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Before the industrial revolution, canine nutrition for working class dogs was much like the diet of their working-class owners – basic, simple, and sometimes not very good. Although they worked all day within a whisker of glistening sides of beef or lamb, dogs were lucky to get anything beyond a crust of bread or a greasy knuckle of bone. Other dogs fared a little better, although their diets also were identical to those of their peasant masters – meatless fare consisting of bread, potatoes, onions, and boiled cabbage. In general, the greater the wealth and status of the master, the more varied the diet of the dog. Canine dinners of the rich were lavish, for instance, including succulent bits of roast duck, cakes, and candied nuts or fruit.