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Q: What dogs have purple in their tongue

October 30, 2008 | By Debby | 19 answers | Expired: 2204 days ago

Debby

My neighbor has a boxer mix that has a big purple spot on his tongue.. he looks almost all boxer except for his tail was not docked and he has this mark on his tongue. I know the chow but he doesn't look like he has any chow in him.

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Filomena
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Nov 13, 2008

There are many different breeds that have dark pigmentation [black/purple) spots on their tongue's.

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Mausicat
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Nov 13, 2008

Many breeds commonly have dark spotting on their tongue; I have seen purebreds, like German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, with pigment spots on their tongue.

The only two breeds with a solid blue-black colored tongue are the Chow and the Shar Pei. They generally have dark pigmentation in their entire mouth, including the roof of the mouth and the lips. If a mix-breed's mouth and tongue is entirely blue-black pigmented, then yes, they probably do have Chow or Shar Pei in them.

However, spots of pigment on the tongue do not indicate that they are mixed with those two breeds

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Rmccormack
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Nov 12, 2008

My GSD has a dark purple spot on her tongue.

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Mary L.
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Nov 04, 2008

I am so glad that this has been brought up, many dogs at shelters have not been adopted because of the myth that black spots on the tongue indicate chow. Any dog can have this pigmentation and more shelter people need to be aware of this.

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Karma1967
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Nov 03, 2008

chows have black

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jennifer r.
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Nov 01, 2008

ANY breed of dog can have spots on its tongue. It doesnt matter if its a purebred or a mix. Spots on the tongue are just pigment, similar to freckles on your skin.. its not an indication of having chow in the mix.

People made this assumption because chows are suppossed to have mostly black gums and a blue-black tongue.

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Laura S.
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Nov 01, 2008

Any breed of dog can have purple spots on their tongues. Some breeds are faulted in the AKC for not having solid purple tongues (ex: Shar Peis, Chows). Even within Shar Peis, they can have lavender to dark, almost black looking tongues.

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Kelsey L.
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Nov 01, 2008

Some breeds with an all purple tounge are chows and shar peis. Pretty much any breed can have purple spots though. even purebreds. It isn't uncommon at all.

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jennifer r.
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Oct 31, 2008

There are a ton of breeds, check this site out...I can't list them all, but it is very interesting
www.columbusdogconnection.com/BlackTongueDebate.htm

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Cindy
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Oct 30, 2008

And interestingly enough, I have a dog that has Chow in her and does not have dark spots on her tongue!

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