A collection of proverbs, quotes and sayings about dogs.

A big black bug bit a black dog on his big black nose.

Tongue twister

A dog in a kennel barks at his fleas; a hunting dog does not feel them.


A dog’s fleas are its jewels.


A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.

H. L. Mencken

A reasonable amount of fleas is good for a dog. They keep him from broodin’ on being a dog.

After a time, even the dog begins to compromise with the cat.

Better be the head of a dog then the tail of a lion.

It is better to be leader of a small group than a follower in a bigger group.

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.

Jeff Valdez

Dogs don't make mistakes.

Sherlock Holmes
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle

Dogs don’t like bananas, but can’t bear to think chickens eat them.

Dogs have fleas in order to keep them from thinking about being dogs.

Dogs of the same street bark alike.

People from the same background behave in a similar way.

Dust does not rise because a dog-flea hops.


Even good dogs have fleas.


Hagrid had been known to befriend giant spiders, buy vicious, three-headed dogs from men in pubs and sneak illegal dragon eggs into his cabin.

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling

I’m full as a tick on a fat dog.

Expression used in the US south after a full meal of chicken, fried steak, BBQ or whatever.

If a dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the skies.

German proverb

If a flea had money, it would buy its own dog.


If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.

If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise.


It is a stupid dog that barks at an elephant.

It is raining cats and dogs.

It is raining extremely hard.

It’s not the fleas of the dog that make the cat meow.


Temple dogs are always looking for a place with no fleas, not realising they are carrying them with them as they go.

That the dog should die was after the beautiful, faithful nature of dogs.

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle

The black dog gets the food; the white dog gets the blame.

The dog for the man, the cat for the woman.

English proverb

The dog in the doghouse barks at his fleas, the dog that hunts does not feel them.

The fatter the flea, the leaner the dog.


The lean dog is all fleas.

The loudest bark rids not a dog of his fleas.

The moon does not care if the dog barks at it.

Czech proverb

The more hair a dog has, the more fleas he will have.

Netherlands Antillean

The skinnier the dog, the more fleas he has.


Those who sleep with dogs gets up with fleas.


Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas.


Trust not a horse’s heel nor a dog’s tooth.

Where there are dogs there are fleas.

Where there is smoke there is fire

You are like a tick in a dog’s ear.

You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, "My GOSH, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!"

Dave Barry

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

It’s difficult to teach new things to an older person who is used to do something in his own way.