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Dog Quotes - Wonderful Sayings About Man's Best Friend

Updated on September 27, 2017

62 Wonderful Quotes About Canines

If you have any friends that own dogs, then you need to always have some good dog quotes lying around the house (or at least bookmarked on the Internet). Why is this, you ask? The reason is quite simple: so you can always end any letter or greeting card with one when sending correspondence to other dog lovers. Of course, the same can be said for any kind of pet, but I happen to know a lot of people who own canines. I've even begin to notice that other people have been doing the same thing when sending me cards. A good hand-written quote does add something extra to a card, so why not try it? They will appreciate the gesture.

I've tried really hard to list the sayings that help describe how dog owners feel about their canines. While the majority of them are some of my favorites, I believe that there is something for everyone. I really hope you enjoy the lens and the pictures.

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A Few of My Favorite Quotes About Dogs

Warning: Funny dog quotes sprinkled in on a regular basis.

1-The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's. ~Polish Proverb

2-I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying. ~George Bird Evans

3-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

4-A good dog deserves a good bone. ~U.S. Proverb

5-Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford

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

7-Even a mean dog will wag its tail every once in a while. ~Unknown

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

9-Happiness is a warm puppy. ~Charles M. Schulz

10-A Pekingese is not a pet dog; he is an undersized lion. ~A.A. Milne

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

12-There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog and ready money. ~Benjamin Franklin

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

14-The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's. ~Mark Twain

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


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Dog Quotes Should Always Be Included When Sending A Greeting Card To A Dog Lover

Wise dog sayings to help you appreciate your most devoted pet.

16-My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Unknown

17-When choosing a dog, you should always take into account how large its bowel movements are. You'll have to pick it up and a Shih-Tzu produces a lot less sh*t than a Great Dane, let me tell you. ~Mark Morrow

18-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

19-I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for everyday. ~George Bernard Shaw

20-If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one. ~Andy Rooney

21-When a dog runs at you, whistle for him. ~Henry David Thoreau

22-A cat, after being scolded, goes about its business. A dog slinks off into a corner and pretends to be doing a serious self-reappraisal. ~Robert Brault

23-The more one gets to know of men, the more one values dogs. ~Alphonse Toussenel

24-He has every attribute of a dog except loyalty. ~Senator Thomas P. Gore

25-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

26-I spilled spot remover on my dog. He's gone now. ~Steven Wright

27-I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. ~Rita Rudner

28-Cowardly dogs bark loudest. ~John Webster

29-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

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


More Good Sayings About Dogs

Of all the pets, the dog is perhaps the most loyal.

31-Let sleeping dogs lie. ~Charles Dickens

32-I named my dog "Stay" so I can say "Come here, Stay. Come here, Stay." ~Steven Wright

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

34-The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread. ~Portuguese Proverb

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

36-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

37-The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. ~Margo Kaufman

38-I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who have not got the guts to bite people themselves. ~August Strindberg

39-I believe that I was a dog in a past life. That's the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow. ~Dean Koontz

40-The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. ~Unknown

41-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

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

43-Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage. ~Agnes Replier

44-The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic. ~Henry Ward

45-If you think you aren't afraid of dogs, try staring down a Chihuahua protecting its owner. ~Y. Hammer


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Dog Quotes And Sayings That Span The Range Of Human Emotion

Because every canine owner I've ever know has spouted about dog quotations.

46-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

47-If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people. ~Capek

48-Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs. ~Martha Scott

49-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

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

51-Every dog must have his day. ~Jonathan Swift

52-I have always thought of a dog lover as a dog that was in love with another dog. ~James Thurbert

53-There is no better alarm clock than having a dog lick you in the face to go out for a walk. ~YellowHammer

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

55-Our dog chases people on a bike. We've had to take it off him. ~Winston Churchill

56-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

57-A dog at play has the mind of a wise martial arts master; a mind capable of perfect focus. ~Author Unknown

58-A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner:

"Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time."

When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, "The one I feed the most." ~George Bernard Shaw

59-Choosing a dog over a cat is like choosing a "yes man" over someone who will tell you what you need to know. ~My Niece

60-All you have to do to see if you’re worthy to own a dog is to look into one’s eyes. They’ll let you know. ~YellowHammer

Dog Displays Courage And Compassion

The Best Quotes About Dogs Focus On The Dog's Themselves - And Sometimes The Owners

Pet sayings that will make dog owners shake their heads in agreement.

61-You always sympathize with the underdog, except when the other dog is yours. ~Unknown

62-A dog has ways of getting revenge. ~Mark Morrow


Photo by Scott King / gryht on flickr.

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    • BeagleSmile profile image


      6 years ago

      I like that quote "Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." because if that were true, pretty much everyone with a dog would be "wonderful" lol

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      6 years ago

      dogs make the world go rode

    • BowWowBear profile image


      6 years ago

      A very fun lens to read. If I corresponded more,I would definitely be using some of these quotes as part of my sign off. Thanks much for sharing!

    • IamShea profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, what a lot of great dog quotes! I've had many dogs over the years and I assume I will have more.

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      7 years ago

      You know you have a smart dog when he pulls out HIS carpet, located at the bottom of the toy box. (Alpharetta's observation.)

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      7 years ago

      Great quotes for dog lovers here. Well done

    • click2CYtoday profile image


      7 years ago

      You've got some great quotes here and I love the pictures too!

    • thegrowlinggour profile image


      7 years ago

      I love my girls.. Great Lens! Big Squid-like!!

    • ragtimelil profile image


      7 years ago

      I think you just about got them all, or did you get the one about, "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Not sure if that was Mark Twain.

      Love reading the quotes!

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      7 years ago

      God has brought some great friends into my life and most have been dogs. Susan Reinhardt-Pozzo

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      7 years ago

      Cats rule, dogs drool.

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      7 years ago

      Dogs are one of the greatest pets someone can own. I used to have a black lab that followed me and my brother back and forth from the school bus to keep us safe. She did so until she passed away. Dogs can be true friends. It's really amazing.

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      7 years ago

      I love going shopping to the pet store with my dog. We can sometimes spend hours in some of the bigger places like Pet Smart. I always seem to come out spending more money than I had planned. Dogs are just like kids. Just like them.

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Dogs sure do train easier than cats. That's for sure.

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      7 years ago

      One of my favorite sayings about dogs is below. I don't know who said it.

      Training a dog takes a willing owner and a willing dog; training a cat takes a willing cat.

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      7 years ago

      i love this lens dogs are the purest of creatures

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      7 years ago

      I loved reading the dog quotes, funny ... but how true!

    • AlphaChic profile image


      7 years ago

      I love your dog quotes and posters. They make me smile.

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      8 years ago

      Here's one of my all time favorite quotes on dogs by Erma Bombeck.

      "Every puppy should have a boy."


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