Black Dog Breeds

A dog with a shiny black coat and deep chocolate eyes is beautiful. However, shelter workers in many locations have reported noticing that black dogs get adopted out less often than lighter colored strays. It is especially true of bigger black dogs. This has led to what is known in the dog adoption world as "Big Black Dog Syndrome."

It is thought that the reason for the rejection of these large black dogs may be because of a cultural heritage that associates black dogs with death and the supernatural.

If you are considering dog rescue, keep large black dogs in mind. Mixed breed black dogs make healthy, wonderful companions. Just like black cars and clothing, black dogs get hotter in warm weather. Exercise your large black dog in the cool of the morning or evening.

Black dog name suggestions: Shadow, Bear, Ebony, Hershey, Midnight, Raven.

Image Breed Breed Group Size Color Overview
Miniature Pinscher Miniature Pinscher Toy Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The Miniature Pinscher closely resembles the Doberman. However it is not a miniature Doberman. Like the Dobie, the Min Pin is a German breed of dog. Pinscher is the German word for "terrier." The proud, alert and spirited Min Pin with its high-ste

Newfoundland Newfoundland Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

A large dog breed, the Newfoundland is a true workhorse. They are master long-distance swimmers and have a true instinct to save the drowning. They have heavy coats to protect them from the icy waters of northern climates. They are as content in t

St. Bernard St. Bernard Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Although the Saint Bernard is muscular and powerfully built, it is dignified and gentle in temperament. There are both long and short-haired Saint Bernards. This breed of dog was originally used to find lost and freezing travelers during snowstorm

Great Dane Great Dane Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds

Also known as the Deutsche Dogge or German Mastiff in its homeland, the Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds known for their enormous bodies. However, their large size belies their friendly and affectionate nature, as Great Da

Italian Greyhound Italian Greyhound Toy Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

Classified in the Toy Group, The Italian Gre

Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd Herding Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Affectionately nicknamed the “Aussie,” the Australian Shepherd is an animated and active breed with a great deal of stamina for agility, obedience, and even herding livestock. As a loyal, devoted, and wholeheartedly loving dog breed, A

Airedale Terrier Airedale Terrier Terrier Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

The Airedale Terrier is the largest dog of the Terrier breeds and has been called "King of Terriers." The breed is thought to have been developed in the Valley of Aire, England. It may have descended from a black and tan terrier that is now extinc

Doberman Pinscher Doberman Pinscher Working Dog Breeds Large Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The noble Doberman pincher is a member of th

Cairn Terrier Cairn Terrier Terrier Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

The Cairn Terrier is a small but hardy working dog originally bred to help Scottish farmers get rid or pests on the property. The breed is most recognized as playing the role of Toto in The Wizard of Oz. The Breed was first developed in the Scotti

Chow Chow Chow Chow Non-Sporting Breeds Medium Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

Easy to recognize for its lion-like regal ap