20 dog memorial portrait ideas to honor your furry friend.

As anyone who has ever owned a pet knows, they quickly become a cherished member of the family. They provide us with companionship, laughter, and unconditional love. So when they pass away, it can be devastating.

Image of a portrait in honor of senios German shepherd, passed away.

Many people are unsure of how to properly commemorate their pet's life. While some opt for a traditional funeral service, others may choose to bury their pet in the backyard. But one way to truly honor your pet's memory is through a pet portrait memorial. A portrait painting is a beautiful way to keep your dog or cat memory alive. A talented artist can capture your pet's likeness in a way that will make them live on forever. Whether you choose to hang the portrait in your home or keep it in a special place

Watercolor portrait to honor a German Shepherd dog
Illustration dog portrait to honor a German Shepherd dog
Drawing pencil dog portrait of a beloved German Shepherd dog

What is a custom pet memorial portrait?

A custom pet memorial portrait is a painting that is created specifically for you and your beloved pet. This type of painting is usually done in pencil, watercolors, or digital art illustration. The artist will use the photo that you send us as a reference to capture your dog's personality.

Before the work is printed on the art-grade cotton canvas we will send you a digital copy of the portrait for your approval. A dog portrait is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art. If you're looking for a unique way to honor your dog's memory, a custom portrait may be the perfect option for you.

Illustration portrait of a deceased  GreyHound dog

How is a pet memorial portrait different from a regular portrait?

The style of a dog memorial portrait is similar to a regular portrait. The main difference is that a memorial dog portrait can include a phrase or a short quote. This phrase can be a reflection of our feelings, a quote that sums up our relationship with our furry friend or a famous quote that we can relate to. This text should be short so that it does not steal the limelight from the figure of the pet and is easy to read.

Watercolor memorial portrait crossbreed dog

Here are some examples of quotes in dog portraits:

  • Some angels have hair instead of wings/li>
  • The loss is great but greater is the love you gave us.
  • No longer by my side but always in my heart
  • Sharing fourteen years with you has been the best experience of my life.
On the other hand, only in the illustrations, we can include allusive personalized backgrounds such as a rainbow or a watercolor cloud background.

4 reasons why a memorial portrait of your pet is a good idea

1. It is a unique gift made from the heart. The life of our pets is much shorter than ours. Animal portraits are a unique and beautiful remembrance that will last for years to come.

Crossbreed dog portrait illustration

2. To keep the memory of your pet alive. A pet portrait is a beautiful way to remember your furry friend. It can be hung in your home as a constant reminder of the joy they brought into your life. A pet memorial painting can also help you to feel closer to your pet after they have passed away. When you look at the portrait, it will be like looking into their eyes and seeing their soul.

3. To celebrate the life of your pet. A pet memorial picture is a beautiful way to commemorate your pet's life and is a permanent reminder of the moments that have helped build your relationship of love and friendship.

4. Because pets are family too. Because they are part of the family and as such deserve the same place as the other members. We have photos and pictures all over our house of the human members, it seems very logical and reasonable that the rest of the members also have their place. This way we will show our love and compassion. A pet portrait will last forever and can be passed down from generation to generation. It is a beautiful way to honor your pet's memory and keep their legacy alive. It will be a source of comfort during difficult times and will help you to remember all the happy moments

How can I honor my pet after he/she has passed away?

There are many forms of art and objects to commemorate the life of a pet. Urns, garden stones, beautiful bracelets, and necklaces with the pet's footprints… but none is a better reminder of the true joy the pet brought to its owner than pet memorial portraits/b>.

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Pet memorial portraits, commissioned from a photograph of the pet in its prime, or when it was an adorable puppy, help to overcome intense grief.
We capture the essence of the pet so that far from feeling sad we love every moment we have spent with them, playing ball, taking a walk or sleeping on our lap.

A commemorative portrait captures the personality of the pet and moves away from generic portraits.

Adding a quote or text that evokes our feelings or the complicity we had with our friend, gives it an exceptional touch of unique personalization.

Water color portrait to honor an australian-shepherd-aussie

In addition to the classic pet portraits, we are getting more and more requests from owners who not only want to remember their pets but also want to capture a specific moment in their lives. In this type of decorative portrait, the action takes on a greater dimension than the detail of the pet, connecting with the owner to the emotions experienced at the precise moment. A precious way to celebrate life together.

