Can domestic dogs survive in a wild environment without any help of humans?

  • Some of them

    The question is more complicated then you think while some dogs like Tibetan Mastiffs (which are big enough to fight off bears) wouldn't have a problem surviving in the wild a smaller dog like a pug wouldn't do very well as they struggle to breath. Not to mention bulldogs which can't be born naturally as they're heads are to big so they wouldn't do well. An Airedale terrier is another that would be fine as they were bred to hunt but it greatly depends on the bread of dog

  • They probably can just like wolves would they have the same instinct so probably they could.

    They probably can wolves and dogs have the same instinct so I say yes. They can get food by their selves such as squirrels,rabbits,mice,and if they felt like it bugs. So like a wolf kind of and they are like foxes fast,athletic and smart. But with big animals like wolves or alligators they would halve to be safe and halve to find a way to escape. And they could build a den with no problem and once they have they could have baby's and home. So they could probably make it out there alone.

  • If there are feral dogs out there( which there are) than yes they can.

    However, I believe they do need a pack to be more efficient. They can outlast their prey by running for miles, they have an incredible sense of smell, have an omnivores diet( basically they can eat almost anything they put in there mouths), and they're highly adaptable ( which is a major plus in the wild)

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  • They have already proven themselves.

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  • Heck yeah they can

    Dogs are an animal with a natural instinct to hunt and survive. I'm not trying to say it would be easy but they could learn to survive for sure. My boyfriend and I just got in a huge argument about this. He says no but I say yes they can. Lol

  • In the long run, yes!

    I think dogs are instinctively hunters although they don't have the experience. It will take some time (or a few generations to learn pack hunting skills) but given that the numbers let loose in the wild is large enough so that they will not all die out before learning efficient pack-hunting skills, i think most dogs will quite easily survive and thrive in the wild. They certainly are very intelligent.

  • Can a chihuahua really fend for itself?

    Dogs are carnivores. A chihuahua does not have the speed or bite strength to capture and devour live prey. It would not survive as a herbivore as meat is an important part of its dietary needs. Also, domestic dogs have reduced carnassial shears and their ability to masticate meat is reduced, further stating that they may not survive long enough to reproduce.

  • Pandas bred in captivity cannot survive without the help of humans.

    Clearly any animal dependent on humans are not able to return to the wild without wild training. Except maybe cats though they are known for being lazy, a cat that is born on a farm or anywhere outside where they can find rodents to eat are most likely to survive in the wild. Where as dogs depend on an alpha and would need to be raised by wild wolves if they except them into their pack. The other day i watched a documentry about pandas and how the are almost extinct and are being bred by people in china so that one day they can return to the wild.

  • I suppose they could technically survive... Just like people can technically survive poverty and famine.

    The question though is can they thrive in the wild without humans. The answer is absolutely not! Dogs became a distinct species apart from wolves for the sole fact that they began to scavenge human leftovers! Sure feral dogs can survive on their own but only so long as they have humans that they can scavenge from. They survive but are thin and are in general very poor health.

  • Not for many generations.

    Depending on environment. A large male Rotweiler might survive on squirrels, rodents, but I highly doubt it can continue hunting all the time. If that Rotweiler is released into the Serengeti, it might be eaten within a day by so many other larger predators. Remember even a large male Rotweiler, Pitbull is no match for a young adult Cheetah.

  • Disease and food toxicity would kill dogs in the wild

    Dogs aren't smart enough not to eat grapes, diabetic foods with xylitol, chocolate, turkey skin, etc. There are so many foods that we eat and throw away that would kill dogs. Additionally, disease coupled with the damages that they would incur as the result of eating toxic foods would kill them.

  • Wolfs became dogs to survive.

    Dogs came from wolfs a million years ago because of the environment that their living in.
    They came into the human comunity for taking food and living area.
    When they could survive without people , they migth never became dogs. Also dogs can't live without people because they don't have the body shapes to hunt or survive alone.

  • No. It is not possible.

    I know someone who was going through a divorce and, while she was trying to find a place to live, left her domestic dog with her ex-husband to be. The ex-husband, being angry with her let the dog out of the house and would not let him back in. A neighbor recognized the dog when she found him going through her trash can. She did not know how long the dog had been left out but he had lost a lot of weight. She took him to the vet who was forced to put him down because he was too far gone and dying of starvation. If he couldn't make it in a neighborhood other domestic dogs would not be able to make it in the wild without human involvement.

  • Haha hell naw

    Yeah right like them little yorkshire terriers are fucked. You really think them dogs bred for purses have any chance? I don't think so. Maybe the bigger dogs like sherperds and shit but not them small ones. Sajhdlksa ds ds dsa d as da sd as da sd as d asd a

  • Dogs are Domestic

    While retaining some basic instincts the hunting ability has been bred out of all pure bred dogs, You can tell just by comparing the skull of a wolf to the skull of any domestic dog. Purebreds especially have less chance because of the sameness in their gene pools, And while some bigger or more well adapted could "survive" in the wild for some time, It would never be easy or natural for them like it is with a wolf.

  • Not at all

    No domesticated dog will even survive without getting there vaccines. Muts have greater gene recombination and create mutations that can help adapt to surviving in the wild. But no pure breed domesticated dog will survive. You have a fully grown german shepard will all its vaccines and in good health will survive in the wild. Now lets say your pure breed german shepard has babies with another pure breed german shepard in the wild (a forest for example) none of those babies will survive without any help of humans.

    -Elio V.

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