80+ Dog Quotes & Captions That'll Have You Laugh, Love, & Bark

Dog lovers span the globe, from everyday folks to even the President of the United States. Here are a few of our favorite quotes for every feeling.

Updated December 30, 2023
A Young Woman Rests in the Grass With Pet Poodle Dog

There are moments when finding the right words to describe the bond with your furry companion feels challenging, but a well-chosen quote can perfectly capture those emotions, sparking joy, laughter, or even a heartfelt tear. Whether it's to accompany a cute picture or simply to express your love for your four-legged buddy, the right phrase can make all the difference.

If you're on the hunt for that ideal expression to share a snapshot of your pooch's antics or to illustrate the depth of your affection, don't worry — I've gathered a collection of delightful dog quotes that are just right for these moments.

Cute Dog Quotes for Your Adorable Canine

Cute dog quotes are plentiful and understandably so. Our canine companions are not just pets; they're our beloved, fluffy friends, cherished for their endearing looks and charming personalities.

  • "Everything I know, I learned from dogs." - Nora Roberts
  • "Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine?" - Gabriel Zevin
  • "Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." - Agnes Sligh Turnbull
  • "Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail." - Kinky Friedman
  • "The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." - Johnny Depp
  • "Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen." - Orhan Pamuk
  • "The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." - Mark Twain
  • "To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." - Aldous Huxley
  • "Every dog must have his day." - Jonathan Swift
  • "The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment." - Robert Falcon Scott
  • "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers
  • "As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point." - Jean Ferris
  • "You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him." - W. Bruce Cameron
  • "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

Short Dog Quotes for Your Insta Post

It's not uncommon for us to post our photos to social media. If you're searching for short quotes to post a cute pic to your Insta profile, check these out. 

  • "Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses." - Elizabeth Taylor
  • "Dogs never bite me. Just Humans." - Marilyn Monroe
  • "My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet." - Edith Wharton
  • "Happiness is a warm puppy." - Charles M. Schulz
  • "Everything I know, I learned from dogs." - Nora Roberts
  • "Dog is God spelled backward." - Duane Chapman
  • "Every puppy should have a boy." - Erma Bombeck
  • "The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog." - Mark Twain
  • "Life is a series of dogs." - George Carlin
  • "Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." - Franklin Jones

Inspirational Dog Quotes About Your Dog's Bond

Inspirational dog quotes focus on the special connection we have with our dogs and how much they add to our lives. They serve as reminders of the ways dogs inspire us to be better humans, through their unwavering companionship and the happiness they bring.

  • "A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings
  • "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." - John Grogan
  • "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 A. Caras
  • "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive." - Gilda Radner
  • "I want to work like a dog, doing what I was born to do with joy and purpose. I want to play like a dog, with total, jolly abandon." -Oprah Winfrey
  • "The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be." - Konrad Lorenz
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn't ever know we had." - Thom Jones
  • "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
  • "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

Sad Quotes About Dogs

Sad dog quotes usually express how much we miss our dogs when they pass away, reminding us of their loyal and loving nature. They remind us of the special, short time we had with our dogs and how they continue to affect our lives even after they're gone.

  • “Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst days.”- Unknown
  • “You think the final act of love is setting them free to Rainbow Bridge? That is not the final act of love. The final act of love is releasing them from your leash of grief so they can be free in heaven on the other side of the Bridge.” -Kate McGahan
  • “A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way.” –Unknown
  • “The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” – Sir Walter Scott
  • “Dogs die. But dogs live, too. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow.” –Dan Gemeinhart
  • “I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” – Joe Garagiola

I Love My Dog Quotes


From their playful antics to their loyal nature, dogs inspire a myriad of heartwarming and amusing sayings that capture the essence of what makes them so special to us.

  • "Be the person your dog thinks you are." -C.J. Frick
  • "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
  • "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." - John Grogan
  • "If I could be half the person my dog is, I'd be twice the human I am." - Charles Yu
  • "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
  • "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." - Caroline Knapp
  • "Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation, and almost as good for the soul as prayer." - Dean Koontz
  • "Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn't ever know we had." - Thom Jones
  • "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
  • "Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks." - Roger Caras

Breed-Specific Dog Quotes 

There are probably many quotes about different dog breeds that highlight their special traits and personalities. We've found some of these quotes to share with you. 

Golden Retriever Dog Quotes

  • “Trying to be the person my golden retriever thinks I am.” -David Rosenfelt
  • “The face of a golden retriever feels like home.” -David Rosenfelt
  • “Seriously, golden retrievers tend to live each day as if they have just discovered a swimming pool full of tennis balls and bacon.” -Gabby Slome

Beagle Dog Quotes

  • “If it’s good enough for beagles, it’s good enough for me.” -Richard Littlejohn
  • “Opening up your life to a beagle who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.”  –Emma Kenney

Chihuahua Dog Quotes

  • “Even the tiniest beagle or chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.” –Dorothy Hinshaw
  • "Long-haired chihuahuas have no notion they are bite-sized." -Rosemary Clement-Moore

Pit Bull Dog Quotes

  • “No breed of dog contorts his body in celebration of human contact like a Pit Bull.” – Jeff Coltenback
  • “Whoever said diamonds are girl’s best friend never rescued a pit bull.” - Unknown

Funny Dog Quotes to Give You a Chuckle

These quotes playfully poke fun at the mischievous nature of dogs, from their endless energy to their knack for getting into trouble. They bring to light the joy and laughter dogs bring into our lives, reminding us of the lighter, more carefree moments shared with our furry companions.

  • "Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones
  • "What do dogs do on their day off? Can't lie around — that's their job." - George Carlin
  • "I don't understand people who don't touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason." - Jarod Kintz
  • "Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end." - June Carter Cash
  • "Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?" - Jerry Seinfeld
  • "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
  • "I sometimes look into the face of my dog Stan and see a wistful sadness and existential angst, when all he is actually doing is slowly scanning the ceiling for flies." -Merrill Markoe
  • "A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." - Josh Billings
  • "If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz
  • "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
  • "Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend." - Corey Ford
  • "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
  • "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

Dog Quotes from United States Presidents

Dogs have played a significant role in American history to the extent that they have often been present in the White House alongside United States Presidents. Their presence in the White House underscores the importance and impact of dogs in American culture, reflecting the bond between humans and their canine friends, even at the highest levels of power.

  • "A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me." - Barack Obama
  • "There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money." - Benjamin Franklin
  • "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
  • "Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads." - Harry S. Truman
  • "I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." - Abraham Lincoln

Share the Love You Have for Your Dog

Share some of these quotes with your friends and family if they struck a chord with you. Choose a favorite saying, post it on your refrigerator, and read it every morning to remind yourself how special your dog is. Your newfound quote has the power to improve your mood, whether it's adorable, motivating, or otherwise.

80+ Dog Quotes & Captions That'll Have You Laugh, Love, & Bark