Dog Tattoos

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Many centuries has passed, many cultures, throughout the ages, the image of a dog has always been the emblem for a loyal and jovial spirit. They have also been seen as the protectors and companions of man. Dog is probably the most loved pet animal among all. Pet dogs would definitely be a trendy content among tattoo-wanting consumers. Dog tattoos are often meant to be a symbol of this; they are meant to show either these qualities in the wearer’s own personality, or their love of the animal itself.

In Asian symbolism, the dog is incredibly good luck. The Chinese prescribe symbolism of prosperity, good fortune, obedience and friendliness to the dog. The dog is also associated with Aquarius in the Chinese zodiac, and therefore is considered to have an amicable disposition. Philanthropic, emphatic and very well-liked are other attributes. If you need a bit of luck or a boost in your social standing, a dog tattoo might be the reminder you need for these aspects.

Dog Tattoos – History

The most popular dog tattoos in the history is the Foo Dog Tattoo, but even though the foo dog is popular, it is not really a dog.

There is no clear dog tattoo history that was recorded. But probably the best-known dog in American tattoo history is the United States Marine Corps bulldog. When World War I German fighters referred to the Marines as “Devil Dogs,” a smart flack at the Corps created a recruiting poster featuring an English Bulldog running down an Iron Cross–wearing Dachshund. Just as actual Bulldogs were adopted as mascots, jowly Devil Dogs in helmets turned up on Marine biceps everywhere.

Our relationships with dogs goes back over 40,000 years! Recent genetic research suggests that the first true Dog showed up in China about 15,000 years ago. There, the Dog is the 11th sign of the Zodiac and represents symbols both positive and negative.

Dog Tattoos – Meaning and Design

A short-list of dog meaning includes symbolic attributes like:

  • Fidelity
  • Loyalty
  • Assistance
  • Intelligence
  • Obedience
  • Protection
  • Community
  • Cooperation
  • Resourcefulness
  • Communication
  • Sensory Perception

In Chinese symbolism, dogs are also considered a harbinger of friendship. The legendary Fu Dog is also a guardian of sacred spaces and embodies concepts of protection too. Dogs are considered very auspicious. In Asian wisdom dogs are symbols of: Good Luck, Loyalty, Obedience and Prosperity.

Dog Tattoo Ideas

Dog tattoos, of both the living and the deceased, are a popular tattoo choice. Rather than flipping through images in your mind or only having a tattooed name and dates to look at, some people choose to get their dog’s actual likeness inked onto them.

This can be very cute when incorporating a small heart or your pet’s name, but I think an even cuter idea would be to get their actual paw print.

Aside from dog tattoos imprinted in your body, you can also choose paw print tattoos. Paw print tattoos can be a dog tattoo or a cat tattoo, but this tattoo is more common as dog tattoo symbol.

Another idea for dog tattoo is the Foo Dog Tattoo. Tattoos exhibit various moods and forms. Most of them have been derived from ancient cultural art forms. One such tattoo is the foo dog tattoo. The foo dog tattoo refers to the images of the Chinese guardian lion inked on body parts in the form of tattoos.