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Are Any Dog Breeds Mentioned in the BIble?

While the Bible references dogs, it doesn't specify breeds as we know them today. Ancient texts mention canines in various roles, from guards to companions, reflecting their timeless bond with humans. Intrigued by how dogs have shaped our spiritual and historical journey? Join us as we uncover their paw prints through history. What might we learn from these faithful companions of the past?

The Bible is the source of many popular dog names, from Samson to Sheba, but only one breed of dog earned a mention in the Bible: the greyhound.

Although generic dogs are noted throughout the Bible, the only time a specific breed is cited is in Proverbs, chapter 30. The King James version of the passage reads, in part: "There be three things which do well, yea, which are comely in going; a lion, which is strongest among beasts and turneth not away from any; A greyhound; A he-goat also."

The greyhound is the only dog breed mentioned by name in the King James Bible, in the Book of Proverbs.
The greyhound is the only dog breed mentioned by name in the King James Bible, in the Book of Proverbs.

There is a lack of consensus on whether the word "greyhound" as used in the passage truly meant the breed or was simply the best the translator of the original Hebrew passage could do from the phrase, "girt in the loins." At the time of the translation in the early 17th century, the greyhound was a popular breed in royal courts, so there is little doubt that it would have been well-known.

A biblical bestiary:

  • The most commonly mentioned bird in the Bible is the dove, which makes at least 50 appearances.

  • Sheep – not counting lambs or rams – are the most commonly named animal in the Bible. They are mentioned several hundred times.

  • Theories abound, but there is no confirmed reason to explain why cats are never identified in the Bible.

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    • The greyhound is the only dog breed mentioned by name in the King James Bible, in the Book of Proverbs.
      By: Jernej Furman
      The greyhound is the only dog breed mentioned by name in the King James Bible, in the Book of Proverbs.