Would your dog eat you if you died?

Would your dog eat you if you died?

New research says: Yeah, maybe

 Conventional wisdom says that if you die at home alone, your cat(s) will probably eat your corpse. But your dog? Most people might think maybe, if the dog was trapped without any other source of food for a long time, it might resort to eating your corpse in order to survive.

Au contraire, my friends!

A new study of mortality records by National Geographic science journalist Erika Engelhaupt shows that dogs are at least as likely to nibble on your dead body as cats. In fact, there are more recorded cases of dogs eating their owners, although this might be due to the fact that "a cat ate the body" wasn't considered notable enough to include in the report.

More shocking still, in most of these cases, the owner had been dead for less than 24 hours. In many cases, the dogs still had access to food dishes, which still contained dog food.

Corpse-munching was reported primarily in medium and large-sized dogs. However, as Engelhaupt noted, "for all we know, a Pomeranian or Chihuahua would tear a head off if it could."

An intriguing clue presented itself in the course of her research: Most dogs who ate their owners started with the face. Most predators, including wild canines, start with the abdomen, eating the nutrient-rich organs first. They move on to the limbs last, and rarely bother with the head, since it has so little meat on it.

One theory is that the dog is upset and trying to revive its owner by licking and nuzzling its dead owner's face. One thing leads to another, maybe there's some blood involved, Rover maybe takes a little nibble, and the next thing you know, the whole face is gone.