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A Brief History: What Dogs Were Fed Before The Industrial Revolution

Before the industrial revolution, canine nutrition for working class dogs was much like the diet of their working-class owners - basic, simple, and sometimes not up to much in terms of gourmet dining!
Although they worked all day - often within a whisker of glistening sides of beef or lamb - dogs were often lucky to get anything beyond a crust of bread, leftovers or a greasy knuckle of bone.

Other dogs fared a little better, although their diets also were identical to those of their peasant masters - meatless fare consisting of bread, potatoes, onions, and boiled cabbage. In general, the greater the wealth and status of the master, the more varied the diet of the dog. Canine dinners of the rich were lavish, for instance, including succulent bits of roast duck, cakes, and candied nuts or fruit.
The Chinese empress Tzu-tsi was said to have ordered her beloved Pekingese amply fed [...]

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