25 Boopable Black Cincinnati Dogs Looking for Their New Human BFF

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.  
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King Bernie Reginald III
Age: Senior / Breed: Labrador Retriever / Sex: Male / Rescue: Lucky Tales Rescue, Inc.
"Hi. Bernie here. I don't have a lot to say, really. As King, I believe in "live and let live". I'm far too distinguished to be noisy and excited and have limitless energy. I hereby decree - leave those youthful traits to the young! (that's King speak for I'm an old dog with old dog lumps and bumps and arthritis.) Ahem. Where was I? Oh ya, I'm a lab who is about 10 years old and weighs about 50 lbs. The luxury of an old dog like me is that I'm quiet. house trained, (unless you're gone a long time), calm, and I get along with other dogs and, bestill my heart, I *love* children. Heck, truth be told, I don't need a palace. Maybe I had an entire kingdom in my past, but right now, I just need a place to live out my golden years."
Photo: Lucky Tales Rescue, Inc.

King Bernie Reginald III

Age: Senior / Breed: Labrador Retriever / Sex: Male / Rescue: Lucky Tales Rescue, Inc.
"Hi. Bernie here. I don't have a lot to say, really. As King, I believe in "live and let live". I'm far too distinguished to be noisy and excited and have limitless energy. I hereby decree - leave those youthful traits to the young! (that's King speak for I'm an old dog with old dog lumps and bumps and arthritis.) Ahem. Where was I? Oh ya, I'm a lab who is about 10 years old and weighs about 50 lbs. The luxury of an old dog like me is that I'm quiet. house trained, (unless you're gone a long time), calm, and I get along with other dogs and, bestill my heart, I *love* children. Heck, truth be told, I don't need a palace. Maybe I had an entire kingdom in my past, but right now, I just need a place to live out my golden years."
Photo: Lucky Tales Rescue, Inc.
Daniel
Age: Young / Breed: Labrador Retriever/Collie Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Save the Animals Foundation
"Dark and handsome, isn’t he? He also has a sweet, affectionate side, with those he's come to trust. But the Daniel who first arrived at our shelter didn’t appear to be very interested in making friends. We soon discovered that this very anxious boy responds well to the sight of a leash, treats (yum!) and the opportunity to play fetch in the yard. A poster dog for rough starts in life, Daniel has been passed around the system—from a county shelter to a rescue group, through a couple very brief adoptions and back again—before landing at STAF. He has most definitely been hit with hands, objects or both in his past. He puts walls up with strangers (we’ve seen them!), but beneath that tough-guy exterior is a dog eager to feel safe and be loved. To get there, he needs a confident leader and structure Daniel is housetrained and has great house manners, although he may try to grab a shoe or another object when he wants to play. He can also be a bit mouthy when he plays. He is high energy, so a securely fenced yard would be ideal. Otherwise, he needs to go for multiple long walks every day. As long as he gets the opportunity to burn off some energy, he’s content to entertain himself with his toys or chew on a bone. Not a good fit for novice dog-owners or those looking for a dog to cuddle and spoil, Daniel will need a family willing to devote some time and patience to establish trust. Based on what we’ve seen, he is well worth the investment."
Photo: Save the Animals Foundation

Daniel

Age: Young / Breed: Labrador Retriever/Collie Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Save the Animals Foundation
"Dark and handsome, isn’t he? He also has a sweet, affectionate side, with those he's come to trust. But the Daniel who first arrived at our shelter didn’t appear to be very interested in making friends. We soon discovered that this very anxious boy responds well to the sight of a leash, treats (yum!) and the opportunity to play fetch in the yard. A poster dog for rough starts in life, Daniel has been passed around the system—from a county shelter to a rescue group, through a couple very brief adoptions and back again—before landing at STAF. He has most definitely been hit with hands, objects or both in his past. He puts walls up with strangers (we’ve seen them!), but beneath that tough-guy exterior is a dog eager to feel safe and be loved. To get there, he needs a confident leader and structure Daniel is housetrained and has great house manners, although he may try to grab a shoe or another object when he wants to play. He can also be a bit mouthy when he plays. He is high energy, so a securely fenced yard would be ideal. Otherwise, he needs to go for multiple long walks every day. As long as he gets the opportunity to burn off some energy, he’s content to entertain himself with his toys or chew on a bone. Not a good fit for novice dog-owners or those looking for a dog to cuddle and spoil, Daniel will need a family willing to devote some time and patience to establish trust. Based on what we’ve seen, he is well worth the investment."
Photo: Save the Animals Foundation
¡Queso!
Age: Young / Breed: Labrador Retriever/Border Collie Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue
"This spunky and spirited little guy is searching for his forever home! ¡Queso! was adopted as a puppy and raised by his family who then abandoned him when he became an inconvenience after they had a baby! ¡Queso! is a little softy who warms up to you quickly to new people and gives lots of affection and kisses, he bonds deeply and quickly to his people. He has gained a lot of confidence in his foster home and he has done well with his foster's older children and with the younger children that he has met in passing during adoption events, but we really think ¡Queso! do best in a home without young children where they can focus on providing him him with plenty of exercise. He would make an excellent running partner or agility dog! ¡Queso! is super smart and would benefit from some basic obedience training! He will do great with an active family, and/or having another young/active/playful dog in the home to be his best friend. ¡Queso! absolutely LOVES running and playing in the yard with his foster's dogs. He also has the CUTEST lopsided under bite you'll ever see! He gets along great with other dogs and his favorite pastime is running and playing with them and chasing each other in the yard. ¡Queso! will need a little patience and guidance in the beginning to help him integrate since he can sometimes feel a little insecure with new dogs at first. He does best with submissive and/or neutral dogs who love to run/play with him. ¡Queso! is housebroken, has good in-home manners, and does well when crated."
Photo: Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue

