If you’re not already up on the adult coloring craze, now’s the time to start. Coloring isn’t just a hot new trend, it’s also good for you—seriously! Coloring has proven de-stressing effects, making it a great way to unwind after a long day at work. Dogs are also major stress relievers, of course. So why not combine the two?
These adult coloring books for dog lovers combine the soothing effects of coloring with the charm of our best friends, making them the perfect gift for the artistic pet parent in your life. Or, say, for you.
Amazing Dogs $9.91
This book contains over 30 unique pure-breed dog illustrations for you to color, from a chihuahua to a Great Dane. Best of all, the pages are single-sided so you can remove your favorite masterpiece and stick it to the fridge.
Can you imagine anything more soothing than coloring in the panes of a stained glass illustration? Ok, maybe you can. (Warm bath, glass of wine…) But really, try it. Once you’re done coloring in a stained glass Labrador retriever, hang your masterpiece so the light streams through and bliss out.
Ready for a challenge? This one’s not for the adult coloring newbie. Dazzling Dogs promises intricate patterns and flowers for experienced colorists. And of course, every delicate design features a pooch doing something adorable.
Love Puppies was created by Alisann Smookler, an artist who began making meditative adult coloring books after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. The 15 puppies pictured in this beautiful coloring book are “state dogs” from around the U.S. Enjoy coloring an adorable Boston Terrier (Massachusetts), foxhound (Virginia), and more!
It’s no surprise to learn that Love Dogs is also the creator of Love Puppies, artist Alisann Smookler. In this sequel, you can search for hidden hearts while coloring in 25 distinct dogs. Two soothing activities in one!
Challenge yourself to capture the delicate colors of a dog’s coat in these ultra-realistic drawings. You’ll be so focused, the stresses of everyday life might just melt away.
Featuring 25 portraits of dogs’ faces, from the basset hound to the saluki and the Schnauzer. Each darling doggy face is printed on a stark black background, so your fantastic color combinations will really stand out.
As the title implies, Doodle Dogs is full of fun designs swirling over and around the pups pictured. And it’s not just domestic dogs: you’ll also get to unwind as you fill in the color on a whimsical fox or wolf.
Go retro with this classic adult coloring book, first published in 1984. In Favorite Dogs, you’ll fill in the blanks for 42 breeds, learning as you go from informative captions.
Take a walk on the wild side! This book has 40 distinct wolf illustrations on which to exercise your most precise coloring skills.
Whether you’re an adult coloring beginner or a shading pro, there’s a book out there to meet your needs. So grab your pencils or crayons and settle in for relaxing evening of coloring dogs…with your IRL dog curled up beside you, of course.
Top image via Susan Murtaugh / flickr