21 Dogs That Are Always Hungry

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Not many dogs will refuse a bite if you offer them one or two. But some dogs choose to eat full meals even when they are not hungry at all, just for the sake of chewing and gobbling tasty food. With regular exercise, this shouldn’t cause too big of a concern, but letting your dog slouch on your living room couch whole day and feeding them too much can lead to obesity and some serious health issues. To prevent overfeeding in dogs who are prone to obesity, here’s a list of 21 dogs who eat the most:

1. Beagle

Beagles are feisty little pooches that have a high energy level and love to goof around, making a show out of themselves. Sometimes they do it because that sort of behavior is in their nature, sometimes they do it specifically to attract your attention. Not only do they really love the attention of their human friends and family, but they love getting rewarded with snacks and doggy treats.

And when we say they love getting rewarded, we actually mean that they REALLY love the sight of food, no matter what kind of food. Don’t be surprised if they give you a slight nip while trying to eat from your hand – they are just too excited to eat their treats in a calm manner. Also, it’s not uncommon for beagles to raid garbage cans if the cans are not secured. For an average beagle, every dinner table is a good dinner table.

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2. Bull Terrier

Clownish and playful, bull terriers are sometimes described as three-year-old children dressed as muscular dogs. You can pretty much recognize a bull terrier the moment you see them since they have a very characteristic way of walking and a unique egg-shaped head.

Bull terriers are an intelligent and inquisitive breed, very loyal and affectionate. They also love the smell, taste and sight of food, and it’s their next favorite thing after you.

One thing you should pay attention to when owning a bull terrier is not to leave food unguarded in the open for too long. They are a sturdy breed, so you should make sure that they eat enough, but keep in mind that bull terriers act like little vacuum cleaners when you leave food lying around – you will turn around to change the channel on the TV, and by the time you’re back at the table, your bull terrier will already be munching on your steak.

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3. Dachshund

These lovable, playful companions are what many people feel to be an ideal pet companion for many homes, no matter whether you live in an apartment or a house with a yard.

But don’t let their small size trick you – these little guys require a lot of exercise on a daily basis to keep their long, weenie-like bodies slim. And of course, with a high energy level comes a high need for constant feeding, a need that these dogs sometimes take too far.

Dachshunds are quite prone to obesity, according to some research. Despite their playful and active nature, they still tend to be lazy at times; sometimes when fed too much, they completely change their lifestyle – from a dog frequently running across the yard, they become a dog that just lies on the couch. They will never refuse a meal, no matter how full they already are, and can easily eat much more than you would expect from a dog of this size.

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4. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are fantastic family dogs because of their warm temperament and loving nature. They are well-known for their willingness to do pretty much anything for treats; this sometimes leads to their owners accidentally overfeeding their golden retrievers during training sessions.

They are honest and loyal, and will love their owners throughout their entire lives (and they will love you even more for every single bite of food you give them). These dogs will also eat pretty much everything they can get their paws on, even stuff that isn’t necessarily food.

Make sure that you don’t leave things around the house that might seem interesting for your golden retriever to chew on – if they can chew it, they’ll assume they might as well eat it while they’re at it. This, of course, leads to many stomach and digestion problems, especially if they have eaten something that nobody should eat like pencils, boots and trash.

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5. Great Pyrenee

These dogs are truly great in every way. Primarily used to protect sheep, goats, livestock, and people, they will also protect you from the grass, shadows, the moon, the sun, your furniture, your own reflection in the mirror and pretty much anything they can see as a potential predator.

They will also give you unconditional love, and they will just keep on giving, and giving, and giving, and giving. But there’s one thing they’ll keep on taking, and taking, and taking, and taking, and that’s food.

They are very intelligent and have a steady temperament that many people are looking for in a dog, but that still doesn’t help them control their urge to constantly eat. No matter how big the bowl is, they will always eat every last bite, so if you give them a whole soup pot of food, they’ll probably eat the pot once they are done with the food.

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6. Labrador Retriever

These dogs initially worked alongside fishermen; they would help pull in nets and retrieve fish that escaped from fishing lines. Since Labs can be taught a huge variety of tricks and skills, they soon got promoted and began working as hunters for their families.

Despite being among the most popular breeds in the world, there is one thing that you should pay close attention to, though – they simply love to eat! Like, they really, really love nothing more than to eat, and won’t let anything stop them from devouring their food until their bowl is empty.

Consequently, Labs require regular exercise. Your average, healthy Labrador should have somewhat of an hourglass shape, and if you notice that your hourglass-shaped dog is getting a bit wider, you should step up their exercising game. Also, consider rewarding them with playful and engaging activities from time to time rather than food – they won’t notice the difference but their stomachs will.

