This Halloween, carve a dog breed pumpkin that looks just like your pup with our free dog pumpkin carving patterns. Let your friends and neighbors know which dog breed is best by carving a Halloween pumpkin that looks like your favorite canine with these easy pumpkin carving ideas. Get our free Dachshund, Labrador Retriever, Pug, and other dog stencils, and get more ideas for sweet faces to carve!
Dachshund Pumpkin Stencil
Hot dog! This dachshund dog stencil is the cutest way to share your pet portrait. Whether you have a dog or not, this dachshund pumpkin carving is sure to attract trick-or-treaters.
“Mouse is a supersweet, supertough glamour girl as well as a miniature dachshund. Her special passions include sunbathing, fine jewels, department store escalator rides, and chasing chipmunks in the garden.”
—Karin Edwards, Mouse’s owner
Bulldog Pumpkin Stencil
Dog pumpkin carving doesn’t get cuter than this adorable bulldog pumpkin stencil. With the right carving tools, you can have a front-porch-perfect bulldog pumpkin carving of your own.
“Luca is a 96-pound, 10-month-old American bulldog. His full name is Luca Brasi, after the slow-witted but muscular character who helps protect Don Corleone in The Godfather. Luca goes to work every day with my husband Nick at a personal training gym.”
—Mary Beth Rouse, Luca’s owner
Border Collie Pumpkin
Border collies are a crowd favorite (I mean, look at those eyes!) and a border collie pumpkin carving is no exception. Sweeten up your Halloween decor with this adorable pumpkin carving project.
“My border collie, Oreo, thinks she’s a cat. She leaps from the floor to the top of the sofa in one swift movement, then glides to the coffee table to look out the window. Oreo’s favorite toy is a chew stick. She’ll throw it in the air, swat at it, watch it land, and then pounce on it. It keeps her entertained for hours, but she rarely eats it. In fact, she usually buries one in the sofa as a “present” for me to find.”
—Jenny McCoy, Oreo’s owner
Boston Terrier Pumpkin
This furry companion deserves his own pumpkin. This Boston terrier pumpkin carving is easily one of our favorite stencil ideas.
“Patches is a curious 12-year-old Boston terrier. The first time she saw a jack-o’-lantern, she ran up and attacked it. I hope she behaves better with these pumpkins!”
—Liat Paul, Patches’ owner
Editor’s Tip: Make this dog stencil your own by adding little details like shaded patches of fur, whiskers, or even a carved tag.
The accentuated whiskers on this schnauzer pumpkin carving make for a perfect replica. This sure gets us in the Halloween spirit!
“Sophie, my schnauzer, chews, destroys, and eats everything in her path—shoes, rugs, paper, laundry sheets—she’s not picky. She’s destroyed cell phones, hairbrushes, wicker baskets, water bottles, and lots of dog toys. She’s a sweetheart, though, and oh-so adorable.”
—Rachel Haugo, Sophie’s owner
Do you have dog fever? This free Chihuahua pumpkin carving stencil will suppress those feelings (well, maybe). It’ll make for an adorable fall decor piece, that’s for sure!
“I adopted Maya, a Chihuahua-miniature pinscher mix, when she was 1 year old. She is a spunky little girl that entertains our entire neighborhood in the summer months. She loves her toys and squeaks them as she runs through the house.”
—Becky Irish, Maya’s owner
Does it get any cuter than this beagle pumpkin carving? Carve multiple beagle pumpkins for a “litter” of darling pumpkins.
“Lucy is a beagle-terrier mix with a love for little kids, their sticky fingers, and their leftover snacks. Diet? Now, seriously. Who can manage to put a beagle on a diet? Especially with those big, beautiful brown eyes begging for more.”
—Stacey Willey, Lucy’s owner
There’s nothing spooky about this jack-o-lantern. A boxer pumpkin carving is what your Halloween-decorated porch needs—puppy dog eyes, and all.
“Matilda is a 5-month-old flashy fawn boxer (that just means she’s brown with a lot of white). Matilda is no different than any other boxer; she’s a total clown. She loves all people, especially children.”
—Aynsley Starbuck, Matilda’s owner
Editor’s Tip: The key to this boxer pumpkin carving is the shading. Use a variety of tools and pressure to achieve the look.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pumpkin
This dog stencil reminds us of some of our favorite furry friends! The floppy ears on this Cavalier King Charles spaniel pumpkin carving are our favorite part about it.
“My two Cavalier King Charles spaniels couldn’t be more different. Lola (left) does crazy tricks, and Thomas (right) is more old school— ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ are about it for him.”
—Sarah Bailey, Lola and Thomas’ owner
Golden Retriever Pumpkin
This pooch is just as happy about his own Golden retriever pumpkin carving as we are. His smile sure shows it!
“Lucy Buttercup is a friendly dog who loves to snuggle on the couch with my husband and me—and steal food from the counter when we’re not looking. She once ate an entire peach pie! When we adopted another dog, Rocco (a dark Golden retriever), Lucy was shy at first, but now she plays, wrestles, and cuddles nonstop with him.”
