Whatever Wednesday: BBD


Have you ever heard the term Black Dog Syndrome or BBD?

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.

Black dogs are the last ones to get adopted if they do. Even with her sweet demeanor, some people avoid us on the street. I can see their fear/discomfort in their eyes as their eyes are focused on Xena. She gets different reactions from people though when I put a pink harness on her.

Xenaย is only a medium size at 32 lbs. I can imagine what would be like for bigger black dogs.ย Don’t be afraid, people. Black fur does not make them dangerous, aggressive or evil. Here is a shout out to all misunderstood black dogs out there. We love you! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿพ


2 comments on “Whatever Wednesday: BBD”

  1. I had two black dogs as a child…and both were called Cindy! Actually I suppose that’s a fitting name if we make it a nickname of Cinders. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think your dog is gorgeous and brings back memories of childhood pals.

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