“The dog is one of the few animals almost invariably spoken of in negative and derogatory terms [in Jewish Scripture]. There apparently was little personal relationship between biblical man and the dog.. Dogs are described as being noisy [Psalms 59:7-14], greedy [Isaiah 56:11], stupid [Isaiah 56:10], filthy [Proverbs 26:11]…. The term “dog” is applied as an insult to humans [I Kings 22:38]. Furthermore, “dog” appears to have been a derogatory designation for male prostitutes [Deuteronomy 23:19].”
commercial dog foods illegal under Jewish law, even when they’re acceptable the rest of the year. It’s possible to juggle these requirements, but easy for others to assume that I am cutting corners on kashrut for the sake of my canines.
Beyond theology and practicality, there are visceral reasons for Jews to be anti-dog. From the Crusades to the Pogroms to the Holocaust, the relationship between Jews and dogs have mostly seen the former fleeing the business ends of the latter, set on them by anti-Semitic persecutors. If Jews have a racial memory of dogs, it’s not a happy one especially the pit bulls used on us during world war 2.