95 Dog tattoos (and their meaning)

Dogs have been loyal and faithful companions of humans for at least 40,000 years, but they are not far removed from their wild wolf origins. No other animal has been able to capture our love and imagination like these remarkable creatures.

dog tattoo 80

In many cultures around the world, dogs are considered members of the family. They are trained to take part in the ceremonies and help us in our daily tasks. Some farmers train their dogs to help them with farm work, keeping unwanted animals away and chasing prey. This tradition is maintained even in the highest spheres of society. Fox hunting, in England, is a sport reserved for royalty and the rich. It's a tradition that goes back to the 16the century.

dog tattoo 56

Of Cerberus at Lassie, dogs have always been the companions, friends or protectors of the human race. Dogs are often seen as protectors of the soul and, by extension, as guardians of the ethereal plains. Anubis is the ancient Egyptian god of death, while the Annwn dogs keep the doors of the Welsh underworld. Garmr watch the doors of Helheim in the Nordic tradition and, in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, a dog was buried with the human victim of a sacrifice to guide her to the world of the dead. Dogs are thought to announce the coming of death, mainly when they scream in the night.

dog tattoo 88

Of course, who could forget Lassie saving little Timmy? Dog lovers around the world can confirm the loving and loyal nature of these animals. After the devastating earthquake in Japan in 2011, we heard many stories of dogs refusing to abandon their masters despite the danger. No wonder they are the most popular guide animals for people with disabilities.

dog tattoo 26

Meaning of dog tattoos

The men's best friend represents a large number of qualities, whose:

  • Loyalty
  • Friendship and camaraderie
  • Protection and the role of guardian
  • The sense of resources
  • obedience
  • The intelligence
  • Community and family
  • Dominance and strength (for aggressive breeds)

dog tattoo 44

Variations of dog tattoos

Dog tattoos come in all colors and sizes (from red dogs to cartoons to pink poodles) and can contain a large number of design elements. You can opt for a traditional Celtic symbol or simply for the picture of your favorite four-legged friend. The most popular dog tattoos are:

1. Tattoos of dog prints

Some dog lovers prefer to use the fingerprints of their beloved Fido as the main figure of their work of art – made in honor of their four-legged friend, to represent their love for him and the bond that unites them to him. Sometimes getting a dog print tattoo is part of the grieving process that follows the loss of a loved animal.

dog tattoo 54

2. Tattoos of dog breeds:

Dog lovers often have a preference for one breed or another. Whether you like Pitt Bulls or Rottweilers, Greyhounds, Poodles, Chiwawas, Belgian Shepherds or Bassets, each breed has characteristics that the owners really identify with. They are often tattooed to pay homage to their beloved Fido.

dog tattoo 84

dog tattoo 86

dog tattoo 06

08 dog tattoo

dog tattoo 10

tattoo dog 100

dog tattoo 102

dog tattoo 104

dog tattoo 106

dog tattoo 108

tattoo dog 110

tattoo dog 112

dog tattoo 114

tattoo dog 118

dog tattoo 12

dog tattoo 120

tattoo dog 122

tattoo dog 124

tattoo dog 126

dog tattoo 128

tattoo dog 130

tattoo dog 132

tattoo dog 134

tattoo dog 136

tattoo dog 138

dog tattoo 14

tattoo dog 140

dog tattoo 142

tattoo dog 144

dog tattoo 16

dog tattoo 18

dog tattoo 20

dog tattoo 22

dog tattoo 24

dog tattoo 28

dog tattoo 30

dog tattoo 32

dog tattoo 34

dog tattoo 36

dog tattoo 38

dog tattoo 40

dog tattoo 42

dog tattoo 46

dog tattoo 48

dog tattoo 50

dog tattoo 52

dog tattoo 58

dog tattoo 60

dog tattoo 62

dog tattoo 64

dog tattoo 66

dog tattoo 68

dog tattoo 70

dog tattoo 72

dog tattoo 74

dog tattoo 76

dog tattoo 78

dog tattoo 82

dog tattoo 90

dog tattoo 92

dog tattoo 94

dog tattoo 96

tattoo dog 98

dog tattoo 02

dog tattoo 04

What do you think?

67 points
Upvote Downvote

145 Best White Ink Tattoos

50 Cow tattoos (and their meanings)