Photographer’s ‘Black Dog Project’ Sheds Light on Black Dog Syndrome

After Fred Levy overheard a woman talking about “Black Dog Syndrome” – the idea that black dogs are passed over for adoption in lieu of lighter colored pooches because of a misconception they are more aggressive along with the notion they don’t photograph as well, making it difficult for shelters to show their features — he became intrigued with this notion and set out to make a difference for these dogs.

Levy began the “Black Dogs Project,” a photo series of black dogs against a black backdrop, allowing him to highlight their true beauty. He initially reached out to people on Facebook asking if he could photograph their dogs but later incorporated shelter pups into the mix. The images were posted on blogging site Tumblr, and they went viral.

Two years later, Levy has decided to publish a book called Black Dogs Project: Extraordinary Black Dogs and Why We Can’t Forget Them. The book is slated for release in September, with part of the proceeds benefitting a rescue group in San Diego.

Related: These Stunning Pictures Are Helping Black Dogs Get Adopted

Here are a few of our favorite pics. To see many more, check out Levy’s Tumblr blog.

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3 comments on “Photographer’s ‘Black Dog Project’ Sheds Light on Black Dog Syndrome

  • I have always had large mixed breed BLACK dogs, some were strays, some were the last of litters that no one wanted. I recently had to put my 15 yr old black lab shepherd mix to sleep, he was dumped and frantic when I found him at a year old. It seems ridiculous that people even have prejudice against certain animals, as if racism with people weren’t bad enough!!! Why can’t people just see souls when they look in eyes, not the outside package??
    Currently I have 3 black dogs, a chihuhua a small mix and a large previously abused shepherd lab mix, who misses his old friend and has now become part of my small goat herd, yes I even have some black goats, Now Maxwell runs with the herd, lays down with them, licks their faces, keeps track of the babies and keeps their faces clean. Wish I had a way to post photos!!!
    By the way my two cats are black, and my life was previously shared by two other black kitties, now in Heaven

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