Dogs

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Here is a collection of proverbs, quotes and sayings about dogs.

Dogs
Labrador puppy. His name is Mister Darcy.


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A big black bug bit a black dog on his big black nose.
(unknown author)
Tongue twister

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
Robert Benchley

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

A dog won't forsake his master because of poverty; a son never deserts his mother because of her homely appearance.

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.

Barking dogs seldom bite.
People who appear threatening are usually not dangerous.

Better be the head of a dog than 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

Cats will outsmart dogs every time.
John Grogan

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

Dogs don't make mistakes.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Source: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Quoted: Sherlock Holmes

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

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.

Don't bark if you can't bite.

Don't keep a dog and bark yourself.
You should not pay someone to do something and then do it yourself.

Dust does not rise because a dog-flea hops.

Even good dogs have fleas.

Every dog has his day.
Even the most unlucky person may have success at some point.

Every puppy should have a boy.
Erma Bombeck

For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Bible
Source: Ecclesiastes 9:4

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

I learned from my dog long before I went to Gombe that we weren't the only beings with personalities. What the chimps did was help me to persuade others.
Jane Goodall

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.

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

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

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

If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise.
(unknown author)

It is a stupid dog that barks at an elephant.

It is raining cats and dogs.
It is raining extremely hard.

It's hard to make a choice between two blind dogs.

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

Just thinking that my dog loves me more than I love him, I feel shame.
Konrad Lorenz

Let sleeping dogs lie.
To leave things as they are.

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

Listen to them - the children of the night. What music they make!
Bram Stoker
Source: Dracula
This refers to the singing of wolves.

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.
Dave Barry

My fashion philosophy is, if you're not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.
Elayne Boosler

Never trust your friend with a secret unless he is mute or a dog.

One ear was split, the legs were wabbly, the coat was patchy and colorless, but the eyes! ah, they were wonderful.
W. Dayton Wegefarth

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

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.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Source: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

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

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

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


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