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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dog Food

In 1781, an encyclopedia mentioned an earlier practice of removing the liver, heart, and blood of a downed stag and mixing it with milk, cheese, and bread; and then giving it to dogs.

The earliest reference to “dog biscuits” in the Oxford English Dictionary refers to “An advertisement of dog biscuits manufactured by Mr Smith of Maidenhead” in 1823.


The first to market dog biscuits worldwide was James Pratt, an electrical and lightning rod salesman of Ohio around 1860.

One employee at Pratt’s factory in London was Charles Cruft who later founded Cruft’s Dog Show.

An American electrician, James Spratt, concocted the first dog treat. Living in London at the time, he witnessed dogs around a shipyard eating scraps of discarded biscuits. Shortly thereafter he introduced his dog food, made up of wheat meals, vegetables and meat. By 1890 production had begun in the United States and became known as “Spratt's Patent Limited”.

The first tinned dog food in the UK was Chappie, which started in 1934 when US giant Mars took over Chappel Bros Ltd, a small pet food company in Manchester.

In the United States alone, dog owners spent over $8.5 billion on commercially manufactured dog food in 2007.

The word's largest dog biscuit weighed 279.87 kg (617 lb) and was made by Hampshire Pet Products (USA) in Joplin, Missouri, USA, on July 8, 2011. The biscuit was 19 ft (5.79m) long, 3.8 ft, (1.16 m) wide, and 1.63 in (0.04 m) deep. It required a total of 10 bakers to bake it.

If the word “with” is used in a dog food's name, it only has to contain at least 3% of that item—so “Dog Food With Beef” is 3% beef.

Dogs are commonly eaten in Asia with around 15 million pooches eaten every year there, or around nearly 4% of the world’s dog population

About 8% of people in China eat dog meat—it's believed to ward off heat in the summer months.

Sources Daily ExpressWikipedia 

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