32 Perfect Paw Print Tattoos to Immortalize Your Furry Friend

Love you buddy.

If you’re anything like me, then your dogs are your kids, equal members of your family and you’d do just about anything for them. And when I say family, I mean direct family. When someone mutters the word “pet,” you cringe a little ’cause no, my dog is not a pet, he’s a bona fide member of the family and afforded all the love that comes with the position. So when it comes to our dogs, it’s no surprise that many people find the urge to tattoo a reminder of their furry friends forever onto their skin.

I know, paw prints can belong to a number of different animals but for the sake of this article, I’ve focused mostly on the canine variety. The two most popular choices are paw prints and portraits. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of the best paw print tattoo designs we’ve yet to come across. Take a look, and don’t forget to save and share your favorites.



These tiny paw prints.

Paw print tattoos by Witty Button

There’s nothing more adorable than a tiny trail of paw prints. They can remind you of that time your puppy tracked mud, paint, or whatever it was that you spilled all around the house before you could get a handle on him or her. This is a great design for anyone looking for a subtle, yet permanent reminder of their pet.  (Photo: Witty Button)

This behind-the-ear paw print tattoo.

Behind-the-ear paw print tattoo by Fishman Ink

Surprisingly realistic and super concealable, this dotwork paw print features a dotwork build with a pressure sensitive gradient. The behind-the-ear tattoo continues to grow in popularity, mostly among women.  (Photo: Fishman Ink)

These floral paw prints.

Floral paw print tattoos by Banul

These beautiful floral patterns are a little tough to make out in this photo but the slightly overexposed skin tones provide a wonderful backdrop for the colorful paw prints. This is a great concept for any woman looking for something feminine and playful while staying as classy as possible.  (Photo: Banul)

These watercolor paw prints.

Watercolor paw print tattoos by Cynthia Sobraty

As you’ll soon notice, this article is full of watercolor paw print tattoos. We always try to add as much variety to each list as possible—no one wants to look at the same design again and again—but due to the sheer volume and popularity of watercolor tattoos, we ended up with a fair amount so we hope you won’t mind. A quick look at the above design and it’s easy to see why these designs continue to be so popular.  (Photo: Cynthia Sobraty)



This tiny ornamental paw print tattoo.

Tiny ornamental paw print tattoo by Ana Abrahao

We first spotted Ana Abrahao’s stellar work back in June of last year and instantly fell in love with her style. Her intricate ornamental works usually consist of random dots similar to that of confetti exploding from a cannon, however, these dots instead form scrolling heart shapes and dangling beadwork.  (Photo: Ana Abrahao)

This watercolor wolf.

Wolf in paw print tattoo by Nadya Natassya

Enough with the basic paw prints. If you’re looking for something with a little more substance to it and a lot more “wow,” then something along the lines of this double exposure watercolor wolf design may be in order. From the bleeding watercolor lines to the piercing yellow eyes, this design is destined to dazzle anyone in its path.  (Photo: Nadya Natassya)

This white ink paw print.

White ink paw print tattoo via Retroivi

We had to do a little reading just to verify that this was indeed a tattoo and not an actual paw print impression. Genius.  (Photo: Retroivi)



This paw print.

Watercolor paw print tattoo by Black Cat Tattoo

Spice up that simple paw print outline with a little watercolor work. Nothing looks better than bold black lines set against iridescent watercolor ink.  (Photo: Black Cat Tattoo)

This blackwork paw print.

Blackwork paw print tattoo by Wagner Basei

Black ink is the chicest, and this watercolor-esque texture adds style to what would otherwise be a somewhat boring design.   (Photo: Wagner Basei)

These sketch style paw prints.

Sketch style paw print tattoos by Inez Janiak

(Photo: Inez Janiak)