I discovered that the dog mostly occupies the lower levels of besties in the Bible. It is said to have been somewhere between a wild animal and some kind of domestic animal.
The Greek and Roman world regarded dogs in a more positive light. Using them as hunters and guard dogs. They were the only animal which could bark. They understood that wounds heal more quickly when kept clean. They knew that certain plants would make them vomit to be rid of toxins. Unfortunately Archaeological evidence uncovers that dogs were treated cruelly.
Caleb, one of the spies sent into Canaan,his name was closely related to the word meaning dog-“keleb”.An alternate Hebrew meaning offered for Caleb is “faithful, devotion, whole hearted, bold, brave”. Caleb or Keleb was wholehearted and brave. One who was sure the Hebrews would overcome the Canaanites.
As Lazarus sat outside the rich man’s gate dogs ministered to him by liking his sores.
The most outstanding incident,including dogs as the analogy for dogs is when Jesus meets the Syrophoenician woman Exorcism of the Syrophoenician’s daughter in which the dogs can eat do eat the crumbs falling from the children ”s table. The Dogs eat the crumbs dropped by the Children of Israel,the Phoenician dogs.
There are 340 accepted breeds of dogs in the world today, many bred for special puposes, in the ancient world there were 14. So few to choose from for our Phoenician breed.
Read a little about them here….10 oldest dog breeds