Posted on April 27th, 2012
When it comes to adoption, black dogs are often passed over for whatever reason and end up being the last to be adopted, if adopted at all.
Some people still have a harmful superstition of black dogs, place a negative label on them, fear that the color of the dog makes them aggressive or dangerous or think they are just too ordinary looking.
Some people may not be aware of the horrifying rate black dogs are euthanized over lighter colored dogs. While the idea of doggie discrimination sounds strange, “black dog syndrome” does happen. It is usually an unconscious occurrence and it may explain why black cats have the same problem finding a home. People whom are superstitious about black cats may unconsciously harbor superstitions about black dogs as well.
Sometimes people may mistake black dogs to be older than other lighter dogs. This is because they usually have bits of facial hair that may be white or gray, making the dog appear older than he/she really is. Others may return their black dog to the shelter because they have gotten new furniture and they don’t want the dark hair that their pet sheds.
Another interesting factor that keep black dogs from being adopted is the simple fact that their black coats can make them hard to see in poorly lit kennels. This can lead to poorly taken photos being posted on the shelters’ web sites which are how many people find the dog they want to adopt.
A lot of shelters will put extra energy into getting their black dogs noticed. Usually placing a brightly colored ribbon or piece of fabric around their necks help to get these black coated dogs noticed.
If you or someone you know is looking to adopt, keep black dogs in mind. They have the hardest time being adopted out but could end up being your best companion yet!