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
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

Neapolitan Mastiff Neapolitan Mastiff Working Dog Breeds Giant Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds

A massive body, head and bone structure gives the Neapolitan Mastiff a serious demeanor. This large and powerful dog is quite docile in spite of its fierce appearance. The breed is recognized by its huge size, loose skin and the many wrinkles and&

Poodle Poodle Toy Dog Breeds Non-Sporting Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

Poodles are formal dog breeds that come in s

Portuguese Water Dog Portuguese Water Dog Working Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

Classified as a working dog, the Portuguese

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

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Toy Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Often affectionately nicknamed the “Cavie,” the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a smaller breed of spaniel that is prized for its sweet, gentle nature. Although the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most prevalent breeds in&

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

Havanese Havanese Toy Dog Breeds Small Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

Known for being the “National Dog of Cuba” and the only dog breed native to the island country, the Havanese is a small dog breed known for its silky coat that protects it against the harsh heat of the tropics. As a trainable and intel

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

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