Yesterday I watched Ceasar Millan’s Dog Whisperer and, for the first time, heard about the “black dog” syndrome. Although there is no scientific explanation of this phenomenon, animal shelters observe a particular trend in adoptions. And it doesn’t bode well for the black pooch. Potential adopters subconsciously gravitate to lighter coloured dogs and overlook the black ones. Some attribute this behaviour to the perception that black dogs with black eyes are more difficult to read, or that they don’t show well in photos, when people look for adoptable dogs online. There are also superstitions: a black dog is an evil apparition found in the folklores of the British Isles; in Taiwan real black dogs are considered a real bad ju-ju, and if a black dog sports white “socks,” even more so.
My dogs are predominantly black with elegant white socks, and they are the cutest pups in the world. (Please forgive me if I am being a bit subjective here. :-)) I also have to admit that the male, whose eyes are much darker than his sister’s, may certainly look inscrutable on photos. But he’s got such an expressive face, that he never fails to make a positive impression when people meet him in person. (As long as those people are not riding bicycles :-))
If you are not superstitious and are thinking about adopting a dog, especially from a shelter, before you make your decision, have a closer look at the cool K9s in black. Who knows, maybe one of them will win your heart.
- Black Cat And Dog Syndrome (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Black Russian Terrier Dogs (dogster.com)
- Photo of the day – black labrador dog (photographybypixie.wordpress.com)