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Here’s why people are sharing photos of their black dogs

Black dogs—and cats—are less likely to get adopted.


Siobhan Ball


Posted on Oct 2, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 2:25 am CDT

As well as being the start of Halloween month, October 1 is also National Black Dog Day. Like their feline brethren, black dogs are the least likely to be adopted out of shelters due to a combination of people believing that black animals are unlucky and unfriendly, and their supposedly unphotogenic nature. Known as Black Dog Syndrome, the bias is likely to be an unconscious one for many people, as even those who wouldn’t say they believed or cared about any of those things are more likely to choose light-colored dogs over black ones.

Founded in 2011, National Black Dog Day is an attempt to overcome this ridiculous stigma and help some very good doggos find the homes they deserve.

People shared pictures of their adorable black dogs to encourage show people what they’re missing.

Including the Greensboro Grasshoppers, who shared a picture of one of their mascot dogs, Lou Lou Gehrig. The mascot dogs help return bats and balls during games.

Some doggos even had their own Twitter accounts.

And after seeing all of these lovely boys and girls, how could you not be convinced? Black dogs forever.


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*First Published: Oct 2, 2019, 7:45 am CDT