Big Black Dog Syndrome

Haven’t heard of it? It’s real and we’ve seen it firsthand at Grey Face. Adopters are less likely to pay attention to animals with darker fur, leaving them left at a rescue or shelter for quite some time.  Let’s dig a little deeper into what it is and why it happens.

Hollywood Influences

Think Big Black Scary Dog. Most antagonists that need a “devil dog” or even an “unlucky omen” choose animals with black fur, mainly focusing on bigger black dogs and black cats. Although most people know that all these animals aren’t actually bad or aggressive, the stigma still lives, hindering an adopter’s ability to look past the dark fur.

Their Personality Doesn’t Shine Through

In shelters and photographs, the dogs’ softer features are harder to see. Dogs with lighter fur have a better advantage showing off the glint in their eyes. But, as Grey Face knows, these dogs are just as playful have a great spirit. With a squeaky toy or two, plus some cute pup clothes, these dogs’ can look extra friendly!

Pretty Karlee with her flower hat

Pretty Karlee with her flower hat

Our Own Beautiful BBDs

Feeling a tug at your heart to help stop this syndrome? We have three beautiful big black dogs in need of a forever home. Karlee, Buster and Duke have definitely experienced people taking a blind eye to them. Karlee hasn’t had a home for 3,500 days! That’s over 9 years for anyone who’s doing the math. Plus, if you’re looking to test the waters or are not able to fully adopt a dog at the moment, Duke is looking for a wonderful foster home. All three dogs have so much to offer, if you give them a chance.

Learn more about Karlee, Buster and Duke on our adoption page here.