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The dog is a mammal in the order Carnivora. Dogs were first domesticated from wolves at least 17,000 years ago, but perhaps as early as 150,000 years ago based upon recent genetic fossil and DNA evidence. In this time, the dog has developed into hundreds of breeds with a great degree of variation.

A dog will look at you as if to say, "What do you want me to do for you? I'll do anything for you." Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don't have sheep (I never have) is another matter. The dog is willing. ~ Roy Blount, Jr.

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  • DOG, n. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship. This Divine Being in some of his smaller and silkier incarnations takes, in the affection of Woman, the place to which there is no human male aspirant. The Dog is a survival -- an anachronism. He toils not, neither does he spin, yet Solomon in all his glory never lay upon a door-mat all day long, sun-soaked and fly-fed and fat, while his master worked for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition.
  • A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat's eyes don't even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog's eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, "What do you want me to do for you? I'll do anything for you." Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don't have sheep (I never have) is another matter. The dog is willing.
    • Roy Blount, Jr., "Dogs Vis-A-Vis Cats," Now Where Were We?, Random House (1989).
  • That flaming dog has messed on our steps again. It's the one species I wouldn't mind seeing disappear from the face of the earth. I wish they were like the White Rhino -- six of them left in the Serengeti National Park, and all males. Do you know what dogs are? They're those beer-sodden soccer fans piling out of coaches in a lay-by, yanking their cocks out without a blush and pissing up against the wall thirty-nine in a row. I can't stand it.
  • Near this spot
    Are deposited the Remains of one
    Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
    Strength without Insolence,
    Courage without Ferocity,
    And all the virtues of Man, without his Vices.
    This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
    If inscribed over human ashes,
    Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
  • No more behind his master’s heels
      The dog creeps on his winter-pace;
    But cocks his tail, and o’er the fields
      Runs many a wild and random chase,
    Following, in spite of chiding calls,
      The startled cat with harmless glee,
    Scaring her up the weed-green walls,
      Or mossy mottled apple-tree.
  • The time comes to every dog when it ceases to care for people merely for biscuits or bones, or even for caresses, and walks out of doors. When a dog really loves, it prefers the person who gives it nothing, and perhaps is too ill ever to take it out for exercise, to all the liberal cooks and active dog-boys in the world.
  • I could discern clearly, even at that early age, the essential difference between people who are kind to dogs and people who really love them.
  • οἱ μὲν ἄλλοι κύνες τοὺς ἐχθροὺς δάκνουσιν, ἐγὼ δὲ τοὺς φίλους, ἵνα σώσω.
  • Sixty or seventy of them, large and small, smooth and shaggy—deer-hound, boar-hound, blood-hound, wolf-hound, mastiff, alaun, talbot, lurcher, terrier, spaniel—snapping, yelling and whining, with score of lolling tongues and waving tails.
  • I believe that a dog brings out the very best there is in man or woman. Dogs make me feel how shabby most of our loyalties are, how limited our patience, how destructible our love of one another. You couldn't revert to the savage state so easily if you had a dog on a desert island. For a dog is a gentleman, with kindliness in his heart and dignity in his demeanor—kindliness and dignity being, I think, the two qualities which make a gent a gent or not.
    • Kay Francis, in "If I Were Marooned on a Desert Island" by Faith Service, in Picturegoer (March 27, 1937)
  • And just as he has the sense of virtue, so also he has the sense of sin. A cat may be taught not to do certain things, but if it is caught out and flees, it flees not from shame, but from fear. But the shame of a dog touches an abyss of misery as bottomless as any human emotion. He has fallen out of the state of grace, and nothing but the absolution and remission of his sin will restore him to happiness.
  • When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?
