Sunday, November 7, 2010

Black Dog Syndrome

This topic seems strange doesn’t it? I’ve heard about it a few times from several people I know and thought, “Black dog discrimination?” Just doesn’t make any sense at all. But after further research, it is in fact a common problem in animal shelters.

While no one knows the exact reason, there are several theories including that dogs of a darker color may appear to be more aggressive. Various breeds known for their black coats are simultaneously known for their reputation of attacking people, such as rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, and pit bulls. Also, darker color dogs seem to go overlooked in poorly lit shelters.  On top of it all, they don’t photograph as well either, so in the age of, these dogs will continue to be missed during online searches. Black dogs are usually the last ones to get adopted and therefore, the ones most likely to be euthanized.

Black dogs are among the most beautiful dogs in the world. I know because I have one. She’s sweet, cute, and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. But she’s one of the lucky ones.

Many black dogs are overlooked during the adoption process because of their coat color. Most of the time, the discrimination is done unconsciously.

If you are looking to adopt a dog, please look at all of your options and consider adopting a black dog.

If you are a local animal shelter and need help adopting the black dogs you currently have, consider the tips featured in this article:

1 comment:

  1. Nice Shannon! Having two terrific black dogs ourselves this was a wonderful eye opener. Here in Portland our shelter has half off all black dogs in October.