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36 Dog Loyalty Quotes for Faithful Companions

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Name a better friend than the fuzzy little heartbeat at your feet. There’s so much to love about our dogs, from the way they act like snuggly therapists when times get tough, to keeping us active when we’d rather sit on the couch. It’s not easy to pick a favorite characteristic about our best friends, but for many the choice is clear: their loyalty.

Our dogs form close bonds with us and stick by our side no matter what, and there’s poetry in expressing that magical connection. The following dog loyalty quotes help to articulate our dog’s devotion to us, and our mirrored loyalty back to them.

Dog Loyalty Quotes

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“Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative.” —Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

“The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.” —Lord Byron

“Every dog is valiant in his own kennel.” —French Proverb

“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” —Stanley Coren

“Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” —Douglas Malloch

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.” —George Graham

“Day after day, the whole day through—Wherever my road inclined—Four-Feet said, ‘I am coming with you!’ And trotted along behind.” —Rudyard Kipling

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“Perhaps dogs help us remember the depth of our roots, reminding us—the animals at the other end of the leash—that we may be special, but we are not alone. No wonder we call them our best friends.” —Patricia McConnell

“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 had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.” —William Shakespeare

“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” —Michel Houellebecq

“Dogs that fight each other will join forces against the wolf.” —Armenian Proverb

“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

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“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.” —Christopher Morley

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” —Marilyn Monroe

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” —Emily Dickinson

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” —Ann Landers

“Even the dog gets bread by wagging his tail.” —Italian Proverb

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” —Aldous Huxley

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“There are three faithful friends—an old wife, an old dog and ready money.” —Ben Franklin

“Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads.” —Harry S. Truman

“Wash a dog, comb a dog, still a dog remains a dog.” —French Proverb

“A man’s soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog.” —Charles Doran

“A dog is a bond between strangers.” —John Steinbeck

“When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.” —Eckhart Tolle

“Keep the bone and the dog will follow.” —Irish Proverb

“No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.” —Herman Melville

“Every dog has, as I do, the urge to question. And I, like all dogs, have the compulsion to be silent.” —Franz Kafka

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” —Mark Twain

“When the dog is awake, the shepherd may sleep.” —German Proverb

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does.” —Christopher Morley

“Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Astor together could have raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog.” —Ernest Thompson Seton

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

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” —Alexander Pope“As is the master, so is his dog.” —Spanish Proverb