¡Queso!

Age: Young / Breed: Labrador Retriever/Border Collie Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue
"This spunky and spirited little guy is searching for his forever home! ¡Queso! was adopted as a puppy and raised by his family who then abandoned him when he became an inconvenience after they had a baby! ¡Queso! is a little softy who warms up to you quickly to new people and gives lots of affection and kisses, he bonds deeply and quickly to his people. He has gained a lot of confidence in his foster home and he has done well with his foster's older children and with the younger children that he has met in passing during adoption events, but we really think ¡Queso! do best in a home without young children where they can focus on providing him him with plenty of exercise. He would make an excellent running partner or agility dog! ¡Queso! is super smart and would benefit from some basic obedience training! He will do great with an active family, and/or having another young/active/playful dog in the home to be his best friend. ¡Queso! absolutely LOVES running and playing in the yard with his foster's dogs. He also has the CUTEST lopsided under bite you'll ever see! He gets along great with other dogs and his favorite pastime is running and playing with them and chasing each other in the yard. ¡Queso! will need a little patience and guidance in the beginning to help him integrate since he can sometimes feel a little insecure with new dogs at first. He does best with submissive and/or neutral dogs who love to run/play with him. ¡Queso! is housebroken, has good in-home manners, and does well when crated."
Photo: Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue
Raven
Age: Adult / Breed: Labrador Retriever/Terrier Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Furgotten Dog Rescue, Inc.
"Hi, I’m Raven and I’m guessed to be a 8-year-old Lab/Terrier mix weighing 50 pounds. I was surrendered to a rural shelter after my owner tied me to the shelter’s van overnight. I am a sweet girl and love to give kisses! I love other dogs and even like to play a little. I enjoy taking long walks. I do ok with people now that I am taken out of the house to meet people frequently (I was shy at first). Older kids preferred. Not tested with cats. Crate and house trained."
Photo: Furgotten Dog Rescue, Inc.

Raven

Age: Adult / Breed: Labrador Retriever/Terrier Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Furgotten Dog Rescue, Inc.
"Hi, I’m Raven and I’m guessed to be a 8-year-old Lab/Terrier mix weighing 50 pounds. I was surrendered to a rural shelter after my owner tied me to the shelter’s van overnight. I am a sweet girl and love to give kisses! I love other dogs and even like to play a little. I enjoy taking long walks. I do ok with people now that I am taken out of the house to meet people frequently (I was shy at first). Older kids preferred. Not tested with cats. Crate and house trained."
Photo: Furgotten Dog Rescue, Inc.
Wilbur
Age: Senior / Breed: Puggle Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Queen City Bulldog Rescue
"Wilbur was in such poor condition when he first came to rescue that he was originally thought to be a hospice case. A lot of love, quality food and vet care has brought him so far that he is now ready for adoption. If you would like to give this sweet senior a loving place to retire and spoil him for what ever time he has left on this earth, please reach out to Queen City Bulldog Rescue."
Photo: Queen City Bulldog Rescue

