What Happens To All The Dogs If Humans Disappear? Any dog lover will tell you that our furry friends make our lives better. they save lives as police and search and rescue dogs and take care of us as therapy and service dogs. Studies even show that they improve our health by reducing stress and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. They also make Twitter slightly more tolerable thanks to their adorable little faces, That’s why whenever I get stressed out, I spend time with my dog.
It’s clear that life without them would be horrible for us, but what about them? If every human suddenly disappeared, what would happen to our dogs? Do they even need us? Researchers estimate that we’ve been domesticating dogs for ten to forty thousand years. Since then, we have provided them with food, protection, and shelter. Without humans, dogs that are used to being cared for would need to quickly learn how to fend for themselves. Since no one will be filling up their food bowl, they will need to scavenge or hunt for food. So, dog breeds that are known for their tracking and hunting abilities, like spaniels and retrievers, would have it much easier than other breeds.
They will also be living in a world without temperature control. So some dog breeds that struggle in the heat or cold wouldn’t fare well in those climates. dogs with thick coats, like the husky, or brachycephalic dogs with flat faces, like the bulldog, could easily overheat in hot regions. While breeds with short hair, like the boxer, or dogs with low body fat, like the greyhound, would freeze in cold climates. Since dogs were bred to be less aggressive than their wolf ancestor, the portion of their brain responsible for the fight or flight response has shrunk, which will make it difficult for most dog breeds when faced with predators Over time, it’s likely that most dogs would adjust to their new lives once they developed survival skills like finding food and shelter and forming alliances. But it may take a few generations. We’ve seen this happen with dogs who escape or are released into the wild. Without human contact, they become feral.
In a 1995 study, the first few generations of feral dogs had high rates of juvenile mortality and indirectly depend on humans for food. However, after long periods of time when natural selection has taken it course – we’re talking thousands of years here – wild dog species emerge. This is thought to be the story of the Australian dingo. So, eventually, dogs will be okay. Though it is reassuring that your little buddy needs you just as much as you need them.