Feeding, an evidence of the humanization of dogs ? by François Vallat

A review of documents available on the feeding of hounds from Antiquity to the present suggests a change in practices  around 1830, when meat gradually takes the place of bread, reflecting a reversal of the image of this animal. For the worrying dog, whose bloody temperament used to be mended by vegetable food, the Romantic period substitutes a companion whose carnivorous nature no more frightens.

Réf. : Bull.soc.fr.hist.méd.sci.vét., 2011, 11 : 95-105