In many halachos about food (Kashrus, owning Chametz on Pesach, etc.), a standard for determining if something retains its status as food is if it is "fitting for a dog to eat."

What about other animals? If a pig or chicken would eat it, does it count? Is a dog just the archetype of a non-picky eater, or is there something specific about the dog that gives it that status?

  • Avoda Zarah 67b and Bechorot 23b (and tosfot there, but cf Challah 1:8) are probably relevant but also consider judaism.stackexchange.com/q/56900/759
    – Double AA
    Aug 29, 2016 at 0:42
  • Maybe cause they eat their own feces. And they are 'starving' & eat anything.
    – user6591
    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:11
  • @user, in other words the archetype. But the tosfos in brachos that doubleaa referenced seems to say there is a special limud from a posuk specifically for dogs.
    – Yishai
    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:22
  • @Yishai *bechoros not brachos
    – Double AA
    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:32
  • I'm not realy in the sugya there but isn't that a limud specificaly for tumaah?
    – user6591
    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:34


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