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Can muslims keep pets such as foxes or wolves because they aren't exactly full breed dogs? Or can they not keep anything that is in the dog family as a pet?

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I think the answer same this –  MYamanT Jul 15 '12 at 6:13
This question addresses dogs, wolves, etc. specifically, not pets in general. –  ashes999 Jul 17 '12 at 17:42

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The general view is that everything is permissible unless there is a verse in the Quran or a hadith that would say it is prohibited. Since we know from many hadiths that keeping dogs is not allowed (check the link above in the comment section). However, That was for dogs specifically. The evidence to support my claim is that we don't use foxes or wolves to guard the herd or the sheep.

So you can assume that keeping foxes and wolves...etc is allowed in Islam.

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Aren't wild carnivores a danger to domestic pets and harmful towards humans? –  Farhan Nov 11 '13 at 15:22

I am not saying if this is allowed now or not but people of the cave (obviously before Rusool Allah (SAW) came) did have dog for protection purposes

Qur'an 18:18

وَتَحْسَبُهُمْ أَيْقَاظًا وَهُمْ رُقُودٌ ۚ وَنُقَلِّبُهُمْ ذَاتَ الْيَمِينِ وَذَاتَ الشِّمَالِ ۖ وَكَلْبُهُم بَاسِطٌ ذِرَاعَيْهِ بِالْوَصِيدِ ۚ لَوِ اطَّلَعْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ لَوَلَّيْتَ مِنْهُمْ فِرَارًا وَلَمُلِئْتَ مِنْهُمْ رُعْبًا

And you would think them awake, while they were asleep. And We turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance. If you had looked at them, you would have turned from them in flight and been filled by them with terror.

But I am not sure if it's permissible to keep for security purposes after final Prophet PBUH brought final message.

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