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Just when you were hoping there were no new ways to be racist, it turns out people may be racist against dogs. Black Dog Syndrome is the name shelter workers have given to the tendency of dark-furred pups to languish in kennels while their lighter-furred brethren get adopted. “The effect is very real,” says Mirah Horowitz, executive director and founder of . “We recently had a litter of five very cute, very fluffy puppies, two yellow and three black. And the yellow ones all went immediately, but for the black ones it took weeks.”
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It’s hard to find statistics that support or contradict the claims of black dog syndrome, but supporters often believe that the majority of visitors to rescue shelters will seek out dogs with lighter coats, leaving higher numbers of black dogs. Common reasons stated in support of black dog syndrome relate to the appearance of dark colored dogs in poorly lit kennels, the difficulty in photographing black dogs, and the fear associated with dark, scary looking dogs.Black Birch Farm is a premier Kennel located at 44 Old Gate Lane Milford, CT 06460. Your pets will be lodged with all the comforts of home. This state of the art facility has climate controlled indoor suites with access to outdoor patio’s and play yard. Many of our suites include TV’s to keep your dog entertained. Our services include boarding, obedience training, grooming and day care.The drama of the black dog doesn’t get much easier once you arrive at the shelter. While bright white and yellow pooches catch people’s eye, Horowitz tells me, darker-haired pups tend to get lost in a crate’s shadows. (For this reason, some rescue organizations now train inky dogs to sit in front of their kennels during visiting hours.) And though black may not actually be the most common canine color, says Bell, it is sometimes perceived as such, which means prospective owners looking to stand out from the crowd will sometimes DQ a black dog.
Others believe that it’s harder to see a dog’s personality shine through in their black faces. With black eyes and brows that blend into a black face, they often look less expressive and are lost in the shadows of their kennels when prospective adopters pass by. Rescue workers are doing their best to give black dogs an added edge in shelters. Sometimes they teach them tricks or place signs near the dog to highlight their personalities, other times they avoid placing black dogs in kennels next to each other. Additional attention is being drawn to their plight thanks to efforts like and media coverage like this from the NBC Nightly News: