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The Great Tongue Debate

August 10th, 2007, 01:44 AM
Just something interesting that I know we have to remind a lot of the owners who just bring home that Dalmatian "Chow mix" with short hair, black and white spots, and a slightly spotted black tongue from the Shelter.

"The Great Tongue Debate

There is a myth that chows are the only breeds with black tongues, and that if the tongue has black spots it must have chow heritage. This is not true.

Everyone in chows knows the standard comment--if the dog has a black tongue, then it is a chow. We also hear the comment that if it has pink spots, then it is a mix. If only it were this simple!

Black spots on the tongue in no way indicate whether the dog is a chow or a chow mix unless that tongue is attached to a dog that looks like a chow. There are many, many breeds that can have black pigment on the tongue. Some can have large spots of black pigment, and sometimes they may have almost solid black pigmentation on their tongues. So, if a black pigmented tongue is attached to a dog that does not look like a chow, then it is probably not a chow.

Also true is that not all purebred chows will have solid pigment on their tongues. Even the best of show breedings can produce chows with incomplete pigment, so we certainly should not discount a rescued chow with a spot or two of pink. The following is a list of breeds known to have purebred individuals appear with black pigmentation on their tongues.

The list compiled by Vicki DeGruy of the Chow Club Welfare Committee.
Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
Cocker Spaniel
Siberian Husky
Rhodesian Ridgeback
German Shepherd
Belgian Sheepdog
Fila Brasileiro
Cairn Terrier
Great Pyrenees
Doberman Pinscher
Bouvier de Flandres
Australian Shepherd
Australian Cattle Dog
Shiba Inu
Flat-coated Retriever
Gordon Setters

The above information is from the Columbus Dog Connection website.":dog:

August 10th, 2007, 02:01 AM
Good post.....thanks for sharing. :thumbs up

August 10th, 2007, 08:53 AM
Yep - our Golden Retriever has a black spot on his tongue. Quite cute because you can only see it when he does a big yawn. :sleepy:

August 10th, 2007, 08:55 AM
My brother's Sharpei has a big black tongue! Scared my nephew the first time he saw it tho :laughing:

August 10th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Yep - our Golden Retriever has a black spot on his tongue. Quite cute because you can only see it when he does a big yawn. :sleepy:

Daisy had black spot on hers and so does Sam , my BIL told me it wa a sign of them not being purebred :rolleyes: (not that I care) and I told him it only meant one thing : a sign of higher intelligence :laughing:

August 10th, 2007, 11:23 AM
cool! we thought Mister had a bit of chow (not that bothered us at all) because his spotty tongue. suppose to be 75% lab and 25% boxer (or some such). cool!