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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 1 month ago

what did dogs eat in olden days?

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  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
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    Other dogs of course. Where do think the phrase "dog eat dog" comes from?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Something called "food".

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  • 1 month ago

    • "what did dogs eat in olden days?"

    Not only were you too lazy to start your question with a capital letter, you were also too vague when it came to setting a time period.

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27577-ancie... points out that dogs & wolves started to cease being the same creature some 40,000 years ago. Back then - and BEFORE then: As with ALL undomesticated canids their diet was raw flesh, whether fresh killed or as carrion. All canids are CARNIVORES - a word that means "eaters of meat". The word "meat" is better termed "animal proteins", and includes:- birds, eggs, fish, insects, mammals, reptiles.

    During droughts and consequent famines, canids will try to eat almost anything. But their acid strength and their digestive enzymes, plus the short intestines that canids developed over the centuries, mean that food is excreted after close to 4 hours. And plant proteins have cells made of cellulose, a material that takes days to be broken down by even a cow's 4 stomachs and long convoluted intestines. So raw plant proteins are only slightly digested before emerging from a canid's anus.

    To produce kibbles, plant proteins must first be ground to break open all the cellulose walls. And then the plant proteins must be heated to modify the proteins themselves. Heating, aka COOKING denatures (= destroys some of the minerals & vitamins, both animal proteins and plant proteins.

    If you wish to feed both kibbles and meat, please keep the 2 types of meal at least 4 hours apart.

    The general belief is that the wolves that became domestic dogs domesticated themselves - hastened a little by the cavemen or their descendants killing the aggressive dogs and deliberately letting only the calmer early dogs breed. (The same effects were found when fur-fox breeders started allowing only the calmest foxes mate.)

    The early humans threw rotten meat and charred meat onto heaps known as middens. The intelligent or cowardly or lazy wolves realised that sneaking in and taking away some of the throw-outs was much easier and safer than pack-hunting the grazing animals (bears, bison, cats, cows, deer, goats, horses, sheep, etc).

    BY the way, the word "dog" is the term for ALL male canids, as well as for both the males & females of the subspecies Canis lupus familiaris; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canis_specie...

    Les the aged Kiwi - first pup in 1950, GSD breeder & trainer since 1968

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  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Scraps from the family table.

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  • 1 month ago

    Domesticated dogs used to be fed left over food. Wild dogs used to hunt small animals. Not much has changed over the years.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Without knowing what time frame you consider "olden days" to be, this is impossible to answer.

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  • patty
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    left overs from dinner maybe? Meat from the butcher?

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  • 1 month ago

    Rice and real dog food

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  • 1 month ago

    Whatever they could steal, scavenge, or hunt.

     So He would have done very well for his self being an expert hunter/ Herder....And at times a very quick clever thief also.

    ( He is particularly fond of roast beef Sunday joints that have been left to cool after cooking )

    just an ole Shepherd and his Dogs

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