Have you ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome? It’s a subconscious condition in the minds of people interested in dog adoption. Black dogs, it seems, are the last to be picked by potential owners looking to adopt a pet because of unintentional discrimination. The Winnipeg Humane Society, a non-profit organization and registered charity committed to animal welfare, says it’s not just superstitions, but deep seated beliefs in society. To help curb this trend, the WHS has started a “Black Dog Club,” giving those who adopt black dogs additional benefits.
“Some believe black dogs are more aggressive,” states the WHS, This phenomenon of bias is seen in animal shelters and veterinary clinics across the world may be due to a number of factors. It could be a stigma of fear against certain dog breeds and even the fact that black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive and dangerous in popular culture and media. Some even believe that the color black is associated with evil or misfortune, a belief that is prevalent in many potential owners during dog adoption.