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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Big Black Dog syndrome - BBD

I read an article recently about many people not wanting black dogs, and the reason why is because of the "Big Black Dog" syndrome.

The phenomenon may be due to a number of factors such as fear stigma against certain breed types because of irresponsible Doberman, Pit-bull, Rottweiler, etc. owners. Black dogs are often represented as violent in films and on television. The color black is inadvertently associated with evil - this bias transfers over to animals. People are more afraid of big black dogs because it’s hard to read their expressions when you can’t see their eyes and faces very well.

The theories vary, but, unfortunately the statistics don’t. Organizations have started campaigns to educate the public about BBD syndrome. Black dogs difficult to adopt out of shelters, even if they’re friendly, well trained, and in perfect health. The wait time for big black dogs — especially males — are longer than for any other type of dog. The adoption rate is lower. The surrender rate is higher.

All I can say is that I have a big passion for any type of dog, whether it has a dark coat, unique coat or a pattern color coat. We have a sweet, lovable Rottweiler at home, and I am sure that there are many other black dogs like him out there that are just waiting for someone to come along and “take a chance” on them.
Don’t get influenced by the Big Black Dog syndrome …

3 comments:

Perfectposie.com said...

Very interesting. I was not aware of this.
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Mara Paz said...

I wasn't aware of this, either. I love black dogs.

O.Silva said...

Hi Mara,
So do I... and black cats as well :)

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