Dog discrimination

@stacyv81 (5906)
United States
June 16, 2007 3:33pm CST
I was reading in a Magazine that people are less likely to adopt a black dog. Because they cannot read them as well, and they seem aggressive. I thought this was weird but apparently failry common. They said that more black dogs were being put to sleep because they couldnt find homes for them. What do you think? Would you be weary about adopting or having a black dog?
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@twils2 (1821)
• United States
17 Jun 07
Well, I think anyone that says black dogs are meaner than other dogs has never owned a black dog. I have two black dogs from the same litter that half black lab and half rottwieller. these dogs can scare strangers when they come two the door but I've never seen two more emotional dogs ever. If I dont treat them just right they get their feelings hurt real easy. They are super friendly when the grandkids come over and if anything when they see a stranger they attack each other for the chance to get first lick. lol. I would never even consider choosing a dog based on color. Take care, Terry
• Ireland
17 Jun 07
I think it is crazy, personally. All of my dogs, whatever the breed or colour have been unique. I never even heard people basing temperment of dogs on a colour.
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
16 Jun 07
I find study like this one to be stupid. We currently own two dogs that are white with liver spots. We also own two dogs that are mainly black and brown. None of these animals are aggressive or mean in anyway. To be honest with you I think that the dark colored dogs are actually easier to read. When we adopt a dog we check out their personality by tugging on their tails or ears just like one of the children might.
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@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
19 Jun 07
This is just something that was noticed by those who work in humane societies http://www.blackpearldogs.com/
@KillBits (29)
• Uruguay
17 Jun 07
I like black dogs... I have a black dog and he is very sweet.... so...
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I have never heard that dogs were discriminated against because of their color before. It makes no sense to me. I have heard people say that they won't get a certain breed before because of what others say about the breeds temperament. I don't agree with either opinion. I believe that a dog should be judged for his personality and disposition. I have adopted a couple of black dogs and don't regret adopting either one. I actually seem to prefer the black dogs to tell you the truth.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
17 Jun 07
Wow! I have never heard this before. When I was growing up we had a balck dog and she was very gentle and wouldn't hurt anyone. I would think it depends on how they are brought up as well.
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@chluvcw (31)
• United States
17 Jun 07
WOW...I have never heard that. I get along well with ALL dogs no matter what their color is, and currently have a large black lab. Having had several different breeds and colors of dogs over the years, the only thing I can say is that the lighter colored dogs tended to pick up fleas and ticks more than the darker colored ones.
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• United States
16 Jun 07
oh wow! I think that is really stupid! lol. And I would hope it isn't true! I had 2 black dogs and they were the sweetest, least agressive animals you ever met! They both recently passed away, but you can see one in my photos. And we just recnelty adopted another puppy, Maggie, who looks just like the deceased Mocha. And even though she is a STINKER and a bit crazy she isn't mean at all. That is the biggest myth, if I ever saw one! lol
@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
16 Jun 07
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKZ3SaR4FUw http://www.blackpearldogs.com/ its for real they call it black dog syndrome
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• United States
16 Jun 07
oh I didn't think it was a myth that people didn't adopt them, i just meant that them being mean and aggressive was the myth! :)
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@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
18 Jun 07
yes, thats true. I never heard of this before. I thought it was crazy!
@magikrose (5425)
• United States
16 Jun 07
In my opnion clack dogs are no diffrent than brown or tan. A dog is a dog no matter what color fur. I am going to be looking to adopt a dog soon and to be honest iam going to take the one that I like and likes me and is ok with kids and cats. If it happins to be a black dog then great if not then great too. My neighbor has a small dog and she is black and she is the sweetist little dog and very protective and loving. Iwould love to adopt her but she already has a loving home so I wont.
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@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
19 Jun 07
http://www.blackpearldogs.com/ this was just what was noticed by humane society workers
@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
16 Jun 07
That is stupid... very stupid. I think that some people are really getting more bored every day, in America... and what they do? they pay an so called scientist to make a research, and some stupid results like the one above emerge... and after that they call their actions "Marketing Strategies"... that sucks;)
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@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
19 Jun 07
http://www.blackpearldogs.com/ this was not done by scientific research, just noticed by people working in humane societies
• United States
16 Jun 07
No I wouldn't. My dog is mainly black as all rottweilers are black with some brown markings. I think that is wrong to discriminate because of color. If they are treated right and trained properly they would make a good dog too...shouldn't matter the color! My dog is by far agressive, but most people are scared of her because she is a rottweiler. She is a big baby!
@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
16 Jun 07
I never heard of it before, I do not find a dog more intimidating because it is black..but apparently it is a thing going on ...they call it black dog syndrome' http://www.blackpearldogs.com/
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@pendragon (3354)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I used to run an animal shelter and have been involved in 100's of adoptions, and not once did I ever have a black dog discriminated against for his colour,black labs in fact were a great preference amongst adopters.
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@Galena (9124)
17 Jun 07
I adopted a dog who statistically had little chance of a home. he is black. he is a lurcher. lurchers and black dogs both have a hard time finding homes, and my poor boy is both. I think he's stunningly beautiful, and I love him very very much. I don't think they are harder to read, and I don't think they seem agressive. the only problem with his colour is sometimes we accidentally kick him when walking through the living room doorway, as he doesn't stand out as much as the lighter coloured dogs.
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@breepeace (3028)
• Canada
17 Jun 07
I've heard of that, too. When I used to volunteer at the local SPCA in my hometown, we were all aware and would stress how sweet the black dogs were over any of the others just because we simply couldn't keep them forever. The only breed we didn't have a problem with? Black Labrador Retrievers. We had the same problem with blakc cats, though.. you would be amazed at how many people are really superstitious about them.
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
17 Jun 07
Both my current dogs are black. I don;t quite know how it happened, as i didn't go out looking for balck dogs, that is just what they worked out to be. I hate to say it but I adopted a dog from a shelter years ago and the person who dealt with our application said that black dogs have a harder time being placed. She didn't say it was because people assumed they were aggressive, just that they weren't found to be as cute or appealing. Maybe a bit of the plain Jane factor or soemthing. Since I have had a number of dogs that were black, I guess I mus be in the minority that finds them appealing and find it so sad that peole have to go after over bred purebreds rather than black mutts that need homes.
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17 Jun 07
i think that is stupid, a dog can only be made dangerous if it is trained that way, my dog is a black and white japanese akita, yes he has an aggresive side, but he is loyal and a family dog, i have 2 children and there has been close encounters, but no i would not be put off by a black dog that reason is silly!!
• China
17 Jun 07
my friends like black dogs specially,because they always think they are cute,and some of this dogs are very clever.dog discrimination is stupid as many people say in front.people should change their mind and let them know human beings will give much warm to them.
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@meljessxena (2319)
• Australia
17 Jun 07
i think that is just rubbish. i would prefer black dogs over any other colour. all my dogs are black. and where do they ythink they get off calling them aggressive, any dog can be aggressive all depending on their breed.
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@friendship (2085)
• Canada
17 Jun 07
No way, this opinion is absurd. I had five dogs and all of them were black. They are very intelligent. But of course, each of my dogs has different intelligent from one to another. But they are cute and adorable. They could really understand me. Sorry, I just don't buy this kind of stereotype.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
17 Jun 07
I have two dogs. One is black. I love both:) I actually like back dogs, and it's strange for me to figure out how they would be discriminated.Dogs are beautiful in any color but a black dog, with its shiny fur .. it's really pretty:)
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
17 Jun 07
Wow, I have never heard of that before, seems very strange indeed. I thought about it for a minute and I dont think that I would base my decision on colour, it would more than likely be a personality choice.
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