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10 Awesome Christmas Card Ideas With Dogs (With Pictures)

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on April 30, 2024 by Dogster Team

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10 Awesome Christmas Card Ideas With Dogs (With Pictures)

Nothing spreads more holiday cheer than getting a Christmas card in the mail. But you know what will make the card even more magical? A Christmas card starring your dog! But it can be hard to decide how you want to set up the photo. There are so many options, but we have narrowed down the 10 most festive Christmas card ideas you can do with your dog for the holiday season. Enjoy!

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The 10 Christmas Card Ideas With Dogs

1. Cuddling Up

If you need the perfect Christmas card idea, look no further than your favorite thing to do with your dog: cuddle! Photos of you and your favorite pooch snuggled up together are always a cute idea. Maybe cozy up in front of a roaring fire, a decorated tree, or in front of a row of stockings and let your phone’s self-timer do all the work.

woman cuddling with her pet australian shepherd
Image Credit: LightField Studios, Shutterstock

2. Matching Outfits

Everyone loves seeing a matching outfit, especially a holiday-themed one. Dress yourself and your dog up in some festive clothes and get ready for the best Christmas card you’ve ever created. If you have multiple dogs, you could also feature just them in some cute matching sweaters or hats.

matching Christmas sweaters with dogs
Image Credit: Alina Tanya, Shutterstock

3. Make ‘Em Laugh

Dogs are always cheering us up with their adorable antics. Why not team up with your favorite pooch to create a hilarious Christmas card for your loved ones? You can recreate a scene from a book or movie, ham it up with funny expressions, or edit your outtakes to look even goofier. Have fun and be creative!

funny weimaraner dog lying down in the forest
Image Credit: Ksenia Raykova, Shutterstock

4. Santa Claus

The man, the myth, the legend: create a Santa-themed card! Don a red hat with your dog or let them steal the show in a whole Santa outfit (for as long as they will tolerate it, of course!).

santa claus and dog
Image Credit: Reshetnikov_art, Shutterstock

5. Deck the Halls

Many of us have a fully decorated Christmas tree up as soon as all the Thanksgiving leftovers are eaten. Use the sparkling lights and delicate ornaments as a backdrop to show off you and your dog’s adorable selves. Daytime or evening shots are sure to look festive in front of an extra seasonal tree.

Brown Labrador with a bow tie infront of a christmas tree
Image Credit: Alina Tanya, Shutterstock

6. Let It Snow!

If you live somewhere with snowy winters, it’s time to take your pup outside for a photoshoot. Snow is always lovely and scenic, and anyone would welcome a Christmas card featuring you and your dog posing or romping in the snow.

pudelpointer dog standing on the snow
Image Credit: Chamois-huntress, Shutterstock

7. Light Things Up

Use the strings of lights that you use for your tree and home to make your pup look extra festive this season. With safety in mind, of course, drape your pooch in a string of white or colored lights and get that perfect Christmas card photo. Maybe they’ll be inspired to help you decorate this year.

cute little boy with his pet around Christmas string lights on floor
Image Credit: Tomsickova Tatyana, Shutterstock

8. Ribbons and Bows

All the accouterments we use to wrap gifts can also be used to create a fabulous photo with your dog. Tie some brightly colored ribbon to their collars or place a bow on top of their heads and get ready for the perfect card photo to emerge.

jack russel under a Christmas tree with gifts during Christmas
Image Credit: Media Home, Shutterstock

9. Family Pose

For some of us who don’t have children, our furbabies become honorary members of the family. Set up a traditional family pose with yourself and your pets to let everyone know how much you love and cherish your pets. Hold your dog on your lap, sit next to them by the tree, or otherwise recreate some of the family poses we all know so well. Or go all out with matching outfits and tons of props and decorations to make things extra festive.

a Christmas family photo with pet
Image Credit: Evgeniy Kalinovskiy, Shutterstock

10. Glamour Shots

If you just want to feature your dog’s unique beauty on your card this year, and you have the extra money, consider forgetting the selfie timer and hire a professional photographer. Any of the above ideas can be amped up by hiring a specialist. And who knows, they might have some awesome ideas for Christmas cards you didn’t even think of!

an adorable cocker spaniel dog in christmas sweater
Image Credit: New Africa, Shutterstock

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There you have it! We think that any one of these 10 Christmas card ideas will really bring holiday cheer to your friends and family. And if your dog allows, you can even create more than one of these festive Christmas scenes. Happy holidays!

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