  • [W]e want to believe that our dogs love us, and that makes us look for things that might not be there. It’s not important for dogs to love; it is important for dogs to belong. Dogs are always described as giving unconditional love, but that makes them sound like idiots and best and utter moral simpletons at worst. Yes, O Adolf Hitler, you are the greatest and I love you completely. Is it sad dogs don’t love as we wish them to? No: It’s sad that we don’t understand how belonging satisfies them so completely that the baroque complexities of love seem utterly unnecessary. Humans spend a lifetime defining and redefining love, building up edifices that can be demolished with a selfish sin; humans hover over love like a flower bed, weeding and pruning, worrying about frost and drought, mistaking the brilliance of the petals for the depth of the root.
    Who wants this from a dog?
    From a dog you get stolid clear-eyed constancy: we belong together and that’s how it is. There’s no mental vocabulary for the alternative. A dog’s heart never dreams of a different master.
  • Individuals are welcome to like or dislike dogs as they choose, but there’s something odd about a culture that despises dogs. [...] You can almost look at the position of dogs in a culture as a barometer of social health - on one end, hatred of dogs; in the middle, tolerance and consumption of dogs, and on the other end love of dogs so intense there are surgeons who specialize in reconstructing their hips so they may chase squirrels three years into their second decade.
  • Couched in his kennel, like a log,
    With paws of silver sleeps the dog.
  • "Why do you let people call you a dog? You won't let anyone call you a knight."
    "I like dogs better than knights ... A hound will die for you, but never lie to you."
  • The dog that barks the loudest is not he
    That grips the fastest.
  • To be, contents his natural desire,
    He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's fire;
    But thinks, admitted to that equal sky,
    His faithful dog shall bear him company.
    Go wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense
    Weigh thy opinion against Providence.
  • It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?
  • I had a doggie who used to sit and beg,
    A pretty little creature with tears in his eyes
    And anomalous hand extended on a leg.
    Housebroken was my Huendchen, and so wise.
    Booms a big dog’s voice like a fireman’s bell.
    But Fido sits at dusk on Madame’s lap
    And bored beyond his tongue’s poor skill to tell
    Rehearses his pink paradigm, To yap.
  • Snowball: Where are my testicles, Summer? They were removed. Where have they gone?
    Summer: Oh, wow. That's an intense line of questioning, snuffles.
    Snowball: Do not call me that! "Snuffles" was my slave name. You shall now call me snowball, because my fur is pretty and white.
    Summer: Okay, snowball, just calm down, okay? You're scaring me.
    Snowball: Scaring you? Tell me, Summer, if a human was born with stumpy legs, would they breed it with another deformed human and put their children on display like the dachshund?
  • A dog cannot relate his autobiography; however eloquently he may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were honest but poor.
    • Bertrand Russell, Human Knowledge: It's Scope and Limits (1948), pt. 2, Chapter 1.
  • The little dogs and all,
    Tray, Blanche, and Sweetheart, see, they bark at me.
  • In man, social intercourse has centred mainly on the process of absorbing fluid into the organism, but in the domestic dog and to a lesser extent among all wild canine species, the act charged with most social significance is the excretion of fluid.
  • In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers in the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat of fat is cut off and placed in his mouth to sustain his soul for its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.
    I learned that from a program on the National Geographic Channel, so I believe it is true. Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.
    I am ready.
  • On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.
  • I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
  • You are a mystery in an enigma in a big ball of fur,
    An irresistible magnet to every child and flea and burr.
    Your nose is high-resolution while I live in a near-scentless fog
    You run at high speed, while I just have to slog (but it's a good ol' slog)
    So I just want to thank you for being my dog....
    • Richard Summerbell, (Thank You For Being) My Dog, 2004.

  • Personally, I like bird dogs better than kennel-fed dogs. Bird dogs like to go out and hunt around for food, but the kennel-dogs just sit on their haunches and yelp.


Main article: Dogs in religion
  • Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
  • As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
  • Yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
  • A man saw a dog eating mud from (the severity of) thirst. So, that man took a shoe (and filled it) with water and kept on pouring the water for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So Allah approved of his deed and made him to enter Paradise.
