Posted by Janine Allen at Monday, October 19th, 2009.
Black Dog Syndrome
Though it sounds like a dreaded disease, it is simply a reference to shelter dogs of an apparently doomed color that make them difficult to adopt.
Conjectures abound on why they linger in the shelters longer than other dogs: hard to see in dark kennels, photos don’t show up well on websites, appear more scary or aggressive. Possibly people have a hard time reading their facial expressions though it seems pretty clear that this girl is not too keen on the amorous advances of the boy.
I hike daily with three black dogs and have not found them to heat up any faster than other dogs on the trail. I’m always receiving compliments on their shiny coats – the black being a better contrast to reflective light. My furnishings and clothing are dark – which would be my choice anyway since any dog of any color at my house somehow will get dirt somewhere. And, while my friend’s white poodles return to the trail head covered in tan, brown, or gray, my black dogs always stay…well… BLACK!