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41 Dog Tattoos to Celebrate Your Four-Legged Best Friend

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

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Man's best tattoos

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Man's best tattoos

Human relationships come and go, but your relationship with your dog? That ish is forever — which is why getting canine-inspired ink is an infinitely better idea than tatting a partner's name somewhere on your body (just ask Johnny Depp). 

If you're on the hunt for the perfect doggy tattoo, look no further — pull ideas from our social media collection and then hit up your closest parlor ASAP.

Originally published December 2016. Updated April 2017.

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Love to infinity tattoo

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Love to infinity tattoo

Your love for your pup is infinite. Prove it with this tattoo. 

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Hold him in your heart tattoo

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Hold him in your heart tattoo

You always hold them in your heart, tattoo it on there, too. 

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Watercolor dog tattoo

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Watercolor dog tattoo

Add a splash of color to your dog's portrait with bright watercolor details.

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Origami dog tattoo

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Origami dog tattoo

There's no denying this origami dog is adorabale. 

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Dog silhouette tattoo

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Dog silhouette tattoo

Your own dog can pose for a silhouette tattoo. 

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Heart in paw tattoo

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Heart in paw tattoo

Because they hold your heart in those tiny paws. 

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Weiner dog outline tattoo

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Weiner dog outline tattoo

Because weiner dog love is the real deal. 

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Cartoon pup tattoo

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Cartoon pup tattoo

Turn your cute little pup into an even cuter cartoon. 

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Watercolor background tattoo

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Watercolor background tattoo

The watercolor splashes behind this dog outline give it beauty and depth that's hard to replicate. 

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Non-traditional portrait tattoo

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Non-traditional portrait tattoo

Because traditional portraits are so 20 years ago. 

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In memory tattoo

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In memory tattoo

Pay tribute to your long-lost friend with the thing he loved the most — besides you. 

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The road to my heart tattoo

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The road to my heart tattoo

This quote says it all. 

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Paw print tattoo in memory

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Paw print tattoo in memory

Surround a paw print with the names of the dogs you'll never forget. 

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Pink paw print tattoo

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Pink paw print tattoo

This light-pink paw print is about as subtle as you can get. 

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Hidden paw print tattoo

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Hidden paw print tattoo

This little paw print isn't visible unless you want it to be. 

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Paw print tattoo with initial

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Paw print tattoo with initial

Put your favorite four-legged friend's initial over a paw print to show the love. 

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Finger tattoo

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Finger tattoo

Your pooch will never be far from your mind when her portrait is on your digit. 

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Heart paw print tattoo

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Heart paw print tattoo

Put this heart paw print right over your heart. 

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Simple outline tattoo with red

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Simple outline tattoo with red

The splashes of red make this simple tattoo pop. 

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Heart path paw prints tattoo

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Heart path paw prints tattoo

Because those little paws run circles around your heart. 

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Whole family tattoo

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Whole family tattoo

Put the whole family right where everyone can see them. 

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Sugar skull dog tattoo

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Sugar skull dog tattoo

If you love sugar skulls, you might just love this dog, too. 

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Paw print replica tattoo

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Paw print replica tattoo

Replicate your dog's own paw print for this cool tattoo. 

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Roses wearing collars tattoo

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Roses wearing collars tattoo

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Dog tribute tattoo

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Dog tribute tattoo

Pay tribute to your furrever friends with a unique remembrance tat. 

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Dog's name tattoo

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Dog's name tattoo

Proudly display your pup's name and paw prints. 

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Waterfront paw print tattoo

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Waterfront paw print tattoo

Paint a portrait of your dog in his favorite place, and place it all in a paw print. 

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Perfect portrait

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Perfect portrait

Surround your pups portrait with all the things he loves. 

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Cute puppy tattoo

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Cute puppy tattoo

You can't say this little guy isn't cute. 

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Paw print tattoo on back

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Paw print tattoo on back

This paw print has an interesting design and looks great right between the shoulder blades. 

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Little watercolor dog tattoo

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Little watercolor dog tattoo

This tiny little guy is made brighter by a few splashes of color. 

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Dog quote tattoo

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Dog quote tattoo

Even if the person with the dog head doesn't speak to you, the words below him will. 

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Nice dog quote tattoo

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Nice dog quote tattoo

If dog's could smile like that, they'd do it all day long. Proof that those words couldn't be any truer. 

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Minimalist dog tattoo

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Minimalist dog tattoo

If you're trying to go the minimalist route, this is the tattoo for you. 

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Two dogs heart tattoo

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Two dogs heart tattoo

If your heart is made entirely out of love for dogs, this is your tat. 

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Ankle dog tattoo

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Ankle dog tattoo

Every walk you take is a walk with your dog when his likeness is riding on your ankle. 

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Paw in hand tattoo

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Paw in hand tattoo

Hold hands with your pup from now until forever. 

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Flower crown

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Flower crown

Because every pup deserves a crown. 

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Watercolor Pug

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Watercolor Pug

Pug drifting through the cosmos? Yes, please. 

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