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This post was originally published on April 19, 2019, and was updated March 15, 2020.
As springtime finally beckons, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities, including gardening and outdoor entertaining. Whether it’s an outside patio, a grassy back yard, a balcony, or a deck, most of us enjoy spending time outside as the days grow longer and warmer. And so do our dogs, of course! So, what’s better than gardening with a sun-warmed dog by your side?
The local garden center may have you covered with the basics—plants, flower pots, outdoor furniture—but to personalize you need a little something extra. Garden statuary is a great way to bring in your own aesthetic to your outdoor space, and if you love dogs as we do, then it has to be dog-themed!
Whether it’s a playful puppy statue, a regal pug steed, a whimsical Zen dog garden sculpture, or a dog garden memorial stone, there are plenty of unique designs to choose from.
Here are our favorite dog statues and sculptures for your garden in 2020.
I love the look on this dog’s face—it really captures the wonderful, gentle spirit of our canine family members. Hand-cast and hand-painted, this resin statue features sparkling and bright glass eyes and can sit amongst your flowers to bring together your love for gardening and your love for dogs. This handsome lab will look great dressed up for the holidays with bunny ears, a santa hat, or a superhero Halloween costume!
Size: 11″ x 6″ x 7″Find on Amazon
This peaceful Buddha dog can bring tranquility to your Zen garden. At six inches tall, this little statue won’t make a big statement in your garden but can gently complement a meditative outdoor space. It’s also just the right size for storing bracelets, decorating a desk, and more.
Size: 6.2″ x 4″ x 3.8″Find on Amazon
For something more lighthearted, this might be a familiar sight. This cutie comes to your door at about two pounds. It’s 12 inches wide and 10 inches high: not huge, but definitely visible amidst the greenery. Note that it doesn’t come with the dirt pictured. You can create the effect you want by placing it in mulch, in gravel, or even in a plant (see below photo).
If you’ve got a digger on your hands, this sweet statue pays homage to your beloved but troublesome pup. And who knows? Maybe your dog will think there’s no more room to dig. In addition to this fluffy Highland Terrier, you can also add a short-haired Jack Russell Terrier sculpture to your garden.
Size: 12″ x 8″ x 10″Dig It Up on Amazon
For a more prominent garden feature, this statue stands at 19 inches tall and weighs eight pounds. Perhaps you could place it at your entryway or in front of your garden, as the dog appears to be greeting guests with a basket of fresh flowers. This statue is crafted using real crushed stone and resin, and is coated with a UV resistant finish, so you can expect it to last outside.
Size: 8.5″ x 12.5″ x 19″Discover on Amazon
Here’s a fun play on your classic garden gnome statue! Especially well-suited to gardeners with proud little pugs, this statue will bring a smile to gardeners and dog-lovers alike. The paint on this stone-resin statue is weather-proof, so it should hold up despite harsh conditions. However, it weighs less than two pounds, so you’ll want to anchor it in a safe location if you live in a windy region.
Size: 13.1″ 10.6″ x 5.7″Find on Amazon
None of us ever want to have to buy a memorial for a pet, but once they’re gone we do want to remember them. Here are some of our favorite stones and statues for memorializing your beloved dog.
You might find something that represents the dog you miss in physical form or just a stone with verse, but all are made for that special garden spot—perhaps under the tree where she loved to snooze away the summer afternoons, or by the tree or shrub you’ve planted to remember him.
This memorial’s sentiment holds true for so many of us who have lost a dog. Our boundless love for them never subsides, and a beautiful stone memorial like this one helps keep their memory alive in our garden. Treated with a special finish for protection from the elements, you can expect this sturdy stone to last outside.
Size: 12″ x .5″ x 7.5″Explore on Amazon
For a personal touch in honor of your beloved friend, this heavy engraved stone memorial is a thoughtful and peaceful addition to your garden.
Size: 11″ x 8″ x 11.5″Discover on Amazon
This garden memorial statue can rest amongst your flowers and serve as a reminder that you’ll always have fond memories to recall in your mind when you miss your dog.
Size: 10″ x 6″ x 5″Explore on Amazon
Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden with something serene or funny, sentimental or charming, we hope you’ve found the perfect piece for imbuing your outdoor space with your love for dogs.
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