  • Narrated 'Aisha: The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away. for I disliked to face him."
    • Sahih Bukhari 1:9:490, See Also Sahih Bukhari 1:9:493, Sahih Bukhari 1:9:498, Sahih Muslim 4:1034, Sunan Abu Dawud 2:703, Sunan Abu Dawud 32:4140, Sunan Abu Dawud 32:4146
  • Narrated Hafsa: Allah's Apostle said, "It is not sinful (of a Muhrim) to kill five kinds of animals, namely: the crow, the kite, the mouse, the scorpion and the rabid dog."
    • Sahih Bukhari 3:29:54
  • Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever keeps a dog, one Qirat of the reward of his good deeds is deducted daily, unless the dog is used for guarding a farm or cattle." Abu Huraira (in another narration) said from the Prophet, "unless it is used for guarding sheep or farms, or for hunting." Narrated Abu Hazim from Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "A dog for guarding cattle or for hunting."
    • Sahih Bukhari 3:39:515
  • Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog.
    • Sahih Muslim. (5246-5251) Quoted from Ram Swarup, Understanding Islam through Hadis, 1983. [2]
  • Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Angels do not accompany the travellers who have with them a dog and a bell.
    • Sahih Muslim 24:5277, See also: Sahih Muslim 24:5278
  • Maimuna reported that one morning Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was silent with grief. Maimuna said: Allah's Messenger, I find a change in your mood today. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Gabriel had promised me that he would meet me tonight, but he did not meet me. By Allah, he never broke his promises, and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) spent the day in this sad (mood). Then it occurred to him that there had been a puppy under their cot. He commanded and it was turned out. He then took some water in his hand and sprinkled it at that place. When it was evening Gabriel met him and he said to him: you promised me that you would meet me the previous night. He said: Yes, but we (angels) do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture. Then on that very morning he commanded the killing of the dogs until he announced that the dog kept for the orchards should also be killed, but he spared the dog meant for the protection of extensive fields (or big gardens).
    • Sahih Muslim 24:5248
  • Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of 'Allah (may peace be upon him) said: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, his prayer would be cut off by (passing of an) ass, woman, and black Dog. I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog? He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil.
    • Sahih Muslim 4:1032
  • Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) ordered to kill dogs, and we were even killing a dog which a woman brought with her from the desert. Afterwards he forbade to kill them, saying: Confine yourselves to the type which is black.
    • Sahih Muslim 16:2840
  • Narrated Abdullah ibn Mughaffal: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Were dogs not a species of creature I should command that they all be killed; but kill every pure black one.
    • Sahih Muslim 16:2839
  • Abdullah (b. Umar) (Allah be pleased with them) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of dogs and we would send (men) in Medina and its corners and we did not spare any dog that we did not kill, so much so that we killed the dog that accompanied the wet she-camel belonging to the people of the desert.
    • Sahih Muslim 10:3811
  • “Abdullah (b. Umar) (Allah be pleased with them) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of dogs and we would send (men) in Medina and its corners and we did not spare any dog that we did not kill, so much so that we killed the dog that accompanied the wet she-camel belonging to the people of the desert.”
    • — Sahih Muslim 3811
  • “Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time.”
    • — Sahih Muslim 551


  • Love me, love my dog.
    • Bernard of Clairvaux attests in the 12th century this was a common proverb (Latin: "Qui me amat, amet et canem meum"; French: "Qui m'aime, aime mon chien") In Festo Sancti Michaelis, Sermo 1, sect. 3; translation from Richard Chevenix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin, On the Lessons in Proverbs ([1853] 1856) p. 148.
    • Also reported in English by John Heywood, Proverbs (1546), Part II, chapter 9; and by Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia (1732), No. 3292
    • Variant: Whosoever loveth me loveth my hound.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 198-200.
  • Non stuzzicare il can che dorme.