—Diane Starkey, Lucy’s owner
Cocker Spaniel Pumpkin
Man’s best friend doesn’t get much better than this. Try this cocker spaniel pumpkin carving this year for furry delight.
“This cocker spaniel, Marlo, may look sweet, but her nickname is ‘Monster Girl.’ She’s into everything and always at top speed. On the flip side, she’s also an obedient, registered therapy dog.”
—Cindy Joyce, Marlo’s owner
Editor’s Tip: These dog pumpkin carvings make fun fall gifts! Create one for a friend and they’ll love displaying a sweet token to their furry friend.
This Pomeranian pumpkin is one of our favorite easy pumpkin carving ideas. Try out the Pomeranian pumpkin carving this year for an adorable Halloween treat.
“Bear, a Pomeranian, has two favorite things that get him excited: tennis balls and car rides. Although he has dozens of tennis balls, he always has one specific go-to ball of choice. He loves to play fetch, but he can easily entertain himself by nudging his tennis ball off the edge of the bed, then chasing after it. The best kind of car ride for him is when he gets to bring his ball along—those are the greatest!”
—Blake Kermode, Bear’s owner
Jack Russell Terrier Pumpkin
This furry pup is ready for her beauty shot. Dog or cat person, you NEED to try a Jack Russell terrier pumpkin carving in your Halloween display this year.
“Scout is an 8-year-old rough-coated Jack Russell terrier who lived her first three years as a city dog in New York City. She likes all things that begin with the letter “P”: popcorn, potato chips, pretzels, pistachios, peanuts, pepperoni, and even wasabi peas.”
—James Baggett, Scout’s owner
German Shorthaired Pointer Pumpkin
This German Shorthaired pointer pumpkin carving stencil is paws-itively one of our favorites. Light a candle inside and show it off on your front porch.
“Our dog, Tango, is a fabulous hunting dog who is great with little kids. She loves to play with her stuffed animals, which we call “babies,” and tease our real live cats. When she does something naughty, like eating food off the counter, she hides from us because she hates getting in trouble.”
—Jeremy and Jenny Boeck, Tango’s owners
Labrador Retriever Pumpkin
A perfect pumpkin carving idea for kids this Labrador retriever pumpkin carving will make anyone smile. Try carving this lab dog pumpkin stencil with just a few simple tools.
“Darby is an 8-year-old, spoiled-rotten, dearly loved chocolate lab who has been a member of our family since she was 8 weeks old. She comes from a long line of hunters. But she also sits, drops, speaks, crawls, dances, spins, begs, and gives kisses, all on command.”
—Diane Brunia, Darby’s owner
This pup stands with pride over his own pug pumpkin carving. And we don’t blame him—we’re itching to get our hands on some carving tools to make this cute pumpkin!
“Chunky is about 6 months old. He sits, occasionally shakes hands, and chases his tail like a doofus. When he does, my two kids always laugh and yell, ‘That’s not a banana, Chunky. That’s your tail!'”
—Chris Colwell, Chunky’s owner
Add this one to our list of favorite pumpkin-carving ideas. This rottweiler pumpkin carving can’t be passed up this Halloween.
“My rottweiler Daisy is only 5 months old, but she is already huge and an old pro at tricks. She just learned how to do a high-five—it’s her new favorite thing.”
—Julie Cirksena, Daisy’s owner
Editor’s Tip: Size your dog pumpkin stencil to fit any pumpkin.
Scottish Terrier Pumpkin
This Scottish terrier pumpkin carving will make for the cutest jack-o-lantern in the neighborhood.
“Gigi, who weighs 20 pounds, is almost 2 years old. She has a big bark for such a small dog. Her favorite things are watching people or cars go by, dirty socks (she likes to steal them out of the hamper), saltine crackers, and peanut butter.”
—Veronica Toney, Gigi’s owner
Shih Tzu Pumpkin
Trick-or-treaters will gawk at this oh-so-adorable shih tzu pumpkin carving. Add fun embellishments to this dog pumpkin carving like bows and hair accents.
“Even though my shih tzu, Zoe, is meant to be an indoor dog, she would rather spend all day exploring outdoors. When it snows, she loves to run around in it, and then I get the joy of brushing the snow clumps out of her hair.”
—Danielle Woods, Zoe’s owner
Siberian Husky Pumpkin
The shading on the snout of this Siberian husky pumpkin carving makes it look SO realistic. Place this pumpkin on your front steps for a warm welcome.
“Meeko is a beautiful 6-year-old, 80-pound Siberian husky. Although he’s big, he’s gentle and a perfect gentleman. He’s never met a stranger—human or canine—because he insists on meeting everyone. Meeko loves car and boat rides, walks, and family vacations at the lake. And when he’s got something to say—watch out, he’ll talk your ear off.”
—Denise Kokemuller, Meeko’s owner