Ask a cross section of dog owners to name what they consider to be the greediest dog breed and you often get back the same answer.
"Why, it's Labradors of course."
But is it?
K9 Magazine decided to conduct a short straw poll of dog owners and asked them to rank their dog on the greedy-guts scale, 10 being a food-hoover and 1 being a picky-Pete.
To Ryan O’Meara, the results were surprising, and we discover that greediness is not so much breed specific, but another factor is at the heart of why some dogs happen to have a seemingly insatiable appetite.
Most Greedy Dog Breeds
4. Cross-breed *unspecified
5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Least Greedy Dog Breeds
3. Jack Russell Terrier
4. Cocker Spaniel
So, what was the bigger factor than breed?
Well, it perhaps come as less than a shock to learn, it's the number of dogs in the household.
Single dog households reported generally lower on the greed scale versus an average of 7.7 greediness for all dogs of all breeds in homes where more than one dog is present.
Previously in K9 Magazine we've tackled the thorny problem of how to stop greedy dogs begging. But what would you do if you owned a dog that was capable of eating things which, to put in bluntly, were never meant to be eaten.
Fish (with hook)
2 Feet long sticks
Forks and knives
A fairy wand
Golf balls (9 of them, 9!)
(see the photographic proof of these in x-ray form - http://www.probioticsmart.com/psc/blog/16-weirdest-things-dogs-have-eaten/)
Our pal the dog, ever the optimist, has developed quite the reputation for being willing to consider just about anything as potentially edible. But greediest breed? It seems the Labrador is off the hook on that score.
Does your dog's breed feature on the list? Do you agree with the results of our poll! Tell us your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you!