Happy Chinese New Year everyone! 2018 is the year of the dog so it’s a great opportunity to take a look at a bunch of awesome origami dogs.

First up is this incredible doberman. The colour change in the design is fantastic and this looks really great with brown and black paper.

Doberman
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Doberman, Designed by J.W Park and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a fantastic little chihuahua. I love the different colour of the eye and nose.

Chihuahua
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Chihuahua, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Eric Vigier designed this quite excellent dog and folded it specially for 2018. I especially like the little tongue.

Dog
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Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This Dalmatian makes fantastic use of colour change so you end up with black spots everywhere.

Dalmatian
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Dalmatian, Designed by Mi Wu and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Chinese New Year Origami 2018

 

Here’s a cute little Welsh Corgi and this design again makes fantastic use of a colour change.

Welsh Corgi
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Welsh Corgi, Designed and Folded by Lee Boyeon

Instructions not available

 

Katsuta Kyohei designed this fantastic Pomeranian. It’s not a very complex model but it has lots of character and you can definitely tell what it is.

Pomeranian
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Pomeranian, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya has one of the most famous dog designs. I especially like how soft this one looks with the choice of paper here.

Satoshi Kamiya's Dog
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Dog, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Sunny Tse

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #144

 

This is an absolutely incredible design that looks very life-like.

Boston Terrier
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Boston Terrier, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi designed this excellent Shiba Inu again with a really nice colour change. Lost of these dogs have great colour changes incorporated in the design. To get the full effect you need to use two-coloured paper.

Shiba Inu
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Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This husky isn’t too complex but it’s quite cute and has a lot of character.

Husky
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Husky, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Next is this quite excellent looking poodle.

Poodle
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Poodle, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Yoo Tae Yong also designed this fantastic pug and it’s probably the best origami pug design I’ve seen. Beautiful photo here as well.

Pug
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Pug, Designed by Yoo Tae Yon and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Shiba Inus are pretty awesome so here’s another one with a cute little scarf. The face on this one is very well done.

Shiba Inu
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Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

This next one isn’t technically a dog but it looks so great and it’s pretty close so I’m going to include it.

Fennec Fox
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/38225350715/

Fennec Fox, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi also designed this excellent Boston Terrier. This one is folded from 3 square sheets of paper.

Boston Terrier
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Boston Terrier, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr

 

Here are two very excellent looking French Bulldogs. Hiroaki Kobayashi has designed a bunch of really great looking origami dogs. These ones are also folded from three squares of paper.

French Bulldogs
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French Bulldogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available fromHiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr

 

Here’s Hiroaki Kobayashi’s take on a Pug. It’s folded from 2 squares of paper and the colour changes here are really great.

Pug
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Pug, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr

 

Here’s two more dogs from this series of designs by Hiroaki Kobayashi. These are each folded from 3 squares of paper.

2 Bulldogs
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Bulldogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr

 

I had to include one more picture of all of Hiroaki Kobayashi’s dogs together. The title of this image on Flickr is “Ugly Cute Dogs” which I think is very appropriate.

Ugly Cute Dogs
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Ugly Cute Dogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Links to instructions are above

 

J.W. Park designed this fantastic American Bully. The colour change with the white paper on the underside of the model looks really great.

American Bully
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American Bully, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

Kim Ju Hyun designed this very cute little puppy.

Puppy
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Puppy, Designed and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another absolutely fantastic dog design from J.W. Park.

Dogo Argentino
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Dogo Argentino, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

This German Shepherd puppy might be the cutest origami puppy I’ve seen!

German Shepherd Puppy
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German Shepherd Puppy, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Seth Friedman designed this really great sheep dog. This kind of looks like a precursor to his famous Finnish Lapphund design.

Sheep Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/25189781505/

Sheep Dog, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Rokuya

Video tutorial available from Seth Friedman’s YouTube channel

 

I love the pose of this next dog.

Perro - Andrey Ermakov
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Perro, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Diagrams available in Origami School of Masters

 

Here’s another really cute Siberian Husky design.

Siberian Husky
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Siberian Husky, Designed by Lee Jae Gu and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Instructions not available

 

This next image is definitely one of my favourite origami photos. The street light is a really nice touch.

Aberdeen
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Aberdeen, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in the 10th Origami Tanteidan Book

 

Here’s another really cute origami dog. So many of these manage to look really cute even though they’re just folded pieces of paper.

Mameshiba
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Mameshiba, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Instructions not available

 

Next we have another absolutely fantastic German Shepherd. I love the pose and the face here.

German Shepherd
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German Shepherd, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Diagrams available in Origami Chess, Cats vs. Dogs

 

Here’s another really excellent dog design by Eric Vigier. I really like the reclining relaxed pose it’s in.

Chien Au Repos
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/16370483374/

Chien Au Repos, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This is one happy looking dog walking along.

Dog
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Dog, Designed by Nishikawa Seiji and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Works of Nishikawa Seiji

 

This dog in a doghouse is one of my favourite looking models. The whole thing is one sheet of paper and there’s a really excellent colour change so the dog and the house are different colours with two-sided paper.

Dog in a Doghouse
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Dog in a Doghouse, Designed by Stephen Weiss and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Origami Zoo: An Amazing Collection of Folded Paper Animals

 

Here’s that German Shepherd puppy one more time since it’s just so cute.

German Shepherd Puppy
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German Shepherd Puppy, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi also designed an excellent Chihuahua that’s different from the one earlier in this post.

Chihuahua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26422766879/

Chihuahua, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi’s Flickr

 

Here’s another really great Doberman design. This one definitely looks interesting with the red paper.

Doberman Pinscher
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charles-dragon/8353117358/

Doberman Pinscher, Designed by Ares Alanya and Folded by Charles Smith

Diagrams available in the 17th Origami Tanteidan Convention book

 

This is another really excellent model of a Bull Terrier that’s full of character.

Bull Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/30583224243/

Bull Terrier, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

This next dog is a bit different since it’s very simple looking with a few simple shapes. Despite that you can tell exactly what it’s supposed to be. I always like really simple models that still manage to communicate exactly what they’re supposed to be.

Chow Chow
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Chow Chow, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

There’s quite an interesting pattern and colours on this next puppy. Again I’m loving the pose here, it’s almost like a real puppy barking at something.

Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/31494638255/

Puppy Joy, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Instructions not available

 

Lee Boyeon designed this excellent Papillion. This is folded from the same base as his mountain goat.

Papillion
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/39597766911/

Papillion, Designed and Folded by Lee Boyeon

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another beautiful and rather elegant looking sheep dog.

Shetland Sheepdog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131815212@N05/16595048480/

Shetland Sheepdog, Designed and Folded by Yuta Katsuzaki

Instructions not available

 

This next model again strictly speaking isn’t really a dog but I’m still including it because it looks great.

Grey Wolf
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/27896665419/

Grey Wolf, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

Our final model for this Chinese New Year Origami Extravaganza is another Shiba Inu and it might be the best origami dog that I’ve ever seen! I love the face, features, body and how soft the paper used here makes it look.

This model was on display at the 23th Origami Tanteidan Convention in Japan.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/36224581380/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Takashi Toyomura (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

That’s it for this post. Have a happy Chinese New Year everyone! If you fold any origami dogs to celebrate post the photo somewhere online and link to it in the comments.

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