Everyone remembers idling away the afternoon hours with a coloring book during their childhood. But now it seems the concept has caught on as a way for adults to manage their stress and anxiety. If you’re a dog lover, you’re especially in luck, as canine-centric coloring books abound. Here we present the best of them for your doodling pleasure, including instant download versions.
1. Dogs Stained Glass Coloring Book
Marrying canines with stained glass art, this coloring book showcases 16 of the American Kennel Club‘s most prestigious pooches. As a bonus, the pages in the book are perforated so you can use a light source to make your handiwork glow.
2. Doggie Styles
Clocking in at 40 foppish pages, here you get to spruce up some exceptionally dapper dogs who delight in sporting top hats, neckerchiefs, and even streetwear.
3. Colour Me Canine!
Colour Me Canine! is one of the higher-end handmade dog coloring books out there, featuring a natural card cover, an option for sepia paper inside, and swanky copper staples holding it together. Inside, you’ll be able to bring to life illustrations of 19 dogs.
4. Follymops and the French Chateau
Chalk one up for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fans, as this grandiosely titled book is both a story about a pooch named Follymops and a series of illustrations to color in. So enchanting!
5. Love Dogs Coloring Book for Adults
Available as both a physical book and a digital download, Love Dogs is the creation of artist Alisann Smookler. Corgis, Chihuahuas, and Pugs all feature, with the guarantee that “coloring is such great therapy and you are giving yourself the gift of bliss when you color.”
6. Dog Cartoons Coloring Book
Without doubt the most positive entry on this list, Dog Cartoons Coloring Book prides itself on featuring “dozens of smiling dogs.” Why are they all so happy? Who knows, but even coloring outside the lines won’t make these Boxers and Poodles frown.
7. Curl Up and Color
Available as a downloadable page from Daily Doodler’s Curl Up and Color series of advanced-level coloring books, this “sweet puppy dog” is designed in such an intricate fashion that the use of ultra fine Sharpies is recommended.
8. Doggy Detective
It’s a dinky dog! Who also happens to be a detective! And you can download and color in his adventures! What’s not to like here, huh?
9. Dog Zentangle
Feeling stressed? Let this zentangle-styled downloadable doodle sooth away your worries as you concentrate all your energies on perking up a doleful Beagle.
10. Sophie the Coffee Shop Dog
Sophie is part of a series of coloring pages based on photographs the artist has taken on her travels. You can download her adoring face and bring it to life through the wonders of color. Pairs well with java.
Read more about dogs in art on Dogster:
- We Chat With Jessie Dockins About Her Needle-Felted Dogs
- We Love Josh Lynch’s Illustrations of Marvel Superheroes as Dogs
- We Chat With Andrew Knapp About His New Photo Book, “Find Momo”
About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.