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What does Judaism say about owning a dog as a pet?

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Lisa Katz
Question: What does Judaism say about owning a dog as a pet?

"As a child growing up in Tel Aviv, I don't believe I ever saw an Orthodox Jew (the ones with streimels, peiyes, and a Prince Albert coat) walking a dog. Is there some sort of religious reason for an aversion to dogs?"

Answer: The Talmud does say that it is forbidden to keep a pet that will scare other people, and specifically mentions a barking dog. This is but one example of the Torah's sensitivity to other's feelings.

With blessings from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Shraga Simmons
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