Black greyhounds are the loneliest dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Old Windsor centre at Priest Hill.

Statictics released by the centre reveal that while the average Battersea dog takes 35 days to rehome, black greyhounds wait 55.

One took more than 100 days.

Centre Manager Kaye Mughal said: “People love sharing photos of their pets on Instagram and other social media and it’s no secret that black animals are harder to photograph. Because they’re dark, it can be difficult to distinguish their features on camera. This has led to a misconception that black animals aren’t as ‘pretty’ or ‘cute’ as their brown, brindle and white counterparts.

“People assume these breeds are very high energy dogs and constantly need exercise. But, in reality, most greyhounds will have short bursts of energy where they want to zoom around and then they’re happy to spend the rest of the day lounging around. It’s such a shame so many people automatically dismiss them, because they’re loving and gentle-natured and many of them can make great pets for people with less dog experience.”

Nellie is seven and has been at Battersea for 105 days. She had to retire from the racecourse when she broke her toe.

Smiley While Serena and enthusiastic Eddie are looking for a home together, with owners who have some understanding of ex-racing Greyhounds and their needs.

There are other black greyhounds in equal need.

If you want to rehome one please contact 01784 432 929 or visit battersea.org.uk