Big, black dogs are often the last to be adopted from animal shelters — a phenomenon known in pet rescue circles as "black dog syndrome."
When I volunteered at the Humane Society doing off-site adoptions, I was struck by the proportion of dogs we had that were black. It’s got me thinking that this would be a good cause to devote myself to – maybe starting some kind of organization promoting the coolness of black dogs. Black is beautiful, baby 🙂
When I adopted Desi, I knew she was a victim of "black dog syndrome" – she’d been in the shelter for quite awhile, despite her wonderful temperament. I myself might not have given her a second look if it weren’t for the detailed description of her on Petfinder.com that included the now often-quoted phrase, "She’s so easy to have in your home." What an understatement! Desi is the perfect dog – so earnest, obedient and sweet, plus she can look totally scary and menacing when she needs to which comes in handy.
Look at this face: