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|Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM|
Black Dog Syndrome
Black dog syndrome or big black dog syndrome is a disputed phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters often use the term BBD, or big black dog, to describe the type of larger dark-colored mixed-breed said to be typically passed over by adopters.
The phenomenon may be due to a number of factors, including fear stigma against certain breed types, and the fact that large, black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film and on television.
Some people believe that during the pet adoption process some potential owners associate the color black with evil or misfortune and this bias transfers over to their choice of dog. Just as it was believed, in the past, that people with black skin had a violent disorder or a hereditary skin disease.
Black dog syndrome normally leads to euthanasia. So, if dogs were to evolve, like humans, they will find a way to escape this death. If society would repeat human history, this evolution will be seen as defiance and classified as an example of the violent disorder. The support for black dog euthanasia will increase. This leads to the age-old question, ‘Which was first; the chicken or the egg?’ Unlearn.