Wilbur

Age: Senior / Breed: Puggle Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Queen City Bulldog Rescue
"Wilbur was in such poor condition when he first came to rescue that he was originally thought to be a hospice case. A lot of love, quality food and vet care has brought him so far that he is now ready for adoption. If you would like to give this sweet senior a loving place to retire and spoil him for what ever time he has left on this earth, please reach out to Queen City Bulldog Rescue."
Photo: Queen City Bulldog Rescue
Ashley
Age: 6 Years Old / Breed: Rottweiler / Sex: Female / Rescue: HART
"Ashley is a beautiful 6 year old, 66 pound pure bred Rottweiler! She came from horrible conditions into a high intake shelter in West Virginia. Due to her neglect, Ashley is quite skinny and does need to put on a few pounds. When Ashley came to HART, we were told she does well with other dogs but after being in a foster home, she really didn’t like the resident dogs, especially the females. However, she did submit to the alpha male in the house. She thrives when she’s an only dog and would be best in a home that way. Ashley knows sit, lay down and come! She’s eager to please when there’s food involved. She LOVES car rides and being able to stick her head out the window! Ashley often doesn’t realize her size and wants to lay on your lap and get all of the loving and snuggles! Ashley did test positive for a tick borne disease that is curable with antibiotics. Due to the disease, she is anemic and will need to wait for about a month to be spayed. Therefore, we would like her to be placed locally in a foster to adopt home."
Photo: HART

Ashley

Age: 6 Years Old / Breed: Rottweiler / Sex: Female / Rescue: HART
"Ashley is a beautiful 6 year old, 66 pound pure bred Rottweiler! She came from horrible conditions into a high intake shelter in West Virginia. Due to her neglect, Ashley is quite skinny and does need to put on a few pounds. When Ashley came to HART, we were told she does well with other dogs but after being in a foster home, she really didn’t like the resident dogs, especially the females. However, she did submit to the alpha male in the house. She thrives when she’s an only dog and would be best in a home that way. Ashley knows sit, lay down and come! She’s eager to please when there’s food involved. She LOVES car rides and being able to stick her head out the window! Ashley often doesn’t realize her size and wants to lay on your lap and get all of the loving and snuggles! Ashley did test positive for a tick borne disease that is curable with antibiotics. Due to the disease, she is anemic and will need to wait for about a month to be spayed. Therefore, we would like her to be placed locally in a foster to adopt home."
Photo: HART
Dolly
Age: Young / Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / Sex: Female / Rescue: Annie's Orphans
Photo: Annie's Orphans

Dolly

Age: Young / Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / Sex: Female / Rescue: Annie's Orphans
Photo: Annie's Orphans
Ellie
Age: 8 or 9 Years Old / Breed: Lab and Flat-Coated Retriever Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: HART
"Meet Ellie, she is a sweet senior lady who come to us from a rural shelter in WV. The shelter thought that she was quite old, but once we cleaned her up and did a complete blood panel our vet estimated she is around 8 or 9 years old. Ellie is an easy girl to love. She is completely house trained and she doesn't need to be crated when we leave. She gets along fine with our two dogs. She is past the point of wanting to engage in playtime, but they peacefully coexist in the same house. She is very alert and is always watching and listening. If she hears noises on TV she cocks her head trying to figure out what is going on. She LOVES to be petted to lay near you. However she is also fine to lay on her own bed and chill out. Ellie has arthritis in her hind legs. Our vet believes it's her knees which indicates old untreated ACL tears. She doesn't like to walk on slippery floors and can be stiff getting up. She recently received an injection for arthritis and I've noticed she is more active and is even walking on our hardwood floor. She will always need treatment for her arthritis to have a good quality of life."
Photo: HART

Ellie

Age: 8 or 9 Years Old / Breed: Lab and Flat-Coated Retriever Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: HART
"Meet Ellie, she is a sweet senior lady who come to us from a rural shelter in WV. The shelter thought that she was quite old, but once we cleaned her up and did a complete blood panel our vet estimated she is around 8 or 9 years old. Ellie is an easy girl to love. She is completely house trained and she doesn't need to be crated when we leave. She gets along fine with our two dogs. She is past the point of wanting to engage in playtime, but they peacefully coexist in the same house. She is very alert and is always watching and listening. If she hears noises on TV she cocks her head trying to figure out what is going on. She LOVES to be petted to lay near you. However she is also fine to lay on her own bed and chill out. Ellie has arthritis in her hind legs. Our vet believes it's her knees which indicates old untreated ACL tears. She doesn't like to walk on slippery floors and can be stiff getting up. She recently received an injection for arthritis and I've noticed she is more active and is even walking on our hardwood floor. She will always need treatment for her arthritis to have a good quality of life."
Photo: HART
Lexi
Age: 3 Years Old / Breed: Boxer Lab Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: 2nd Hand Paws Animal Rescue
"Lexi is estimated 3 years old and weighs approximately 45 lbs. Lexi is an excellent house dog. She loves to cuddle! Lexi likes a small circle of people. She quickly bonds with the ones she loves. Lexi becomes anxious on walks and out in public and wants to protect her handler. She prefers to stay at home. This cutie is athletic and requires a 6 ft privacy fenced yard. Lexi is house trained and knows basic commands."
Photo: 2nd Hand Paws Animal Rescue

