Black Dogs

For some reason people seem to have some misguided prejudice against black dogs. Heaven knows why, my sister has two big black dogs and they are the gentlest, sweetest, most loving dogs you could ever meet. Yet the statistics tell us that when it comes to adopting, black dogs do not fair as well as white, brown, tan or grey dogs.

So I thought I would share the top ten reasons why you should choose a black dog.




17 thoughts on “Black Dogs

  1. Absolutely agree! We have a black lab and she’s wonderful, and we had a black cat who was the smartest, most loving cat ever.

  2. I’ve never heard of that one before. Doc is mostly black and so was our old dog Mutt and they are the loveliest dogs ever! (was in Mutt’s case since he’s dead now). My brother also has the most beautiful and sweetest lab who happens to be black too. Then again, we love dogs of all colours, shapes and sizes! šŸ˜‰

  3. We had a Dutch shepherd that was pitch black, and she was absolutely gorgeous and the sweetest personality ever. I’ll keep this post in mind if in the future I should visit a dog pound to adopt a pup. šŸ™‚

  4. I didn’t know this. And, since I suffer from insomnia, you now have me going on a Google trek, to find out the statistics, the why’s, etc….This bothers me, probably because the most loyal dog I had was black.

      1. It seems to be a combination if several things. It happens at such a high rate, that there is a name for it – Black Dog Syndrome.

        Reasons why they aren’t adopted as often:
        Superstition, similar to that of black cats
        Unfair portrayals in movies, etc – they are used to show evil, aggressiveness, and more
        Poor lighting in most shelters, which means they blend more into the background
        Unless shelters have great lighting for photographs, they will leave black dogs off their photo promos, because they aren’t as easily seen
        Unclear facial features

        Excerpt from one article:

        In a survey, Petfinder member shelter and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for 12.5 weeks on Petfinder, whereas, less-adoptable pets (such as black, senior, and special needs pets) spend almost four times as long on Petfinder.

      2. That’s so disappointing isn’t it? Unfair stereotyping that’s for sure! Fortunately those of us that have know the joys of a black dog can testify on how loving and gentle they really are.

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