100 of the Best Dog Quotes (2023)

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Dogs have always been such an important part of my life, and to help honor the love and joy they bring I thought it would be a nice idea to put together a list of great dog quotes.

All of these quotes about dogs hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. From the funny to the inspirational, here’s 100 of the best dog quotes.

And if you’re looking for even more dog quotes be sure to check our list of 30 funny dog quotes, 25 heartwarming dog quotes & 30 powerful quotes about losing a pet.

100 of the Best Dog Quotes

“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

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

“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

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle

“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

“To err is human — to forgive, canine.” – Author Unknown

“The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz

“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

“If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people.” – Capek

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” -Kinky Friedman

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

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“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 are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.” -John Grogan

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin

“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

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” – Edward Hoagland

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton

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“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”- Orhan Pamuk

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” – Alexander Pope

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” – Thom Jones

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley

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“Dogs teach us a very important lesson in life: The mail man is not to be trusted” – Sian Ford

“A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well – almost.” – Charlotte Gray

“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

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. The give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry Truman

“Dogs come into out 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

“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

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not better for it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” – Marilyn Monroe

“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job!” – George Carlin

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck

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“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not mans.” – Mark Twain

“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.” – Fran Lebowitz

“I’m a lot less cranky when it’s just me and my dog.” – Bob Peterson

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” – Albert Einstein

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” – W.R. Purche

“My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.” – Anne Lamott

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“The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.” – Lord Byron

“When an 85 pound mammal licks your tears away, and then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins

“I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs.” – Barbara Woodhouse

“It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass.” – Rodney Dangerfield

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

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“Intelligent dogs rarely want to please people whom they do not respect.” – W.R. Koehler

“Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives.” – Sue Murphy

“Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.” – Dorothy Hinshaw

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight Eisenhower

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Turnbull

“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren

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

“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.” – Roger A. Caras

“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

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it watching for us to come home each day.” – John Grogan

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“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.” – Barack Obama

“The dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down.” – Gordon Korman

“Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Astor together could have raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog.” – Ernest Thompson Seton

“Reason number 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers.” – Jodi Picoult

“Hounds follow those who feed them.” – Otto von Bismarck

“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

“My cats inspire me daily. They inspire me to get a dog!” – Greg Curtis

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“Life is a series of dogs.” – George Carlin

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

“Dogs have more love than integrity. They’ve been true to us, yes, but they haven’t been true to themselves.” – Clarence Day

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” – Dean Koontz

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“I don’t think twice about picking up my dog’s poop, but if another dog’s poop is next to it, I think, ‘Eww, dog poop!” – Jonah Goldberg

“Dogs are how people would be if the important stuff is all that mattered to us.” – Ashly Lorenzana

“Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.” – June Carter Cash

“Dogs leave pawprints on our hearts” – Author Unknown

“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 Christie

“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

“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

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin Jones

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment to animals.” – Immanuel Kant

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“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

“Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?” – Saint Basil

“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

“A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart” – Judy Desmond

“The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind” – Theodorus Gaza

“The old saw about old dogs and new tricks only applies to certain people.” – Daniel Pinkwater

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

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“No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.” – Stanley Leinwall

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” – Rita Rudner

“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 Caras

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” – Robert Wagner

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“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” – Edward Hoagland

“I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn’t excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother.” – Bonnie Schacter

“The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Schulz

“My tragedy is that all I want is a dog, and yet I have been cursed with cats all my life.” – Michael Sheen

“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 pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. It is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” – Mark Twain

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.” – George Graham

“The dog has got more fun out of man than man has got out of the dog, for man is the more laughable of the two animals.” – James Thurber

“There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego.” – Janet Schnellman

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What’s Your Favorite Dog Quote?

What are some of your favorite dog quotes? Let me know in the comments below. I’m partial to “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail,” but then again if you ask me that question tomorrow I’ll probably point out another favorite. That’s what I love most about great quotes; there’s one that’s right for any mood.

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What is a good caption for a dog? ›

Cute Dog Captions

Dogs are my favorite people. I will always woof you. My best friend has a fur and a tail. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

What dog is cute quotes? ›

Cute Dog Quotes
  • “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – ...
  • “Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. ...
  • “No matter how you're feeling, a little dog gonna love you.” – ...
  • “There's a saying. ...
  • “When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are.
30 Jun 2020

What is a dog unconditional love? ›

Unconditional love means that your dog's love for you is not based on how you behave. Dogs do seem to give us a bit of leeway in our behavior, but our dogs do respond to us based on how we treat them and if someone is consistently unkind to their dog, the dog will usually cease to act loving towards that person.

