Originally Posted by WasChampionFan View Post
I hate to tell you, but the position of this website and Dr. has recently been proven wrong by genetic analysis done at a top university in Sweden.
Dogs are in fact omnivores and had a very different evolutionary path than wolves. The university's analysis of the genetic make-up is clear that dogs have a very different digestive set-up than wolves and other carnivores. It really isn't clear if even wolves are carnivores. Starchy diet may have transformed wolves to dogs | Genes & Cells | Science News
So kibble actually would represent a more natural diet than raw, a combination of cooked meat, fat and starch.
This study would be consistent with the 2006 position of the NRC that dogs are omnivores.
Starchy diet MAY
have transformed wolves to dogs" - Title of article
I don't think that's a resounding rebuttal to any argument.
The difference between todays domesticated dogs and todays gray wolf is at most 0.1 percent of their nuclear gene sequence. To put this in perspective the analogy would be:
Think of your dog as an apple pie with a diameter of 12 inches.
To remove a slice of the pie that is NOT a wolf you'd have to cut a sliver measuring just over 1/32 of an inch along the crust, less than a milimeter.
Disregard what you've cut off.
Everything else in front of you is wolf.
There's a whole break down of carnivore to omnivore to monovore that has transpiried in our dogs today in Chapter 12 of Ted Kerasote's new book Pukka's Promise. He spent time with wolf experts such as Douglas Smith, the head of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, as well as pouring over studies and data on both sides of the equation. This book looks at what he considers to be the top 5 reasons our furkids don't have the longevity today that they should.
And to say that there is a question of wolves being carnivores when they are the apex predator of their territory doesn't make any sense.