National Black Dog Day

National Black Dog Day is observed on the 1st of October every year. It’s a holiday that encourages people to consider adopting a dog that has a darker shade. Why would that be important, you may ask?

That’s because black dogs are found to be statically less likely to be adopted from animal shelters than lighter-colored dogs. Although there hasn’t been a whole lot of science that’s been done on the subject yet, there are some theories as to why people don’t adopt black dogs as often.

It may be because black dogs are portrayed as evil in TV shows and movies, or because it can be harder to read their facial cues. Regardless, these dogs need just as much love as any other dog, so everyone is encouraged to observe this holiday and adopt a black dog.

The History Of National Black Dog Day

This holiday was first created by Colleen Paige in 2011. She’s a pet and family lifestyle expert who has created several animal-themed holidays. These holidays include National Dog Day, National Puppy Day, and National Cat Cat.

She created this holiday to raise the public’s awareness about “Black Dog Syndrome,” the tendency to not adopt dogs so that more of these dogs can find their forever homes.

Some Reasons To Adopt A Black Dog

If we still haven’t persuaded anyone to adopt a black dog, then allow us to provide some additional reasons why we think black dogs should be at least considered for adoption. We think the following reasons are pretty compelling and show off why these dogs can be some of the best pets a person can own.

  • Black dogs don’t show off their dirt as prominently as dogs of lighter colors.
  • Black dogs show off well in pictures. Especially in high-contrast pictures such as snowy landscapes.
  • Black dog hair is less noticeable on your black T-shirt or black dress.
  • Black dogs can be intimidating to burglars.
  • Black dogs are as loyal as any other dog.

Observing National Black Dog Day

On this day, everyone everywhere who is thinking about adopting a dog should consider adopting a black dog. These are the dogs that are often overlooked at shelters.

This is also a good time for people to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalBlackDogDay on social media. Let’s all work together to find more homes for black dogs, so they can find the people they belong with.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 1 Sunday
Next year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
October 1 Saturday