The Best Places to Order Custom Pet Portraits to Gift or to Keep

These paintings, prints and other kinds of pet portraits make great art for your walls and heartfelt gifts for loved ones.

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September 22, 2022

If you have a dog or cat, there’s a good chance your smartphone’s camera roll is absolutely stacked with images of them. These photos are great memories to look back on, and they can be fun to share with friends and family on Instagram. Why not take it a step further and turn them into stylish art and wall decor for your home?

With just a photo or two of your dog or your cat — or your pet bird, horse, snake, bunny, hamster or chinchilla — artists can make paintings, embroidered gifts and digital masterpieces you can print and frame. A pet portrait can be a great way to show how much of a part of your family your pet really is, and it can also be a beautiful way to honor a pet who has passed away.

These options for all budgets also make great holiday gifts for friends, family members or colleagues, whether their new puppy is all they’re able to talk about or their pet has been by their side for years. Keep in mind custom gifts take longer to make and ship, so tackle your gifting early and snag one (or a few) of these thoughtful custom keepsakes for the pet owners in your life.


Handmade in South Carolina, this top-rated personalized print from shop Copper & Toad shows the silhouette of a woman and a dog sitting next to one another. It can be customized with different colors and types of dogs or cats as well as different hair colors, hair styles and skin tones for the human so the print resembles yourself and your dog or the recipient and their dog. You can also choose from four different background options and two sizes, an 8" x 10" or 11" x 14" unframed print.

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From $55

Looking for something abstract that resembles your pet in a hip and trendy way? Animalist has minimalist prints with line, form and abstract options for more than 150 dog and cat breeds to choose from that will look chic in modern spaces. The prints are made in Sweden and shipped worldwide for free.

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Choose between eight different floral styles for these digital watercolor pet portraits from Etsy creator Ms. Sparkle Designs. First you purchase a digital proof for $1, so you can try before you buy. If you do want to purchase the portrait without the watermark, they cost $14. Portraits are delivered digitally, so you can print them at home or send them off for professional printing and framing in a style you like best.

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Etsy creator Pittura Portraits will recreate photos of your pets into beautiful, colorful digital paintings. You can choose from several different styles. These masterpieces are digital-only, but you can contact the artist to arrange for a custom print.

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Turn your favorite photo of your pet into ultra-bright pop art from ATX Pet Portraits, which has more than 9,700 sales. You can get a digital download to print yourself for just $14.99, and this listing has great reviews from more than 1,600 customers.

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From $25.61

Etsy shop Shak Chew offers a wide variety of options to customize a photo of your pet into artwork for your home. From digital files you can print at home or at a local photo center to prints on wrapped canvas, you can find an option here on almost any budget.

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Zazzle's LIVE app allows you to chat directly with a designer who can turn your smartphone photos of your pets into hilarious and beautiful masterpieces. This image of Jack the cat has been merged with a classic painting by French artist Guillaume Voiriot. You can submit photos of any kind of animal and you'll get to see a mock-up of the final product before you purchase.

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From $32.98

Why not turn a family photo, or a close-up of your pet's adorable face, into a puzzle the whole family can enjoy working on together? These custom puzzles from Shutterfly come in a range of sizes and difficulties, from 60 pieces all the way up to 1,014.

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Send in a photo to Ukraine-based Annell Happy Watercolor, and they'll hand-paint your pet — or pets — onto high-quality paper, ready to hang or frame. You can choose from several different painting sizes, and you'll be able to see a proof of the painting before it's shipped to you.

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Artist Alexandra Schmeling offers gift packs you can send to a loved one so they can order their own custom pet portrait with their favorite photo. Each kit includes a unique gift code and instructions for sending in photos so Alexandra can illustrate their pet exactly how they'd like.

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From $49

Send a digital photo of your pet to West & Willow, and an artist will illustrate your pet beautifully. You can have your pet's name inscribed above the picture, as well, and choose from different background and frame options.

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From $49.78

Truly honor your pet with these gorgeous canvas portraits, which come in several different sizes. You'll get to see a preview before it's finalized and printed on canvas.

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If you're looking for something a little different, these felted pet portraits from the Forever by K Etsy shop might just be the most unique of all. Plus, they ship free.

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Commission a hand-drawn charcoal drawing of your pet or pets from Sheppard Portraits. Standard sizes range up to 24" by 36", but they offer custom sizing, too—and can draw people as well as pets—if you're looking for something extra-special and unique.

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Send a photo of your pet to artist Nataliia Novosad for a custom watercolor painting up to 16" by 20". This shop is one of Etsy's bestsellers for pet watercolors — with over 11,000 sales, Novosad Art Studio still has a solid five-star rating.

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Artist Daniela Timarán will hand-paint your pet into a gorgeous 6" by 6" work of art. If you're looking for something bigger, her Etsy shop features other pet portrait options as well.

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Etsy creator Art by Ashfox will hand-embroider your pet or pets based on your photos. Art by Ashfox also sells embroidery kits for beginners.

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These ultra-realistic oil paintings by artist Chelsea Noyon would be an incredible gift for the family whose pet is truly their child.

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