Is it proper for a frum person to own a dog?
A dog is no sin; but it’s no mitzvah either because a dog is a big nuisance.
Now, if people kept dogs only because of usefulness, we wouldn’t say anything. But you have to know in almost every instance, a dog is a demonstration of assimilation. He’s doing it only because everybody else does it. Most people have dogs not because they need them. As he walks down the street with a dog at his heel, he feels that he’s a country gentleman, a hunter. He has his dog there with him. He feels that’s the right way to be – a real goy!
But if a person wants a dog for some practical purpose, nobody can criticize him.
TAPE # 587 (February 1986)