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Potential pet adopters seem to have an aversion for black pets. For many pets left unadopted in shelters, their color seems to be their only fault.
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They are overlooked when they can be amazing pets just like the merle collie mix in the next cage.
But why, exactly, are they so forgotten?
Superstitious people are afraid of black cats. The fallacy that a black cat crossing your path means bad luck has persisted from the Middle Ages, when commoners believed that witches could turn into dark-colored felines.
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Big black mixed breed dogs are just too big for some people. That little Chihuahua is so much more manageable. And some of us instinctively believe that big dogs are aggressive. That is completely false: in a recent study, small dogs topped the list of most aggressive dogs. Daschunds were number one, and larger dogs came much further down the list. Big black dogs also have a bad reputation: in books such as “Harry Potter” they are bad omens.
It’s Dark In Here!
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Black animals can be harder to spot in the shadows of a cage. (Although with bigger dogs this is no problem!) They are harder to photograph for on-line listings. Older pets with a smidgeon of white on their muzzle will be mistaken for an arthritic twelve year old dog who is deemed too old for adoption by many. It may also seem harder to read the expressions of black dogs, as they may have no defined eyebrows.
And, think about it: You see a muscular guy walking down the street, holding the leash of a huge black mixed breed dog. You automatically shy away from him, thinking he is a “tough guy,” someone not to be messed with.
Love is Blind
Many black colored pets make wonderful companions regardless of their coat color. Remember: love knows no size nor color.
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