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Uploaded: January 5, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: January 6, 2012
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I haven’t drawn too many dog drawings lately and even though I get requests to make more tutorials on different dog breeds, I haven’t been able to do so because I was on a rant with making more and more lessons on all sorts of stuff like you see on the first three pages. Today, I will take that leap and submit "how to draw a cocker spaniel", step by step. I found that out of all the requests that I get, one of the most requested breeds is the Cocker Spaniel. I’m kind of sorta familiar with this dog, but in all reality I find them to be beautiful in every way, but also a very testy tempered breed. My grandmother used to own a cocker spaniel and at first thought it was the best dog on earth. My mind changed when Poopsie started getting a bad attitude (that was her real name). I guess when the spaniel gets old they start to act like grumpy old people. She was funny and very strange, but I guess that’s because she had what you call ‘small dog syndrome’. This is when a dog starts believing that they are the pack leader over all humans it comes in contact with including the owner. Cocker Spaniels tend to carry this trait if they are lead or treated like an equal to humans. Cocker Spaniels are also known to be difficult to house train, but they seem to take to regular obedience and trick training well. One of the more recognizable features of this breed is the long hanging ears, and the beautiful feathering coat that they possess. Did you know that there is a cocker spaniel in the Disney movie ‘Lady and the Tramp’? It’s true, Lady is one hundred percent cocker spaniel and she falls for Tramp, a mix breed street dog that has wits, charm, and personality. I didn’t want to be typical and make a lesson on a dog that looks like Lady. Instead I drew my own interpretation that will teach you the ins and outs to drawing a cocker spaniel of your own. Remember, even though most spaniels have docked tails, not all will have this trait due to the fact that Europe has a law that prohibits you from docking a dogs tail. Not all parts of Europe, just most parts. Anyways, have fun people and make sure to leave a comment, rating or both. I will be back tomorrow with some more lessons that you should love.

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How to Draw a Cocker Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel

how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 1

STEP 1.

Begin with drawing out the dog's frame. Start by making two circles, one for the head and the other for the torso. From the torso shape draw a butt end which should be drawn to look like half a banana. Draw some facial guides as well as a connecting neck line.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 2

STEP 2.

Let's start sketching out this dog so he/she looks like a spaniel. Begin by making the shape for the top of the head. As you can see it dents in a bit, but rounds out on the way back up. With the same lining draw the long low hanging ears as well as the feathery flow of the hair.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch in the face using the facial guidelines starting with the eyes. Color in the pupils and then draw the snout, nose tip, and then the jowls, and chin. Notice how the chin is hairy. This is because Cocker Spaniels have semi long coats. Add some brow detailing and move along.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 4

STEP 4.

Now that the head is done we can start working on getting the body drawn out as well. Start by drawing the neck, and then the chest and front legs. The chest and neck of the spaniel also have feathery hair. Be sure to draw in the long coat that this breed is known for as well as the paws.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 5

STEP 5.

Almost done guys only two more steps to go. You will start sketching out the body or back end of the dog. To start, make the line from behind the ear and then draw the back, butt, and hing leg and paw. Sketch in some long hair and then move to step six.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 6

STEP 6.

Draw in the other back leg and paw and then that's basically it for this step.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 7

STEP 7.

I guess I could have included this step with step seven, and to tell you the truth I don't know why I didn't. Anyways, draw in the tail which in this case is docked. Erase the mistakes and imperfections so you have a clean drawing to color in.
 
how to draw a cocker spaniel, cocker spaniel step 8

STEP 8.

That's it, your cocker spaniel is all done. Choose a color and marking style to begin the coloring process as a finalization. Great work everyone, I had fun drawing the cocker spaniel with you all.