National Black Dog Day Is Today – October 1st

Black dog Delilah

Did you know that black dogs have their very own designated day? Indeed they do – October 1 is designated as National Black Dog Day. A day to help shine a light on the dogs who are are known to suffer from a strange phenomenon known as “black dog syndrome.”

What is black dog syndrome you may ask? Black dogs (and cats for that matter) tend to sit in shelters for four times as long as their lighter colored counterparts, reports A variety of factors play into this odd (and sad) phenomenon.

Black dogs tend to be harder to photograph. Some people have the perception that black dogs are mean and this faulty notion is often played up in the media when black (or otherwise dark-colored) dogs are cast in aggressive roles on television or in movies. There are even some people who consider dogs with black fur to be too average…not eye-catching…all-in-all, too boring.

For those people who have a black dog, this mysterious black dog phenomenon is just that – a mystery. How could anyone look at the striking good looks of gleaming black fur and not see beauty? Who could possibly slap a label on a dog based solely on the color of their fur?

we love black dogs!

Plenty of proud black dog owners are lighting up Twitter with #BlackDogDay right now. And shelters are reaching out to potential adopters to highlight deserving black dogs who are patiently waiting to be noticed. On Facebook, there is a group designated to helping Black Dogs (click here) find forever homes, on National Black Dog Day and beyond.

Looking to add a new four-legged friend to your family? Consider a beautiful black dog – like Delilah, a two-and-a-half-year-old dog who has been waiting at the East Valley Animal Services facility in Van Nuys, California, since June (Petharbor link here).

Or Cookie, a five-year-old dog who has waited at the Miami-Dade Animal Services facility in Florida since June (Petharbor link here).

Black dog Diesel

Or perhaps Diesel, a young dog at the New York Animal Care and Control facility in Manhattan. Diesel (Petharbor link here) is said to be gorgeous, albeit “shy and scared” after losing his home and family.

Gorgeous black dogs can be found in nearly ever shelter across the nation – they are waiting to be found, and loved, like every other deserving dog. Please consider joining the effort to help these overlooked pups find their way into new, loving homes…#BlackDogDay




Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

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  1. Mongoose218 says:

    Ideally it should be “Black dog and Black cat” day! Black cats are also “discriminated” against for the same reasons as Black dogs……Old superstitions also play into this for both dogs and cats…..

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