24 Original Dog Quotes You'll Love

I love my dog.

Famous dog quotes from people around the world and through history reflect the amazing relationships they had with their dogs. Many writers have expressed their feelings for these soulful hounds. Some of this literature is poignant. Some of it is downright funny. Other dog quotes compare man and dog, with man as the lesser of the two. Use these quotes as anecdotes at parties, ice breakers for speeches or one liners for cards. Feel free to add quotes!

Writers Write About Dogs

  • "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras
  • "The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." - Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899
  • "Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart." - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dogs: The Wolf Within
  • "My little dog---a heartbeat at my feet." - Edith Wharton
  • "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
  • "Every dog must have his day." - Jonathan Swift
  • "When the Man waked up he said, 'What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog anymore, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'" - Rudyard Kipling
  • "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
  • "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." - Gene Hill
  • "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
  • "Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." - Franklin P Jones

Dog Quotes From Writer and Philosophers

  • "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams
  • "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the difference between dog and man." - Mark Twain
  • "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
  • "When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem." - Edward Abbey
  • "Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement." - Snoopy

Quotes From Famous People

  • "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
  • "Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend, and inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." - Andrew A. Rooney

And Dog Quotes From Anonymous Folks

  • "The more people I meet the more I like my dog." - Unknown
  • "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
  • "If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!" - ASPCA
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24 Original Dog Quotes You'll Love