(redirected from Man's best friend)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

DOG. A well known domestic animal. In almost all languages this word is, a term or name of contumely or reproach. See 3 Bulst. 226; 2 Mod. 260; 1 Leo. 148; and the title action on the case for defamation in the Digests; Minsheu's Dictionary.
     2. A dog is said at common law to have no intrinsic value, and he cannot therefore be the subject of larceny. 4 Bl. Com. 236; 8 Serg. & Rawle, 571. But the owner has such property in him, that he may maintain trespass for an injury to his dog; "for a man may have property in some things which are of so base nature that no felony can be committed of them, as of a bloodhound or mastiff." 12 H. VIII. 3; 18 H. VIII. 2; 7 Co. 18 a; Com. Dig. Biens, F; 2 Bl. Com. 397; Bac. Ab. Trover, D; F. N. B. 86; Bro. Trespass, pl. 407 Hob. 283; Cro. Eliz. 125; Cro. Jac. 463 2 Bl. Rep.
     3. Dogs, if dangerous animals, may lawfully be killed, when their ferocity is known to their owner, or in self-defence 13 John. R. 312; 10 John. R. 365; and when bitten by a rabid animal, a dog may be lawfully killed by any one. 13 John. R. 312.
     4. When a dog, in consequence of his vicious habits, becomes a common nuisance, the owner may be indicted. And when he commits an injury, if the owner had a knowledge of his mischievous propensity, he is liable to an action on the case. Bull. N. P. 77; 2 Str. 1264; Lord Raym. 110. 1 B. & A. 620; 4 Camp. R. 198; 2 Esp. R. 482; 4 Cowen, 351; 6 S. & R. 36; Addis. R. 215; 1 Scam. 492 23 Wend 354; 17 Wend. 496; 4 Dev. & Batt. 146.
     5. A man has a right to keep a dog to guard his premises, but not to put him at the entrance of his house, because a person coming there on lawful business may be injured by him, and this, though there may be another entrance to the house. 4 C. & P. 297; 6 C. & P. 1. But if a dog be chained, and a visitor so incautiously go near him that he is bitten, he has no right of action against the owner. 3 Chit. Bl. 154, n. 7. Vide Animal; Knowledge; Scienter.

References in periodicals archive ?
Dogs" is an ideal reference for anyone whose job revolves around the canine, or for any dog lover who values his or her knowledge of man's best friend.
The horse is the only animal that has the chance of wrestling the title of Man's Best friend away from the dog.
According to psychic barber Gordon Smith, man's best friend lives on in the spirit world after he's gone Rover and out.
It's no accident that dogs have won the accolade of being man's best friend.
Faithful and loyal, Trusting to the end, That is dear Laddie, Truly man's best friend.
Maybe man's best friend is in reality woman's best friend.
Despite never being bitten by man's best friend, 25-year-old Oliver Merker, of Kingshurst, had a phobia of dogs of all sizes and would avoid walking near them, even staying on a bus if there was a dog near his stop.
Among the most desirable studies of man's best friend is this oil on paper painting by John Frederick Herring, one of Britain's foremost animal painters, who lived from 1795--1865.
Sasha the dog proved to be a man's best friend when she saved her owner.
He says he will keep hawking the Korean delicacy behind the scenes, even if the government imposes a temporary ban to appease the palates of tourists turned off by the thought of eating man's best friend.
The worm normally resides in man's best friend but appears to threaten people as well, the researchers report in the March 1 ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE.
She has a team of certified gemologists and designers that handcraft ID tags and necklaces for man's best friend.