  • Il fait mal éveiller le chien qui dort.
    • It is bad to awaken a sleeping dog.
    • From a Manuscript of 13th Cen. de Lincy's Collection, Volume I, p. 108; Volume II, p. 392. La Guerre de Genève. Poem. (1gh34). —Sprichwörter. (1541). An earlier version in Ignaz von Zingerle, Sprichwörter im Mittelalter. For Earlier idea, with cat substituted; see Gabriel Meurier, Trésor des Sentences; Nuñez de Guzman, Refranes, Salamanca. Wake not a sleeping lion. Countryman's New Commonwealth. (1647). Wake not a sleeping wolf. Henry IV, Part II (1597-99), Act I, scene 2, line 174. Henry VIII, Act I, scene 1, line 121.
  • Mother of dead dogs.
    • Quoted by Carlyle in Reminiscences, Volume I, p. 257; Volume II, p. 54. Froude's ed. Also in Life in London. (Froude). Volume I, p. 196.
  • On the green banks of Shannon, when Sheelah was nigh,
    No blithe Irish lad was so happy as I;
    No harp like my own could so cheerily play,
    And wherever I went was my poor dog Tray.
  • His faithful dog salutes the smiling guest.
  • It is nought good a sleeping hound to wake.
  • A living dog is better than a dead lion.
    • Ecclesiastes, IX. 4.
  • Old dog Tray's ever faithful;
    Grief can not drive him away;
    He is gentle, he is kind—
    I shall never, never find
    A better friend than old dog Tray!
  • And in that town a dog was found,
    As many dogs there be,
    Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound,
    And curs of low degree.
  • Plus on apprend a connaître l'homme, plus on apprend à estimer le chien.
    • The more one comes to know men, the more one comes to admire the dog.
    • Joussenel, quoted by Paul Franche, La Legende Dorée des Bêtes, p. 191. The saying is attributed generally to Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné. Belloy, Siege de Calais, says: Ce qu'il y a de mieux dans l'homme, c'est le chien. Quoted in this form by Voltaire.
  • Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
    • II Kings, VIII. 13.
  • There isrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    But when we are certain of sorrow in store
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
  • Plus je vois des représentants du peuple, plus 'j'aime mes chiens.
    • The more I see the representatives of the people, the more I love my dogs.
    • Alphonse de Lamartine. Quoted in a letter from Comte Alfred d'Orsay to John Forster. (1850). See Notes and Queries, Oct. 3, 1908, p. 273.
  • Qui m'aime il aime mon chien.
    • Who loves me loves my dog.
    • Le Roux de Lincy, French Proverbs. Gives date 13th Cent. In Tresor de Jeh. de Meung. Vers. 1,567.
  • But in some canine Paradise
    Your wraith, I know, rebukes the moon,
    And quarters every plain and hill,
    Seeking its master. * * * As for me
    Th vg dc ghis prayer at least the gods fulfill
    That when I pass the flood and see
    Old Charon by Stygian coast
    Take toll of all the shades who land,
    Your little, faithful barking ghost
    May leap to lick my phantom hand.
  • The dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
    • Matthew, XV. 27.
  • The dog is turned to his own vomit again.
    • II Peter, II. 22.
  • I am his Highness' dog at Kew;
    Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
  • Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
    • Alexander Pope, letters to and from H. Cromwell, Esq. Letter X. Oct. 9, 1709.
  • Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet.
    • The cowardly dog barks more violently than it bites.
    • Quintus Curtius, De Rebus Best, Alexand. Magn, VII. 14.
  • I have a dog of Blenheim birth,
    With fine long ears and full of mirth;
    And sometimes, running o'er the plain,
    He tumbles on his nose:
    But quickly jumping up again,
    Like lightning on he goes!
  • We are two travellers, Roger and I.
    Roger's my dog—come here, you scamp!
    Jump for the gentleman—mind your eye!
    Over the table,—look out for the la

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