Could dogs survive without humans?

Could dogs survive in a world without humans? (Image credit:

It’s easy to look into the adoring eyes of our pampered pups and think that they would be completely helpless without us. Even the nostalgia of his pet a dog Living outdoors is enough to make some owners despair. But imagine if people suddenly disappeared and dogs had to fend for themselves. In such an apocalyptic situation, could dogs survive in a world without humans?

“I have no doubt that dogs would survive without us,” Jessica Pierce (opens in a new tab)faculty affiliate with the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and author of “A Dog’s World: A Dog’s Life in a World Without Humans Imagine (opens in a new tab)” (Princeton University Press, 2021), said Live Science. “Dogs are descended from wolves and they still have a lot of the behavioral store of wolves and other wild canids, so they know how to hunt and scavenge.”

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