Black Dog Syndrome
Black dogs, wait longer for adoption & are adopted less frequently. A higher percentage of perfectly healthy, adoptable dogs die in shelters because they are black. It's known as black dog syndrome. People associate light with good/safe and dark with bad/scary. Black dogs do not photograph well, & in shelters seem to "disappear to the eye" as potential adopters walk through. Even puppies can take longer and adult black dogs, especially larger ones, take the longest. It's very sad!