Those that have black rescue dogs may find it hard to believe that there is a problem in shelters called "black dog syndrome." It is a phenomenon in which light colored dogs are favored over black/dark colored dogs, causing black dogs to be passed over for adoption. Because of that, black dogs are also euthanized at a higher rate than other dogs. There are a number of possible reasons for this - old superstitions, the color black being portrayed as "evil" in movies, or just the simple fact that they are just harder to photograph and stand out in their kennels at the shelter.
Instagram has been a great and positive place to help with this syndrome though. It's allowed people to showcase adorable photos of black dogs and prove that they are just as great and wonderful as other dogs. There are even accounts that specifically promote black dog accounts to follow! See some of my favorites.
1. Helping out around the house? What a good boy :)