Great Holiday Books for Dog Lovers

Looking for some holiday reading? Check out these fun, seasonal book offerings for yourself or for the dog lover on your Christmas list.

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Nothing says the holidays like a warm fire, your favorite pup and a great holiday dog-themed book. Check out this list of dog books you’ll want to read in December. ©SementsovaLesia/Getty Images.

Nothing says the holidays like curling up on the sofa with a good dog holiday book, your dog, a roaring fire and a cup of hot chocolate. Like dog mysteries? Check, it’s on our holiday dog book list. So is romance and sweet stories of rescue dogs. Not in the holiday spirit, but love a good dog book? Here are some great books to read in the new year and check out this interview with Greg Hurwitz on the Rhodesian Ridgeback in his Orphan X series.


Dashing Through the Snowbirds

Dashing Through the Snowbirds
Love animals? Then you’ll love all the books in the Meg Langslow mystery series by Donna Andrews. In the 32nd merry installment, Meg has her hands full with computer programmers, family, dogs and other animals while trying to solve a murder and make the season festive in the town of Caerphilly. $26.99. Minotaur Books

Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off

Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off
Christmas cookie bake-off with a sprinkle of murder along with a very cute Newfoundland named Wellington make for yummy reading in the second installment of the Beacon Bakeshop mystery series by Darci Hannah. $8.99. Kensington Cozies

Christmas in Blue Dog Valley

christmas in blue valley
A veterinarian moves from LA to Blue Dog Valley and ends up with a Sphinx named Airport, a sheepdog named Kevin and a whole new town that loves Christmas in this sweet tail by Annie England Noblin. $16.99. Avon Books

Santa’s Little Yelpers

Love a good murder mystery with lovable dogs sprinkled throughout? Then you’ll want to unwrap the 26th installment of David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter mystery series. $25.99. Minotaur Books

The Christmas Village

the christmas village
A French Bulldog named Bella, a book club and ex-fiancé all mix together in the town of Somerset Lake for the holidays in the 2nd installment of the Somerset Lake series by Annie Rains. $7.29. Forever, imprint of Hachette Book Group.

The Dog Who Came to Christmas

the dog who came to christmas
Sit by the fire and read this collection of true stories celebrating the gift of dogs, edited by Callie Smith Grant. $9.74. Revell, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group.

A Dog’s Perfect Christmas

dogs perfect christmas
An arrival of a lost puppy combined with a family emergency combine to save or fracture the Goss family in time for Christmas. This beautiful tale will open your heart, another poignant read from W. Bruce Cameron. $14.99. Forge Trade, an imprint of Macmillan USA.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

12 dogs of christmas
Add a sprinkle of romance to your holiday reading with Lizzie Shane’s heart-warming story of an animal rescue owner and a single dad who are on a mission to find forever homes for 12 pups before Christmas. Book one of four in the Pine Hollow series. $7.99. Forever, imprint of Hachette Book Group.

Here Comes Santa Paws

In the 24th installment of the Melanie Travis mysteries by Laurien Berenson, Melanie has her hands full of pampered Poodles, decking the halls and searching for her missing friend wanted for murder. $7,99. Kensington Books Publishing.

It’s a Wonderful Woof

its a wonderful woof
Spencer Quinn brings us the 12th book in the Chet & Bernie mysteries, just in time for holidays in the Valley and a vanishing fellow private eye and his client. They do some dashing through the snow to close the lid on this holiday caper. $13.49. Forge Books, an imprint of Macmillan USA.

All books published from 2020 to 2022. If you know of a holiday dog book published between these dates that should be on our list, please email us at [email protected] for inclusion.

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