According to animal shelter officials, big, black dogs have more trouble finding a happy home than do other dogs. Some shelters even have a name for it: "Big black dog syndrome."

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If you were getting a dog, would you think twice about getting a large black dog?
According to animal shelter officials, big, black dogs have more trouble finding a happy home than do other dogs. Some shelters even have a name for it: "Big black dog syndrome."

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14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/11/08 - 11:36:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
i have a big black dog and hes awesome

no i would not think twice i think black is the best color for boy dogs
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 12:02:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, I'm a cat person.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 5:29:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. I would want a light-colored dog because of grooming. I might want a black one, though, because I don't mind it THAT much. I still might get one, but I WOULD think twice about it.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 5:43:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh no, i want a black doberman, though they are more a mid-size dog, Still big enough
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 7:19:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Id rather get a big dog than a small dog. And black is an awesome color... So... No
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 7:42:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have 2 dogs that are black...One of them died over a year ago. The other one is her daughter but she has a white stripe on her chest. I wouldn't mind getting black dogs.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 10:31:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Uhm no, I don't care about the color of a dog. As long as it's a sweety-pie.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 5:00:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I'm not superficial.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 6:17:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
How could anyone think twice about getting a big black dog?!!!(i hear they are more loyal)
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 6:20:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I work at a shelter - big black dogs and black cats have really hard times finding homes. People find the big black dogs like Rotts, Dobermans, etc., to be scary when not all of them are. And there's always the superstition of a black cat that keeps people away. It's riduculous!
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 8:26:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
nope. i really want to get a chocolate lab when i have my own house.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 8:29:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course not. For one, I like big dogs over little dogs, and as far as the color goes, it doesn't matter at all to me. Same goes for cats.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 9:14:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess racism extends to the animal world as well...
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 9:21:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Never, I love my black lab mix.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 3:26:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have a soft spot for hard luck cases - so I'm more likely to get a black animal now. (I didn't know they had a hard time finding a family before now.)

I already have two blind cats and a feral cat, and my dog (who has died) had a bloody, infected back when I got him. Took me months to help him heal.

Like I said - I have a soft spot for hard luck cases.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 9:45:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
If I had a dog it should definately be big and angry.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 11:26:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-13 03:26:21.293 Wanderer wrote:
I have a soft spot for hard luck cases - so I'm more likely to get a black animal now. (I didn't know they had a hard time finding a family before now.) I already have two blind cats and a feral cat, and my dog (who has died) had a bloody, infected back when I got him. Took me months to help him heal. Like I said - I have a soft spot for hard luck cases.


Aww that's so sweet! My dog was purchased from a breeder but one of our cats we saved as a kitten and had to bottle feed him (he's almost 11 now!) and one we got as a rescue and she was in bad shape. Skin and bones, mites, whiskers burnt off, flaky skin. She looked so pathetic I had to take her even though my husband said no. She's a great big old fat happy cat now
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 1:47:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ Glad to here about your rescue cats doing so well. It feels good to save an animal and give him/her a good life. And they give so much love in return.

My husband said no about the cats and dog too. But I wanted them more than he didn't want them. So here they are.

I'm getting the ferel (a long-haired pastel calico) tamed down. That feels good.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 3:53:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's what mine is! A Calico. Pics in profile
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 11:24:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
They're really cute.

Mine looks sort of like your 'plotting' cat on the right, but yours has more white on her than mine.

I'd post a picture, but I can't get her within camara range yet.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 1:39:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah.. I don't like very large dogs (like rotts or dobermans) or too little dogs. I wouldn't mind getting a medium-sized black dog though.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 3:16:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I had a big black dog. He sucked.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 5/26/08 - 9:25:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
No- I don't care about the color or size, for me it just depends on the personality.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 5/26/08 - 11:30:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/08 - 3:16:40 AM Cheese King wrote:
I had a big black dog. He sucked.


How come?
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/2/08 - 10:21:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
i want a pomeranian

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