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How to Draw a Prairie Dog

Learn how to draw a prairie dog with this easy step by step tutorial. They do have the cutest faces!

How to Draw a Prairie Dog

Did you know that prairie dogs are pretty much cousins of the squirrels in your backyard? Their heads look a lot alike, that’s for sure. Their other biological relatives include groundhogs, chipmunks, marmots and woodchucks.

Prairie Dogs also apparently have a vocabulary that is more advanced than any other small animal that’s been decoded. That’s pretty amazing.

As I have said before, good drawing comes from noticing the details. So if your students need a visual example of how a prairie dog compares to a squirrel, feel free to use my squirrel tutorial found HERE.

I recommend having your younger students focus more getting the features right in their drawing, but older ones could be challenged add some extra shading when they color. This sample prairie dog was filled with just one crayon, pressing harder on the back and head, and lighter on the belly. The trick is to softly blend the edges of the two, but it’s can be done with a little patience.


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Time needed: 45 minutes.

Draw a Prairie Dog

  1. Draw the top of the head.

  2. Continue the body below.

  3. Add the bottom belly lines.

  4. Draw the mouth, eye and ear.

  5. Add two arms.

  6. Draw two feet underneath.

  7. Add a tail and some fur lines.

  8. Finish with a hill and a sky.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

2 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro

    You can draw it with whatever you like. Colored pencil would probably look great.

  2. ll13001

    It was g00d but can u make it only color pencil and pencil? Thank you.

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