The 10 Best Books About Dogs That Will Prove They Are Your Besties

Posted by Katherine Ripley
Dog Sleeping in her Notebook after Studying

Dogs are man's best friend, so of course they're going to appear often in our literary canon.

Here are 10 outstanding books where dogs are the stars:

1. "The Call of the Wild"

call of the wild book

Jack London's classic novel tells the story of Buck, a dog sent to Alaska to become a sled dog. The pain that he endures will make your heart ache, but the novel is so compelling that you won't be able to put it down.

2. "Lassie Come Home"

Lassie Come Home book

Yup, the famous Hollywood classic was a book first, and we all know that the book is always better than the movie, so you'll have to give this one a read.

3. "Old Yeller"

Old Yeller book

You've probably heard of Old Yeller (and its heart-wrenching ending). But even if you already know the broad strokes, this timeless American classic is worth reading.

4. "Where the Red Fern Grows"

Where the Red Fern Grows

This is another one that you've probably heard of. This book is easy for readers of any age, but that doesn't mean that adults can't enjoy it. It's the story of a young boy and his two hunting dogs.

5. "The Incredible Journey"

The Incredible Journey

You probably know this story best by its film adaptation, "Homeward Bound." Apparently it was inspired by a real incident. It was billed as a children's novel when it came out, but it's a story for all ages.

6. "A Dog's Purpose"

A Dog's Purpose

This novel explores a philosophical quandary through the perspective of a dog. The canine protagonist, Bailey, is reborn multiple times throughout the novel, all the while searching for the answer to the question, "Why are we here?"

7. "The Art of Racing in the Rain"


The Art of Racing in the RainThis novel is narrated by a Lab-Terrier mix named Enzo, and it offers an insightful perspective on human life and its flaws. You might be surprised by the depth of emotion you experience while reading this story.

8. "Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog"

Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog

This is the incredible true story of an Australian Cattle Dog who was separated from her family for three months, after falling overboard on a boating trip. Her bravery and loyalty to her family will astound you.

9. "Dogsbody"

If you're fond of both dogs and fantasy, "Dogsbody" is the book for you. It's the story of Sirius, the dog star, who is punished for a crime he did not commit by being sent to Earth in the body of a dog, where he faces an arduous mission.

10. "The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving"

The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving

This non-fiction book explores how canines and humans have evolved together over thousands of years. The author draws on scientific research, and his bond with his adorable golden lab.

With so many canine classics, your reading list may be full for a while. Go ahead and curl up on the couch with a good book, and your best furry friend!

Have you read any of these books? Let us know in the comments below!

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