Famous Dog Quotes for Dog Lovers

Dog quotes come in all shapes and sizes. Some will make you reflect while others have the power to make you laugh or even cry.

Some dog quotations can cheer you up when you are sad, while others will help you grieve the loss of your friend. But I feel, and I hope you will agree, that you don't really need an occasion to enjoy them.

You may have noticed that every page on this site has 1 dog quote. Now, I decided to put all of them in one place for easy, uninterrupted reading.

This collection of dog quotes is dedicated to all dog lovers and their four-legged friends.

Inspirational Dog Quotes

"A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk."
-- O.A. Battista

"A house is not a home until it has a dog."
-- Gerald Durrell

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
-- Roger Caras

"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 Caras

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
-- Unknown

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
-- Gilda Radner

"No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog."
-- Stanley Leinwoll

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
-- Louis Sabin

"So many get reformed through religion. I got reformed through my dogs."
-- Linda Basquette

"There is no faith which has never yet been broken except that of a truly faithful dog."
-- Konrad Lorenz

"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

Funny Dog Quotes

"I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl.
-- Penny Ward Moser

"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

"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
-- Rita Rudner

"If dogs could talk, perhaps we'd find it just as hard to get along with them as we do people."
-- Karel Capek

"They say the dog is man's best friend. I don't believe that. How many of your friends have you neutered?"
-- Larry Reeb

"When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem."
-- Edward Abbey

"A dog desires more affection than his dinner. - Well-almost"
-- Charlotte Gray

"Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative."
-- Mordecai Siegal

"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog."
-- Franklin Jones

"Cat's motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it."
-- Unknown

"Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other."
-- Robert Benchley

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives."
-- Sue Murphy

"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

"Dogs look up to you. Cats look down on you. Give me a pig. He just looks you in the eye and treats you like an equal."
-- Winston Churchill

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
-- Ann Landers

"Ever consider what they 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

"From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog."
-- Mabel Louise Robinson

"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves."
-- August Strindberg

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them."
-- Phil Pastoret

"Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant."
-- Unknown

And now, here is one of my all time favorite funny dog quotes!

"Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Speaking of favorite, here are some more of my favorite dog quotations...

Favorite Dog Quotes

"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

"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."
-- Alfred North Whitehead

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog."
-- Charles Doran

"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

"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 in their object-relations."
-- Sigmund Freud

"You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, "What's in it for me?"
-- Lewis Grizzard

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
-- Andrew A. Rooney

"I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons."
-- Will Rogers

"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

"If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around."
-- Will Rogers

"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 a man."
-- Mark Twain

"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either."
-- Unknown

"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?"
-- Eleanor H. Porter

"If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes."
-- Unknown

"No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has."
-- Will Rogers

"Killing the dog does not cure the bite."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"If you want to be liked, get a dog. The people you work with are not your friends."
-- Deborah Norville

"One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue."
-- Unknown

"With the exception of women, there is nothing on earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the dog."
-- Edward Jesse

"Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem."
-- Benjamin Hoff

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Puppy Quotes

"Happiness is a warm puppy."
-- Charles M.Schulz

"No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy."
-- Bern Williams

"No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy. "
-- Bern Williams

"Puppies are nature's remedy for feeling unloved, plus numerous other ailments of life."
-- Richard Allan Palm

"The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother -- and they'll settle for a puppy every time."
-- Winston Pendleton

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies."
-- Gene Hill

"Every puppy should have a boy."
-- Erma Bombeck

"People have been asking me if I was going to have kids, and I had puppies instead."
-- Kate Jackson

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
-- Ben Williams

More Great Dog Quotes

"You may have a dog that won't sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she's too stupid to learn how but because she's too smart to bother."
-- Rick Horowitz

"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane."
-- Smiley Blanton

"Politics are not my concern... they impressed me as a dog's life without a dog's decencies."
-- Rudyard Kipling

"Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to."
--Joe Gores

"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 Shaw

"The more I see of the representatives of the people the more I admire my dogs."
-- Alphonse de Lamartine

"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged a dog down to his."
-- James Thurber

"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog."
-- Harry S Truman

"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."
-- Alexander Pope

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
-- George Eliot

"Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart."
-- Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."
-- Robert Benchley

"A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself."
-- Josh Billings

"A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of."
-- Ogden Nash

"Aristocrats have heirs, the poor have children, and the rest keep dogs."
-- Spike Milligan

"Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads."
-- Harry S. Truman

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."
-- Max Eastman

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. "
-- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

"Golf seems to be an arduous way to go for a walk. I prefer to take the dogs out. "
-- Princess Anne

"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
-- Mark Twain

"I myself have known some profoundly thoughtful dogs."
-- James Thurber

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
-- Dereke Bruce

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."
-- Edward Hoagland

"The dog is a yes-animal, very popular with people who can't afford to keep a yes-man."
-- Robertson Davies

"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

"Most dogs don't think that they are human; they know they are."
-- Jane Swan

"The nose of a bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go."
-- Winston Churchill

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
-- Will Rogers

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
-- Christopher Morley

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

"Man is a dog's idea of what God should be."
-- Holbrook Jackson

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets."
-- Nora Ephron

"The greatest 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

"One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him."
-- Chinese Proverb

"To err is human, to forgive, canine."
-- Unknown

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well."
-- Bonnie Wilcox

"There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog and ready money."
-- Ben Franklin

"When you leave them in the morning, they stick their nose in the door crack and stand there like a portrait until you turn the key eight hours later."
-- Erma Bombeck

"The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much."
-- Thornton Wilder

"The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic."
-- Henry Ward Beecher

"Pet a dog where he can't scratch and he'll always be your friend."
-- Orville Mars

"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise"
-- Unknown

"They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell."
-- Emily Dickenson

"My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I "should" be doing."
-- Lonzo Idolswine

"The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?"
-- Sir Walter Scott

"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

"The best thing about a man is his dog."
-- French Proverb

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why."
-- Unknown

"The dog is mentioned in the Bible eighteen times -- the cat not even once."
-- W. E. Farbstein

"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job."
-- Franklin P. Jones

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails instead of their tongues."
-- Unknown

"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail."
-- Unknown

"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!"

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. "
-- Aldous Huxley

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