It's depressing but it's true; I've adopted only 4 animals in my adult life but three of them were black. One very hyper and later found to be very pregnant female that looked like a miniature lab mixed with dasch (the puppies were so easy to give away); A "black version of Benji" that during his "outings," had made more friends than I can sum up in my whole life; The saddest old man in the world that was the greatest old man in the world; And my wife's evil-I run this house and my poop doesn't stink-cat (still scratching at my heels to this day- I mean literally: Man, I hate that cat).
Why and for what other reason is there that some breed standards actually determine black is bad? As for bulldogs, black is disqualified in conformation shows you know. I wonder what other breeds have same standards? I mean, you never see a black St. Benard, but so what if there was? Would you walk by its cage or not? However, I admit I would be more prone to be racist towards a green dog: I'd probably keep walking... Wait, maybe I wouldn't, St. Patrick's day is on Monday you know, and I've heard St. Benards have beer attached to their collars. Mmmmm-hmmm.
"Adopt a black dog, they needs Love too, plus I hear they say, 'Once you go black, you'll never return to the previous abysmal pigment arranged veneer,' or something like that." -Monstarr
"Outside of a dog; a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read." -Groucho Marx
It is not just in shelters. I used to have black labs before I knew any better, and it was painfully noticeable that the majority of people did not want the black pups. It was getting harder and harder selling the black ones until I had to stop breeding them. Even though all my dogs now are yellow and chocolate, I still get a black pup here and there. Every time it happens, I am reminded all over again why I no longer intentionally breed them when I try to sell them.
I donít really know why, but I am partial to the lighter colors as well. I donít fully understand the psychology behind it, but I know what people like and black isnít it.
Btw, Cushi was the name of my first lab. He was black. He was the best dog any one could ever hope for. So I know the color makes no difference in the dog... but yet it somehow does.
Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.
oh horse piss!!! I adore black dogs, cats or any other animal. It is my favorite color in animals actually. I do see the discrimination towards them though, as heart breaking as it is. The majority of my rescues are black, they take a while to find homes for, but it's worth the wait because the people who want them are really great. My last cat rescue was a kitten who was abandoned at a house with some 30 other cats, he was 3 weeks when I got him and I bottle fed him for 4 more weeks. We had him for about 4 months, partially because he was so tiny (his name was PipSqueek) and also because everyone who was interested said no after finding out that he was black. He finally found a home, the best home I could've ever hoped he found, the woman who took him said that he is the best cat she has ever owned in her life.
Huh, thats funny. I haven't had any black pups in my litters yet but its bound to happen and probably soon. It'll be interesting to see if it is indeed a little harder to sell them. I raise poms and black isn't as common as orange within the breed so i wonder if that will make a difference. I can tell ya the chocolates are in extreme demand though.
Really?!?! Zoe's black and tan and we never thought anything of her color. And 2 out of the four black pups that Zoe had were the first to go, matter fact the very first one to get picked was completely black. The second was mostly black, but she was the only tri.
I am 34 years old and have been married for 10 years. 2 out of 3 of our dogs are black. I love the dark eyes. They have so much emotion. They have been completely different personalities. My new puppy max was the runt of the litter and the only black puppy left out of 9 puppies. There were 4 chocolate labs left and my Max. He is actually black with brown paws and eyes. he almost looks like a Rott...I wouldn't trade my black dogs for anything..
I don't know why black dogs get the short end of the stick I love black dogs get I have a white one. I thought I'd never get a white dog just because they're hard to keep white but I love her and but I'd love to get a black or brown or yellow dog.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
In some cultures black dogs are still considered to be unlucky.
I can only speak to the breeds I have had experience with. In the conformation ring at least with Poms and Chows black can be a real handicap. There is a joke about black Chows that goes; "The problem with a black Chow is that you can't tell whether they are coming or going." Not all judges are older but the vast majority are, no one was kidding when they said the first thing to go is the eyes. It is really difficult to judge expression when all you can see is two shiny black marbles in a matte black blob.
Black American Cockers carry about twice the coat that a parti or a buff does which can work both ways.
I have worked with an animal rescue and have adopted two shelter dogs...both were black...and the loves of my life...i know all about the black dog syndrome, but prefer to think of them as black diamonds and the only color I seem to be interested in adopting!
See with Shiba Inu the reason white is not an accepted color is that a white dog born into your house ment a death, this superstition had pretty much disappeared when the Akita Inu came alone which is why they are allowed in white. But I have never seen a solid black one of either breed.