On the cleanliness and permissibility of dogs as pets:

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Ireland, in:
Religious Authority: 
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
On the cleanliness and permissibility of dogs as pets:

The mathab (school of Islamic legal thought) of Imam Malik Ibnu Anas states that dogs are clean. Hanafis (see glossary) believe that a dog's body is clean and that the uncleanness is restricted to the saliva and its bodily waste.