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7. Norwegian Elkhound

These dogs are ancient, literally. They come from Scandinavia, and they were originally used as hunting and guarding dogs for the Vikings. You cannot help but feel impressed when you learn that they used to track and even attack game such as bear and moose!

Although they aren’t exactly hunting anywhere in the US, they are still incredibly hardy dogs with exceptional stamina that never seems to run out on them. Bold and immensely protective, they make excellent watchdogs and guardians. They are also utterly devoted to their owners.

The life of an ancient Norwegian elkhound was pretty physically demanding, so it’s not so weird to learn that they can eat a truckload of food and still beg you for more. Their food portions need to be carefully and constantly monitored – a couple of portions too big, you’ll end up with a fat dog!

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8. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The smallest of the American Kennel Club’s Herding Group, the Pembroke Welsh corgi is an active and intelligent dog breed. They are exceptionally easy to train and very eager to learn. They are also fantastic with children and other pets thanks to their friendly nature and tendency to avoid any kind of conflict. You might say they are like children themselves due to all the traits that make a standard corgi – but also because they constantly want to eat something.

Not only are they extremely voracious, but they also don’t pick their food at all. They will eat almost anything they can grab with their small mouths and they often don’t know their limits when it comes to eating. It’s not uncommon to see a corgi lying around and just focusing on breathing because they’ve just eaten way more than their bodies can take. Make sure they maintain a healthy and regular exercise rhythm and they will do just fine.

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9. Bulldog

Bulldogs are very greedy when they eat, and many believe this is due to their energetic behavior. They aren’t patient dogs, especially when eating is concerned. Bulldogs gain weight more easily and quickly than most other dog breeds, so a bulldog you overfeed will very likely become overweight.

Make sure to carefully monitor their food intake, it’s vital. You will save up a lot of energy you would later have to spend on helping them lose those extra pounds. Bulldogs aren’t really fit for excessive exercising, partly due to their short heads and short snouts – these make breathing difficult. But apart from that, they are absolutely adorable, and very caring around kids. They love being your cuddle buddies and cozy companions.

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10. Rottweiler

These dogs have been selectively and carefully bred in Germany for hundreds of years. Not only are they beautiful and protective, but they are intelligent and have spectacular herding and guarding instincts. They are highly active pooches and, therefore, require a lot of food – food they will gladly eat in a blink of an eye and then push the bowl around with their noses until they get a refill.

If you let a rottweiler laze around the house, they will most likely fill up their stomachs in just a few meals and start gaining some serious pounds. They are happiest when they are given a job to do, which immediately becomes visible on their body – it becomes muscular and healthy.

Some people intentionally give these dogs copious amounts of food in order to increase their size and make them look more intimidating. Don’t do this. It’s bad for your dog, and you’re a bad owner if you do this for a reason as redundant as intimidation.

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11. Newfoundland

Although it becomes apparent the moment you see them, Newfoundlands are massive. They are literally giants among dogs, and normally weigh up to an impressive 150 pounds. They eat tons of food because of their immense size, but if that wasn’t enough, they also have extremely voracious appetites. And this is bad news for a dog of this height and weight.

You should always make sure to keep your Newfie well-fed, but never to give in to their desire for additional servings. Instead, reward them with some playful activities after a meal. They won’t mind skipping the répète to hang out with you, as they are very playful by nature and affectionate towards their owners and family.

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12. Pug

Pugs are commonly pictured as “a lot of dog in a small space” and their bodies are easily affected by just a few extra pounds. That still doesn’t stop them from eating everything you put in front of them, completely disregarding both quality and quantity as viable factors.

Don’t let their small size guide you towards your decision on how much exercise they need – they are very demanding in terms of physical activity and they enjoy long walks and playful games. Just like bulldogs, pugs are very often greedy eaters and, seeing as they are smaller than bulldogs, it’s very easy to overfeed them.

They say that the best defense is a good offense so instead of waiting for your pug to become overweight, take some precautionary measures. Monitor your pug’s daily calorie intake carefully and you’ll be doing them (and yourself) a huge favor.

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13. Boxer

Although experts believe their name is a derivative of a German word, they really like ‘boxing’ from time to time. They sometimes stand up and want to play with humans in such a manner and some people tend to get frightened from these sudden moves, but it’s merely a sign of appreciation. These once medium-sized guard dogs are now loving and caring pet companions.

Regarding their eating habits – they really, really like food, and they are never too picky about what they take in. Even though they won’t graciously eat from the trash can like some other breeds, they will pretty much eat anything you put on their plates. They do, however, often develop hypothyroidism – a hormone deficiency that makes weight gain occur frequently; make sure not to overfeed them.

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14. German Shepherd

German shepherds are one of the most popular breeds in the States, and they owe their excellent reputation to a number of reasons. They are intelligent, hard working, playful, courageous and very devoted to their families. They also perform very well when offering assistance to those in need, the police, and even the military. An all-around dog in every single way, the German shepherd is also among the best dog breeds for first-time owners.

