bark mitzvah


bark mitzvah (bark-MITS-vuh) listen


  • n. A mock celebration for a dog, akin to a bar/bat mitzvah (meant to be comedic).

Example Sentences

  • "Last weekend, I threw my dog a bark mitzvah with kosher dog food and everything!"

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Languages of Origin

  • English


  • blend of bark + bar mitzvah

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      bark mitzva, bark mitsvah, bark mitsva


  • "The first recorded Bark Mitzvah took place in Beverly Hills California in 1958. According to the Beverly Hills Courier, Max and Janet Salter celebrated the coming of age of their black cocker spaniel Duke of Windsor (Windy for short). Janet coined the term "Bark Mitzvah" on the invitations. Over the next 50 years, Max and Janet threw several more Bark Mitzvahs whenever one of their dogs turned 13." (source)

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