A Guide to Portrait Sizes

Extra Small – 8″ x 6″ / 15 x 10 cm

As a general guide a 8″ x 6″ size is suitable for a single pet’s head and shoulder portrait:

Ruby’s 8″ x 6″ portrait suited her perfectly


To fit Sasha’s entire body into this size would have been impossible, but 8″ x 6″ works really well for just her head.


Small – 10″ x 8″ / 25 x 20 cm

A 10″ x 8″ gives a portrait with much more detail or a horse or larger pet’s head and shoulders. It is also large enough to show up to two small pets:

The 10″ x 8″ allows for much more detail than 8″ x 6″ portraits, especially for larger pets such as Hungarian Vizslas.


These two friends fit perfectly into a 10″ x 8″.


Medium – 12″ x 10″ / 30 x 25 cm

A 12″ x 10″ gives lots of detail for one pet, can fit a full body portrait and allows enough space for two or maybe three pets.

A lot of detail can be captured with a 12″ x 10″ size.


A full bodied portrait in general looks best in at least a 12″ x 10″ size.


There is lots of room to add a background with a 12″ x 10″.


Large – 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30 cm

This size allows for a lot of detail, even on full bodied and multiple pet portraits.

The 16″ x 12″ size allowed enough space to add detail to each of these three gorgeous Vizslas.


Horses take up a lot more space than smaller pets, and at least a 10″ x 8″ size is required to do them justice. This 16″ x 12″ gave ample space for a detailed portrait.


This is generally the minimum size required for a detailed background.


My standard sizes also include A2 (23″ x 17″) and A1 (33″ x 23″) which increase the detail and the amount of pets that can be depicted. Custom dimensions are available by request.


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