Many people may not realize this, but there’s a definite bias against black dogs in America. Shocking, I know! Who doesn’t love a goofy, fun-loving black Labrador Retriever, right? But sadly, black shelter dogs don’t always fare very well. They are the very first to be euthanized, and least adoptable animals in shelters.
Why is that? What’s wrong with black dogs? Honestly, a big part of the reason is because they don’t photograph well. Shelters often try to take cute photos of their adoptable dogs that they can display online to help with adoptions, and black dogs often just don’t look great, because of lighting and the lack of definition of their features in photos.
Additionally, many parents want to have great family photos with the kids and the dog, and they sometimes choose dogs who will look great to make those family memories in photos. As a result, they often steer clear of black dogs. I know. I know. Crazy. No…CRAZY!! It sounds like I’m loony tunes for sure! All of us are drawn to a specific “look” in the dogs that we choose. Unfortunately, black dogs just don’t fare well in that.
Rugby put out an invitation on his “Fussbutts” page to his black furiends and today, he and I would love to feature photos of those very special dogs. Many thanks to their wonderful owners who were kind enough to send Rugby their photos and personal bios of these very special dogs! Enjoy the photo montage of black dogs who are every bit as lovable as any other dog on planet Earth!
So here’s a cheer to black dogs in America!! At RugbyJames.com, we salute you! We love your shiney, sleek black fur that looks amazing in sunshine! We love your beautiful expressive eyes which simply melt into that shiney fur! Your smiles are huge and bright because of the sharp contrast of white and black, giving you an edge over the average smiling dog.
Rock on, my furry friends!! You deserve a day to call your own!