Best Quotes About Dogs

Caroline Knapp once said, “Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.”

If you have a dog, you’ll know that’s absolutely true. Over the years, there have been thousands of insightful quotes made by poets, actors, politicians, and even royalty about dogs and dog ownership. Some of those words make you smile, some are thought-provoking, and many can even make you cry.

We’ve gathered together this collection of some of the best quotes about dogs that are sure to strike a chord with dog-lovers.


Quotes About Dogs That Make You Smile

If you’re feeling a little bit low, all these dog-related quotes are sure to raise a smile. So, snuggle up with your pup, and prepare to get a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Roger Caras

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there may not necessarily be anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”

Elayne Boosler

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

Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”


“Nothing in the world is friendlier than a wet dog.”


“You know what I like about people? Their dogs!”

Elizabeth Taylor

“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.”

Charles de Gaulle

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”

Marilyn Monroe

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

Harry Truman

“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

Thought-Provoking Quotes About Dogs

These quotes are sure to make you sit down and reflect on life in general. Some of these words might even change your whole mindset and attitude.

Thom Jones

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had.”

Woodrow Wilson

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Will Rogers

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”

Dean Koontz

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.”

Louis Sabin

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.”

C.J. Frick

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”

Orhan Pamuk

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

John Grogan

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”

Mark Twain

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”

Quotes About Dogs’ Devotion And Love

Doris Day

“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.”

Jeffery Masson

“Dogs never lie about love.”

Josh Billings

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Judy Desmond

“A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart.”


“When I needed a hand, I found your paw.”

Robert Wagner

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”

Ben Williams

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

W. Bruce Cameron

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.”

John Gorgan

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”

Best Quotes About Dogs From Movies

Dogs have been movie stars since the very first silent films hit the silver screen. Since that time, there have been plenty of brilliant quotes made about dogs that have appeared in movies, too.

Here’s a selection of our favorite dog-related quotes from the movies.

Marley and Me (2008)

“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.”

My Dog Skip (2000)

“Like all dogs, Skip was colorblind. He made friends easily with people of all races and origins. The town was segregated back then, but as we know, dogs are a whole lot smarter than people.”

Nice Guys Sleep Alone (1999)

A guy gets a dog for one simple reason – to meet chicks.”

Topsy-Turvy (1998)

“The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.”

The Negotiator (1998)

“Dogs are the best. Every time you come home, they act like they haven’t seen you in a year.”

Final Thoughts

A dog can be a member of your family, your best friend, or your sole companion. Whatever your circumstances, having a dog in your life can bring you unlimited happiness and love.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this selection of the best quotes about dogs that we’ve found for you. We’d like to end with our all-time favorite dog-related quote. The author is unknown, but the words speak for dog-lovers everywhere:

“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.”