However, be prepared for some serious food devouring if you get a German shepherd. Mostly due to their playful nature and high energy level, they tend to look at food like good fun that tastes unbelievably well – a perfect combination. Think of German shepherds as large, fluffy kids that like running around the house, playing around and shoving their faces into their bowls.

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15. Cocker Spaniel

Both the American and the English cocker spaniel are known as field dogs that have just enough energy to perform any kind of job you give them. They are, before everything else, beloved companions that were once rather efficient as bird dogs. They are very calm, tender and sensitive, and can easily manipulate you into giving them more food than they need. And they’ll to that; they’ll do it very often.

Well, you shouldn’t give in for a number of reasons. First of all, they can eat as long as you have money in your wallet. Secondly, they easily become obese when overfed, especially if the food devouring lasts for a longer period of time. And finally, there’s a whole list of nasty things that tend to happen to obese dogs. You don’t want any of them happening to your pooch.

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16. Samoyed

Taught how to hunt, herd reindeer, and haul sledges, this is not your average dog – this is a working machine of a dog, strong, incredibly determined and unquestionably loyal. And oh, so very hungry.

You will notice that your Samoyed will perform amazing things that require both strength and grace – if you play with them enough. You will also notice that they will want to eat everything from your refrigerator afterward and there’s not a lot you can do to stop them.

Keep your Samoyed in decent shape by measuring their food. You can also measure the dog itself with a simple test – place your thumbs along their spine, with your other fingers spread outwards. If you feel their ribs without pressing hard, they’re good to go.

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17. Saint Bernard

Honestly now, have you ever seen a Saint Bernard eating tons and tons of food in a single meal and not enjoying it? We sure haven’t. These incredibly massive gentle giants shouldn’t strike you as aggressive dogs, unless you are, for whatever stupid reason, aggressive toward them. In fact, they are very kind-hearted and affectionate, especially around children.

Take note that Bernards are generally placid dogs that don’t run around too much. However, if you give them a job or want to play with them, you can’t stop them from having the time of their lives. They need to be mentally and physically stimulated in order to be happy dogs, not to mention healthy and fit.

Basically, if you don’t take your Saint Bernard jogging every day, they won’t digest food too quickly and they will eventually become obese.

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18. Basset Hound

Basset hounds were originally bred for hunting small game, a job they excelled at, and they still live up to this reputation in certain parts of the country. Although they used to hunt rabbits across fields, now they mostly hunt balls and pillows around your living room. When they are not playing around, they are calm and relaxed, and they don’t like to rush things, they like to do things at a casual pace.

That doesn’t, however, stop them from being in love with those tasty dog treats, biscuits, dog food, and even human food. They aren’t exactly as eager to force their way to another dish as some other breeds, but they don’t mind getting a little extra food on the side. Pour a full bowl of dog food and they’ll patiently eat all of it. Then they’ll give you a questioning look which is telling you “No more? OK. But I could go for more.”

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19. Scottish Terrier

These stubborn dogs require someone to constantly watch over them because they simply love people and enjoy being around their humans. You know what’s another thing Scottish terriers love? Eating premium food, and they can eat lots of it, especially when you take their small size into account.

When we say premium quality, we really mean high-quality dog food and a healthy diet altogether. Scottish terriers have a sensitive digestive system – if you overfeed them, they will thank you with all their heart and love. Their stomachs, though, will scold you, and remind you that you’re not actually helping your dog when you give them too much food.

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20. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles spaniels may have a pompous name, but they are incredibly adorable and fun to be around. They are also very sporty due to their noble ancestors, and nothing makes them happier than chasing birds and retrieving them. Well, nothing except for cuddling with you, and participating in all sorts of family activities.

One thing you should pay attention to if you have a Cavalier King Charles spaniel is that they can and will eat nearly anything. They are voracious eaters, and their hunger is never satiated – they will always let you know that they want more, although joyfully. But not only that, they tend to eat household items as well: paper receipts, cardboard boxes, leaves, flowers, chewing gum, everything. Make sure to move or efficiently hide those kinds of things – they may like eating boots but their intestines don’t.

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21. Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese mountain dogs also enjoy gnawing on pretty much anything they can find around the house. Sometimes they even eat trash, who knows why. They are quite versatile working dogs that hail from Bern, Switzerland. They are able to pull carts, herd cattle, and even carry your stuff around if you’re taking them for a hike. These dogs love to play around and are very active when they need to be.

And you know what comes with a lot of physical activity, that’s right, a huge appetite. Bernese mountain dogs love nothing more than to pull your belongings around your home and then to rest in your living room, waiting for lunch. And when lunch comes, it needs to be a hearty one because they adore eating, and they will be thankful for every bite you give them.

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