What are dogs - omnivores, carnivores or herbivores?

Are dogs omnivores, carnivores or herbivores? I think they are omnivores, but I would like to know what you think. My dogs love meat, vegetables and fruits.

Asked by Member 930032 on Jan 13th 2011 in Other Food & Nutrition
Report this question Get this question's RSS feed Send this question to a friend


  • This question is closed.

Best Answer

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Dogs are oportunistic carnivores--designed to eat a diet of meat, bones, and organ, but willing to eat other things they simply like the taste of and able to survive on scavenging when meat is unavailable.

Signs that point to carnivore:
-teeth: they have canines for ripping and shredding meat, and molars are for breaking it down into sizes small enough to swallow. Omnivores generally have flat molars. (There are exceptions, like the fruit bat, a herbivore, I believe)
-short digestive tract: omnivores have a long one

All of the articles I've ever seen that talk about dogs being omnivores base this mainly off the dog's general willingness to eat and ability to survive on plant matter. But just because they can doesn't mean they were designed to.

Omnivores use their teeth to grind their food and chew in a side to side motion to do this. Dogs do not. Ever watch them eat, they can only move their jaws up and down.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on Jan 13th.

Other Answers


 Ella Cinderella

I think they are carnivores. My dog Jake hates every veggie but carrots. Jake, Ella and Boo will not take a piece of apple or peach, orange or anything else.

Ella Cinderella answered on 1/13/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Dogs are carnivores. They can eat vegetables, however, but you couldn't actually call them an omnivore or herbivore.

Brutus answered on 1/13/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Dogs will eat almost anything. They are descended from carnivores. After their long association with human omnivores, I think science classes them as omnivores based on their eating habits. There is so much misinformation around, it is hard to get straight answers to any question.

Too many people answer on the basis of what they would like.

Aster answered on 1/13/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Dogs are carnivores - this website has some good info on the issue:
Even though dogs were created to eat meat, some veggies/fruit can be great treats! Sprite loves carrots and apples. (:

Sprite answered on 1/13/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


I think it depends on the dog and what is presented to them or they find at times.
My dog is mainly carnivore, I never see her eat leaves, or grass. Which is smart as she is sensitive. I think that is a gut feeling for her, literally.

But, my little dog he eats tomatoes off the plant, any potato or corn ect.. he loves anything that smells good.
So, does our shelter dog.

Dieta answered on 1/14/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer