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.
|Pug||Toy Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||Black Dog Breeds||
Often described as “a lot of dog in a small space,” the Pug is a member of the Toy Group well-known for its big playful personality, even temper, and outgoing disposition. Along with excelling in the ring at dog show competitions, Pugs
|Whippet||Hound Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds||
The Whippet is a medium-sized sight hound that is of much elegance and fitness. It is an English Greyhound miniature and has been nicknamed "the poor man's racehorse. The fastest domesticated animal for its weight, the Whippet can reach a speed of
|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
|Brussels Griffon||Toy Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds||
The Brussels Griffon breed was developed in Belgium primarily from the Belgian street dog and the Affenpinscher. The Belgian street dog is very similar to the Fox Terrier and the Affenpinscher is a toy breed with a monkey-like face. The Brussels G
|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
|Affenpinscher||Toy Dog Breeds||Small Dog Breeds||Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds||
The Affenpinscher is a terrier type breed that originated in Cenral Europe, specifically Munich, Germany and France. The name Affenpinscher translates from German into Monkey Terrier. It is one of the oldest breeds in the Toy Group. During the 17t
|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
|Bloodhound||Hound Dog Breeds||Giant Dog Breeds||Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds||
The Bloodhound is often described as "the dog in a baggy suit" because of its very loose looking skin. It is a very old dog breed, perfected over a thousand years ago by monks in Belgium. The term "Bloodhound" actually refers to its aristocratic s
|Doberman Pinscher||Working Dog Breeds||Large Dog Breeds||Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds||
The noble Doberman pincher is a member of th
|Dalmatian||Non-Sporting Breeds||Medium Dog Breeds||White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds||
The Dalmatian is the only spotted canine breed. The dog we know as a Dalmatian today has been a draft dog, a dog of war, ratter, shepherd, bird dog, retriever, trail hound and fire-apparatus follower. However, the Dalmatian is best known for his r