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Black Dog Day

October 1, 2023

Today, October 1st, is Black Dog Day! This awareness event is definitely much needed. Like black cats, black dogs been associated with various urban myths and superstitions, and often have a hard time getting adopted. There’s even a name for this phenomenon: Black Dog Syndrome. An Ashburn, VA veterinarian puts black dogs in the spotlight in this article.

Myths And Misconceptions

Why did Fido get a bad reputation? The superstitions about Man’s Best Friend actually go pretty far back. The ancient Greeks associated black dogs with Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, while many Norse and Scandinavians associated them with devils. England also has several superstitions about black dogs, such as the infamous Black Shuck. Fido is known as a gwyllgi or Dog of Darkness in Wales. In Irish and Scottish folklore, he’s known as Cu Sith or Cu Sidhe: a frightening fairy hound with terrible powers. Black dogs have also been associated with sorrow and sadness. In fact, ‘Living with a black dog’ is a euphemism for depression. 

Reasons To Adopt A Black Dog

Black dogs have some truly wonderful qualities. For one, Fido will look sharp with any outfit or décor. He also takes super cute photos! Of course, the biggest reason to adopt a black pup would be the same as for adopting any other dog: they’re sweet, loving, and absolutely adorable!


The AKC allows black coats for many breeds, including Scottish Terriers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Giant Schnauzer. The most popular black-coated pup may be the Black Labrador Retriever. In fact, the Lab is one of America’s most popular dogs!

A Turning Tide

Fortunately for Fido, some of the mystique associated with black dogs seems to be working in his favor. There are quite a few different companies with the name or image of black dogs in their slogans. 


How does one honor this pawspicious occasion? Adopting a black dog would be the ultimate option, though of course that’s something to think long and hard about first. Sharing the word on social media can also help raise awareness about this issue. You can also watch the Patrick Swayze movie Black Dog, or maybe listen to the classic Led Zeppelin song of the same title. The Hound Of The Baskervilles is another great choice. Of course, if you already have a black dog, give Fido a special treat or toy!

As your local Ashburn, VA animal hospital, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch veterinary care. Contact us anytime!