Why Are Black Dogs Being Ignored?
Black dogs are notoriously hard to rehome. As the proud owner of a beautiful black greyhound, I just can’t understand how anyone could choose one dog over another purely down to the colour of their coat.
How a dog looks has absolutely no impact on their personality, their quirks or their ability to be a wonderful companion, yet black dogs are being left in the rescue shelter with lighter coloured dogs being adopted much quicker. So why exactly are black dogs being left behind?
Are we superstitious?
Anecdotally, there are a few reasons that people aren’t as likely to adopt a black dog, one of which being a long held belief that black dogs are ‘bad’ or ‘unlucky’ in some way. In folklore, there is often stories of a black dog as an omen of bad luck or foreboding. There is an old English tale of ‘Black Shuck’ a ghostly black dog that roams the countryside, scaring the locals.
This folklore still impacts us in present day. When we discuss depression, we often speak of a metaphorical black dog haunting us. While we know that it is not a literal black dog, these thoughts are deep within our psyche and may put people off without them even realising.
Are black dogs Instaworthy?
In a more ‘first world problems’ setting, many people don’t want to adopt a black dog as they are not as easy to photograph as a dog of a lighter colour. To that I say two things;
- your dog is not a fashion accessory for Instagram, it’s a companion which should not be chosen just for being photogenic
- if you want to take good photos, learn how to take good photos! A black dog not being easy to photograph should not be an excuse to avoid adoption but rather a reason to learn a new skill
I do realise that social media is a large part of everyday life now and people want to share their journey with their dog but it should not be a reason to not adopt what could be the perfect dog for you. When you bring a new pet into your home, you will love it regardless of how photogenic it is.
It’s about more than colour
If you are considering adopting a dog, I urge you to concentrate on the breed characteristics that would make a good fit with you and your lifestyle rather than any kind of aesthetic tick of a box. When you are having a cuddle and enjoying time with your new best friend, the colour of their coat won’t matter one single bit. You should base your choice on the heart of the animal, not the colour of its fur.