Black Dog Syndrome

Black Dog Syndrome

Have you ever heard of this?  There are more black dogs (and cats) born than other colors, because it is a dominant color.

Various theories abound as to why black dogs seem to be overlooked for adoption:

Is it superstition?

Is it because it is harder to get good photographs of these dogs?  When you don’t see the light in their eyes and the expression on their faces, they may be more readily ignored.


Sitting in the kennels of your local animal shelter is likely a black dog.  It might be a Lab, Mastiff, or Chihuahua mix- who knows!  Almost each breed can come in black.  The staff’s efforts to snap photos that illustrate this dog’s beauty are usually in vain, as the dark color of its shiny coat easily blends into the background.  The spirited expression in it’s beautiful eyes are also hard to see with that dark black coat.  So “just another black dog” gets posted up onto PetFinder, to blend in with all the “other black dogs.”  But here’s a secret.  Black dogs are the roses among thorns; the diamond in the rough.  They get looked over so easily that often their special talents or uniquely wonderful personalities are missed.  But not by us.

Come to an adoption event, come see one of our many black dogs with Pet Haven. Click here to find the dates and locations.



Big Mac comes to us from rural Iowa.  Some say he is a very large purebred Lab, some say they think he may be mixed with Great Dane.  Regardless, he is one large and gentle giant who is worth coming to meet!

Hooch is a new member of Pet Haven and was found as a stray near Fairmont, Minnesota.  Everyone who has met him has fallen in love with him, even people who admitted to being afraid of “pit bulls” (note: he is not an American Pit Bull Terrier) before meeting him.

Although not exactly black, Kimono is close, and is so ready for her forever home.  She has been in rescue for months, and besides the negative stereotypes that sometimes come with her breed, we don’t know why.  She is a sweet, sweet girl who is ready to make a family VERY happy they found her.

Nick is a “bassador” (lab/basset) who is also new to our clan.  His previous family spent very little time teaching him how to be a proper house dog, so skilled foster mom Laura Briggs is helping him learn quickly.  He attracts attention everywhere he goes and we don’t anticipate he will be in rescue too long!

Although she will not be in attendance at this weekend’s event (recovering from surgery), Dixie is another black dog in rescue.  She is a spunky lady who is, “the sweetest dog I have cared for in my 4 years of fostering” (says her foster mom).  She didn’t get the best of care the first 10 years of her life, but you can bet she will for the rest of it!

Thank you to all those out there who have stepped up to adopt a black dog and help break Black Dog Syndrome.

And for those who have never owned a black dog: please consider!