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Black Pet Syndrome


Is the colour black really unlucky or is the superstition just leaving our black furry friends homeless?

There seems to be a stigma around black dogs, better yet known as 'Black Dog Syndrome' or 'BDS' for short. Black Dog Syndrome is the reason behind why people are reluctant to adopt black pets of all shapes and sizes.

There are many misconceptions surrounding animals with black fur. These unfair judgements include false ideas they are bad luck, evil, misfortunate and they are associated with death.

Judging an animal by it's coat doesn't stop at dogs either. There is also a massive stigma around our black feline friends. The black cat, or as known in French, Le Chat Noir, has people believing the superstition of black cats being associated with witchcraft and plotting evil schemes.

Other reasons for people being coat coloured biased and lack of adoption stem from dark furred animals not showing up as well in photographs. The lighting of their fur in kennels isn't as ascetically pleasing, making it difficult to find loving homes.

Numerous studies have been conducted on pets with black coats and their adoption rates and the results vary between different cultures. Studies of late have proved to be a tad more positive for animals with black coats, demonstrating a hopeful future for animals of the darkest shade.

Recent studies conducted by researcher Christy Hoffman, Ph.D, assistant professor of Animal Behaviour, involved 16,700 dogs over 4 years, which show a positive outlook.

"In the first shelter, the average length of time a dog was available for adoption was seven days while black dogs were out in 6.5 days,"

"In the second shelter, the average length of stay for a dog was 10.5 days while black dogs were out in nine."

Results showing misconceptions of judging a book by its cover have dropped and it looks as though the tables are turning towards the darker side of the moon. Good news for our black furry friends!

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