Golden retriver watercolor portrait jumpig at the beach
watercolor portrairt australian shepherd on the beach

How to choose the right art style for your dog memorial portrait?

There are a variety of painting styles that can be used for pet memorial portraits. The top-selling styles are three: pencil or charcoal, watercolor, and digital illustration.
Each style has its own nuances and connects in different ways to the pet's family.

dachshund long hair pencil portrait

One of the most popular styles for pet portraits in pencil or charcoal drawing. This type of art can be very .detailed and realistic, making it a perfect way to capture the likeness of your pet. This style conveys calm and serenity, they show us an image stripped of the accessory, eliminating what distracts, because the pencil portrait focuses on emotion and connection with the eyes.

Watercolor portratits are more whimsical, colorful, and fun,they don't capture as much detail as a pencil portrait but their emotional impact is undeniable. It is a style in which you keep looking at the portrait to find new nuances. Keeping the essence of the pet's personality, expression, and colorful fur, the artist adds his vision of the image which makes it gain in strength and personality.

Watercolor portrait Russell-Terrier

Digital illustration is one of the rising styles in pet portraits. It consists of reproducing the image with a touch of styles between pop art, comics and traditional illustration.

The color and the gradients of the fur along with the expressiveness of the features and the eyes are its most destined features. It is a modern version of the pet portrait that uses the latest digital techniques.

Small stories from pet owners who have canvas portraits in honor of their furry friends

Although it is a very intimate moment, some clients have allowed us to share their stories and feelings about their pets' memorial portraits without personal details.

"When my dog, Simon, passed away last year, I was devastated. He was such a big part of my life and I loved him dearly. Thankfully, now I have a beautiful portrait of him made by Verywoof. It hangs in my living room and serves as a reminder of all the happy moments we shared together"

Pencil drawing of a great dane puppy

Sarah had a portrait made of her dog, Matty. Matty passed away suddenly and Sarah was struggling to cope with the loss. But when she saw the portrait for the first time, she said it brought her "a sense of peace." Now, she looks at it every day and feels grateful

Max was a much-loved golden retriever who lived a long and happy life. When he passed away, his family wanted to commemorate his life in a special way. They commissioned a watercolor portrait of Max, which would hang in their home as a reminder of the good times they shared with him.

The painting turned out beautifully, capturing Max's warm personality and friendly smile. Every time his family look at it, they were reminded of the wonderful dog he had been. Even years after his death, Max continued to bring happiness into their lives.


Illustration of a French bulldog puppy from Utha. He was the most adorable and playful dog ever. His family decided to commission a memorial illustration in his honor. The image on which the illustration is based was taken one day playing with his favorite toy, a tennis ball. It reminds them of all the good times they shared with their furry friend.

How much do pet portraits cost?

The price depends on the size of the canvas and the number of pets. We do not recommend more than 3 pets per portrait.

Prices range from $54 USD for 8¨x10¨ and a single pet to $143 USD for an 18¨x24¨ size that includes 3 pets. These prices include shipping and handling in our 3 local studios in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

All of our portraits are printed on art-grade cotton canvas, not on paper, and have a lifetime color guarantee.

If you need a large pet portrait for your custom dog painting ,please contact with Kate Roberts, hello at verywoof.com. We work with large cotton canvas sizes up to 90 inches.

Can I include other pets in the portrait?

Yes! Many pet portraits feature more than one pet. This can be a great way to honor multiple pets that have passed away, or remember our pets when they lived together

German-Wirehaired-Pointer portrait illustration.

How can I turn my pet picture into art?

Turning your favorite picture into a work of art is a very simple process. Order your style and size and send us your favorite photo. This is a guide to the recommended images and compositions so that we can create a work that touches and makes you happy. Three or four working days after receiving the image we will email you proof for you to validate the portrait. Once validated, we will print it on canvas of artistic grade cotton. Our system allows us to offer you a lifetime color guarantee. In a few days, depending on your location, you will receive it at home.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there are many options of portraits in terms of styles and sizes to honor your pet's memory after they have passed away. A portrait is a beautiful and lasting tribute to the furry friend who was such a big part of your life. If you are considering having a portrait made, our team of artists is looking forward to working with you on this wonderful project.

Pets bring so much joy into our lives. They are our loyal companions and we love them dearly. When they pass away, it can be difficult to cope with the loss. But as this blog post has shown, there are ways to honor their memory and keep them close to our hearts. Thank you for reading!