Lexi

Age: 3 Years Old / Breed: Boxer Lab Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: 2nd Hand Paws Animal Rescue
"Lexi is estimated 3 years old and weighs approximately 45 lbs. Lexi is an excellent house dog. She loves to cuddle! Lexi likes a small circle of people. She quickly bonds with the ones she loves. Lexi becomes anxious on walks and out in public and wants to protect her handler. She prefers to stay at home. This cutie is athletic and requires a 6 ft privacy fenced yard. Lexi is house trained and knows basic commands."
Photo: 2nd Hand Paws Animal Rescue
Lexi
Age: 6 Months Old / Breed: Lab Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Hope Fur Pets
"Hello meet Ollie, a 6 month old black lab that was surrendered to the the Hope Fur Pets Rescue. Ollie came to us when his previous owners said he just stopped walking, he was adopted out by a sister rescue and was fine when he left to be in his furever home. We have taken him to vets and had medical xrays done and he’s had some trauma to his back end/spine however the injury is unknown nobody seems to what happened. This doesn’t slow this sweet adventurous boy down at all. He is the most loving determined puppy you will met. He’s come along way from just scooting and crawling on the floor to sprinting after toys and trying to jump up on us. He plays well with others dogs, it might be beneficial for him to have another playmate. The chiropractor and Vet both said it’s fine for him to play, he does play roughly and it doesn’t seem to bother him. He loves to carry stuff around and chew on bones! When his food and water bowl is empty and he’s ready for a refill he will pick it up and bring it to you. He’s crate trained and does really well with potty training, sometimes he may have accidents over night because of the pressure from injury, he does alert you with a loud bark that he needs out. Some requirements that must be met, he’s been going to a chiropractor and it’s really helping, he will need to continue to see one probably every 3-6 months then maybe longer after he gets fully adjusted. Ollie also loves to swim, we have a local volunteer that picks him up at least 2 times a week to go swimming and it’s helping him out tremendously, so we would like his adopters to have a pool so he can continue to swim it’s good therapy for him. He would swim everyday if he could, but we are taking it slow and letting him gain strength with rests in between swim days. He may need wheels at some point in his life as he gets bigger, it’s uncertain right now. He could recover really well with treatments from water therapy and the chiropractor. During home inspection we will be looking to see that the home could accommodate wheels if he has to get them in the future. Right now he does well with ramps, a few steps, gravel, concrete and grass. We can provide videos of his progress they were too large to load. He’s all up to date on vet care appropriate for his age including heartworm prevention, spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations and ready to be the newest member of your home! As mentioned above we will be doing a home inspection prior to finalizing an adoption."
Photo: Hope Fur Pets

Lexi

Age: 6 Months Old / Breed: Lab Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Hope Fur Pets
"Hello meet Ollie, a 6 month old black lab that was surrendered to the the Hope Fur Pets Rescue. Ollie came to us when his previous owners said he just stopped walking, he was adopted out by a sister rescue and was fine when he left to be in his furever home. We have taken him to vets and had medical xrays done and he’s had some trauma to his back end/spine however the injury is unknown nobody seems to what happened. This doesn’t slow this sweet adventurous boy down at all. He is the most loving determined puppy you will met. He’s come along way from just scooting and crawling on the floor to sprinting after toys and trying to jump up on us. He plays well with others dogs, it might be beneficial for him to have another playmate. The chiropractor and Vet both said it’s fine for him to play, he does play roughly and it doesn’t seem to bother him. He loves to carry stuff around and chew on bones! When his food and water bowl is empty and he’s ready for a refill he will pick it up and bring it to you. He’s crate trained and does really well with potty training, sometimes he may have accidents over night because of the pressure from injury, he does alert you with a loud bark that he needs out. Some requirements that must be met, he’s been going to a chiropractor and it’s really helping, he will need to continue to see one probably every 3-6 months then maybe longer after he gets fully adjusted. Ollie also loves to swim, we have a local volunteer that picks him up at least 2 times a week to go swimming and it’s helping him out tremendously, so we would like his adopters to have a pool so he can continue to swim it’s good therapy for him. He would swim everyday if he could, but we are taking it slow and letting him gain strength with rests in between swim days. He may need wheels at some point in his life as he gets bigger, it’s uncertain right now. He could recover really well with treatments from water therapy and the chiropractor. During home inspection we will be looking to see that the home could accommodate wheels if he has to get them in the future. Right now he does well with ramps, a few steps, gravel, concrete and grass. We can provide videos of his progress they were too large to load. He’s all up to date on vet care appropriate for his age including heartworm prevention, spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations and ready to be the newest member of your home! As mentioned above we will be doing a home inspection prior to finalizing an adoption."
Photo: Hope Fur Pets