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National Black Dog Day

Updated on September 26, 2017

The October, 1st is acknowledged as “National Black Dog Day”.

“National Black Dog Day”, October 1st of every year is dedicated to our most devoted black dog companion. This day serves to raise awareness against superstitions about black dogs and encourages appreciation to adopt black dogs. Unfortunately, the population of black dogs is deprecated and a lot of black dogs are waiting in shelters for their adoption.

The “initiative was taken by, pet expert maven Colleen Paige to create awareness about black dogs and encourage to adopt them. The more details can be found on their website, "National Black Dog Day website".

Black Dog Syndrome


The interest and adoption of black dogs is condensed in recent years and some reports says, many dogs likely to be killed every year, in shelters regardless of their breed and excellence. Also, some people believe, the black dogs are supposed to be ferocious and they look scary. Though this is a wrong perception, dogs do what they are thought to be.

And it’s weird, but some people have superstitions about black dogs and that’s also a reason, they are being escaped. Which is known as “Black Dog Syndrome”.

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The Dog and Human companionship

The Dogs are descendants of wolves, which were domesticated around 15,000 years ago. Even the known history of, dogs and the human's relation has evidence that the dog and human companionship are 40,000 years old and the dog domestication was started from India, Egypt, and Israel. And today they are our most reliable, devoted and honest companions.

Superstitions about black dogs

Superstitions about black dogs is oblivious that doesn’t have any logic or evidence. Like the colour of your car doesn’t affect the performance of the car, the dog's color doesn't affect their personality, behaviour or health. To select the right companion for you, you need to the dog’s breed, behaviour and appropriateness with your need, interest and expertise.

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Top 10 most common superstition about black dogs

  • 1. It,s a good sign, if a black dog follow you at home. - In Some parts of Europe and In Scotland


  • 2. A Black dog follows you on the road indicate a bad luck.


  • 3. Meeting a black and white spotted dog on the way to the business meeting is a good luck. - In Europe


  • 4. A black dog crosses you on the way is your bad luck.


  • 5. Black dog appears in your car is a warning for danger of an accident.


  • 6. The black pet dog keeps evil shadows away from home. - India, Egypt


  • 7. A Black dog appears at your house door means you will meet with an old friend.


  • 8. You will have a good luck if you will feed a black dog at night. - India, Nepal


  • 9. A dog walking between a courting couple, Indicate the danger to their wedding. - In Europe


  • 10. Black dogs can see the ghost and evil spirits and they bark at nights around your bed to protect you. - In some part of Europe and in America (The Native Americans)

Reason to adopt a black dog

More options to choose desired dog

We know the coat and color of dog doesn’t affect their personality, health and temperament and overlooking the coat color benchmarks will give you more option to find a right dog for your needs.

Religious belief

In many countries like Israel, India, Nepal, Bhutan and some other south Asian countries they are a sacred animal and in some countries like in Nepal and India they are worshiped.

Easy to clean

Comparative to other colored dogs, dirt is less visible to black dogs. Other color dog looks dirty when playing, digging, play fighting or swimming. Another real benefit of black dogs is, their shaded furs are easily visible and easy to clean.

Make a better watch dog

Usually watch dogs roam free in the fence at nights to protect, livestock or property and black dogs are less visible in the nights, than other lighter colored dogs. Also the black color is better heat absorbers than other light colors and black dogs have this benefit to keep them warm and active in colder nights. That help them to make a proactive watch dog.

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