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Q: Why are there more black labs up for adoption than any other dog?

January 17, 2009 | By Mary B. | 45 answers | Expired: 2150 days ago

Why are there more black labs up for adoption than any other dog?

I was looking at the dogs up for adoption and I saw that there were more black labs up for adoption than any other breed of dog. Personally, I have a black lab and shes a really great dog. I've had black labs all my life. They are an awsome breed. I just want to know why?!

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Bridgett A.
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Jan 22, 2009

The AKC has listed the Labrador Retriever as the top breed for the 18th year in a row. I can only imagine that opportunistic breeders will take advantage of this information and over-breeding of the lab will continue. The lab is also highly misunderstood. Most people see the older lab and covet their well behaved demeanor. However, with a bit of research, people would quickly learn that a young lab has a huge amount of energy. Lab lovers-spay and neuter your dog-not everyone has the patience to see this dog through to old age.

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Anonymous

Jan 21, 2009

I work with several rescues and sadly all black animals are the ones left behind.I feel some people are superstitious (?) hope that is spelled correctly if not you know what I mean. Most of all, 99% of people that adopt/rescue do not study about breeds prior to rescuing animals. Be it dog,cat,rabbit or whatever.That is why I am a strong beiever in shelters going to the home first and doing a 48 hour hold. Interviews with vets of the applicants etc.I tell each applicant they need to reasearch a breed or the breed prior to adopting. If someone wants a Lab and lives in a small apt. it is 9 times out of ten not going to work. In order to be a successful pet partner you need to learn about your breed and be ready to meet the needs of the pets. So many adopt on a whim due to a movie,a holiday etc. Even with the knowledge I have prior to adopting my Border Collie I did a lot of reasearch on the breed. Sadly it is the animals that suffer.Labs are some of the most devoted,loving breeds out there. Make wonderful service partners. That is all we use in CCI. They rank next to Border Collie's in intelligence.Make wonderful baby sitters as well. Even as large as they are they are "gentle giants". If only every shelter/rescue would make it mandatory to have a home visitation,a vet interview ( as I did with every dog or cat).Which in some cases caused the denial of adoption immediately. The society as a whole or most of don't consider dogs,cats and or pets as family members only as "items" in which the law states in most states they are possessions look at them as humans with fur. They love,laugh,feel and comfort like a human.I feel is laws would change and regulations for adoptions also would change you would see less of the black and larger dogs left behind. I try to spread the word to educate ourselves in breeds prior to ownership. Labs are wonderful dogs. I plan to add a lab and a black one to our family as soon as we are able to move to our retirement farm. Where he will have plenty of land to enjoy and a large pond to swim. I also feel if the rescue centres would place the black animals up in the front of the entrance it would help. The same type of system the grocery stores use to influence buying. Just my thought and opinions.

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Azzurrapl
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Jan 20, 2009

I was told when I adopted my dog - that more black dogs get surrendered and euthanized in shelters more then any other color of dog..... That is why I got Nico and I wouldn't have it any other way. From now on, i am a black doggie owner! Red looks great on him and bright colors- anyway I am a violinist and black is the color I wear most performances!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 19, 2009

Black animals are usually overlooked. Not as pretty and so on. Large black males are the hardest to adopt out. Black is my favorite color animal!

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Bella C.
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Jan 19, 2009

I believe the the gene for Black labs as opposed to Yellow or Chocolate is stronger.

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Lauren P.
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Jan 19, 2009

I think there are several reasons for this. One, because they have been a very popular breed for a long time and have just continued to multiply. They are also very high energy and a lot of labs tend to get out of their yards and roam the streets which can allow for mating out of control. Also, I think a lot of people get labs as puppies and don't realize how much work they can be because they are such high energy and need a lot of training and attention. THen they end up having to give them away to shelters because they can't handle the dog or don't have the time for them or the space they need to run around.

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Jodi S.
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Jan 18, 2009

It's the big black dog stigma. They're not as flashy, frequently are hard to see in dark kennels, and they can be harder for people to read. It really sucks because, yes, black labs are awesome dogs, but people also expect them to come pretrained and don't realize that that young labs chew and jump and are generally high energy.

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Mary L.
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Jan 18, 2009

It is because they are such great dogs, therefore there are so many and so many owners are too stupid to spay and neuter, even in this day and age, that they are allowed to make lots of babies, lab mixes especially. Black dogs are beautiful, but when people come to either the shelter or the adoption events, they say, oh, lots of black dogs. I say, yes, aren't they beautiful? Another reason is that black is a dominant color, so if you have a pretty white pregnant dog come and think she will have lots of white babies, usually they will be black because she was bred to one of the zillions of black lab mixes running around.

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carleena j.
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Jan 17, 2009

I have to agree, I have a black lab and she is the best dog ever. We also have a black cat and she is the most beautiful cat I have ever seen. Strange that growing up my parents would actually look for labs when looking for a dog. Now you do see them all over the place.

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Chevis
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Jan 17, 2009

I took in a Black Lab as a stray, she was 6 months old at the same time I had just purchased a Bichon Frise from a breeder the same age. I have to tell you that the Lab is the BEST dog I ever had, and the Bichon is as dumb as dirt. My lab is so smart, great with other animals, great with kids and was a good puppy. She was not hyper as another member wrote. Both dogs are now 8 and never has the Lab messed in the house (unlike my Bichon)nor has she ever caused any damage to anything. She is full of love and loves to play. She goes to our mailbox, opens the door and retrieves our mail.(sometimes its alittle wet, to be expected)She snores as loud as my husband, but if I have to keep him around, I can overlook her(since she sleeps on the floor on my side of the bed I'm in the middle of the 2 of them) BLACK LABS ARE THE BEST BET IN COMPANIONS!

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