6) So why is the color an issue?
A few reasons: As we stated in #4 dark dogs photograph poorly by those who don't know how to photograph to show their eyes or expression in their faces so they often show up as "blobs" instead of a dog with an expression. People skip over the initial picture because they are not drawn in. (black dog overlooked)
Black dogs blend into their poorly lit kennel runs and
just don't stand out in shelter lines and people walk
issue pg 17. There is a link reference to Chris Leavens
who has done a 2 minute sound and visual byte about the
dilemma that shelters face in finding homes for Big
Black Dogs and BARK states "he does a great job getting
(again black dog overlooked)
Like the black cats, black dogs also carry a fear stigma, some due to legends (more European based if we go worldwide with this) some folklore (could be geographically based) and some due to stereotype or negative tones:
A) The big black dog who is used by the less than caliber individual for protection of illegal activity (strong appearing dogs attract people wanting power, protection or intimidation)
B) The crazed dog ready to do damage in a movie, book
or TV show (this can also be breed associated: Rottweiler, Doberman, Pitbulls, note color of the breeds and head/jawline/body structure). (black dog not adopted or considered) C) Do your own google search of "Winston Churchill black dog" and a variety of articles arise with their own facts and biases. It appears from a historical standpoint it was Winston Churchill who coined the phrase or is the name most associated with it. But many medical professionals today are taking the label and making it more positive: a dog can be trained, so there is hope for the once "skeleton in my closet" medical label of depression a.k.a "The Black Dog". According to Wikipedia "There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the position that color has any bearing whatsoever on temperament, health, or overall quality of any dog, regardless of breed!"
Bottom line: This site hopes to encourage people to adopt a dog based on a personality match for both the dog and the person. Hopefully this will allow the black and darker coated dogs to have the platform to be less overlooked and to receive their needed opportunity to be noticed in the rescue or shelter setting despite their numbers and the flaws we have in our current adoption process and shelter/building set ups.
We also hope we can be an educational resource link for shelters to assist their future adopters to understand the importance of adopting for life and that it starts with the best match right in the beginning. A personality based "match" (human to canine and canine to human) that is founded on responsiblity and committment. To quote a rescue in Madison, MN " before adopting a pet, BE SURE that you are willing to do the ongoing training necessary and that you are committed to the next 5-10+ years of his/her life. A dog should not be a disposable item ! Please do the research on the breed [or mixed breed] you are considering. You will never regret bringing a loyal friend into your life!"
Ultimately we hope that one day this website will not need to be here for its original reasons stated on our homepage.