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Dog head human body Portraits –  6 Brilliant Examples

On the face of it having a dog painted with a human body might sound exceedingly strange.  However anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics to an animal) is very popular! In fact we probably paint more dog heads onto human bodies than classic dog portraits.

  1. The Dog in Military Uniform

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Dog in a Military Uniform

I love this dog portrait of this beautiful black Labrador painted in military uniform. Having a dog painted in military uniform is in fact our most popular type of uniform that we’re asked to paint. When asked, the foremost reason for dog owners to choose a military uniform is that it depicts the personality of their dog, ie The boss, the one in charge and of course it’s a spot of fun.  To get a quote please contact us or email:


2. The dog in a Suit Painting

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This dog portrait is just brilliant! As you can see having your dog painted in a suit looks amazing, natural and extremely life-like. You can imagine this dog having this human body and with the dark painted background it adds a certain gravitas. This dog portrait for me is the epitome of anthropomorphism. It really looks just so real. To get a quote please contact us or email:


3.  The dog as a famous character portrait

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Dr. Watson

As a bit of fun some dog owners like to have their dog painted as their favourite character from a book or television programme. In this particular case, this dog was actually called Watson and so his owner wanted a ‘dog head human body’ portrait to reflect his namesake.  Without a doubt he looks fantastic as Dr. Watson! Take a look below to see the photograph that this portrait was based upon.

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4. Your dog as royalty portrait

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Lizzie the Cocker Spaniel painted as Queen Elizabeth II

Lizzie the Cocker Spaniel here is painted as Queen Elizabeth II. Again the owner liked the fact that as her dog was called Elizabeth (Lizzie) who better to get her dog painted as, as one of the most famous Elizabeth’s in the world.  To get a quote please contact us or email:


5.  Your dog painted in period dress portrait

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Oil Painting of Elsa in Period Dress

This is a classic ‘dog head human body’ portrait and very suitable for the female dog. Very traditional and dignified and would look spectacular in a period property. To see more examples please see the Dogs in Uniform Page.  To get a quote please contact us or email:


6. Your Dog Painted as The Count of Monte Cristo

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If you look through our Dogs in uniform page the most popular uniform/costume we are asked to paint is The Count of Monte Cristo. In fact we have so many dogs painted as The Count that we haven’t even put all of them on the Dog Artists website. The count of Monte Cristo was a French novel by Alexandre Dumas and is about a man who was falsely imprisoned, who then escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, I think the reason why we are asked to paint this type of dog portrait so many times is that it just looks so good.  The dogs painted with this human body look gentlemanly and distinguished and therefore may suit the personality of a lot of dogs. If you’d like to learn more about dog heads on human bodies, you can do in this detailed anthropomorphism article

Dog head on human body – Renaissance style

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This is Zita the Prazsky Krysarik posing alongside her renaissance dog portrait. Remember, we can also frame your dog’s portrait should you want us to, all frames are hand made here in the UK.

Do you have a question? We’d love to hear from you!

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Holmes & Watson

Well I hope these 6 examples have given you inspiration on how you could commission your dog’s portrait. If you have any questions please do leave a comment below or email:

Bye for now

Anna x


About DogArtists

Dog Artists was founded in 2007 and is run by 8 pet artists specialising solely in dogs. Based in London UK, we deliver world-wide and paint beautiful dog portraits based on your photos.

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  •    Reply
    Mrs E A PALLISTER December 24, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Hi there. Firstly, I think your paintings are nothing short of brilliant! I am really keen to get two or three of these done but am nervous, too. I’ve had things done before, through Not On The High Street, paying over £100 and was dreadfully disappointed. you be able to do a bit of a mock-up for me? Kind regards, Lizzie xxx

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      Dear Lizzie,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m sorry to hear about your experience with Not On The High Street. All of our dog in uniform paintings will be the of the same standard as shown here – And you can also see more dog portrait examples here –
      We offer a graphic design mock up service when we’re working with multiple photos so you can see how the portrait would look but I think you’re looking for one of our artists to paint you something first, which we unfortunately do not offer.

      We usually require a 50% deposit upfront and once your oil painting is completed we will then email you a high resolution photograph for your approval and should you want your artist to make ammendments then of course he/she will. It’s only once you’ve approved your portrait that you will be asked to settle the balance.

      If you require any further information please email:

      Many thanks,

  •    Reply

    Good afternoon I just wanted to know how much your pictures cost. Thanks very much.

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