What are some powerful captions? ›

Inspirational Quotes About Life
  • Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about. - ...
  • Life is a long lesson in humility. - ...
  • In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. - ...
  • Love the life you live. ...
  • Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -
2 Nov 2022

What to say to praise a dog? ›

A simple “nice work” or “good decision!” and a pat and smile will help your dog understand that you appreciate what he's done. Of course, if your dog does something amazing, like coming back to you instead of chasing after a rabbit in your yard, amp up the praise so he knows he's done something outstanding.

What is a good image caption? ›

They should be complete sentences that present the who, what, where, when and (sometimes) why without necessarily stating the obvious (i.e., he sits, she waves, they clap). Captions give photos context, telling viewers what's going on in a photo so they don't have to guess or jump to conclusions.

What can I write about Dogs? ›

A dog has sharp teeth so that it can eat flesh very easily, it has four legs, two ears, two eyes, a tail, a mouth, and a nose. It is a very clever animal and is very useful in catching thieves. It runs very fast, barks loudly and attacks the strangers. A dog saves the life of the master from danger.

What is a lover of Dogs called? ›

🐶 Dog lovers on the other hand are called Cynophiles or dogophiles!

Why do I love my dog quotes? ›

I Love My Dog Quotes
  • "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." – Josh Billings, humorist and lecturer.
  • "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, author of Marley & Me.
10 Sept 2020

Why are dog the best? ›

Dogs make us feel less alone.

Dogs can be there for you even when people can't. They offer unconditional love, emotional support, and constant cuddles that help stave off social isolation. A small Australian study discovered that dog ownership reduces loneliness.

Why are dogs so special? ›

There are many reasons why dogs are known as man's best friend. They entertain us with their antics, greet us with an exuberant wag of the tail every day (no matter how many times you leave and come back), and offer endless photo ops to fill our social feeds.

Do dogs truly love you? ›

Science proves that part of the canine brain is associated with positive emotions and they do, indeed, feel love for their human companions.

Can dogs tell you love them? ›

Yes, your dog knows how much you love him! Dogs and humans have a very special relationship, where dogs have hijacked the human oxytocin bonding pathway normally reserved for our babies. When you stare at your dog, both your oxytocin levels go up, the same as when you pet them and play with them.

What makes a dog so loyal? ›

Why Dogs Are So Loyal. Dogs are naturally loving and affectionate. Their pack animal nature makes it easy for dogs to develop strong bonds with those they perceive as members of their pack.

What is pet love? ›

February 15, 2019. The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their animals, influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What is pet Smart slogan? ›

We love pets and we believe pets make us better people.

Why your pet is special? ›

They Give You Unconditional Love

Animals do not ask for much in life, and most just need a warm, safe and sheltered place to live, as well as adequate food, water and exercise. In return they will give you unconditional love, loyalty and companionship.

What do dogs dream about? ›

What Do Dogs Dream About? While no one knows for sure what your dog dreams about, researchers think they likely dream about dog things like chasing squirrels, running after rabbits, and playing fetch with you. But while dogs dream happy dreams about fun activities, they can also have bad dreams or nightmares.

What are some 3 word quotes? ›

110 Memorable Three-Word Quotes That Are Short And Sweet
  • “I'll be there.”
  • “I love you.”
  • “Maybe you're right.”
  • “I trust you.”
  • “Go for it.”
  • “Got your back.”
  • “How are you?”
  • “I want you.”
21 Mar 2022

What is a cute way to say dog? ›

Doggo. Every dog is a doggo. There's no rhyme or reason behind it, it's just a cuter way of saying dog. You can even apply it to animals that aren't dogs—for example, water doggos are seals.

What words make a dog happy? ›

It's no surprise that 'walkies' scooped the top spot, with a dog's heart rate increasing by a whopping 36% every time they hear the phrase. Other words that make our four-legged friends the happiest include 'treat', 'get it', 'fetch' and 'get your toy'.

Why are you grateful for your dog? ›

They know when you need them and you never have to ask. They remind us to never give up and show us how to move on and let go. They never fail to make you smile even when you don't think you can. They make the best sidekicks.

