I am looking for a statement in Gemara or Halacha that one may own a dog for defense but not a lion. Does any of you know the source?

  • Seems like you're thinking of the the gem. BK 79b (see Yam Shel Shlomo BK ch. 7 §45) and codified in SA (CM 409) but don't know where (if at all) a lion is specifically excluded. – Oliver Oct 3 '17 at 18:53

I found the source, I think. Mishnah Bava Kama 1:4. R. Eliezer holds that one could train a lion, the חכמים disagree.

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