Famous Quotes About Dogs

Updated on October 29, 2019
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Ben has a life-long fascination with animals. Whether they crawl, run, fly, swim or slither, his interest in them never ceases.

Since their domestication thousands of years ago, dogs have inspired many insightful sayings that still ring true today.
Since their domestication thousands of years ago, dogs have inspired many insightful sayings that still ring true today. | Source

Quotations Inspired by Our Canine Companions

Now don’t quote me on this, but I think dogs have so much to tell us. Our relationship with Canis familiaris is not a new phenomenon. In fact, dogs have been our trusted companions for thousands of years.

In more recent times, we have come to understand that canine-human relationships can have a significant impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. As the majority of dog-lovers know, pups can be a stable and enriching force within our families. Here are some quotes by authors, actors, politicians and other celebrities about our favourite four-legged friends.

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.

— Orhan Pamuk (author)
"My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet." —Edith Wharton
"My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet." —Edith Wharton | Source

About Puppies

Puppies do so much more than make us smile. Owning a dog contributes to our heart health, lowers our blood pressure and provides a calming influence on us during stressful events. Here are some of my favourite quotes about puppies.

  • "Buy a pup, and your money will buy love unflinching." —Rudyard Kipling
  • "My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet." —Edith Wharton
  • "It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more puppies." —Unknown

About What Dogs Think of Humans

A recent neuroimaging study of dogs concluded that dogs see us very much like family. To those of us who have dogs in our families, it's obvious that they rely on us for affection and protection. The following quotes explore what our canine companions think of their "masters."

  • "I’ve seen a look in my dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts." —John Steinbeck
  • "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
  • "Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." —Ann Landers
  • "My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog thinks I am." —Anonymous

"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
"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 | Source

About Dog Behaviour

Those of us who keep dogs are all too familiar with some of their more common behaviours—the chewing, the digging, the chasing and the seemingly endless energy. These quotes relate to people's observations of their dogs' behaviours.

  • "Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." —Sue Murphy
  • "Our dog chases people on a bike. We’ve had to take it off him." —Winston Churchill
  • "As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point." —Jean Ferris
  • "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

About Life Lessons From Dogs

When life turns into a busy frenzy, our four-legged friends provide lessons on the importance of living in the moment. Dogs live for the now with every breath of their being. They neither dwell on the past or worry unduly about the future. Every fibre of their being is focused on the here and now. These quotes are about what dogs teach us.

  • "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." —Roger Caras
  • "I am because my dog knows me." —Gertrude Stein
  • "Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not re-join the world until they are whole once more." —Agatha Christie
  • "Everything I know, I learned from dogs." —Nora Roberts
  • "The best therapist has fur and four legs." —Unknown
  • "A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance and to turn round three times before lying down." —Robert Benchley

"If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog." —Unknown
"If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog." —Unknown | Source

About Dogs and Politics

Numerous quotes compare politicians and dogs. Usually, these comparisons cast the dogs in a better light. Here are some examples.

  • "The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs." —Alphonse de Lamartine
  • "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." —Harry Truman
  • "I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons." —Will Rogers
  • "Hounds follow those who feed them." —Otto von Bismark
  • "There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money." —Benjamin Franklin

About Dogs and Religion

  • "You think dogs will not be in heaven? I have to tell you; they will there long before any of us." —Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s." —Mark Twain
  • "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went." —Will Rogers
  • "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

"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses." —Elizabeth Taylor
"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses." —Elizabeth Taylor | Source

About Dogs and Men

When a man is subject to comparison with a dog, the dog tends to come out on top. Here are some quotes about man and his best friend.

  • "Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses." —Elizabeth Taylor
  • "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs." —Charles De Gaulle
  • "Properly trained, a man can be a dog’s best friend." —Corey Ford
  • "When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem." —Edward Abbey

Miscellaneous Quotes About Dogs

  • "If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog." —Unknown
  • "I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." —Winston Churchill
  • "Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." —Franklin P. Jones
  • "Dogs awaken happiness." —Unknown
  • "Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." —Sidney Jeanne Seward
  • "Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong." —W. R. Purche
  • "The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." —Johnny Depp
  • "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
  • "If it wasn’t for dogs, some people would never go for a walk." —Emily Dickinson
  • "To a dog, the whole world is a smell." —Unknown
  • "The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backward so that he can breathe without letting go." —Winston Churchill
  • "If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around." —Will Rogers
  • "Scratch a dog, and you’ll find a permanent job." —Franklin P. Jones
  • "When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?" —Unknown
  • "The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails instead of their tongues." —Unknown

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

Dog Jokes

  • "Every day, the dog and I go for a tramp in the woods. And he loves it! Mind you - the tramp is getting a bit fed up!" —Jerry Dennis
  • "And now a word for dog lovers. Kinky." —Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden (I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, BBC Radio)
  • "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
  • "Every dog has his day—unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end." —June Carter Cash
  • "Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

ERIC: He’s a lovely dog—last Saturday he took first prize at the cat show.

ERNIE: How was that?

ERIC: He took the cat.

ERNIE: Didn’t you punish him?

ERIC: I should have done. Trouble is, I spoil him. It works, though. Most of the time, I’ve got him eating out of my leg. Last night he gave my leg quite a nasty bite.

ERNIE: Did you put anything on it?

ERIC: No, he liked it just as it was.

— Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise (The Morecambe and Wise Joke Book)

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        Louise Powles 

        2 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

        Oh I know what you mean. I do miss having a dog. But just lately I have been dog sitting for my brother when he goes on holiday. She's so adorable. She's a cocker-poodle, and so affectionate. I really miss her when she goes home lol.

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        Ben Reed 

        2 weeks ago from Redcar

        Most of the dogs I have owned have outsmarted me for sure. On those occasions we have lost our pet dog, we always say that we would never go through the traumatic loss again. But we have always changed our mind as the months pass by and we find that we miss the pitter patter of those paws around the home.

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        Louise Powles 

        2 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

        We really should give dogs more credit that they're due. They certainly are very bright. I had a dog for 15 yrs before losing him. I still miss him, but haven't got round to getting another dog yet. I really should!

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