Happy National Black Dog Day!

October 1st is National Black Dog day and I chose to write about this topic because I have a black dog. National Black dog day encourages adoption of black dogs.

Feature photo and this photo of “Rella,” belonging to CHS freshman, Olivia Thomas

According to National Day Calendar, “Colleen Paige, pet lifestyle expert and author, founded National Black Dog Day.” Black dogs have been presumably less likely to get adopted for their darker shade of fur, though this logic has recently been debunked with added research and testimonies from shelters.

This idea is known as “black dog syndrome.”

According to DogTime.com:

Black Dog Syndrome” is a phenomenon where black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Black dogs are more likely to be euthanized in shelters regardless of their breed.

According to an article by Today, this may not be statistically proven.

“New pieces of research have found that there is no indication that they are less likely to be adopted,” ASPCA Vice President of Shelter Research Dr. Emily Weiss told TODAY.com. “We just conducted a piece of research looking at various traits that drive people to adopt and color did not play a role at all. It busts this myth completely.”

Essentially, there is no data to prove one way over the other. Some statistics just validated that there tends to be more darker colored dogs in general, so that may be why they end up in shelters more frequently or attest to why their euthanasia rates are higher. Most research proves that color had nothing to do with it.

Lorissa Kekel, Shelter Manager for the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, provided her input for us on this topic.

“In 2018 we took in 824 darker colored dogs and 1800 dogs in total. So in our experience I would say NO we do not take in predominately black or darker colored dogs.” said Ms. Kekel.

“We do not encourage folks to adopt a pet on just looks alone. We suggest they spend some time getting to know a little of the pets personality before making the final decision.” She said.

Lorissa Kekel, Shelter Manager at Cherokee Animal Shelter

If you want to add a cute puppy or dog to the pack, consider adopting one with darker shade. Their loyalty, sweetness, and cuteness is no more or less than any other dog.

Just for Fun

We borrowed some fun ideas about black or darker colored dogs dogs that may shine some light on their shiny dark fur.

  • Black dogs are always in style. they’re priceless.
  • Their fur blends in with almost everything, unlike white hair. Black hair is not as much as a hassle when it comes to shedding.
  • Some of the best-beloved dog breeds for a family come in black. As an example, Labrador Retrievers, Flat coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, and Great Danes. Many shelters have these breeds in them, making them and amazing choice for your family pup.
  • Black dogs are easy to accessorize, to bling out with cute and fancy collars, their coat goes with everything. Dress them with hot pink or deep blue one day, and next dress your cute black pup in stripes or plaid.

For black dogs having been in a shelter a lot longer they may be some of the most loving dogs you’ll get. Just because their coat is black does not mean they love less.

Check out these darker colored dogs up for adoption right now at the Cherokee Animal Shelter!

It’s just $100 to adopt one of these sweet darker-colored babies. We received permission to promote their cute faces and hopefully find them a fur-ever home.

Today is the day to love your black dog. Their shiny coats are beautiful especially when playing out in the warm sunshine. Today is the day to give black dogs the love they deserve.

If you would like us to share your black dog today on our Twitter or Instagram, tag us @chswarriorword!

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