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52 Quotes About Dogs that All Dog Lovers Need to Know

Here at Rover, it’s no secret: we’re kinda, sorta, a little bit obsessed with dogs. But hey—can you blame us? Dogs are loyal, loving, hilarious, and endlessly forgiving creatures who have a knack for warming our hearts, even in our darkest moments.

Did we mention they’re also ridiculously cute?

Honestly, we can’t say enough good things about our dogs. And neither can these quotable folks. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes about dogs to celebrate our love for all things canine.

Some of these dog quotes will make you laugh, some will melt your heart. And all of them will ring true to your devoted, dog-loving soul.

Funny quotes about dogs

1. “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

2. “Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”—Marilyn Monroe

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

4. “Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.”—Franklin P. Jones

5. “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

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

7. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”—Nora Ephron

8. “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’”—Dave Barry

9. “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

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

11. “It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”―John Grogan

12. “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

13. “Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.”―Gene Hill

14. “My fashion philosophy is if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.”―Elayne Boosler

15. “Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.”―Moby

Heartwarming dog quotes about love

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

17. “Dogs come into our 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

18. “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

19. “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

20. “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

21. “The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”―Johnny Depp

22. “A dog has one aim in life…to bestow his heart.”―J.R. Ackerley

23. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”—Josh Billings

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

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

26. “Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, and capable of pure love. Virtues that few people get through life without abandoning, at least once.”—M.K. Clinton

27. “Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine?”―Gabrielle Zevin

Quotes about dogs as man’s best friend

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

29. “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

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

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

32. “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

33. “Dogs are loyal friends, and if they could talk, your secrets would still be safe. (If my cat could talk, I’d have to let the dog eat her.)”―Richelle E. Goodrich

34. “Dogs are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they make no criticisms.”―George Elliot

35. “Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.”―Douglas Mallock

Inspirational quotes about dogs

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

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

38. “If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.”―Charles Yu

39. “A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”―John Grogan

40. “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

41. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”—Roger Caras

42. “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things—a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight.”―John Grogan,

43. “Be the person your dog thinks you are.”―C.J. Frick

44. “No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself.”―Dean Koontz

More quotes about dogs that we just love!

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

46. “There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.”–Dick Dale

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

48. “Life is a series of dogs.”—George Carlin

49. “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

50. “Happiness is a warm puppy.”—Charles Schulz

51. “My little dog―a heartbeat at my feet.”—Edith Wharton

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

As these quotes make perfectly clear: there’s just no comparison to dog-love. And at the end of the day, that’s one relationship for which we’re always grateful.

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