Animal Farm

by

George Orwell

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The Dogs Character Analysis

Jessie, Bluebell, Pincher, and the nine attack dogs provide the pigs with the brute force necessary to terrorize the other animals. In return, the dogs receive special privileges and often sit close to the pigs. They don’t rule, but they live comfortably and get enough to eat because they support the pigs. The dogs symbolize the Soviet secret police.

The Dogs Quotes in Animal Farm

The Animal Farm quotes below are all either spoken by The Dogs or refer to The Dogs. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet Classics edition of Animal Farm published in 1996.
Chapter 5 Quotes

At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws.

Related Characters: Napoleon, Snowball, The Dogs
Related Symbols: Character Names, The Windmill
Page Number: 52-53
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak [...] Instead - she did not know why - they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.

Related Characters: Napoleon, Clover, The Dogs
Page Number: 86-87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer—except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs.

Related Characters: Napoleon, Squealer, The Dogs, Minimus
Page Number: 129
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Dogs Character Timeline in Animal Farm

The timeline below shows where the character The Dogs appears in Animal Farm. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...Old Major, wants to address everyone. Old Major lies on a raised platform. The three dogs and all the pigs come in first and settle right in front of the platform.... (full context)
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...pigs, will someday sell Boxer to the glue factory when he can’t work, and drowns dogs when they get too old. Man, Old Major suggests, is the root of all evil.... (full context)
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Suddenly, the dogs catch sight of four rats listening in and chases them back to their holes. Old... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...success is with the reading and writing classes—every animal is somewhat literate by fall. The dogs learn to read well, but only read the Seven Commandments. Muriel learns to read and... (full context)
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Napoleon takes an interest in the nine puppies born to the dogs, which arrive soon after the hay harvest. He takes them to educate himself, believing that... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...as everyone seems decided, Napoleon stands, looks at Snowball, and whimpers oddly. Suddenly, nine ferocious dogs bound into the barn and chase Snowball all the way through a hedge. The animals... (full context)
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Napoleon stands on the raised platform, surrounded by the dogs. The other animals notice that these dogs wag their tails at Napoleon just like other... (full context)
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...called “tactics,” a word the other animals don’t understand. Squealer is persuasive and has three dogs with him, so the animals don’t ask questions. (full context)
Chapter 6
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...in trade or use money. The four young pigs speak up timidly, but the growling dogs silence them, and the sheep begin bleating “Four legs good, two legs bad!” Napoleon explains... (full context)
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Squealer, accompanied by a few dogs, passes by and helps put things in perspective for Clover. He points out that there... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...find grain somewhere. He spends most of time in the farmhouse guarded by the fierce dogs. When he occasionally comes out, it’s a ceremonious affair and dogs surround him. Squealer conducts... (full context)
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Napoleon announces an investigation into Snowball’s activities. He and his dogs tour the farm, finding evidence of Snowball’s scent everywhere. This frightens everyone. One evening, Squealer... (full context)
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...the farmhouse, wearing both his first- and second-class Animal Hero medals and surrounded by the dogs. The animals cower as Napoleon whimpers. The dogs drag the four young pigs to the... (full context)
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...hunger, working together, the strong protecting the weak. Instead, now nobody can speak their mind, dogs growl, and they have to watch their friends be killed for confessing to awful crimes.... (full context)
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...in and sing it mournfully. When they finish their third time through, Squealer and two dogs arrive and announce that “Beasts of England” has been abolished. Stiffly, he explains that it’s... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...said that animals shouldn’t kill other animals. Nobody says anything to the pigs or the dogs, but Clover feels that the executions aren’t in line with this rule. She asks Benjamin... (full context)
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Napoleon is now seldom seen in public. He never goes out without the dogs, and now, a black rooster that marches ahead and trumpets. In the farmhouse, he lives... (full context)
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...inspired them to try to murder Napoleon. After their execution, Napoleon begins sleeping guarded by dogs and appoints a pig to taste his food for poison. Napoleon eventually agrees to sell... (full context)
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...explosion, the windmill is gone. The enraged animals charge. Boxer kills three men and the dogs bite and terrify the rest. The animals win, but they’re bloody and tired. They gather... (full context)
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...is stunned on the ground next to a lantern, a paintbrush, and white paint. The dogs surround Squealer and escort him back to the farmhouse. No one but Benjamin seems to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The winter is cold and hard. The animals, except for the pigs and dogs, suffer reduced rations. Squealer explains that equality in rations isn’t in line with Animalism—and furthermore,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Though the farm seems richer, the animals, except for the pigs and the dogs, don’t feel any richer. Squealer talks often about how much work the pigs must do... (full context)
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...legs. The other pigs file out of the farmhouse on two legs as well. The dogs bark and the black cockerel announces Napoleon’s entrance. Napoleon haughtily looks on the other animals... (full context)