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Best Dog Quotes and Sayings

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JJ has been writing helpful and fun articles online and in print for over 18 years. She enjoys sharing tips and ideas.


Quotations and Scrapbook Sayings about Puppies and Dogs

Great quotes, sayings, loving words about dogs and puppies for making cards, gifts, arts & crafts, memory books, scrapbook pages or announcing the adoption of a new puppy. We love our dogs and many people love scrapbooking about their loving pets.

Sayings, loving words, and quotations are inspiring, and add so much to special projects. Or how about tweeting a fun quote to other dog fans on twitter? Everyone loves interesting and thoughtful sayings.


"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."

— Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter


Funny Dog Quotations and Wording

Funny Quotes about Dogs to Read, Use in Scrapbooking, With Crafts, and in Cards and Letters

"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

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

"Amount of time it takes for a dog to "do its business" is directly proportional to outside temperature + suitability of owner's outerwear." - Betsy Cañas Garmon

"Dogs are getting bigger, according to a leading dog manufacturer." - Leo Rosten

"Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when you're coming home his face might burn up." - 'DEEP THOUGHTS' by Jack Handy

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

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

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

"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater... suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money." - Joe Weinstein

"Maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. A dog will treat you better than anyone you'll meet at happy hour. Trust me. I've been to happy hour."

"In dog years I'm dead." - Unknown

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"DOG, n. A subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship . . . . [H]is master works for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition." - Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.

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

— Harry S Truman, U.S. President

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Border Collie Mix Photo ©Janienne Jennrich

Border Collie Mix Photo ©Janienne Jennrich

Interesting Dog Quotes by Famous People

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

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

"By what right has the dog come to be regarded as a "noble" animal? The more brutal and cruel and unjust you are to him the more your fawning and adoring slave he becomes; whereas, if you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward- you will never get her full confidence again." - Mark Twain

"Every dog must have his day." - Jonathan Swift

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

"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog." - Mark Twain

"A hungry dog hunts best." - Lee Trevino, US golfer

"A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas." - H L Mencken, Quoted by Geoffrey H Hartman Easy Pieces Columbia University 85

"A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can't get it by breeding for it, and you can't buy it with money. It just happens along." - E B White, The Care and Training of a Dog

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

"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet." - Edith Wharton

"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." - George Eliot

"I like a bit of a mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; it's best for every day." - George Bernard Shaw

"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

Quotes about Barking & Dogs

"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!" - David Starr Jordan

"A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion." - Washington Irving

"A barking dog never bites."

"Barking dogs don't bite people they don't know." - Unknown

"An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him." - Danish Proverb

"If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end." - Saudi Arabian Proverb

"Do not respond to a barking dog." - Moroccan Jewish saying


Quotes about Dog Breeds

"Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on." - Colette

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

"I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas." - "DEEP THOUGHTS" by Jack Handy

"My dog is half pit bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip!" - Craig Shoemaker

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

"Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart." - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dogs: The Wolf Within

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

— Gilda Radner

Memorial Quote for a Dog

Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices.

This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of Boatswain, a Dog.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron,

"Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog"


Quotes about Dogs and Cats

"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, Taipei, Taiwan

"In my day, we didn't have dogs or cats. All I had was Silver Beauty, my beloved paper clip." - Jennifer Hart, Arlington

"Every dog has his day-but the nights are reserved for the cats." - Unknown

"A cat sees us as the dogs...A cat sees himself as the human." - Unknown

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

Ponderable 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

"Breed not a savage dog, nor permit a loose stairway." - Talmud

"Every dog is allowed one bite." - US Proverb

"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs." - John Osborne, Time 31 Oct 77

"Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs." - George Chapman

"Children aren't dogs; adults aren't gods." - Haitian Proverb

"Beware of a silent dog and still water." - Latin Proverb

"A reasonable amount of fleas is good for a dog; it keeps him from brooding over being a dog." - E N Westcott

"In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man." - Maurice Maeterlinck 'Our Friend, The Dog'

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

"Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this - one dog does not change a bone with another." - Adam Smith

"A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue." - Unknown

"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie!'... till you can find a rock." - Unknown

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More Dog Quotations

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

Dogs are miracles with paws. ~Attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

"A dog is a dog except when he is facing you. Then he is Mr. Dog." - Haitian Farmer

"A dog is not almost-human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such." - John Holmes

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

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

"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one"

"Every boy who has a dog should also have a mother, so the dog can be fed regularly"

"First you learn a new language, profanity; and second you learn not to discipline your dogs when you're mad, and that's most of the time when you're training dogs." - Lou Schultz, trainer of Alaskan Huskies

"Dogs are better than children. Even my friends with children say that. As a dog friend of mine likes to say, children are for people who can't have dogs."

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

"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

"If you wish the dog to follow you, feed him." - Unknown

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

"In a dog-eat-dog world, it is the dogmatic domain of dog lovers to offer dogdom a dog's chance to rise above the dog days for a doggone good time." - AKC Gazette August 1991

"In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog."

"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

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

"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

"My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my dog thinks I am." - Toby & Eileen Green

"I like dogs better [than people]. They give you unconditional love. They either lick your face or bite you, but you always know where they're coming from. With people, you never know which ones will bite. The difference between dogs and men is that you know where dogs sleep at night." - Greg Louganis

"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, Founder of the Single Pet Owner's Society Singles Group

"I put contact lenses in my dog's eyes. They had little pictures of cats on them. Then I took one out and he ran around in circles." - Steven Wright

"A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all, a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all, the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him, the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing." - Thomas Nashe

"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog." - Kafka

"America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags it's tail it knocks over a chair." - Arnold Toynbee

"Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat." - Rule 46, Oxford Union Society, London

"A dog wags its tail with its heart" - Martin Buxbaum

"A dog will quickly turn you into a fool, but who cares? Better your dog than your boss. I'm a fool for my dog and proud of it."

"A dog, I will maintain, is a very tolerable judge of beauty, as appears from the fact that any liberally educated dog does, in a general way, prefer a woman to a man." - Frances Thompson New York Times Magazine May 14, 1967

"A good dog deserves a good bone." - US Proverb

"A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel." - Portuguese Proverb

"A piece of grass a day keeps the vet away" - Unknown Dog

© 2009 JJNW

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