On a semi-related note...
Dogs and cleanliness: So a thing I've heard is that many Muslims view dogs as impure or unclean to the point that physical contact is to be avoided. I do know that Iran and Turkey have banned the sale and ownership of dogs at various points in time, although I don't how much of it was due to religious reasons vs. other ones. A Muslim Politician in a town council in the Netherlands tried and failed to ban dog ownership as well. I do know that one of the reasons Iran did it was that they viewed the owning of dogs as a Westernized hobby and therefore bad. Some British Muslims were angry at coming into contact with bomb-sniffing dogs, claiming that such contact harmed their religious vows.
However, Wikipedia says that the Qu'ran does not support the viewpoint of uncleanliness.
But a later hadith mentioned that dog saliva was unclean:
The Maliki school of thought that this is less due to some innate dirtiness of dogs, and more due to simple cleanliness reasons.
Another suggested that dogs should only be owned under specific circumstances:
So it seems there are are about three popular views: "they're immoral to own except under certain circumstances," "not immoral but they're unsanitary," and "unclean even to touch." The last one seems more a misinterpretation of the cleanliness thing, the idea that since you should wash yourself it means that there is something intrinsically impure about dogs.
Does this seem correct?
Dogs are an interesting creature. But there is so many wrong interpretations around the world when it comes to Islam's view about them.
It is true that whatever a dog ' licks ' or ' violates ' should be washed seven times. And the first time it should be washed with dirt.
But that never meant that you cannot have a dog. And this is where most interpretations go wrong. Some took these instructions as dogs being ill-fitted as companions to humans. But that isn't true. Some forbid owning dogs as pets , or animals altogether. And that is flatout wrong.
The tale of the Cave's folk and their dog occurred thousand of years before Islam's time , just to be clear. ( A curious tale to be sure. )
But what really matters is one Hadith ( or tale ) that Mohammad said. Of a man who was promised Heaven because of a dog , and a woman promised Hell because of a cat.
He said that a man once found a dog near an abandoned village in the desert. The heat of summer was at its peak , and the dog was licking the sand near the village's well hoping to taste the least bit of humidity to water its tongue. The man decided to help the dog so he climbed down the well , scooped water with his shoes and held one side between his teeth to keep the other side from spilling. And he served the dog as much water as he could drink. For that he was promised Heaven.
A woman however somewhere else , was troubled by a cat trying to eat some of its fowl. So she finally captured it and locked it in a tiny hole in her house. Where no bugs could even crawl in. She left the cat there until it died. Never allowing it water or food. And for that she was promised Hell.
Another thing about owning dogs , as guards for one's house or as companions for hunts. That happened even during the Prophet's time. So having a dog within one's household isn't forbidden at all. And just a misinterpretation by some folks.
Lastly , pets are allowed in Islam. The biggest proof was one companion of Mohammad best know as ' Abu Hurairah ' , the name translates to ' The one with the kitten ' , who used to carry a small kitten in his sleeve wherever he went. And that man relayed thousands of Hadiths from Mohammad because he was with him almost everyday and night.
So I hope this helps.