“He must have some Chow Chow in him.” – If you’re the owner of a dog with a tongue that happens to be be-speckled with black or dark purple spots, I’m betting you wish you had a dollar for every time you’ve heard that phrase. So, is it true? Is every dog with a dark tongue a Chow mix?
Photo by Madjag
Chow Chows aren’t actually the only breed that have a dark purple tongue – the Shar Pei also shares this interesting feature. However many breeds and mixes have been known to exhibit extra pigmentation on the tongue (think of it like a tongue freckle, or a clump of them!) – this does not mean that the dog is not purebred nor does it mean that if the dog is a mix that it must have either Chow Chow or Shar Pei in it’s background.
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Kathy Welsh, Anna Wallace, and Vicki DeGruy of the Chow Chow Welfare Center worked on finding examples of purebreeds that displayed spotted tongues at various dog shows and with the assistance of breed fanciers. Here is the list they compiled:
Australian Cattle Dog
Bouvier de Flandres
Kerry Blue Terrier
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier