple enough. You just draw in two small curves for the
How to Draw a Dachshund - 1.5: Head Details
Separate the nose from the snout with a curved line around the snout's
draw in the eye as a triangle with a slightly curved left side. Place
it on the level of the transition from snout to forehead.
the small mouth at the snout's bottom, and then draw a huge ear into
the right rectangle, covering most of the head there.
Let the ear point a bit towards the left.
Now you can erase all the rectangles, because we're done with them.
Shade the dachshund's nose, so that it's largely black, but leave a
white stripe free close to the top.
draw in a black oval into the eye for the pupil and add the narrow iris
around it. Outline the eyelids with fine lines along the eye's top and
in a line that starts at the nose and runs parallel to the snout's top
towards the eye.
Also sprinkle in a couple of dots between nose and mouth. Then loosely
sketch in a
few more lines around the cheek, on the forehead, and into the ear.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 1.6: Body Details
are going to bring out the details in the rest of the dachshund's body.
Because there is a lot going on, I split this up into three
separate images and also highlighted everything in read, so that you
can see the lines more clearly than my fuzzy pencil strokes.
Draw a couple of sketchy lines on the throat, the back, and the chest.
Also bring out the shoulder with as a rounded shape above the leg.
the leg itself you can emphasize the elbow a little, and draw a very
faint vein below it. And don't forget to add a small claw to each toe.
There isn't much to do in the middle of the body.
Sketch in these three long lines to bring out the body structure a bit.
And finally add details to the hind end and hind leg.
Draw one line along the top, a few lines to hint at the muscles and
bones on the leg, and a claw on each toe.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 1.7: Last Touch
This is the last step.
If you want a male dachshund, draw in the genitals.
If you want a female one, you can add a few teats along the belly.
draw in another pair of legs.
Basically you just draw a copy of the leg
in the front, and only place it a bit higher and more to the left.
Finally, shade the claws just like the nose. Make them largely black,
but leave a thin white stripe free along the top.
And that's it, your dachshund is complete.
Mine turned out a bit melancholic. How's your dachshund doing?
Now comes the second part of this lesson where you can see how to draw
a dachshund in front view.
to Draw a Dachshund - Part 2: Front View
2.1: Proportional Outline
Begin with a tall standing rectangle that is half as broad as it is
The entire dachshund has to fit into this rectangle, so let it cover
almost your entire piece of paper.
Now, take measurement and separate the lower fourth of this rectangle
with a straight line from the rest.
Then you take the upper part that is left, and divide it exactly in the
You now have split the big rectangle into an area for head, torso, and
Divide the entire thing with a vertical line through the middle, and
then let's start drawing in our dog.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.2: Head Outline
Now we draw in the head into the two rectangles at the top.
Use the middle line for orientation to draw it symmetrically.
its broadest point the head reaches a bit beyond the half of each
rectangle. The rest of the space is reserved for the ears, which we'll
Divide the upper section in half with a horizontal line once
more to help you draw the head correctly (blue line below).
The snout is as broad as one third of the entire rectangle's width.
Draw it in first, and include the lower jaw as a small rounded shape
becoming visible at the bottom.
Going up from the snout you have four lines that define the head's side.
the lines go up from the snout's top in a 45° angle for a
short while. The next line goes steeper
along the side of the cheek and reaches beyond the blue line into the
upper half. Now the change in direction goes inwards for the line
along the dog's temple. Make this line a bit longer than the previous
Finally, you close the head on top with a rounded line.
Also draw in the neck, making it a bit broader than the snout.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.3: Torso Outline
Continuing from the neck the lines slope down towards the shoulders,
where they touch the sides of the rectangle.
After the shoulders, very close to the bottom of the middle section,
they curve a little bit inwards again.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.4: Legs &
legs are almost as broad as a fourth of the big rectangle's width.
Almost, but not quite. Draw them in, and let the ankle's stand out as
small bulges just above the paws.
You can then draw in the toes as simple ovals with an open top.
Draw only four ovals in a row, because the fifth toe sits a bit above
them at the inner side of the leg.
Then add the bottom of the chest as a big curve between the legs.
This is now what your dachshund should roughly look like.
You can make a few corrections if necessary, and then we move on to
draw in the details.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.5: Head Detail Outline
Draw in the big, flabby ears of the dachshund.
start at the temple's top, slope slightly downwards, and reach a bit
beyond the edges of the rectangle. They also slightly cross the line at
Add the eyes as two circles into the dachshunds face.
Place them on the same level as the transition from cheek to temple,
where the lines at the head's side change direction.
put the nose into the middle of the snout. Its front looks like a
trapezoid with a curved top. Above it you draw a narrow section for the
nose's upper side.
And now you can erase all the rectangles and guidelines, because we
don't need them anymore.
In red I've highlighted a line that runs closely along the edge of the
Draw this one in to make the ears thicker.
Add very small and slightly curved triangles for the eye corners beside
the eye-circles. Then outline an "eyebrow" above them. This is not
really an eyebrow but a spot with different fur color above the eyes.
lower part of the dachshund's face also has a different color than the
top. Separate it from the top with a jagged line that starts at the
nose and goes straight up from there. Before it reaches eye-level, let
this line make a sharp change in direction and go towards the head's
side in a curve.
Draw a small straight line below the nose into the snout's middle.
Then let two lines bulge into the snout beside the nose.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.6: Facial Details
Draw a black circle into each eye for the pupil, but leave a smaller
white circle free inside of it for a light reflection.
Then draw many lines radiation outwards from the pupil towards the
the nose a bit, so that the edges on the top are darker and the
brightest part is in the middle. Then fill in the nose's front
with a Grey value and add two black circles for the nostrils into it.
Draw three rows of dots below the nose into each of the snout's sides.
(Here I highlighted a few lines in red again to improve their
visibility, since they were faint on the scan.)
it's time to loosely sketch in a couple of folds and outlines into the
face. Draw two pairs of lines on the forehead, outline the eye cavity
with lines around the eyes, and add two slightly curved lines
between the eyes.
Then also add the lines in red, but keep them rather subtle.
Sketch folds into the ears, and draw a few lines along their edges.
that the dachshund's head is complete, and we continue to loosely bring
out the muscle, sinew and bone structure on the other body parts.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.7: Neck Details
Elongate the sides of the neck, so that they slightly reach into the
Then sketch in two lines on the throat, and two more lines where the
throat transitions into the torso.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.8: Torso Details
Emphasize the shoulders rounded shape with a few lines around them.
Also let a line reach a bit into each leg where the side bulges
Bring out the chest structure by drawing a vertical line into its
middle and a curved line along its bottom.
How to Draw a Dachshund - 2.9: Legs &
feet have a different fur color than the legs. Draw a wavy line across
the leg to separate them. Then sketch a few lines along the edges of
legs, and draw in two folds above the toes.
Add a small claw to each toe to complete the paws.
outline the hind paws. They look a bit smaller than the front paws
because a dachshund is pretty long and they are very much in the
can also draw in the toes as simple ovals. Place the feet pointing
slightly outwards, so
you don't directly see them from the front. For that reason you have to
bring out the heel at their end with a change in line-direction.
Add a couple of folds above the toes and lines along the sides
of the legs.
From the top of each oval you can draw a very short line reaching
diagonally upwards into the foot to give the toes length.
Then add claws to each toe again, and the hind paws are done.
the top of the dachshund's tail stick out behind one of his shoulders,
and then your dachshund is complete and ready to play.
Mine actually turned out a bit stern, but I like that.