National Black Dog Day - October
Sat, Oct 1, 2022

National Black Dog Day

National Black Dog Day is dedicated to our four-legged black friends. Glossy coat, smart eyes, charming appearance – who would refuse to pet such a puppy? Surprisingly, animals get the same fate as black cats – it’s just crazy! October 1 is the best day to break the stereotypes!


National Day was founded by activist and animal rights activist Colleen Paige in 2011. The goal is to convey to people that black dogs are no different from any other and deserve love, affection and care. Society drew attention to the message of the holiday, becoming more loyal. But there is still a lot of work ahead!

There is even the so-called “Black Dog Syndrome” – shelter workers have noticed that light-colored animals are more often taken into the family. When a black adult dog enters the institution, the chances of “adoption” are extremely small. This phenomenon has not been officially confirmed and is hotly debated by the people involved.

Interesting facts

7 amazing things about dogs:

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

And they also dedicate songs to black dogs! For example, Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” was written in honor of a Labrador that roamed the band’s recording studio.

How to celebrate

The noblest thing to do on National Black Dog Day is to visit a kennel and adopt a black dog. An important rule is that you must be sure that you can take care of a friend. If for some reason you doubt this, become a volunteer and come visit the dogs, spend time with them, bring toys and treats.

When is National Black Dog Day in 2022?

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


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 1 2022
Sunday October 1 2023
Tuesday October 1 2024
Wednesday October 1 2025
Thursday October 1 2026

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