Black Dog Syndrome (or Big Black Dog Syndrome) is a non-scientific phenomenon wherein black dogs, especially the larger ones, are adopted less frequently or take longer to adopt at shelters and rescues than their lighter-coated counterparts.
As per Wikipedia, "Some people believe that during the pet adoption process some potential owners associate the color black with evil or misfortune (similar to the common superstition surrounding black cats), and this bias transfers over to their choice of dog.
Additionally, many shelters feature photo profiles of their dogs on the shelter website. Because black dogs do not photograph well, lighter-colored dogs have an advantage with potential adopters browsing the site."
Some studies have been done that support this theory; some studies have been done that disprove it. Either way, we've rounded up a grab bag of 25 dark-coated sweet seniors, little puppos, big boys and chihuahua mixes for potential adopters to peruse.
It's worth noting: Each rescue has their own process for receiving and approving adoptions. And some of these dogs may also already have pending applications. Good news is there are plenty of animals in need of a loving home. And Cincinnati was just ranked the No. 14 most dog-friendly city in America.