National Black Dog Day - October
Sun, Oct 1, 2023

National Black Dog Day

National Black Dog Day is dedicated to our four-legged black friends – a glossy coat, smart eyes, and charming appearance, who could resist petting such a pup? Unfortunately, black dogs often get the same fate as black cats, but October 1 is the perfect day to break the stereotype.


National Black Dog Day was founded by activist and animal rights activist Colleen Paige in 2011. The goal was to spread awareness that black dogs are no different from any other and deserve love, affection, and care. Since its inception, the holiday has gained traction and recognition, but there is still more work to be done.

The phenomenon known as “Black Dog Syndrome” has been widely debated, though it has yet to be officially confirmed. Animal shelter workers have observed that light-colored animals are more likely to be adopted than black ones.

Interesting facts

7 amazing things about dogs:

  1. Dogs are mentioned more than 35 times in the Bible.
  2. The Great Dane is the world’s largest dog breed, the Bulldog is the most popular, and the St. Bernard is the heaviest (up to 120 kg).
  3. Small breeds mature faster than large ones.
  4. The oldest breed is the Saluki, which first appeared in 329 BC.
  5. Dogs can become jealous if they see their owner paying attention to someone else.
  6. Dogs sweat through the pads of their paws.
  7. Four-legged friends can understand up to 1000 words.

And even songs have been written in honor of black dogs! Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” was written in honor of a Labrador that roamed their recording studio.

How to take part

The noblest thing to do on National Black Dog Day is to visit a kennel and adopt a black dog, but be sure that you can commit to taking care of your new friend. If you are uncertain, become a volunteer and visit the dogs, spend time with them, bring toys and treats.

When is National Black Dog Day in 2023?

National Black Dog Day is observed on October 1 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday October 1 2023
Tuesday October 1 2024
Wednesday October 1 2025
Thursday October 1 2026