Islam Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Muslims, experts in Islam, and those interested in learning more about Islam. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Under the assumption that keeping a dog itself is haram, can Muslims keep pets such as foxes or wolves, which are closely related to dogs but not actually full-breed dogs?
Or can they not keep anything that is in the dog family as a pet?

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

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.

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

protected by Community Dec 16 '14 at 1:20

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.