What You Should Know About Dog Diversity

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What You Should Know About Dog Diversity

Diversity: noun The state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness:  

What You Should Know About Dog Diversity

Diversity Needs In The Animal World

Oh, it makes me so sad to think that black dogs are the last to get adopted in shelters. Black dogs spend more time in shelters than their lighter colored doggie mates. Did you know black dogs are euthanized more often because of their lack of adoption? This is known as Black Dog Syndrome (BDS). For crying out loud, my Keira girl is a beautiful black Labradoodle with a shiny coal black curly coat with a sheen so brilliant you sometimes need to wear sunglasses. Not really, but you get my point. Petfinder researched the BDS and came up with a few interesting points as to why this is may have come about:
  • Size
  • Unclear facial features
  • Dimly lit kennels
  • The “genericness” of black pets
  • Negative portrayals of black pets in books, movies and other popular media
    • A big, frightening black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series, both movie versions of The Omen, and even on the common “Beware of Dog” sign.
    • Black cats are readily associated with witches, superstition, and bad luck.
What do you think? If you were in the market for a new pup would the color of the dog determine whether you select one dog over another? Why or why not?

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  • I have a beautiful black pitbull mix, but I will admit, when I was online looking for puppies, his tan brothers and sisters caught my eye. Once I got there, he won my heart. I have had black dogs in the past and they always win me over in person. Pictures never do them justice.

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