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Are Black Dogs Discriminated Against?

Discussion in 'Breeder Discussion' started by Vicki, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    It's a story about discrimination -- but not against people. Rather, it's about man's best friend -- dogs.

    The dogs being discriminated against are called BBDs or big black dogs. An article in People magazine brought the trend to 3TV's attention.

    They're big, they're black and they're beautiful.

    But it's because of that the BBDs will be locked up a lot longer than other dogs.

    "If you're a large dog and you're a darker color dog, you're brown or black, your chances of being adopted go way down," said Julie Seal of the Arizona Humane Society.

    Kim Noetzel, also with the Arizona Humane Society, said the BBDs get passed, overlooked, devalued and judged.

    Animal advocate Seal and Noetzel said they see it all the time.

    "We live in a society where perception is reality, unfortunately, and I think people perceive this as maybe a big, mean dog when in fact he doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body. He is such a friendly boy," Noetzel said.

    Noetzel said big black and brown dogs have two things working against them.

    "The larger the dog the greater perception that it is going to be more work, more difficult to train and might need more exercise," she said.

    And people think they look mean.

    "They can't show a lot of facial expressions because they have the dark eyes against the dark hair and people just feel like they aren't really seeing anything about the animal so they're not terribly expressive," she said.

    Most people apparently want smaller dogs and for whatever reason, people are attracted to lighter colored-dogs.

    "I think it's a problem that we just kind of took for granted and now we're realizing that it is something we should be talking about," Noetzel said.

  2. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    I personally think black dogs are beautiful.....all that black shiny fur....I love em!
  4. buddysmom

    buddysmom Good Dog

    I do think the BBD's are discriminated against. I observed this at my local shelters.

    Being a lover and owner of BBD's (now and in the past) one thing I wonder ... about ... maybe some part of their lower adoption rate comes from the fact that they are more difficult to photograph.

    Today in the age of Petfinder etc. the photogenic quality is more important than ever to attract people who may be "shopping" for a rescue dog.

    Is that a weird thought?
  5. I see this happen week after week at the local shelter and it is so sad! All the "pretty" dogs and small dog get snatched up by rescue and we have to beg and plead for people to give the big black dogs a chance. And most of them are very very sweet dogs.
  6. SisMorphine

    SisMorphine Little Dog

    Black dog discrimination is absolutely real. When I worked for the Greyhound rescue we ended up with 5 black dogs (and could only hold 10 dogs) that we just COULDN'T adopt out, even though their temperaments were fantastic (Max, you will always be my first Greyhound love). I think that black dogs are absolutely gorgeous! One day (when/if I'm out of this brindle phase!) I'll have one.

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    We have Black Dog Syndrome here too. Its sad and an unfair reality. For example.... Benny has been with us a year at the end of July with NO applications. Not one. Midas, who was a stunning blue brindle and white had TWENTY TWO applications in the short time he was with us.

    It sucks.

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    I think you are dead on. Phographs have a LOT to do with getting a dog adopted and black ones DONT photograph well. :(
  9. Alan

    Alan Banned

    I think it has a lot to do with trends. Now days, we have all these custom breeds like laberdoodles because people want something diferent. Black dogs are plain. To a lot of people, the first concern of any dog is the color. A lot of them dont know what to look for or assume that most everything else will be the same so they look for the one which the pretty markings. White dogs are plain also but they have more of a status of being "Cool" because they arent as common as black dogs.

    The only thing I have against black dogs (Ive owned a few.) is that they disappear at night. It's real easy to trip over them getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom lol.

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