What are clever captions? ›

Clever Instagram Captions
  • Patience — what you have when there are too many witnesses.
  • Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's the Clarendon filter.
  • "Life is short." ...
  • Happy Sunday! ...
  • Rejection is just redirection.
  • Better an "oops" than a "what if."
  • Anyone looking for a heart?
6 Oct 2022

Why do I love dogs? ›

Dogs are kind, loving, and compassionate – they forgive everything and never hold a grudge. No matter what a dog is doing, they are always present in the moment. If you watch your dog throughout the day you'll find that your dog is a better person than most humans.

What is the favorite thing about dogs? ›

Dogs find the greatest joy in even the simplest of things, like a ride in the car. Dogs are the best because, unlike people (and most cats), they love you unconditionally. They know how to take awesome selfies. Dogs will inspire you to stop and sniff the flowers.

Why are dogs so happy? ›

For a dog, its reunion with one or more members of the pack is a time of joy because, by its very nature, it likes to relate and share space. Even our actions – greetings, hugs and whispered words – help make our dogs happy.

What is a dog's purpose quote? ›

My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy.” “This is what happened to dogs who tried to live in the world without people—they became beaten down, defeated, starved.”

What is a heart dog? ›

We have all heard the term “heart dog.” A heart dog is your soulmate – your soul's true counterpart and forever a part of your emotional existence. You evolve with each other and shape who you are and who you become. I have deeply loved each of the many dogs I have shared my life with.

Why dog is a hero? ›

In real life, dogs have been to known to rescue humans under extraordinary circumstances; provide warnings of danger; soothe and comfort; and perform challenging, heroic tasks. Setting aside our tendency to anthropomorphize our dogs, some experts believe that dogs can exhibit true bravery.

Do dogs make you happier? ›

Studies have shown that even small interactions with dogs cause the human brain to produce oxytocin, a hormone often referred to as the “cuddle chemical.” Oxytocin increases feelings of relaxation, trust, and empathy while reducing stress and anxiety.

What is the saying about a dog's life? ›

The phrase, “It's a Dog's Life”, was first penned in the 16th century. It was meant to insinuate, that if said about your life, you must live an unfair, unpleasant existence, like that of a working or hunting dog with little appreciation or compensation.

Why the dog is faithful? ›

There is a scientific basis for this: domestic dogs are descended from wolves, which man once took in and tamed with shelter and food in return for them acting as guard dogs. This reciprocal relationship remains in your dog's genes and their loyalty is a by-product of it.

What is the message of Heart of a Dog? ›

In Heart of a Dog, Bulgakov satirizes the communist revolution in the Soviet Union and the concept of a New Soviet man, and criticizes the science and practice of eugenics.

Can dogs tell we love them? ›

Brian Hare, a canine cognition specialist, our dogs do know we love them. Dogs and humans have the ability to form a special neural connection. This connection is the same human oxytocin bonding pathway used by parents and babies.

Do dogs feel love? ›

Dogs are comfortable showing love when they feel loved themselves. When you see affectionate behaviors coming from pups, it's an indicator that they feel safe and loved by their owners and are willing to show that same love back. Some behaviors are clear indicators of puppy love. Dr.

What is special about a dog? ›

Their sense of smell is at least 40x better than ours

The area of cells in the brain that detect different smells is around 40 times larger in dogs than humans. This means that your dog can pick up on way more smells than we ever could. This is why dogs are often used to sniff out people, drugs and even money!

What is a lover of dogs called? ›

🐶 Dog lovers on the other hand are called Cynophiles or dogophiles!

Why is dog a favorite pet? ›

Dogs can be there for you even when people can't. They offer unconditional love, emotional support, and constant cuddles that help stave off social isolation. A small Australian study discovered that dog ownership reduces loneliness.

What are 3 good things about dogs? ›

Pet owners can enjoy the following:
  • Dogs help you stay active. ...
  • Dogs can help reduce risk of heart attack and heart disease. ...
  • Dogs can help reduce triglyceride levels. ...
  • Dogs can help reduce cholesterol levels. ...
  • Dogs can help lower blood pressure levels naturally. ...
  • Dogs can help lower stress levels. ...
  • Dogs can help fight loneliness.

What is the Favourite of dog? ›

The American Kennel Club has used registration data to compile the list of 2021's most popular breeds. As always, the Labrador Retriever tops the list — this time for the 31st year!

How do I write a story about my dog? ›

Researching writing about pets. Develop your pet's character. Decide on the theme. Read books about pets to learn.
#3 – Developing your pet's character
  1. Detail their background.
  2. Note their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Observe unique habits or traits.
  4. Create a character arc for them.


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