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Dog Quotes – Top 150 Quotes About Dogs You Will Find Online

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From “Every dog must have his day” by Jonathan Swift to “A house is not a home until it has a dog” by Gerald Durrell; this list of dog quotes is one of the most extensive online.

  • No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself.” – Dean Koontz
  • “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” – Louis Sabin
  • “Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!” – Anne Tyler
  • “We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.” – Maurice Maeterlinck
  • “A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” – John Grogan
  • “No matter how you’re feeling, a little dog gonna love you.” – Waka Flocka Flame
  • “Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” – Quentin Tarantino
  • “There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain
  • “When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins
  • “My favorite type of pet has always been a dog. They’re loyal, kind, and offer endless affection. My friend Eric says, ‘The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.’ Funny thought.” – Brendon Urie
  • “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley
  • “Love – that which biologists, nervous about being misunderstood, call ‘attachment ‘- fuels the bond between dog and master or mistress.” – John Bradshaw
  • “The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” – Robert Falcon Scott
  • “I’m a lot less cranky when it’s just me and my dog.” – Bob Peterson
  • “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner
  • “Dogs are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they make no criticisms.” – George Elliot
  • “I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” – Rita Rudner
  • “To err is human—to forgive, canine.” – Unknown
  • “Life is a series of dogs.” – George Carlin
  • “Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk
  • “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – C.J. Frick
  • “Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift
  • “The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.” – James Thurber
  • “A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.” – Robert Benchley
  • “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger A. Caras
  • “Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones
  • “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain
  • “My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton
  • “They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” – Jerome K. Jerome
  • “Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts
  • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Rodger A. Caras
  • “There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog” – Konrad Lorenz
  • “Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz
  • “After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.” – Robert McCammon
  • “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” – Thom Jones
  • “I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day
  • “My dog is half pit-bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip.” – Craig Shoemaker
  • “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.” – Emma Kenney
  • “I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason.” – Jarod Kintz
  • “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London
  • “When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.” – Moby
  • “Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just new colors but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment.” – Caroline Knapp
  • “The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” – Johnny Depp
  • “It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” – John Grogan
  • “Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz
  • “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles De Gaulle
  • “What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job.” – George Carlin
  • “I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
  • “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.” – Milan Kundera
  • “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain
  • “To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley
  • “I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross, and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” – Mark Haddon
  • “The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz
  • “Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul.” – Paul Shaffer
  • “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” – Dean Kootz
  • “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley
  • “You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron
  • “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron
  • “The face of a golden retriever feels like home.” – David Rosenfelt
  • “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams
  • “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” – Dean Koontz
  • “A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” – Robert Benchley
  • “My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.” – Joe Weinstein
  • “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” – Charles M Schulz
  • “When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.” – Edward Abbey
  • “Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.” – June Carter Cash
  • “The capacity for love that makes dogs such rewarding companions has a flip-side: They find it difficult to cope without us. Since we humans programmed this vulnerability, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our dogs do not suffer as a result.” – John Bradshaw
  • “Once when I had remarked on the affection quote often found between cat and dog, my friend replied, ‘Yes. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” – Samuel Butler
  • “A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.” – Barack Obama
  • “I asked this heroic pet lover how it felt to have died for a Schnauzer named Teddy. Salvador Biagiani was philosophical. He said it sure beat dying for absolutely nothing in the Vietnam War.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Actually, my dog I think is the only person who consistently loves me all the time.” – H. G. Bissinger
  • “Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” – Dave Barry
  • “My main characters are the most sunny, happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn’t be happier that’s where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog’s world as I like, but the dog doesn’t care.
  • “A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.” – Helen Thomson
  • “The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq
  • “A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog’s eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, ‘What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do anything for you.’ Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don’t have sheep [I never have] is another matter. The dog is willing.” – Roy Blount Jr.
  • “It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan
  • “The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods” – Christopher Hitchens
  • “Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor
  • “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry S Truman
  • “Watching a dog try to chew a large piece of toffee is a pastime fit for gods. Mr. Fusspot’s mixed ancestry had given him a dexterity of jaw that was truly awesome. He somersaulted happily around the floor, making faces like a rubber gargoyle in a washing machine.” – Terry Pratchett
  • “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” – Harry Truman
  • “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
  • The best therapist has fur and four legs – Unknown
  • “I sometimes look into the face of my dog Stan and see a wistful sadness and existential angst, when all he is actually doing is slowly scanning the ceiling for flies.” – Merrill Markoe
  • “There are times when even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog — waiting to see where the dog wants to go so he can take him there.” – Lee Lacocca
  • “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there may not necessarily be anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger Caras
  • “Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine?” – Gabriel Zevin
  • “If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.” – Charles Yu
  • “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” – James Thurber
  • “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson
  • “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” – Cesar Millan
  • “Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.” – Gene Hill
  • “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton
  • “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.” – Author Unknown
  • “Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” – W.R. Purche
  • “There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” – Dick Dale
  • “But humans drive the cars and decide when dogs eat and where dogs live and clearly this was something else in their power – they could find their dogs when they needed them.” – W. Bruce Cameron
  • “Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.”—Roger A. Caras
  • “A dog can’t think that much about what he’s doing, he just does what feels right.” – Barbara Kingsolver
  • “Dogs never bite me. Just Humans” – Marilyn Monroe
  • “A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” – Robert Wagner
  • “Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
  • “Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.” – Agatha Cristie
  • “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain
  • “A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” – John Grogan
  • “As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point.” – Jean Ferris
  • “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
  • “Dog is God spelled backward.” – Duane Chapman
  • “The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.” – Lord Byron
  • “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras
  • “A house is not a home until it has a dog.” – Gerald Durrell
  • “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers
  • “Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” – Caroline Knapp
  • “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman
  • “You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.” – Captain Beefheart
  • “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” – John Grogan
  • “Hounds follow those who feed them.” – Otto von Bismarck
  • “If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” – Phil Pastoret
  • “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.” – Sigmund Freud
  • “When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.” – Rudyard Kipling
  • “Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” – Douglas Mallock
  • “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings
  • “You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” – Jill Abramson
  • “The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.” – Patrick Demarchelier
  • “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones
  • “If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.” – George Bernard
  • “A hungry dog hunts best.” – Lee Trevino
  • “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston Churchill
  • “The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren

Quotes about Dog Loss

  • “Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us, and make our lives a little brighter, and they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow.” – Dan Gemeinhart
  • “Dogs leave pawprints on our hearts.” – Author Unknown
  • “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” – James Thurber
  • “If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.” – Marjorie Garber
  • “When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.” – Bruce Cameron
  • “When you adopt a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.” – W. Bruce Cameron
  • “Dogs’ lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price.” – Dean Koontz
  • “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull
  • “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers
  • “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
  • “To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.” – Hermione Gingold
  • “I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” – Alyson Noel

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